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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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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
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 rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
Batch 2012-3
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a pale tan head that is thick and creamy lasting or a bit.

S- The dark earthy malt has some cream notes and a green herbal hop hint in the finish.

T- The pungent dark hops have a roasted malt bitterness that gently comes through with a pungent hops linger on the back of the tongue. There is a hint of coffee roasted malt in the bitterness as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish that boost the bitterness.

O- There are lots of dark bittern notes in this beer that overpower any malt or hop flavor and not much other character. The big bitterness makes it a bit hard to get through a full bottle.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’d have never thought that I would ever be on a Black IPA kick, but here I am. These beers just keep jumping off the shelves at me.

Batch 3 of 2012, brewed late, I’m guessing – the best-by date is 08-2013, well over four months after the date of this tasting.

A: All head, even from a gentle pour: a thick, foamy, brown monstrosity stretches four fingers above the small amount of brick-red body. The chunky lacing and retention looks excellent, but minutes pass before I can actually sip the beer under all that foam – a tough trade-off.

S: Chalky mineral aromas rise tall out of the glass, followed by a Fruity Pebbles wheat-and-hop scent of lemon, grape, cherry, and grain husk – an odd mix of tones, indeed, and one that makes the aromas seem slightly artificial. Milk chocolate with hints of vanilla and spicy cinnamon draw some attention underneath, to the malt base, but the crux of this nose is its surprising fruitiness.

T: A blend of zesty hops and sweet, earthy malt. The front end is loaded with a catty, lemon rind bitterness, hops that give more Noble flavor than expected for this style – that said, their refreshing bitterness is not unwelcome, as are the white grape and pepper notes that accompany them. The bitterness doesn’t linger long before malt flavor envelopes them, surging with indistinguishable sugar tones. It’s tough to put a finger on which malts are doing the talking, because it really just fills the beer out with a sustained sweetness; marshmallow, chocolate, and toast (though mild) are the most evident tastes, but it’s tough to pick out anything more substantial than that. Toward the end, the palate dries up to a lingering taste of pine – standard fare for an IPA.

M: Just like the ridiculous amount of head showed, this beer is as light and frothy as foamed milk. Only slightly astringent due to the lack of acidic tastes in the hops, but dry enough to keep this in IPA territory (though just enough).

O: This is a pretty good Boulevard beer – Boulevard, though, has the proven capability to put out some of the best beers on the planet. I think the malts went a little far in this beer, really; complexity is alright, but it’s even better to accentuate the best from a certain style of grain or two. I feel like the brewers tried to include EVERYTHING a grain bill could offer, which ends up being too complicated to truly enjoy.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 23, 2013
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.