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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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very good

608 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

vinny21bal, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish, brown, near black color. Almost opaque with ruby hues on the bottom. Thick head billows over the beer and retreats gradually leaving foamy remnants on the glass.

Wheat, rye and pine aroma.

Dense malty character, mostly rye and toasted wheat. Pine and herbal hop, slightly stale tasting but adds lots of bitterness. Imperfect balance and a little rough around the edges.

Medium bodied. Rough, grainy texture. Dry finish.

To be fair this bottle is 1 month expired and the hops may have lost some of their pungency. However, according to the bottle date, they gave this beer a 17 month shelf life. Overall, pretty average for a black IPA.

bnes09, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

virinow, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sgttibbs, Feb 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

bigolwilly, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

aztraz, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

garrisonp, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Chelsealyncran, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JSchock7, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

olliegaff, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

dvmky, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

damngoode, May 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Hultkrantz, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

RangnaR, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Mlawrence, Oct 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

grumpygerman, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

kvgomps, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

CTaylorBrew, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jenray, May 03, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, I did indeed buy this bottle because somewhere on the label were the letters r y e. In a row. That's enough reason for me. 750 ML bottle split with my wife, best by date of 08/2013.

The pour is true to the copy, dense black. Carbonation spills out like a mushroom cloud, to the tune of a roughly 50/50 split of head & beer in the pint glass...settle down there, bucky. Nose is confused: roast, grain, earthy pine hops. Though not much of any of those. Very much like damp forest in the wilderness. I like that smell when I'm in a tent, not sure about having it in a glass.

Grainstorm, I find you difficult to describe; no ingredient or taste really stands out above the others. There's a fair amount of nice roast, backing strip of nice bittering hops with a bit of pine to them, spare earthiness that might be the rye, field grains, touch of spice. As noted, the carbonation is on the edge of too much, but the strength here is the ease which is slips from glass to tongue to stomach. To toilet. Eventually.

This beer has the privilege of being so well balanced that it almost turns invisible. It's like bland without being bland. Pretty good beer.

maximum12, Mar 22, 2013
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.