Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
04-03-2013 19:13:44 | More by Hopswagger
4.14/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-02-2013 00:55:27 | More by Headyman
4.95/5 rDev +22.2%
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!
03-29-2013 22:58:08 | More by WoodBrew
4.34/5 rDev +7.2%
Bouelvard Brewing Company
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
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?
03-26-2013 04:23:59 | More by grandbeerdaily
3.21/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
03-26-2013 01:48:15 | More by Goosehunter75
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
03-23-2013 02:26:50 | More by BarryMFBurton
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.