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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

564 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the root cellar, along comes Grainstorm, a big, wet wallop to the senses. In the glass, dark and turbulent clouds gather. A high-pressure system of pungent hops collides with a stationary front of barley, wheat, and rye. The forecast: a veritable monsoon of flavor, with surges of roasty malt, microbursts of hops, and a chance of golfball-sized hail. The extended outlook calls for unseasonably pleasant enjoyment.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: acelin on 12-06-2012)
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travy82

Missouri

2/5  rDev -50.6%

06-16-2014 22:17:07 | More by travy82
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.49/5  rDev -38.5%

A: Poured dark brown with a nice tan cap, some moderate lacing present as was a nice tan collar after a few moments of settling and sipping

S: Very faint and unimpressive for this style. Muted citrus and roast.

T: This beer just seemed off from the first sip. Muted flavors of roast, coffee and chocolate with citrus and pine and thats a stretch. There is something unpleasant lurking in the background, like a gassy, bubbly like taste/feel, a young beer perhaps not fermented completely

M: Medium bodied and uncomfortable, off, gassy, had me belching, it tasted and felt young. flavors were mute, carbonation was a miss

O: My first quality issue I have experienced with a Smokestack series beer. I did not finish, just passed it around the bar and let the uneducated palates delight in their ignorant bliss.

03-19-2013 17:13:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

08-27-2013 23:48:11 | More by Anvilfarm
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

Very nice tan, foamy, lasting head. Weak lacing.. Brew is deep black.

Has a funky weird roasted hop nose... Could use improvement.

Thin, smooth, roasty, bready, chalky, foamy, slightly bitter but not overly, high carbonation, no heat, not sweet... Rye is a bit overwhelming.

An easy drinker, yet I've had better Black IPAs, but this is a nice transitional BIPA for a new comer to IPAs... Recommended for an easy price of ~$10/750ml

02-13-2013 01:56:47 | More by chugalug06
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -26.9%

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and citrus hops

Taste: coffee grounds, char, citrus and earthly hops, light rye bread

Mouthfeel: medium-high body, medium-high carbonation, sweet start that becomes bitter and dry

Overall: I love Boulevard and the style, but this one just did not do it for me. The char is heavy on this one and sometimes the rye added a slightly medicinal quality to it. Not a horrible beer by any stretch but there are several others in the style I would go to first. This one was a miss for me.

03-12-2013 15:58:03 | More by tigg924
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Rappaman

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.9%

03-22-2014 21:05:54 | More by Rappaman
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Aquaman68

Oregon

3/5  rDev -25.9%

03-15-2013 04:17:44 | More by Aquaman68
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SammyD

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-06-2013 02:19:08 | More by SammyD
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ZombieJester

California

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-27-2013 01:59:49 | More by ZombieJester
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JBuckwalter

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.9%

I may need to preface this review with the acknowledgement that I may have bought a bad bottle; however my overall impression of this beer was very disappointing (especially after reading others' reviews).

The beer poured dark brown, wonderful head with great lacing. Great color and head retention, but then comes the tasting. Malty, malty, malty. It tasted like someone liquefied a loaf of dark rye bread and coffee grounds, and poured it into a glass. Now with a name like "Grainstorm" I guess this should be expected; however, because the beer is quoted to have 65 IBU, I awaited the hops in balancing the beer out. The hops never shown through. Any bitterness at all was simply bitter on the tongue similar to a mug of cheap coffee, with no perceivable hops flavor or aroma.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not a good one and very unexpected coming from Boulevard. With some balance it could have been fantastic. I will purchase again and update review if I just happened to buy a bad bottle.

02-26-2014 14:31:04 | More by JBuckwalter
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-16-2013 00:33:28 | More by Hopstout
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JackMehoff

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.9%

07-30-2013 17:16:43 | More by JackMehoff
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ShaneTheWalrus

Oregon

3/5  rDev -25.9%

06-16-2014 14:36:59 | More by ShaneTheWalrus
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thufflife

Missouri

3/5  rDev -25.9%

06-19-2014 17:17:47 | More by thufflife
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -20.7%

A- Pours a very dark chocolate with a monstrous fluffy khaki colored head that hangs and hangs and hangs around. Wonderful looking beer.

S - Not as much aroma has I had anticated from the looks of the beer. Even so, there were stll plenty of smells to the beer. I caught pine right off the bat. There is definately an eathy overtone to the beer as well.

T - Much different than anything I am used to. I am not sure it agrees with my palate. I defiantely tasted pine and maybe some light roasted malts. It has a very astringant taste to me. Maybe from the rye.

M - Medium to heavy body beer.It has a very dry, astringant feel in the mouth

O - I dont want to give anyone a bad impression of this beer. It may just not be my style. The beer was quite complex in taste although the smells were a tad bit faint. I'll need to buy a couple more black rye IPAs to compare this one to and maybe review again.

03-26-2013 01:48:15 | More by Goosehunter75
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beertunes

Washington

3.21/5  rDev -20.7%

Thanks to Justin (OKComputer) for this one. Caged and corked 750 poured into full goblet. Bottle code 2012-3, best by 8/13. Poured a solid black color, no translucence, with well over an inch of tan head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, some light Rye, and very low hops. On the tongue, the Rye was a bit brighter and sharper, especially on the finish. The floral and citrus hops played a very subdued role.

The body was the typical medium of the style. Drinkability was pretty good, we didn't struggle in the least with the bottle. Overall, a nice pleasant CDA, not among the elite of the style, but worth a shot if you see it.

08-10-2013 19:06:11 | More by beertunes
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jsh420

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

04-29-2014 02:42:38 | More by jsh420
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

02-23-2013 02:08:49 | More by IpeeA
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

06-05-2014 13:15:37 | More by braican
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bruindre

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

08-24-2013 01:54:21 | More by bruindre
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

05-24-2013 06:48:48 | More by beernads
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

05-14-2014 14:35:42 | More by ckeegan04
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

07-04-2013 23:21:15 | More by kjyost
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

02-07-2014 23:04:13 | More by vinny21bal
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%

750 ml bottle, best by 11/2014. Pours brown with a huge and growing creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast, sweet chocolate malt, rye and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, spicy rye with big roast piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice black IPA with lots of piney hops, roast and some rye.

03-24-2014 05:00:31 | More by Beaver13
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.