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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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604 Ratings

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ThirstyHrothgar, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Carl_R, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ystazi, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kingmaker, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown that is close to black and has a massive offwhite head that dies slow and leaves lace patches down glass. A strong bit of citric hops are in the aroma along with hints of rye and roasted malts. Roasted malts and rye are prevalent and the wheat gives the beer both a fuller body and smoothness that is second to none. There are hints of sweetness (chocolate or caramel is my guess) as well as a good amount of citric hops on the backend. Well balanced beer and one of the few "black IPAs" that is able to draw out all the characteristics of both styles.

clayrock81, Aug 05, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch Number G14035-1. Best by date: 11-2014.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, spicy rye, cocoa, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, rye, citrus zest, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance of roast, citrus zest, and rye aspects all around.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

blasass, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rbmjr1, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

memphischas, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DanforthPewter, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Bp123, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

snarygare, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

ananh, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Zonian1, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Tuggy, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

SuperHop18, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

GTJayG, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of dethomp
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Amazingly special. Immediately on pouring into pint glass small bubbly foam rose, threatening to overflow. Visible beer depth was just 1/2 inch, topped with foam of 4 inches. This beer requires patience before you can fast it. (Perhaps my glass should have been a lower temperature?)

S - To me it the rye smell was first very strong, too strong. This time my patience resulted in a smoother and more appealing and enticing smell.

T - Very smooth but still fulfilling. Boulevard's rating of 65 IBU is just right.

M - Again, a fine mix of a good amount of smoothness with bitterness.

O - A fine experience. Neither dull nor overpowering. For me the best part is how it changes to become better. An excellent rye.

I highly recommend it.

dethomp, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

gpblackgt, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

athomasPSU, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a huge, steady brown head; good lacing

S: Tropical fruits explode as the cork comes out: pineapple, mango, grapefruit and then comes the spicy bready malts--man, this beer smells amazing

T: Tropical hop forward and those flavors then blend so well with the spicy rye--such a nice testament to how a beer can be hoppy and yet balanced; some alcohol becomes evident in the finish

F: Creamy and yet sticky; this is a nice feeling beer; such good texture from start to finish

O: A really nice beer; such a great example of what rye can add to a beer

dbossman, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

sammyg832, Jul 10, 2014
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.