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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

541 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 46 | 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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Mini4x

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-29-2013 20:44:38 | More by Mini4x
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JeffZeltwanger

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-27-2013 03:56:26 | More by JeffZeltwanger
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-26-2013 18:19:57 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Theogre83

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

12-25-2013 18:06:12 | More by Theogre83
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Jeeb

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-20-2013 12:47:02 | More by Jeeb
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a solid burnt wood, molasses, roasted malt and lemon. Nice.
The taste is grainy all over, burnt and roasted malt, mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a little honey sweetness. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable. The malt takes a front seat to the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 23:40:46 | More by Fatehunter
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -1%

12-01-2013 05:40:43 | More by CRJMellor
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spoony

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (batch 2012-1, best by August 2013) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a fat finger, maybe a finger and a half, of grayish-brown head. The head fades within a minute and leaves no lacing. The beer is the color of eastern-Montana asphalt...a sort-of reddish-blackish-brown. Light gets through the edges, but the brew is mostly opaque.

S-The smell is zesty. I get big doses of orange peel, rye spice, and wheat grain. The barley is also quite noticeable and less roasted/charred than in many examples of this style. For being past its best-by date, my bottle still has a good whiff of hops and bitterness.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with lightly bitter citrus peel that combines with the rye and barley to give a very zesty flavor. The grain is very up front here with wheat and barley both being distinguishable flavors. The finish is drying and lightly bitter.

M-The feel is medium body and carbonation is average strength. There is a pleasant oily coating that reminds you of the hops in here.

O-This is a nice, but not amazing, take on a black ale. I know my bottle was probably beyond its prime by a few months, but the hops are still up front and provide a nice citrus-peel bite that offsets the barley and wheat flavors. It lacks the cocoa that many black ales rely on, and instead, relies on rye spice and roasted barley, which mostly works, but this beer gets a bit grainy at times. A solid effort in an increasingly crowded style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 06:08:02 | More by spoony
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Jacobi

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-28-2013 23:38:30 | More by Jacobi
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Integritous

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

11-25-2013 03:07:03 | More by Integritous
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clemson14

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

11-25-2013 03:01:02 | More by clemson14
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-18-2013 08:27:36 | More by brewskis4drewski
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hreb

Washington

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

750mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours with a brownish tinge into opaque blackness, with a massive dingy head. Aroma suggests Cascade-y IPA. Flavor is similarly C-hop forward, with a little bit of roasted malt, and just a hint of rye grainy goodness on the back of the palate. Flavors are good but not all that complex -- a little disappointing given black rye IPA/CDAs have so much to offer. Still a really good beer...but 10 out of 10 times I'd rather have a Wookey Jack :) Carbonation is a little bit too strong. Bonus points for the massive head though.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:26:51 | More by hreb
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itracy63

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-16-2013 17:44:43 | More by itracy63
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Allurex

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-13-2013 05:45:06 | More by Allurex
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HawkeyeJosh

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-05-2013 21:15:00 | More by HawkeyeJosh
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Trish

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

11-02-2013 14:20:24 | More by Trish
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

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

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-22-2013 11:31:06 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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ThunderChicken7

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-17-2013 04:02:31 | More by ThunderChicken7
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jkroese

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-17-2013 01:20:56 | More by jkroese
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GBuzzard

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-13-2013 13:36:59 | More by GBuzzard
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bnes09

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:39:21 | More by bnes09
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ChuckS

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

10-03-2013 01:11:54 | More by ChuckS
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer? mmmm the penultimate fab beer. Whatever; pretty friggin good brew. In most of my scores it was just a hair under the next up rating. Anyway, poured at a great temperature with giant, foamy, frothy, medium tan head that never settles and a bit'o lace. Aroma is slightly gamey, hops, dark roast malt, weed, dry forest, mustiness. Appearance is a very dark but clear cherry garnet with a few bubble trails. Flavor's a slightly sweet acid at the very first and quickly followed by bitter and the resin & citrus flavors . Roast is also predominate and include dark ripe fruit. Finish is like flavor, tapers slow, and is fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 05:27:06 | More by drpimento
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.