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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
91
outstanding

588 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

tyelton2, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

leroybrown10, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

gmendez1122, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

pixieskid, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Jeeb, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

flatmtber, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

KimenTshom, May 05, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of GapingMcNulty
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%

GapingMcNulty, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with some ruby highlights. A dense, rocky beige head forms that rises to the brim of the glass immediately. It would have kept on rising had this been a bigger snifter. Lace coats the glass all the way down.
S: Very piny and resiny. Tons of hops in the nose. Then a faint toasted, bready aroma linger just a touch. Though the piny, tree sap like hops are the show.
T: Again huge pine flavors. Sticky, resiny, oily tree sap as well. Just as the bitterness shows up, the malts and rye kick in at the same time. Bread/biscuit, kind of a burnt toast, and a lingering spicy fruitiness.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Viscous, oily, and slick. Not a huge alcohol presents, and I am not having a problem sipping on this. Though not the most enjoyable beer to work through for me. To resiny and oily for me.

I am not a fan of the "Black IPA" style. If any brewery and beer series could change my mind it would be Boulevard Smokestack. While not bad by any means. I have just never been a fan of how the hops and malts intermingle. This one is particularly resinous and oily for my tastes with a bready, burnt toast flavor that does not mesh for me.

champ103, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jjanega08
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012-3
08-2013

A= Pours a nice black color with a huge beige colored head that holds great retention and lacing. A rediculous head actually. I should have poured it a littl more carefully but it was a hard read.

S= Huge hop aroma with a nice roast character. Mostly just a big sexy hop smell though.

T= The taste is a little muddled. There is of course the big hop flavor but the black roasty flavor plays a bit in the bitterness as well. These Black IPAs are a little confusing for me tongue. The rye component is nicely represented with a spicyness that works well with the hops.

M= The mouth is a nice creamy feel.

O= This is a solid Black ale. I personally find the style to be a little goofy. There is just so much flavor packed into a beer that it all just sort of falls together. I don't know if it's just me but they seem a little muddled. They still taste good but they all sort of taste the same to me. It's taken a few to understand it but I think for me most part it's hard to make a Black Ale that is different.

jjanega08, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Batch 2012/2, best by 8/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Boulevard's Grainstorm is an interesting Black IPA with a fairly minor roasted notes that play up the hops and supposed rye in this beer. As a whole, this reminds me of a weaker in aroma and flavor Three Floyds' beer (particularly the Black Sun Stout). Not bad, but not particularly impressive, one that I don't think I'd go back to again, especially considering the 750ml bottle format.

Pours a massive head of many centimeters, dark tan to light brown in color, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting for several minutes in a slow fall to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is similar, a complex pattern clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown color, opaque, with light bringing out a hint of dark mahogany color. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma primarily of mild pine resin, with lesser grapefruit/citrus, with backing of smooth cacoa nibs (roasted malt). Aroma is not bad, but not surprisingly light and not particularly prominent.

Overall flavor is of pine-like, moderately bitter and citrus-showing hops with a bit of roasted malt character for a bit of complexity; the rye is generally low. Front of palate is of light, pale malt sweetness with just a touch of smooth, "watered-down" milk chocolate and burnt toast flavor. Mid-palate is of pine resin and mildly fruity hop oils and yeast esters, grapefruit-like hops with medium-high bitterness and mild burnt bread and cacoa nibs. Back of palate picks up roasted malt, pine resin hops, bitterness, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste is of spicy, bitter hops with accents of slightly tangy rye, pine resin, and lingering acridity from roasted malts.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a beer that is slightly fizzy, foamy, and finds an equilibrium somewhere in-between: in general, too much carbonation. Ethanol is lightly felt on the tongue and in the nostrils, a bit strange for a 7.7% ABV beer. Closes dry, leaving substantial stickiness coating the lips and tongue after each sip.

falloutsnow, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 8.98. Best by 08/13. Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours dark brown with russet edges and an explosive three and a half fingers of deep cream head that stubbornly sticks around impeding my way to the brew. That dense head leaves plenty of lacing.

Aromas of piney and floral hops with a spicey bread base backing it up.

Taste of bitter piney hops dominate up front followed by flower pedals, citrus rind, white peppercorn, spicy rye, bark, wet grass, mild roast malts and an almost chalky/ powdery aspect. Very little booze presence.

Medium body with a heaping helping of carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

The spicy rye character adds an interesting twist to the American black ale. A nice hop profile with spicy rye taking the place of the expected roasty malts. A oleasant experience overall but a little more roast and dialing back the carbonation by 30-40% would really help this stand out in my opinion.

ThickNStout, Feb 14, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Sludgeman, Feb 24, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
Batch 2012-3
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a pale tan head that is thick and creamy lasting or a bit.

S- The dark earthy malt has some cream notes and a green herbal hop hint in the finish.

T- The pungent dark hops have a roasted malt bitterness that gently comes through with a pungent hops linger on the back of the tongue. There is a hint of coffee roasted malt in the bitterness as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish that boost the bitterness.

O- There are lots of dark bittern notes in this beer that overpower any malt or hop flavor and not much other character. The big bitterness makes it a bit hard to get through a full bottle.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’d have never thought that I would ever be on a Black IPA kick, but here I am. These beers just keep jumping off the shelves at me.

Batch 3 of 2012, brewed late, I’m guessing – the best-by date is 08-2013, well over four months after the date of this tasting.

A: All head, even from a gentle pour: a thick, foamy, brown monstrosity stretches four fingers above the small amount of brick-red body. The chunky lacing and retention looks excellent, but minutes pass before I can actually sip the beer under all that foam – a tough trade-off.

S: Chalky mineral aromas rise tall out of the glass, followed by a Fruity Pebbles wheat-and-hop scent of lemon, grape, cherry, and grain husk – an odd mix of tones, indeed, and one that makes the aromas seem slightly artificial. Milk chocolate with hints of vanilla and spicy cinnamon draw some attention underneath, to the malt base, but the crux of this nose is its surprising fruitiness.

T: A blend of zesty hops and sweet, earthy malt. The front end is loaded with a catty, lemon rind bitterness, hops that give more Noble flavor than expected for this style – that said, their refreshing bitterness is not unwelcome, as are the white grape and pepper notes that accompany them. The bitterness doesn’t linger long before malt flavor envelopes them, surging with indistinguishable sugar tones. It’s tough to put a finger on which malts are doing the talking, because it really just fills the beer out with a sustained sweetness; marshmallow, chocolate, and toast (though mild) are the most evident tastes, but it’s tough to pick out anything more substantial than that. Toward the end, the palate dries up to a lingering taste of pine – standard fare for an IPA.

M: Just like the ridiculous amount of head showed, this beer is as light and frothy as foamed milk. Only slightly astringent due to the lack of acidic tastes in the hops, but dry enough to keep this in IPA territory (though just enough).

O: This is a pretty good Boulevard beer – Boulevard, though, has the proven capability to put out some of the best beers on the planet. I think the malts went a little far in this beer, really; complexity is alright, but it’s even better to accentuate the best from a certain style of grain or two. I feel like the brewers tried to include EVERYTHING a grain bill could offer, which ends up being too complicated to truly enjoy.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 23, 2013
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.