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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

542 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 30
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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TheCondor

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 22:37:44 | More by TMoney2591
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottled served in a Smoke Stack tulip. One of the most magnificent looking beers I've seen - deep brown, bordering on black, with a thick, meringue-like head of ecru foam that refuses to fall to less than two fingers of thickness and leaves clumps of lacing. Pine and thyme aromatics hit first followed by an undercurrent of dank herbs, grapefruit rind, and tropical fruits. The palate offers more of those big hop flavors along with a punch of sharp, herbal bitterness. Malt offers the familiar rustic spiciness of rye and just a faint dusting of roast and smoke reminiscent of chicory coffee.

Exactly where I like my Black IPAs/CDAs - aggressive hops, minimal malt and roast. The hop combo is one of my favorites (Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra) and the brewers should be applauded for not going overboard with the specialty malts, with the rye addition being a unique twist to the style. Grainstorm keeps up the tradition of excellence I've come to expect from the Smokestack Series. Simply a great American craft beer here.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 19:42:25 | More by bump8628
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-25-2013 07:33:35 | More by bigbeers84
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When you open a bottle of beer, and the smell of the hops hits you before you pour the beer, you know that a treat to the senses is coming. This was one of those times. The smell of grapefruit became stronger with beer having been liberated from the bomber, but oddly did not get much more intense while nosing the glass. The look was as dark as a stout, but the head formation was much more massive, at three plus fingers thick. The head did not seem to go anywhere at all till I typed all this. The taste was very complex, with a constant interplay of light and dark malts and hops. There were notes of licorice, banana, coffee, dark toasted bread, grapefruit, and iced tea flying across the tongue in rapid succession. There was not a lot of heft to the body though, and the finish was a little watered down. I also did not notice much of a rye influence, as the dark malt seemed a lot more assertive. Boulevard produces another winner. What a surprise..not.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 05:45:34 | More by rajendra82
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beergoot

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 2012-1, Best By: 08-2013

Nice brown body with a thick, rocky head on top; sticky strings and rings of foam left on the glass. Spicy cinnamon and pine aroma; sweet grass. Taste comes across with a zesty rye tanginess mixed with lightly sweet malt flavor; barely perceptible alcohol presence; nice hop bittering to balance things out. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and dry with a noticeable carbonation tingle on the palate.

A nicely done black IPA that utilizes the addition of rye to create a zesty twist on what is now becoming a US mainstay (i.e., the DIPA). Boulevard did a nice job in creating a well-balanced, subtle, and nicely complex take on this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:13:10 | More by beergoot
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Sara

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-24-2013 23:30:17 | More by Sara
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Busy Bee

A - black with a large, brown head that has great retention

S - peppery rye, bouquet of flowers

T - peppery, spicy, floral, chocolaty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a really nice beer. It's very intricate and showcases each and every flavor well. This is a really solid black IPA but the rye is a tremendous compliment to the superb hop character. This is has good drinkibility and flavor profile. One of the better black IPAs that I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 23:00:32 | More by tdm168
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated with a Aug 2013 best by date. Poured from a bomber into a large wine glass.

A - Poured black and clear. One-finger light brown head. Lasted throughout the entire glass. Excellent lacing.

A - A little floral, not much else. Even let it warm up and still nothing additional.

T - Hops throughour with a nice bitter in the finish. Hints of pepper and slightly sweet.

MF - Dry. Fizzy at the start with some creaminess in the finish.

O - I had high expectations for this beer based on other Boulevard beers. I was disappointed. I would not turn down a glass but it would not be my first choice when looking for a black rye IPA. Wookey Jack has spoiled me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:26:27 | More by Sludgeman
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rwhitmore

Kansas

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the Boulevard Smokestack tulip. A huge tan had, dense all-black color. The aroma starts with citrus rind, and robust grain. The spice from the rye is there, but not dominant.

The roastiness is up front in the flavor, and there's more pronounced hop bitterness than in the aroma. It finishes dry, and the roasted flavor lingers a bit. There's some alcohol warmth.

It's a medium to full body, and I thought the carbonation was right.

This is another great one from the Boulevard Smokestack series. A well-balanced combo of roasted grain, and a lot of hops. Get this one while you can, it's a limited release.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:31:43 | More by rwhitmore
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

02-24-2013 20:10:32 | More by MarkyMOD
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raffy313

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-24-2013 18:53:26 | More by raffy313
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-24-2013 17:04:56 | More by grumpygerman
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fuzzbalz

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-24-2013 16:21:50 | More by fuzzbalz
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jjcote

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-24-2013 01:54:47 | More by jjcote
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Comes out of the bottle brown, settles to a dark-chocolate black. Huge oatmeal colored head with large patches of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy notes, sharp, crisp bitter hops, some pepper and faint malts.

Taste: Starts out with a subtle chocolate grain note, then smoothly moves into really crisp hops that have faint floral and sweet fruits before ending with a nice slightly piny bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium in weight.

Overall, a very well made brew, I'm definitely going to try more smokestack brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:33:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
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zeff80

Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet dark brown color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and roasted malt.

T - Piney hop bitterness with roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Light citrus notes, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is yet another fine Smokestack beer from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:24:47 | More by zeff80
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MickeyD

Kansas

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a 750ml bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: very dark, almost black with a thick foamy head. Lacing is moderate. Pours almost thick and looks delicous.

Smell: hops and grapefruit. After a few sips smokey hops are noted with slight pine.

Taste: IPA like hops and light roasted coffee taste.

Mouth feel: after taste of bitter hops but smooth rye and malt. Nice smokey flavor is left after a few drinks.

Overall: It is definitetly an IPA but is tempered by the rye. I have never personally had a rye beer but this seems to be a good hybrid between the two. I think this could be a good hybrid of the two styles. This is a seasonal beer but will surely buy a couple of bottles every year.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:18:21 | More by MickeyD
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-23-2013 14:33:46 | More by KevinGordon
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

02-23-2013 05:03:44 | More by UncleJimbo
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-23-2013 03:07:11 | More by sgttibbs
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

02-23-2013 02:08:49 | More by IpeeA
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

02-23-2013 01:28:30 | More by Axnjxn
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-22-2013 22:39:18 | More by BigTrubble
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.