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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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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 659
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 40
Gots: 65 | 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:
Beer added by: acelin on 12-06-2012

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
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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 659
Photo of bump8628
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottled served in a Smoke Stack tulip. One of the most magnificent looking beers I've seen - deep brown, bordering on black, with a thick, meringue-like head of ecru foam that refuses to fall to less than two fingers of thickness and leaves clumps of lacing. Pine and thyme aromatics hit first followed by an undercurrent of dank herbs, grapefruit rind, and tropical fruits. The palate offers more of those big hop flavors along with a punch of sharp, herbal bitterness. Malt offers the familiar rustic spiciness of rye and just a faint dusting of roast and smoke reminiscent of chicory coffee.

Exactly where I like my Black IPAs/CDAs - aggressive hops, minimal malt and roast. The hop combo is one of my favorites (Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra) and the brewers should be applauded for not going overboard with the specialty malts, with the rye addition being a unique twist to the style. Grainstorm keeps up the tradition of excellence I've come to expect from the Smokestack Series. Simply a great American craft beer here. (1,049 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Pours a very dark brown body with thick 2 finger head that has very nice staying power. Average lacing.

S - Roasted malts, pine, sweet toasted bread, rye and alcohol vapors. The aroma is faint.

T - Pine and roasted black malts, spicy rye shows up well, dry and bitter with a sharp spiciness. The spicy bitterness continues into the long dry finish.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Very focused flavors here. It's not overly roasted and the rye seems to be well incorporated. The aroma was a little weak but all in all a solid Black. (607 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown almost black pour with tons o fluffy white head which dissipated slowly. Great amount of lacing left behind. The smell is sweet yet grassy, caramel, slightly oxidized. The flavor is a beast, lots of sweet floral hippy flavors yet a toasty bitterness from the grain bill. Caramel, bready, but not sweet. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the better black iPa's I've had, on par with wookie jack. (428 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Be careful with the pour or it will fill half the glass, otherwise it’s a few fingers of light tan, very uniform microfoam, looks like it was intentionally whipped up, very good retention, the lacing is pretty much a solid sheet down the glass side, rarely breaks into streaks. The liquid is a kind of muddy brown like pond water, semi-opaque, displays a yellow cast near the surface, through it all you can easily see the hyperactive bubbles bursting upwards. The nose is all but totally grapefruit citrus, the rye is consistent but not showy, well cooked country bread notes, light pepper spice, same for the nectarine to peach fruit scents, very smooth and focused, all about that citrus. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and the carbonation really gets it churning, overaggressive. When it does settle into the palate, the grapefruit leads again however the raw graininess is assertive. Some cocoa, the roast is not high-toned, more baked, bready. Pine adds to overall bitterness rather than sweetness, the fruit also tart, a mix of pineapple, nectarine and apple more than peach or apricot. Not trying to hard, that said, the finish while clean could use more flavor, quibbling. Hard not to consume happily. (1,215 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Batch 2012/2, best by 8/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Boulevard's Grainstorm is an interesting Black IPA with a fairly minor roasted notes that play up the hops and supposed rye in this beer. As a whole, this reminds me of a weaker in aroma and flavor Three Floyds' beer (particularly the Black Sun Stout). Not bad, but not particularly impressive, one that I don't think I'd go back to again, especially considering the 750ml bottle format.

Pours a massive head of many centimeters, dark tan to light brown in color, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting for several minutes in a slow fall to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is similar, a complex pattern clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown color, opaque, with light bringing out a hint of dark mahogany color. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma primarily of mild pine resin, with lesser grapefruit/citrus, with backing of smooth cacoa nibs (roasted malt). Aroma is not bad, but not surprisingly light and not particularly prominent.

Overall flavor is of pine-like, moderately bitter and citrus-showing hops with a bit of roasted malt character for a bit of complexity; the rye is generally low. Front of palate is of light, pale malt sweetness with just a touch of smooth, "watered-down" milk chocolate and burnt toast flavor. Mid-palate is of pine resin and mildly fruity hop oils and yeast esters, grapefruit-like hops with medium-high bitterness and mild burnt bread and cacoa nibs. Back of palate picks up roasted malt, pine resin hops, bitterness, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste is of spicy, bitter hops with accents of slightly tangy rye, pine resin, and lingering acridity from roasted malts.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a beer that is slightly fizzy, foamy, and finds an equilibrium somewhere in-between: in general, too much carbonation. Ethanol is lightly felt on the tongue and in the nostrils, a bit strange for a 7.7% ABV beer. Closes dry, leaving substantial stickiness coating the lips and tongue after each sip. (2,208 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Comes out of the bottle brown, settles to a dark-chocolate black. Huge oatmeal colored head with large patches of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy notes, sharp, crisp bitter hops, some pepper and faint malts.

Taste: Starts out with a subtle chocolate grain note, then smoothly moves into really crisp hops that have faint floral and sweet fruits before ending with a nice slightly piny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium in weight.

Overall, a very well made brew, I'm definitely going to try more smokestack brews. (553 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When you open a bottle of beer, and the smell of the hops hits you before you pour the beer, you know that a treat to the senses is coming. This was one of those times. The smell of grapefruit became stronger with beer having been liberated from the bomber, but oddly did not get much more intense while nosing the glass. The look was as dark as a stout, but the head formation was much more massive, at three plus fingers thick. The head did not seem to go anywhere at all till I typed all this. The taste was very complex, with a constant interplay of light and dark malts and hops. There were notes of licorice, banana, coffee, dark toasted bread, grapefruit, and iced tea flying across the tongue in rapid succession. There was not a lot of heft to the body though, and the finish was a little watered down. I also did not notice much of a rye influence, as the dark malt seemed a lot more assertive. Boulevard produces another winner. What a surprise..not. (961 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours near black with a huge 3" light tan head. Big ring around the top of the glass along with other trails of lacing.

S- light roasted malts, lots of citrus (grapefruit, melon, orange), light spice and pine.

T- spiced malts, light roast, lots of citrus again, citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy feel and has a dry finish from the bitterness.

O- good beer, more of a rye pa than a black rye pa. Lots of citrus with less chocolate or roast then a wookie jack or something similar. (582 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pour lightly into a Duvel tulip to accommodate the anticipated carbonation, but it still billows over the edge near unending Ala Peter North. Gotta love the carbonation on these Boulevard Brews. Pure black in color with some crimson hues. The froth is huge and unyielding.

Robust oily, floral hops to the nose. Tastes spicy with more oily hops, a nice grain character, a flash of molasses sweetness, overly ripe plum and a slightly medicinal finish.

Medium and quite smooth despite the bitterness. Dry with some noticeable alcohol.

Fantastic. (550 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012-3
08-2013

A= Pours a nice black color with a huge beige colored head that holds great retention and lacing. A rediculous head actually. I should have poured it a littl more carefully but it was a hard read.

S= Huge hop aroma with a nice roast character. Mostly just a big sexy hop smell though.

T= The taste is a little muddled. There is of course the big hop flavor but the black roasty flavor plays a bit in the bitterness as well. These Black IPAs are a little confusing for me tongue. The rye component is nicely represented with a spicyness that works well with the hops.

M= The mouth is a nice creamy feel.

O= This is a solid Black ale. I personally find the style to be a little goofy. There is just so much flavor packed into a beer that it all just sort of falls together. I don't know if it's just me but they seem a little muddled. They still taste good but they all sort of taste the same to me. It's taken a few to understand it but I think for me most part it's hard to make a Black Ale that is different. (1,030 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 8.98. Best by 08/13. Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours dark brown with russet edges and an explosive three and a half fingers of deep cream head that stubbornly sticks around impeding my way to the brew. That dense head leaves plenty of lacing.

Aromas of piney and floral hops with a spicey bread base backing it up.

Taste of bitter piney hops dominate up front followed by flower pedals, citrus rind, white peppercorn, spicy rye, bark, wet grass, mild roast malts and an almost chalky/ powdery aspect. Very little booze presence.

Medium body with a heaping helping of carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

The spicy rye character adds an interesting twist to the American black ale. A nice hop profile with spicy rye taking the place of the expected roasty malts. A oleasant experience overall but a little more roast and dialing back the carbonation by 30-40% would really help this stand out in my opinion. (968 characters)

Photo of katan
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Super frothy pour - head busting at the seems. Brown colored formation. Beer itself is brown with some amber highlights.

S - Potent hop aromas, of the earthy and dank styles. Not detecting much of the grains yet.

T - Smooth and sweet beginning, with just a bit of the nuttiness coming in from the rye. Roast is light. Mid-stream turns more bitter, a little more grainy and spicy. Hopping comes on very strong, I'm guessing summit hops. Finishes with a little bit of a sweetness.

M - Creamy body, lots of carbonation here. Almost too much. Does well to offset the somewhat hefty nature of the beer.

O/D - An interesting and very hoppy black ale/rye IPA. A little bit filling from all the carbonation. ABV is moderately reasonable. A bit of a palette smasher. (787 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (2,402 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as this Boulevard spring seasonal hits KC for it's second year of existence. I like it quite a bit, so it seems about time to update my score and do a full review. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown hue, almost black, with just the faintest rim of coffee color right around the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-finger sudsy head of latte foam colored bubbles--just a slight twinge of khaki. Retention is moderate, with the foam dissipating to a healthy buildup around the rim of the liquid, and a small island of accumulated foam in the middle, separated by a moat of black with a thin film across the top. Rims of lace are present as I drink it down, with some soapy sheets of lacing in places and eventually a mottling of spots all around the glass long after the liquid has gone.

Smell - Different from many "black IPAs" in that the roasted characteristics are very much in the background on this take. Instead, the nose is led by fragrant citrus and herbal grass and pine--the "IPA" side of this bipolar style. Following the hoppy drum major in this parade of flavors is a corps of rye spice and earthiness.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the citrus is big and almost juicy. Not an adjective I've often used to describe this style, but there is a great deal of orange zest and tangerine flesh to given this a wonderful pungency that is kept in check by the spicy rye and roasted malt. Some faint esters waft through the other flavors, and at the very end, there is a lingering bitterness, like almost-burnt toast, to make sure the "black" part of this ale is more than just the color.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a feel that is slightly juicy and highly drinkable for the style, with low bitterness.

Overall, this isn't like a lot of examples I've had in the style, but I personally think it sets it apart in a good way. Much less rich and overbearing than some of it's black rye IPA counterparts, it's a fitting spring take on the style. (2,055 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle with a best by date of 08-2013. Pours a very dark brown. Not quite black as some light comes through. Huge 2.5 finger light tan head that is super thick and creamy. It just lingers forever. I think my beer constantly had a 1 finger head the entire time i was drinking it. Really nice. Good lacing

S- Very hop forward. Piney, resinous, citrus- some grapefruit is what i am picking up. Spices from the rye come through in the end.

T- Taste does a good job of following the nose. Pine, earthy hops up front with some citrus notes as well, then they give way to the rye. Maybe the slightest touch of chocolate, but maybe i am just going crazy. Not a huge malt base as it gives way to the rye. I absolutely love the way the earthy hops and spice of the rye are battling for taste bud supremacy. A lot going on here and i like it. A fantastic grudge match with my palate at stake. Some bitterness in the finish.

M- Pretty damn close to full body IMO. Thick and velvety. Dry finish. Can't detect any of the alcohol.

O- Just an outstanding beer. Exactly how a black rye IPA should be. One of the better ones I have had and one of the better ales from Boulevard IMO.

$8.99 for bomber bottle (1,217 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 (435 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new one from Boulevard in a 750 ml bottle.

Poured into a stone glass. This thing is the definition of a Black IPA. Can't see a bit of light through it. The head is frothy with lace like no other.

Nose is on the grassy side.

Taste is strong hops which are citrus and grassy. Mouth feel is rather carbonated. At first I thought it was dry but then as I drank it the feel got wetter. Hints of sweetness and you can tell this is a rye beer all the way.

This is a great example of the style. Boulevard is a solid brewery. (523 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:Dark caramel brown. Massive tan head.
smell: Nice and different. Piney hops up front with lightly spicy rye.
taste: much like the nose. a bit of sharp bitterness up front with an interesting finish, a mix of all that stuff, barley, rye and a little raosty malt.
overall: Pleasant and different. Nice job. (309 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml poured into a tulip

A- Pours murky brown, almost balck in the glass with brown around the edges. A massive off tan frothy head with great retention.

S- A good citrusy hop profile in the beer. A slight roastedness. A bit of wheat. A very herbal and earthy tone to the beer. Somewhat grainy and spicy.

T- A slight bitterness and a big bit of carbonation at first. The hop profile in this beer is somewhat floral and very citrusy. There is a lot of pineapple, lemongrass and mango in the beer. A subtle wheat character in this beer as well as a slight herbal spicyness from the rye I assume. The roastedness comes in on the back end and really only lingers for a second. A well balanced beer.

M- High carbonation, medium bitterness and medium body. Quite drinkable. A changing taste profile.

O- This is pretty badass beer. A different beer and very well done. Definitely worth a try. (893 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a big beige head with great retention and takes a while for it to settle. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pleasant aromatics. Spruce. Earthy sweetness. Black Pepper.
T) Spicy. Black pepper. Bready. Mellow malts help to balance out the hops
M) Medium body. Quite smooth. Hop tannins linger it the finish. Subtle heat from the alcohol.
O) A delicious Black IPA/Cascadian pale ale. I'll be finishing the bottle. (454 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-29-2013
Freshness: Best by 08-2013
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a huge and creamy tan head, on a black beer with ruby highlights. Head retention is excellent with a good amount of lacing.

The smell features moderately hoppy IPA-like aromas of citrus and pine, plus some spiciness of the rye grains.

Taste is similar to a hoppy IPA plus roasted notes and perhaps some smoke. Kind of like a hopped-up porter. I like how it mellows at room temperatures.

The mouthfeel has a medium level of carbonation and heavy body like a big stout. Finishes with bitterness of the hops and also a bitterness of the dark roasted grains.

Overall, a delightful black IPA. Not a style I usually reach for, but Boulevard has done a really good job on this.

Big thanks to Cameron (TheBishopCo) for this bottle! (896 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a huge, steady brown head; good lacing

S: Tropical fruits explode as the cork comes out: pineapple, mango, grapefruit and then comes the spicy bready malts--man, this beer smells amazing

T: Tropical hop forward and those flavors then blend so well with the spicy rye--such a nice testament to how a beer can be hoppy and yet balanced; some alcohol becomes evident in the finish

F: Creamy and yet sticky; this is a nice feeling beer; such good texture from start to finish

O: A really nice beer; such a great example of what rye can add to a beer (563 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and fluffy tan head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was black with brown edges.
s - strong west coast piney hops.
t - piney hops with some rye spice and roasted coffee and chocolate notes underneath.
m - bubbly and coating.
o - terrific black ipa and i loved the rye take on this. another smokestack series winner. (394 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #2012-2. Best by Aug 2013. 750 into big tulip

Huge pop on the cork. Pours with a huge, fat, rocky, tan head. Body is just as it should be - deep, opaque, and dark-brown to black. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas are a little light. Primed by dark malt which yields to unsweetened baking chocolate. Little touch of sweet spice. As it warmed, I picked up plenty of urinal cake (strange, but true). The hops come through in the finish with some bubble gum and faint sweet pine.

Soft on the palate. Really clean. Great, great balance between the hops and malts. Leads with bitterness, as it should, but pretty nice balance overall. Grapefruit. Semi-sweet chocolate. Cinnamon. Syrup. Some orange peel bitterness. Minor effervescence in the mouthfeel. Finishes good and dry.

Overall, not the top 3 in my Black Ales to date, but smooth and easy drinking relative to some bruisers. (884 characters)

Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.