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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

531 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 47 | 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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claytri

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +1.7%
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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NickSMpls

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-12-2013 23:40:02 | More by NickSMpls
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Gu3mom

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-12-2013 19:32:08 | More by Gu3mom
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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2013 08:34:59 | More by Birdlegs
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Hophead420

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

04-11-2013 15:38:28 | More by Hophead420
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-11-2013 01:04:59 | More by Jason
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vcoggins

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-11-2013 00:56:21 | More by vcoggins
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LiquorsInc

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-10-2013 20:24:55 | More by LiquorsInc
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1%

04-09-2013 13:16:19 | More by Gotti311
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-08-2013 02:49:18 | More by HattedClassic
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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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cosmic-ray

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-06-2013 23:39:06 | More by cosmic-ray
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SammyD

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-06-2013 02:19:08 | More by SammyD
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-05-2013 16:19:05 | More by Kegatron
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-04-2013 15:10:19 | More by PHBoiler
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Herky21

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1%

04-04-2013 14:35:41 | More by Herky21
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Weas

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -1%

04-04-2013 03:23:03 | More by Weas
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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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stampfler07

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-02-2013 01:38:18 | More by stampfler07
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Headyman

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-02-2013 00:02:32 | More by Bilco
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-31-2013 02:57:55 | More by resistdefy
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Crash_the_Dog

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-31-2013 02:37:34 | More by Crash_the_Dog
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.