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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

546 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
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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BrewTasting

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-18-2013 15:47:20 | More by BrewTasting
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-18-2013 15:24:14 | More by KELPAK
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-17-2013 04:47:46 | More by Cramerican
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jklecko2

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%

07-17-2013 04:09:23 | More by jklecko2
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BradleyR

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-16-2013 20:58:13 | More by BradleyR
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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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andylipp

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-14-2013 20:23:39 | More by andylipp
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours near black with a ridiculously massive head. Good retention and lacing is fantastic.

S - Slightly citrusy grassy hops and sweet roasty dark malts. Smells amazing

T - hop forward with roasty rye type undertones. Sweetness is fairly masked. Definitely grassy/citrusy hops first and roasty burnt malts and rye second, great flavors of each

M - light bodied+. Light for the style minimal carbonation and very very smooth

O - Easily a top 5 black IPA for me

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:45:47 | More by MacQ32
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Mersh

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

07-12-2013 23:49:22 | More by Mersh
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

07-12-2013 01:18:25 | More by bigred89
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hoody711

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Might as well get right into it. Celebratory beverage for finishing boards.

A - nice looking bottle. Batch 3 from 2012, and best by 8/13. Pours a very dark brown from the standard Boulevard bomber into a tulip. The head is massive, tan, and fluffy. The lacing is very nice. Very nice looking beer.

S - a little tropical fruit hop up front, the body is mostly dark chocolate. Definite booziness at the end. It's a little muted, and maybe that's due to the long time in the bottle. But I expected a little more.

T - holy amazeballs. The taste blows the nose out of the water. Follows the same course - citrus bitterness, sweet malts at the end. There's a tiny bit of booze, but for the most part it's perfectly balanced and well-rounded.

M - bright and refreshing, a little oily and sticky towards the end. The bitterness hangs out a bit.

O - dear God I would love to get this fresh. The only fault is the smell, and I think if it were fresh, it'd be perfect. Very good representation of this style, but I'm totally biased toward citrus anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:17:37 | More by hoody711
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2012-2. Opened just before the best by date of 08/13. The cork bounced off the ceiling like a champagne bottle

A- pours dark black with a massive foamy light tan head that lasts forever, eventually reducing to a small layer, leaving thick lacing down the entire glass

S- dank hop aromas with some hemp, followed by fresh clean mint leaves. Chocolate malty notes play out in the background with some spicy peppery notes from the rye. I'm surprised its got this much hop aroma after over a year since bottling

T- spicy and peppery rye flavors up front transition into leafy and earthy hop flavors with a touch of mint. Some dark malty notes are detected, but not as much as I would have expected for a black ale. The finish is dry with herbal and earthy hop notes and a touch of chocolate

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel. Carbonation seems a it low, the foam rushed out upon popping the cork, that may have something to do with carbonation level

O- lots of leafy, dank, herbal and earthy hops. Not as much maltiness as I was expecting but overall worth a try

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:28:30 | More by Treyliff
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1%

07-07-2013 19:07:42 | More by bismarksays
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-04-2013 23:21:15 | More by kjyost
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-30-2013 17:33:43 | More by JamLand
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic entry into the Black IPA world. Damn this brew is delicious. Pours a surprisingly light body, but has the appearance of burnt caramel. Wonderful hoppy smell, surprisingly light on the grain. Taste really evolves over the course of a drink. Starts of with pretty mild bitter hops and toasted malt. Evolved quickly into... well... I guess a Grainstorm. Plenty of hops to balance. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Tall, foamy head. Very much enjoyed this beer. This Smokestack series can going as long as Boulevard would like.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:11:20 | More by MNBeerGeek
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jschott75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-28-2013 04:02:30 | More by jschott75
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1%

06-27-2013 01:43:21 | More by DelMontiac
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-25-2013 02:26:12 | More by cantfindme
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

06-24-2013 15:19:05 | More by InspectorBob
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

06-22-2013 11:16:06 | More by kjfinnerty
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

06-21-2013 15:27:33 | More by BigGingDrinker
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-21-2013 14:09:28 | More by csfcmitchell
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Big thanks to Twig and FTowe for a chance to try this bottle...

A: Pours a black with brown hues around the edges. There is a massive tan head that form from a modest pour. The foam takes forever to settle, leaving a rocky layer of bubbles across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is hoppy with pine and tropical fruit, mixed with a touch of spice and some mild toast. The beer smells more like and IPA than I would have imagined from a Black IPA. That actually makes me happy, considering I'm not a huge fan of this style.

T: It starts off wet hoppy, with only a mild bit of roasted malt. As the beer moves to the middle it's gets a touch spicier, and the toast notes begin to come though. The finish is a mix of hops and roast with bitters from both.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's light to start, but builds heft in the middle. It coats the palate my slides of easily. Lingering malt and hops in the back end.

O: Decent beer. It's much more pleasant than other Black IPAs. I'm happy to have tried this beer, but I don't think I'd want to drink more of it. This style just isn't my bag.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 18:28:11 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Geno206

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-17-2013 08:14:36 | More by Geno206
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.