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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

564 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 33
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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dubmax

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-04-2013 03:24:11 | More by dubmax
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-04-2013 02:04:44 | More by Texasfan549
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NSK79

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-03-2013 06:06:09 | More by NSK79
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emerge077

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%

Dark brown pour, black in the glass. Copious foam, billowing head that quickly threaten to spill over. Healthy lasting skim, and good head retention on display.

Aroma is fairly subdued, swirling releases some volatiles that is momentarily unpleasant. Fusel, green grass, and odd bread dough yeast notes. Later its more typical mellow roast malt and dried fruit hop notes.

Dry roasted malt backbone, hops are subdued but lend some dry bitterness in the aftertaste and some vague dried citrus peel in the middle. Slightly watery feel. Not one of the more successful beers in the smokestack series, but not bad overall.

03-03-2013 02:41:52 | More by emerge077
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-03-2013 00:03:00 | More by jak
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Nicolas_James

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-02-2013 19:34:22 | More by Nicolas_James
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-02-2013 15:19:32 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-02-2013 11:17:11 | More by RedneckBeerz
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-02-2013 05:00:54 | More by TheBishopco
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Pdrufo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-02-2013 02:47:32 | More by Pdrufo
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-01-2013 22:09:06 | More by zonker17
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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-01-2013 15:32:41 | More by Listers
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DukeX13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-01-2013 05:27:43 | More by DukeX13
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jplopez21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-01-2013 04:14:05 | More by jplopez21
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-01-2013 01:19:56 | More by thinwhiteduke
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-28-2013 01:46:06 | More by eawolff99
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

I pour lightly into a Duvel tulip to accommodate the anticipated carbonation, but it still billows over the edge near unending Ala Peter North. Gotta love the carbonation on these Boulevard Brews. Pure black in color with some crimson hues. The froth is huge and unyielding.

Robust oily, floral hops to the nose. Tastes spicy with more oily hops, a nice grain character, a flash of molasses sweetness, overly ripe plum and a slightly medicinal finish.

Medium and quite smooth despite the bitterness. Dry with some noticeable alcohol.

Fantastic.

02-28-2013 00:22:10 | More by stephens101
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KegsAndEggs

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-27-2013 23:12:20 | More by KegsAndEggs
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SirVessa

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-27-2013 20:14:09 | More by SirVessa
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-27-2013 18:24:07 | More by drummermattie02
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours a very dark brown capped by a fluffy light beige two finger head. Excellent retention and gobs of lacing left behind on the glass. Roasted grain, citrus, and light white pepper on the nose. Roasted malt, light caramel notes, pineapple, mandarin orange, and tangerine. Finishes fairly dry with very evident rye spiciness combined with citrus rind bitterness. Smooth, creamy medium body; lively carbonation. Really tasty brew that balances many different elements and bring them together into a cohesive whole. A worthy addition to the almost always impressive Smokestack Series.

02-27-2013 03:14:28 | More by chanokokoro
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-27-2013 02:09:11 | More by jongullotti
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%

Side poured with standard vigor from the 750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours pitch black with a massive, towering, fluffy light brown head taht never really dissipates and leaves tremendous lacing. Love the packaging! Wicked presentation.

Smell - Talkin' big boy ish with some citrus, pine, lemon zest, lots of big hoppy scents in this one!

Taste - Starts with a nice little malt base but quickly transitions to the fruity hoppiness. A bit of bitterness, nothing too ridiculous. Excellent, balanced, nothing too out of proportion.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, I think the tremendous head retention has something to do with this. A bitterness at the end, lets you know the hops are there. Really tasty, medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - Excellent beer, I would highly recommend it not only for just the straight up qualities but also for the uniqueness of the brew. A black rye IPA. A lot of these I have had are kinda sub-par, but this one is excellent. I hope it continues to get brewed, highly recommended, CONDOR approved.

02-26-2013 01:59:01 | More by TheCondor
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jmccullough108

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a corked 750mL bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pitch black, light brown creamy head, lots of glass retention.

Smell: citrus, pine, bread, flowers, hint of spice

Taste: smooth, well balanced, not overly bitter but moreso a typical IPA bitterness. Aftertaste is overwhelmed with the creamy head. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: very nice IPA. Never had a black rye IPA and was very impressed. A flawless execution by Boulevard. Hope this one sticks around.

02-26-2013 01:37:38 | More by jmccullough108
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -13.3%

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Something tells me a grainstorm would be terrible to try to live through... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brown-garnet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light roasted malts, light toasted rye bread, and mild grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the greens coming in all salad strong and whatnot. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a good black rye IPA, one that certainly is a black rye IPA, but nothing exciting.

02-25-2013 22:37:44 | More by TMoney2591
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.