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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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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 57 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

braican, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

kjo86, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Tayloraphilips, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Fitze, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jzlyo, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

dannycohen62, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Immortale25, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oriolesfan4, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

PappyVans, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

elkinbrown, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SaisonRichBiere, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

KCBeerNerd, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Knoxrb12, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dt_gbpackersfan, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

OBeerMeGreatOne, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SD-Alefan, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cjgiant, May 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

ckeegan04, May 14, 2014
Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

farrago, May 14, 2014
Photo of whynot44
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opaque reddish brown, almost black, with a massive foamy tan head that eventually subsides to just a skin that lasts forever and continues to produce some nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma is pine resin, citrus, faint dark roasted malts and spicy rye.

The taste is complex with plenty of pine and grapefruit up front, backed up with spicy rye, hints of coffee, chocolate, apples, plums and blackberries. The finish is dry with lingering pine resin aftertaste that makes you want more.It sounds odd but is very well balanced to produce a really tasty brew.

Medium to full bodied but smooth and easy to drink.

Overall this is very enjoyable, plenty of hops for the hopheads but not so overpowering that you can't enjoy the malt background as well. Another really nice brew from boulevard.

whynot44, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

benloho, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ronin926, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

apasternak, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.