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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

601 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 601
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 56 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Gagnonsux, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Aquaman68
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Aquaman68, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Roger85
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Roger85, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

TastyIsBeer, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Gonzoillini, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of wmobley
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of jhb138
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jhb138, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

strongaf, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of tigg924
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

tigg924, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Andonato, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

gmendez1122, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2012-1. Best by 08-2013. Think it's around a month old.

A: Nice dark brown pour with an enormously huge effervescent light brown head. Head fades annoyingly slowly - I want to drink it already! Huge island of foam reminds. Big swaths of fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Big juicy grapefruit. Some pine in there too with the notable spicy rye to boot. Tiny bit of resin. No real roasted malt to note, maybe the lightest hint of chocolate? Might be my imagination.

T: Lots of grapefruit and pine up front. There's the roasted malt. Sweet and chocolatey, mixing in with rye and the hop flavors. Get some spice from the rye and a wave of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Pine and resin mainly in the finish and the lingering aftertaste - with hints of bitter chocolate now that the sweetness has run out. Really a wonderful combination.

M: Nice medium body but smooth and borderline creamy even.

O: Wow, this beer is great. The chocolate, rye and hops really meld together nicely. Well balanced, mellow, smooth and very tasty. Outstanding really. Not a huge in-your-face hoppiness like some - wookey jack is definitely a hoppier version of this for example. This one is more easy drinking and balanced but doesn't have as sharp of flavors. Awesome job, Boulevard.

Dope, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

abex44, Mar 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

htdoerge, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of garrisonp
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

garrisonp, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

TheRougeBastard, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ChugginOil, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jamiecoppin, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kodt, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of zhanson88
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown color with a couple inches of light tan head. I can tell there is a good amount carbonation. Really attractive looking beer.

Smell: Smells of light roast/chocolate malts with some rye breadiness thrown in there as well. A good amount of citrus as well as some pine hops come through as well. Nice. Nothing really sticks out above anything else. Pretty balanced.

Taste: Pretty light roast notes up front with a bit of bready dryness, with citrus and pine on the back end and finish. Again, very well balanced. The hops compliment the malt character nicely.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is perfect. Light-medium bodied and drinks extremely smoothly. It probably drinks like it is less than 7% ABV. Overall, a nice black IPA. This is a pretty hit and miss style for me, but I enjoyed this one.

zhanson88, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mkennedy119, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JSchock7, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presently, this is the #20 ranked "American Black Ale" here on BA.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured pretty much a pitch black color, no light passing whatsoever, and with a mocha colored, 4-finger head. Hell, the head was bigger than the brew.

S: Melted grape popsicle, with some grilled pineapple and dark malt mixed in. Not in-your-face, but still effective.

T: Almost the perfect melding of IPA and Porter. Neither won out over the other, which I found astounding. Not a hophead paradise by any stretch, still the overall "fresh" taste of this was astounding.

M: Spritzy carbonation and smooth as silk: This is a quality I find so often with these Smokestack Series brews. Delectable in this area.

O: This is totally not a style I'm fond of overall, but this is not the standard Black IPA fare. Will have again.

Chaney, Mar 09, 2013
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.