Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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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
3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
03-22-2013 02:14:53 | More by maximum12
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-21-2013 01:15:59 | More by VelvetExtract
3.94/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-19-2013 20:56:18 | More by oberon
2.49/5 rDev -38.5%
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.
03-19-2013 17:13:07 | More by barleywinefiend
4.24/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-19-2013 00:52:18 | More by ckollias
3.61/5 rDev -10.9%
A= Pours a nice black color with a huge beige colored head that holds great retention and lacing. A rediculous head actually. I should have poured it a littl more carefully but it was a hard read.
S= Huge hop aroma with a nice roast character. Mostly just a big sexy hop smell though.
T= The taste is a little muddled. There is of course the big hop flavor but the black roasty flavor plays a bit in the bitterness as well. These Black IPAs are a little confusing for me tongue. The rye component is nicely represented with a spicyness that works well with the hops.
M= The mouth is a nice creamy feel.
O= This is a solid Black ale. I personally find the style to be a little goofy. There is just so much flavor packed into a beer that it all just sort of falls together. I don't know if it's just me but they seem a little muddled. They still taste good but they all sort of taste the same to me. It's taken a few to understand it but I think for me most part it's hard to make a Black Ale that is different.
03-19-2013 00:42:40 | More by jjanega08
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
A deep brown almost black pour with tons o fluffy white head which dissipated slowly. Great amount of lacing left behind. The smell is sweet yet grassy, caramel, slightly oxidized. The flavor is a beast, lots of sweet floral hippy flavors yet a toasty bitterness from the grain bill. Caramel, bready, but not sweet. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
This is one of the better black iPa's I've had, on par with wookie jack.
03-18-2013 23:25:35 | More by facundoCNB
4.21/5 rDev +4%
a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and fluffy tan head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was black with brown edges.
s - strong west coast piney hops.
t - piney hops with some rye spice and roasted coffee and chocolate notes underneath.
m - bubbly and coating.
o - terrific black ipa and i loved the rye take on this. another smokestack series winner.
03-18-2013 15:06:50 | More by GPHarris
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Batch #2012-1. Best before 08-20013. 750 ml bottle with cork and cage.
Served cold into an imperial pint glass, Grainstorm is a very drk brown color with thick which head that nearly overflows the glass. It has very good retention and leaves some nice sticky lacing as it settles.
Aroma is hoppy, malty, spicy, and roasty.
Flavor is strong but well balanced with a big roasty malt body and good spice from the rye. It also incorportates a healthy dose of hop flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It's balanced and enjoyable. I only wish it came in 6-packs.
Overall a really nice rye IPA. Worth getting and probably more than once.
03-17-2013 01:59:08 | More by GilGarp
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with some ruby highlights. A dense, rocky beige head forms that rises to the brim of the glass immediately. It would have kept on rising had this been a bigger snifter. Lace coats the glass all the way down.
S: Very piny and resiny. Tons of hops in the nose. Then a faint toasted, bready aroma linger just a touch. Though the piny, tree sap like hops are the show.
T: Again huge pine flavors. Sticky, resiny, oily tree sap as well. Just as the bitterness shows up, the malts and rye kick in at the same time. Bread/biscuit, kind of a burnt toast, and a lingering spicy fruitiness.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Viscous, oily, and slick. Not a huge alcohol presents, and I am not having a problem sipping on this. Though not the most enjoyable beer to work through for me. To resiny and oily for me.
I am not a fan of the "Black IPA" style. If any brewery and beer series could change my mind it would be Boulevard Smokestack. While not bad by any means. I have just never been a fan of how the hops and malts intermingle. This one is particularly resinous and oily for my tastes with a bready, burnt toast flavor that does not mesh for me.
03-16-2013 22:44:46 | More by champ103
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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