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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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440 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%


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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zachary80

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Cork&Cage. Loud pop of the cork. Printing on the label leads me to think it falls into the category of an IPA that is black, rather than falling towards the other angles of

Pours a dark chocolate brown, approaching black. Huge beige head, over half the glass on an initial careful pour. As its settling down its leaving 100% lacing, only missing spots where there were bubbles.

Aroma is somewhat muted, light earthy hop/malt combination. Cascade? Could be much much stronger.

The flavor, on the other hand, is great. Different from every other Black IPA I've had, but very much a good representative of the style (ABA, CDA, BIPA- I tend to lean towards the last).

Mouthfeel would be thin for a stout or porter but fine in a single IPA, and appropriate for the style. Don't notice anything here from the rye however.

Overall this is a great Black Rye IPA. I would love to see it in four or six packs, and would be excited to try an imperial take on the same beer. Aroma is really the only thing holding it back, which is a pretty big component of my appreaciation of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:01:09 | More by zachary80
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For me, the dividing lines between Black IPA's, Cascadian Ales and Rye Ales are pretty blurry. None of these are my favorite styles, and Honestly it's a little tough to figure where to place this one, but seeing as it's Boulevard Smokestack Series, I knew my risk of exploration was low.

A: Looks great, pours a very very deep dark brown. Not cloudy but only the slightest bit of ruby light gets in around the edges. Lovely big thick explosive light cocoa / khaki head that clings to the edge of the glass like thick sticky frosting.

N: I really didn't get as much out of the nose as I was expecting. Relatively thin and hop forward, with very little roastiness or rye notes. Grapefruit and some piney hoppiness were the main elements.

T: Relatively similar to the nose. Citrus, Evergreen and pine hops make up the bulk of the flavors, with a bit of rye spice and roasted malts, but only in the finish. Blindfolded, I could imagine myself calling this out as an American Pale Ale or IPA.

MF: Quite nice, with a creamy feel, coating the mouth and tongue well. Very well carbonated, keeping refreshment high.

O: A nice beer, definitely enjoyable, not quite to the same level as what I've come to expect from Boulevard. I would buy it again, but only if I was jonesing for a Black IPA for some reason.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 15:57:01 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weird style!

Pours out a very deep, dark brown with tons of ruby highlights and a huge, khaki/tan head.

The aroma is more hop forward than I have come to expect from Black IPAs/American Black Ales. There is a decent amount of citrus, pine, grapefruit and a hint of mango. There are some very lightly toasted malt notes coming through and some rye notes too.

The taste is also very hop forward; grapefruit, orange peel, pine and some mango and apricot. This is followed by the very lightly roasted/toasted malt notes with a hint of chocolate. There is some rye spiciness in there and some bready notes.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. The ABV is nicely hidden.

This is one of the better Black IPAs/American Black Ales I have tried. It stays hoppy without throwing in a ton of huge roasted notes and the rye gives it some nice complexity. If you're usually turned off of these beers because of the huge Stout notes, try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:50:29 | More by JohnnyMc
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Bung

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:09:11 | More by Bung
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2013. Pours clear very dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, toast, spicy rye, light roasted malt, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big presence of citrus hop notes with some moderate malt presence. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, toast, roasted malt, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, toast, spicy rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; with a moderate roast/rye malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice black IPA. Nice balance of hop complexity and malt; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:58:54 | More by superspak
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:00:45 | More by rlee1390
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Americo’s bottle. Brown with a big head, lacy, and a hoppy aroma. meets the style with emphasis on hops rather than roastiness. Tasty and good drinkability. Satisfying. This brewery continues to bring out quality new releases. A tad above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 12:31:36 | More by Sammy
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abrethanson

California

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a corked and caged 750 bottle from the local spirit shop in my Kansas hometown. Split with my Dad while introducing him to better beer.

A: Wow, this baby is a pitch black abyss. Pours a thick foamy tan 2-finger head with good lacing. Head retention is good and carries nice bubbles. The bottom portion of the pour held a lighter coffee brown tint.

S: Piney from what I could sense. (I cannot smell and did not have a nose around)

T: Again, wow. Seemed like it took forever to figure out all the flavors. Spicy rye and a lot of complexity. Cloves, bready undertones, dark fruit, and burnt coffee bitterness up front. A hell of a lot of pine / evergreen on the finish. Really had to pay attention to each sip. The burnt coffee lingers for quiet a while. Hop bomb indeed but toes the line on wrecking your palette. Well balanced between the hops, malt, and carbonation. The booziness was not overly apparent until the last glass.

O: I am not overly familiar with the black rye IPA style but came away thinking this was a great take. Complex, smooth, well-balanced, and unique. Not sesssionable but good beer to split a 750 with. Dad enjoyed it too!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:56:23 | More by abrethanson
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NWer

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosive pour into a tulip from 750 ml corked & caged bottle.
Massive four finger head in spite of my best efforts to pour carefully.
Dark appearance brown foam holds nicely for a long time
Very smooth malty feel up front. Full hop flavors don't appear until after way into the mouthfeel phase.
Very enjoyable beer. Very easy to sip through an entire bottle without realizing it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 21:55:42 | More by NWer
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with lots of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like metallic hops and citrus zest, with some spicy rye and roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus and resin hops, with some roasted coffee and semisweet chocolate and spicy rye. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderated smooth natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice IPA, but not so much black (aside from the looks) or rye. The scent and taste were good but simple. The body was excellent, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nice brew, but not as unique as I wished.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:38:11 | More by Pencible
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claytri

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich mahogoney with a tan head. The atoma is the expected strong mixture of rye and hops. The taste is a combination of the two bitters at work there is an undercurrent of mslt in the closr thst lingers nicely the feelvis medium and oily a very interesting rye and a bit different. All in all a solid and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 18:04:41 | More by claytri
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL, Batch Number 2012-2, Best By 08-2013
The cork pops loudly as it's removed. A near-black colored ale is revealed with a towering, beige head that holds excellent retention, that leaves tons of lacing as it eventually fades. Aromas are earthy, spicy rye malt, roasted barley, dank piny hops, grapefruity citrus comes through more as it warms. Bold notes of spicy rye, roasted barley, sweet caramel, and earthy, dank, bitter, piny hops battle on the palate, creating a nice meld of flavors with excellent complexity and balance. Mouth-feel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, while being full bodied. Overall, I really enjoyed this, but in my opinion it falls short in comparison to another beer similar to this one (FWWJ).

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:06:47 | More by barnzy78
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly black pour, some brown edges on the bottom. Light brown head. Epic retention. Spicy, floral hop notes in the aroma, some pine too, with subtle notes of roast and chocolate. Big spicy rye zest up front in the taste, some pine resins, backing roasted notes with an astute bitterness. Lighter, but creamy body, carbonation is good.

Super solid ABA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:16:13 | More by EgadBananas
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at The Saucer on 4/3/13. Pours a deep, light devouring black into the glass with not many other hues to it. It has a good tannish head with tons of tiny bubbles that leaves good, sticky, thick lacing all over the glass. The smell was full of powerful hops. There was tons of oily, resinous citrus on the nose, which I absolutely love, but I felt like the malt was a little overpowered. I pick up a bit of roasted coffee and maybe some charred cookie in the background, but it is totally eaten alive by the hops. As I taste the beer it starts with the bitter malt and some roasted coffee and brown sugar. This flavor flows seemlessly into the spicy character of the rye malt. Then at the peak of the performance is the flavorful hops: there is mango and oranges especially there. It's a very fluid expression of several very good flavors that just work well together. Mouthfeel is characterized by good carbonation levels and a nice body overall. As usual, I am very impressed overall with the quality of the Smokestack series by Boulevard, even while largely disliking most of their regular offerings. This beer was a good strong offering. The only detriment I placed was in the nose because I feel like a Black IPA should have a little more of the dark malts present (as this is what "separates" it from a regular IPA/DIPA). That is simply a "style" thing, but overall I loved this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 17:58:31 | More by estlinska
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Opaque black body with a billowing mountain top of frothy rootbeer head. Retention is dramatic and beautiful lace wraps the glass like lingerie grasping a succulent thigh.

S: A thundering grain approach backed by vanilla, dark fruits, pine and citrus bitters. Black malts lace the smoldered rye and barley aroma but lacks a powerfully robust nose.

T/M: Sound the alarm! The palate is attacked by a tornado of spicy rye, smoked barley and burnt dark malt. Sweet dark fruits shower down toward the end with a pine resin aftermath. Burnt toffee and a subtle dark cocoa powder provide a subtle background once warm. Body is creamy and bold with a gentle carbonation sting that creates a balanced feel.

O: I simply love what Boulevard does with the Smokestack Series. I have yet to be disappointed. Grainstorm is another successful brew that i cant get enough of. A complex grain forward creation that is equally balanced. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer to enjoy by the multiples. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 19:13:44 | More by Hopswagger
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Headyman

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip. Batch number 2012-1, Best By Date 8-2013

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a massive 4 finger off white bubbly head. Pretty active carbonation but it took 2 minutes or so for the massive head to dissipate. Strong streaky lacing.

Aroma: Some roasty malts dominate with the rye not far behind. Some earthy hops and sweet caramel. A slight cherry/ dark fruit flavor makes it seem almost medicinal.

Taste: Some sweetness on the front followed by the roasted malts. Some spicy peppercorn flavor imparted by the rye in the background. Nice earthy hop bitterness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Really smooth and oily. Nice carbonation but perhaps a tad too much for the style. A roasty, sugary aftertaste lingers with a warming hint of booze.

Overall: I really like what rye does to BIPAs and this beer is no exception. The spicy rye is balanced with earthy hops and a huge grain bill for a really enjoyable brew. I like how this beer doesn't overpower you with roasted flavors and doesn't shove hops in your face. A strong, balanced offering from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:55:27 | More by Headyman
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow....one of the best beers I've had...very happy to have had the chance to have it on tap. The beer poured an opaque black with thick ecru head that laced like a vicki secret catalog all the way down the brady sniffer glass. The scent was fresh hop with pine being a bit most potent than the citrus which tied in nicely with the burnt malt backdrop. The taste was a beautiful balance between the hops and roasty rye with kept the pallat clear after the pull. The mouthfeel was medium to full in body with smooth carbonation. The best thing about this beer was that it was under 8%...making it sessionable!!! I could have sat at that table all night long!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 22:58:08 | More by WoodBrew
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grandbeerdaily

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bouelvard Brewing Company
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
7.7%ABV

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, opaque and nearly pitch black. Off white head with excellent stability and thick lacing. (A 3.75 because the flavors present make the color a palm bearer for a truly existential drinking experience)

Aroma: Roasty malt at the fore front and grassy, resiny hops are able to squeak through. A little hint of citrus like orange peel and the characteristic velvety roast of black patent. A little toastiness and caramel come through as well with a kiss of rye. Slight warmth as well.

Taste: Forget bready and goes straight through to toasty, spicy and roasted flavors. Dark caramel sweetness and mild graininess come through. Light, fresh citrus hops and a deep grassy character are apparent. Then comes the light spiciness of rye that intermingles well with the dark malts and american hop character. Hints of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Figs? Something abstract that makes me puzzled. Smooth bitter that doesn't overwhelm flavors but instead makes them dynamic, never static.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy. Mild carbonation accentuates the dryness of this malty beer.

Overall: Wow and a half. The hallmark of great beer is the ability to be a dynamo! Every sniff and every single sip is different because this beer offers so many different flavors. A roasty bitter and a hoppy bitter, a rye spice and the right amount of creaminess in the body to balance. Filled with malt or quenched by hops? Spicy hops or spicy rye? The grassy, fresh hops flavors of a hop forward IPA and the caramely, roasted backbone of a porter proves why black IPA can be a ground breaking style. Rye, beautiful rye. Need I say more?

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 04:23:59 | More by grandbeerdaily
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a very dark chocolate with a monstrous fluffy khaki colored head that hangs and hangs and hangs around. Wonderful looking beer.

S - Not as much aroma has I had anticated from the looks of the beer. Even so, there were stll plenty of smells to the beer. I caught pine right off the bat. There is definately an eathy overtone to the beer as well.

T - Much different than anything I am used to. I am not sure it agrees with my palate. I defiantely tasted pine and maybe some light roasted malts. It has a very astringant taste to me. Maybe from the rye.

M - Medium to heavy body beer.It has a very dry, astringant feel in the mouth

O - I dont want to give anyone a bad impression of this beer. It may just not be my style. The beer was quite complex in taste although the smells were a tad bit faint. I'll need to buy a couple more black rye IPAs to compare this one to and maybe review again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:48:15 | More by Goosehunter75
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:26:50 | More by BarryMFBurton
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, I did indeed buy this bottle because somewhere on the label were the letters r y e. In a row. That's enough reason for me. 750 ML bottle split with my wife, best by date of 08/2013.

The pour is true to the copy, dense black. Carbonation spills out like a mushroom cloud, to the tune of a roughly 50/50 split of head & beer in the pint glass...settle down there, bucky. Nose is confused: roast, grain, earthy pine hops. Though not much of any of those. Very much like damp forest in the wilderness. I like that smell when I'm in a tent, not sure about having it in a glass.

Grainstorm, I find you difficult to describe; no ingredient or taste really stands out above the others. There's a fair amount of nice roast, backing strip of nice bittering hops with a bit of pine to them, spare earthiness that might be the rye, field grains, touch of spice. As noted, the carbonation is on the edge of too much, but the strength here is the ease which is slips from glass to tongue to stomach. To toilet. Eventually.

This beer has the privilege of being so well balanced that it almost turns invisible. It's like bland without being bland. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 02:14:53 | More by maximum12
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a modest brown with some light penetration and a thin tan head.

S-Roasty and well hopped with a pleasant addition of super-dirty/soily rye. Has a potting soil element. Hops are spicy, with citrus and pine.

T-Again, the roasted malt is there , then the respectable hop flavors. It then finishes with some zesty and dirty rye. The flavors mesh together great.

M-A hint of booze. Goes down quick and easy.

O/D-Boulevard made this assortment of flavors come together with fluidity. I thought this was a pretty fun BRIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 01:15:59 | More by VelvetExtract
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oberon

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep roasted chesnut brown with a large blooming light beige colored head atop that takes forever to settle leaving a nice full ring behind.Resiny hops stand out most in the nose along with a shot of spicy rye,not much roast.Quite dry on the palate with a healthy dose of citric/resiny hops,there is a sharpness from the rye but it's not in your face,somewhat grainy and earthy but not a whole lot of roast.A well hopped ABA that doesn't have alot of the "black" components,still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 20:56:18 | More by oberon
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.49/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured dark brown with a nice tan cap, some moderate lacing present as was a nice tan collar after a few moments of settling and sipping

S: Very faint and unimpressive for this style. Muted citrus and roast.

T: This beer just seemed off from the first sip. Muted flavors of roast, coffee and chocolate with citrus and pine and thats a stretch. There is something unpleasant lurking in the background, like a gassy, bubbly like taste/feel, a young beer perhaps not fermented completely

M: Medium bodied and uncomfortable, off, gassy, had me belching, it tasted and felt young. flavors were mute, carbonation was a miss

O: My first quality issue I have experienced with a Smokestack series beer. I did not finish, just passed it around the bar and let the uneducated palates delight in their ignorant bliss.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 17:13:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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ckollias

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick, off-white, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail, and ending in a huge frothy head.

S: Great hoppy aroma.

T: Smooth yet bitter hoppy flavor with very slight rye taste. Finishes on the tart side of bitter.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Black Rye IPA - smooth and well balanced towards the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:52:18 | More by ckollias
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.