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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
91
outstanding

584 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 55 | 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 bigred89
4/5  rDev -1.5%

bigred89, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev 0%

750ml. Dark cola black pour. Big bright white head. Retained forever.

Aroma, quite piney, some minimal citrus. Faint roast malt.

Taste, piney, leafy hops up front. Spicy toasted malt. Anise, very light coffee. Moderately resiny and roast bitter finish.

Maybe medium body, ample carbonation. Fills and coats the mouth nicely. Drinks very well. Would gladly have again. Can satisfy the roasty dark fans and the hop heads alike.

Bung, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jera1350, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of jenray
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jenray, May 03, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Batch 2012-1. Best by 08-2013. Think it's around a month old.

A: Nice dark brown pour with an enormously huge effervescent light brown head. Head fades annoyingly slowly - I want to drink it already! Huge island of foam reminds. Big swaths of fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Big juicy grapefruit. Some pine in there too with the notable spicy rye to boot. Tiny bit of resin. No real roasted malt to note, maybe the lightest hint of chocolate? Might be my imagination.

T: Lots of grapefruit and pine up front. There's the roasted malt. Sweet and chocolatey, mixing in with rye and the hop flavors. Get some spice from the rye and a wave of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Pine and resin mainly in the finish and the lingering aftertaste - with hints of bitter chocolate now that the sweetness has run out. Really a wonderful combination.

M: Nice medium body but smooth and borderline creamy even.

O: Wow, this beer is great. The chocolate, rye and hops really meld together nicely. Well balanced, mellow, smooth and very tasty. Outstanding really. Not a huge in-your-face hoppiness like some - wookey jack is definitely a hoppier version of this for example. This one is more easy drinking and balanced but doesn't have as sharp of flavors. Awesome job, Boulevard.

Dope, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque, dark brown color. There was about a finger of fairly dense tan head on it. It leaves a bit of lacing. Nice nose to this one. Pine, some citrus and rye are predominate. Getting some other fruits hiding in the background. Nice taste. A good citrus and pine bitter bite to it, followed by some roasted malt. Some rye, maybe some of the fruits hiding in there. Very nicely balance body. This is very good and worth searching out!

Boto, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Presently, this is the #20 ranked "American Black Ale" here on BA.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured pretty much a pitch black color, no light passing whatsoever, and with a mocha colored, 4-finger head. Hell, the head was bigger than the brew.

S: Melted grape popsicle, with some grilled pineapple and dark malt mixed in. Not in-your-face, but still effective.

T: Almost the perfect melding of IPA and Porter. Neither won out over the other, which I found astounding. Not a hophead paradise by any stretch, still the overall "fresh" taste of this was astounding.

M: Spritzy carbonation and smooth as silk: This is a quality I find so often with these Smokestack Series brews. Delectable in this area.

O: This is totally not a style I'm fond of overall, but this is not the standard Black IPA fare. Will have again.

Chaney, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ncstateplaya, May 10, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Ciocanelu, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

aztraz, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kwjd, Friday at 04:14 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Immortale25, May 26, 2014
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -1.5%

lupercmda, May 10, 2014
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CRJMellor, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

2dogbrew, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, two finger light fluffy head.

S-Roasted malt, grass, hop and some rye spiciness.

T-Not sure if the roasted malt and rye are balanced or fighting with each other. Mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slightly carbonated with some carbonation.

O-An interesting take on Rye IPA and the Black IPA, still not sure if the flavors mesh well together.

rlee1390, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

hilgart1, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kaelingirl, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

JamLand, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

VeganUndead, Apr 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

jsh420, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

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
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.