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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

541 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
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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champ103

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 22:44:46 | More by champ103
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chainsworth


4/5  rDev -1%

03-16-2013 22:43:28 | More by chainsworth
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Pours a very dark brown body with thick 2 finger head that has very nice staying power. Average lacing.

S - Roasted malts, pine, sweet toasted bread, rye and alcohol vapors. The aroma is faint.

T - Pine and roasted black malts, spicy rye shows up well, dry and bitter with a sharp spiciness. The spicy bitterness continues into the long dry finish.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Very focused flavors here. It's not overly roasted and the rye seems to be well incorporated. The aroma was a little weak but all in all a solid Black.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:58:34 | More by StaveHooks
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark mahogany with a huge dense head. Great lacing throughout.

Not getting much aroma as everything is subtle (probably my problem). What I can pick up is citrus hop, malt and a mild roast of grains.

Flavor is spectacular. Hop forward with citrus leading the way. Pale malt and roasty wheat let the rye really shine.

What I do appreciate is that it is not too roasty. Medium to full with some stickiness. Nice spicy bitterness. Very balanced brew.

What a smooth easy drinker. The price is right and provides good comfort anytime of the year or time of day. Tame enough for your non-craft friends to try or stash up for yourself-in saying that I believe best when fresh and icy cold. Couldn't stop myself from rifling this down. Kudos to the smokestack series--again!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:07:36 | More by joeseppy
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CharlieHampton

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-16-2013 18:40:38 | More by CharlieHampton
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Chelsealyncran

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-16-2013 18:30:20 | More by Chelsealyncran
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-16-2013 06:29:34 | More by brandon911
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

03-16-2013 03:05:18 | More by dubdrop
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-16-2013 02:53:50 | More by adkieffer
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-15-2013 23:52:02 | More by Chrixsus
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AmitC

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-15-2013 23:28:49 | More by AmitC
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frogfan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-15-2013 19:15:51 | More by frogfan
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flatmtber


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-15-2013 15:47:09 | More by flatmtber
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle with a best by date of 08-2013. Pours a very dark brown. Not quite black as some light comes through. Huge 2.5 finger light tan head that is super thick and creamy. It just lingers forever. I think my beer constantly had a 1 finger head the entire time i was drinking it. Really nice. Good lacing

S- Very hop forward. Piney, resinous, citrus- some grapefruit is what i am picking up. Spices from the rye come through in the end.

T- Taste does a good job of following the nose. Pine, earthy hops up front with some citrus notes as well, then they give way to the rye. Maybe the slightest touch of chocolate, but maybe i am just going crazy. Not a huge malt base as it gives way to the rye. I absolutely love the way the earthy hops and spice of the rye are battling for taste bud supremacy. A lot going on here and i like it. A fantastic grudge match with my palate at stake. Some bitterness in the finish.

M- Pretty damn close to full body IMO. Thick and velvety. Dry finish. Can't detect any of the alcohol.

O- Just an outstanding beer. Exactly how a black rye IPA should be. One of the better ones I have had and one of the better ales from Boulevard IMO.

$8.99 for bomber bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 13:25:11 | More by Bosoxfan20
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-15-2013 13:07:54 | More by bigbeerfan
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-15-2013 04:49:27 | More by Gagnonsux
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Aquaman68

Oregon

3/5  rDev -25.7%

03-15-2013 04:17:44 | More by Aquaman68
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

03-14-2013 03:47:36 | More by Roger85
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard smokestack series glass, cause I can. Beer is dark brown to black with a nice big head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, nice retention, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, smells like cascade hops if you ask me.

Beer is medium to light in body, hoppy, mildly to moderately bitter on the finish, I dn't get a lot of rye in there but it is a nice beer overall. Probably not a repeat but there's nothing wrong with it, it is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:10:41 | More by drabmuh
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-14-2013 00:39:54 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2013 23:57:03 | More by Gonzoillini
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-13-2013 20:05:12 | More by wmobley
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

03-13-2013 17:01:28 | More by jhb138
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2013 02:57:10 | More by strongaf
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and citrus hops

Taste: coffee grounds, char, citrus and earthly hops, light rye bread

Mouthfeel: medium-high body, medium-high carbonation, sweet start that becomes bitter and dry

Overall: I love Boulevard and the style, but this one just did not do it for me. The char is heavy on this one and sometimes the rye added a slightly medicinal quality to it. Not a horrible beer by any stretch but there are several others in the style I would go to first. This one was a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 15:58:03 | More by tigg924
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.