1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

584 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 584
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 55 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Grainstorm Black Rye IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 584 | Reviews: 111 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Bilco, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of resistdefy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

resistdefy, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Crash_the_Dog
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Crash_the_Dog, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Ajlvt, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
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!

WoodBrew, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Blavaq
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Blavaq, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Kubrickx, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

unclekeith, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of grandbeerdaily
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?

grandbeerdaily, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Goosehunter75
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.

Goosehunter75, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jwat, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

cdwil, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mmmaaattt
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mmmaaattt, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of bootsandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bootsandbeer, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ChrisKayler, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kew, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Boone757, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kevgod, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
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.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

sendbeer, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

hilgart1, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -1.5%

smartassboiler, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Mar 21, 2013
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.