Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark reddish, brown, near black color. Almost opaque with ruby hues on the bottom. Thick head billows over the beer and retreats gradually leaving foamy remnants on the glass.
Wheat, rye and pine aroma.
Dense malty character, mostly rye and toasted wheat. Pine and herbal hop, slightly stale tasting but adds lots of bitterness. Imperfect balance and a little rough around the edges.
Medium bodied. Rough, grainy texture. Dry finish.
To be fair this bottle is 1 month expired and the hops may have lost some of their pungency. However, according to the bottle date, they gave this beer a 17 month shelf life. Overall, pretty average for a black IPA.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2013 03:39:21 | More by bnes09
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 02:14:53 | More by maximum12
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.