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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

544 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 30
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Americo’s bottle. Brown with a big head, lacy, and a hoppy aroma. meets the style with emphasis on hops rather than roastiness. Tasty and good drinkability. Satisfying. This brewery continues to bring out quality new releases. A tad above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 12:31:36 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an opaque chocolate color with a very impressive head (three fingers) that just sticks and stays leaving copious amounts of lacing behind

Smell: Piney aromatics, with pumpernickel and rye underneath

Taste: Hop forward, like the aroma, with the pine joined by the dark and spicy malts, in the middle; after the swallow, the hops win out, leaving the malt somewhat understated in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a little bit overcarbonated

Overall: I was expecting a bit more from Boulevard as I am quite a fan but the lack of balance and the overcarbonation left me a little bit disappointed; still a pretty good beer but not quite what I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:20:44 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

02-17-2013 03:11:59 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-04-2013 16:56:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

03-10-2013 22:07:06 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

03-04-2013 02:04:44 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

10-28-2013 02:15:06 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

06-25-2014 23:09:51 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep roasted chesnut brown with a large blooming light beige colored head atop that takes forever to settle leaving a nice full ring behind.Resiny hops stand out most in the nose along with a shot of spicy rye,not much roast.Quite dry on the palate with a healthy dose of citric/resiny hops,there is a sharpness from the rye but it's not in your face,somewhat grainy and earthy but not a whole lot of roast.A well hopped ABA that doesn't have alot of the "black" components,still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 20:56:18 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-20-2013 22:59:11 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Something tells me a grainstorm would be terrible to try to live through... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brown-garnet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light roasted malts, light toasted rye bread, and mild grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the greens coming in all salad strong and whatnot. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a good black rye IPA, one that certainly is a black rye IPA, but nothing exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 22:37:44 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, black in the glass. Copious foam, billowing head that quickly threaten to spill over. Healthy lasting skim, and good head retention on display.

Aroma is fairly subdued, swirling releases some volatiles that is momentarily unpleasant. Fusel, green grass, and odd bread dough yeast notes. Later its more typical mellow roast malt and dried fruit hop notes.

Dry roasted malt backbone, hops are subdued but lend some dry bitterness in the aftertaste and some vague dried citrus peel in the middle. Slightly watery feel. Not one of the more successful beers in the smokestack series, but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:41:52 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet dark brown color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and roasted malt.

T - Piney hop bitterness with roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Light citrus notes, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is yet another fine Smokestack beer from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:24:47 | More by zeff80
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-11-2013 01:04:59 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD of 08-13

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, lemongrass, a little bit of pear, big-time peppery notes & lemon zest, carob & wet grain

T: Follows the nose, some roastynesss & a smidge of grainyness up front. More grassyness, a touch of grapefruit & roastyness, orange rind. Finshes with dryness, slight roastyness, graperfruit acidity & a firly prounounced crispness

MF: Medium body , firm carbonation, nice balance, skews a touch watery as this warmed up

Very drinkable, no mattter how you slice it. I like this one a lot

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 06:23:05 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-05-2013 16:19:05 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard smokestack series glass, cause I can. Beer is dark brown to black with a nice big head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, nice retention, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, smells like cascade hops if you ask me.

Beer is medium to light in body, hoppy, mildly to moderately bitter on the finish, I dn't get a lot of rye in there but it is a nice beer overall. Probably not a repeat but there's nothing wrong with it, it is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:10:41 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-13-2014 11:49:22 | More by SocalKicks
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge rising fluffy head that fades back kinda slowly, some lacing, dark murky pond water brown color.

Nose dark malts, little choc and hint of maybe roast, some spicy slight earthy rye aromas, a bit if a grassy earthy hop, little yeasty, but overall much lighter nose than I expected.

Taste starts with dark mineraly malts, light roasty and black malts with light coffee, caramel brown malts. Then spicy chewy earthy rye flavours, into earthy slight citrus fruity hops too, chewy grainy malts. Light cocoa, bit if a creamy feel too. Finish lingering with bitter earthy hops, bitter dark malts, little creamy, slight dry but a bit sticky, bit more coffee too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, but creamy, chewy, hint of warming booze, plenty of carb maybe too much.

Overall not bad, dark malts don't get to roasty or contrast to the hops too much, quite a bit going on but doesn't seem like it when you actually smell and taste it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 14:33:18 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

maybe the most appropriately named beer to come out in awhile. the malt bill on this is colossal, and the rye malt is so intense, huge body, super yum. the pour is thick and dark. milkshakey with a deep fain red brown depth, pushing up on black, with a mocha colored soft head maybe four inches high and long lasting. amazing. the nose is grainy as hell, spicy roasty rye and barley, a good alcohol kick, and tons of hops. pine and straight English bitter varieties, just a massive nose. the taste is really heavy malt with very little sweetness. some german and English doughy flavors, but mostly just roasted American two row and brutally intense rye, black as black can be. hopped well, bitter in the finish but bittersweet cocoay throughout. long finish of beautiful complexity and some surly attitude. a well hidden abv, but you could hide anthrax, your girlfriend's rolodex, and a shorty of cheap vodka in this one without affecting the flavor. no joke. full as a body can be, but made mild my the carbonation which is really active and creamy, almost akin to a nitro dispense. drinkable on your own, but a good bottle to share too. overall an impressive beer, the smokestack series kills it. I also found this on my roof after an enjoyable scavenger hunt for valentines day, which only sweetened the pot...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:11:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-18-2013 01:53:07 | More by oline73
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge 2/3 of the glass head. Settles into a definitive beige sugar loaf. Leaves some chunky spots on the glass. The liquid is dark brown where no light passes.

Floral hop is the first impression. I can detect some darker malts and the dryness of the Rye. Very attractive and well balanced.

Smooth and dry, the taste starts with a darkly toasted malt (and just a hint of bitter chocolate). The body is modestly rich. The carbonation is below average. The finish is black pepper bitterness. The aftertaste of dark cocoa and hop is quite short for what one would expect.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:00:25 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-23-2013 03:11:58 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

02-24-2013 20:10:32 | More by MarkyMOD
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.