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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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Reviews: 116
Hads: 659
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 40
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acelin on 12-06-2012

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
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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 659
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. (571 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

maybe the most appropriately named beer to come out in awhile. the malt bill on this is colossal, and the rye malt is so intense, huge body, super yum. the pour is thick and dark. milkshakey with a deep fain red brown depth, pushing up on black, with a mocha colored soft head maybe four inches high and long lasting. amazing. the nose is grainy as hell, spicy roasty rye and barley, a good alcohol kick, and tons of hops. pine and straight English bitter varieties, just a massive nose. the taste is really heavy malt with very little sweetness. some german and English doughy flavors, but mostly just roasted American two row and brutally intense rye, black as black can be. hopped well, bitter in the finish but bittersweet cocoay throughout. long finish of beautiful complexity and some surly attitude. a well hidden abv, but you could hide anthrax, your girlfriend's rolodex, and a shorty of cheap vodka in this one without affecting the flavor. no joke. full as a body can be, but made mild my the carbonation which is really active and creamy, almost akin to a nitro dispense. drinkable on your own, but a good bottle to share too. overall an impressive beer, the smokestack series kills it. I also found this on my roof after an enjoyable scavenger hunt for valentines day, which only sweetened the pot... (1,313 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2012-1. Best before 08-20013. 750 ml bottle with cork and cage.

Served cold into an imperial pint glass, Grainstorm is a very drk brown color with thick which head that nearly overflows the glass. It has very good retention and leaves some nice sticky lacing as it settles.

Aroma is hoppy, malty, spicy, and roasty.

Flavor is strong but well balanced with a big roasty malt body and good spice from the rye. It also incorportates a healthy dose of hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It's balanced and enjoyable. I only wish it came in 6-packs.

Overall a really nice rye IPA. Worth getting and probably more than once. (672 characters)

Photo of IPA1978
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Amazing.... Black with fantastic frothy head that lasts.

S- Spicy, roasty, yeasty

T- Spicy rye, Citric hop oil, suprisingly smooth and not charred like I would expect from the color. Malty, bready, wheat sourness

M- Freaking amazing, creamy, velevety perfect.

O- A great beer though the look and feel outweighs the taste. (328 characters)

Photo of Headyman
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip. Batch number 2012-1, Best By Date 8-2013

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a massive 4 finger off white bubbly head. Pretty active carbonation but it took 2 minutes or so for the massive head to dissipate. Strong streaky lacing.

Aroma: Some roasty malts dominate with the rye not far behind. Some earthy hops and sweet caramel. A slight cherry/ dark fruit flavor makes it seem almost medicinal.

Taste: Some sweetness on the front followed by the roasted malts. Some spicy peppercorn flavor imparted by the rye in the background. Nice earthy hop bitterness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Really smooth and oily. Nice carbonation but perhaps a tad too much for the style. A roasty, sugary aftertaste lingers with a warming hint of booze.

Overall: I really like what rye does to BIPAs and this beer is no exception. The spicy rye is balanced with earthy hops and a huge grain bill for a really enjoyable brew. I like how this beer doesn't overpower you with roasted flavors and doesn't shove hops in your face. A strong, balanced offering from Boulevard. (1,108 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a modest brown with some light penetration and a thin tan head.

S-Roasty and well hopped with a pleasant addition of super-dirty/soily rye. Has a potting soil element. Hops are spicy, with citrus and pine.

T-Again, the roasted malt is there , then the respectable hop flavors. It then finishes with some zesty and dirty rye. The flavors mesh together great.

M-A hint of booze. Goes down quick and easy.

O/D-Boulevard made this assortment of flavors come together with fluidity. I thought this was a pretty fun BRIPA. (528 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours near black with a huge 3" light tan head. Big ring around the top of the glass along with other trails of lacing.

S- light roasted malts, lots of citrus (grapefruit, melon, orange), light spice and pine.

T- spiced malts, light roast, lots of citrus again, citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy feel and has a dry finish from the bitterness.

O- good beer, more of a rye pa than a black rye pa. Lots of citrus with less chocolate or roast then a wookie jack or something similar. (582 characters)

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the boulevard smokestack series, and will pretty much try anything in this series. The price is right and nothing has let me down so far. I expect this to be no exception.

A: Jet black, with a ton of tan carbonation. Pillowy, soapy looking foam that sticks and lasts a long time. This isn't suprising giving the information that the brewery has used wheat and rye, along with lots of hops.

S: Hoppy up front, with some light smoky, roasty scents. Some grassy, citrusy hops and a little bit of sweet malt in the nose.

T: This one has a lot going on, but not too much! It startes out bitter with a hoppy punch, and then it goes to caramel malt, some roast, and some spicy flavors. The balance is incredible, and not overly sweet or muddled, despite the obvious use of a lot of specialty malt. It comes across as a lighter experience than I would have expected.

M: Slick and oily, and fairly full bodied for an ipa, but I enjoy it. The high carbonation probably has a lot to do with that as well. The oil from the hops and the slick maltiness lends well to the overall finish and experience. The beer's finishing gravity is low enough to keep the beer refreshing and palatable.

O: while this beer is complex, it is still very refreshing and enjoyable. I had no problem finishing a bomber quickly by myself, and could have had more. I would consider this one of my favorite black ipa's, and the rye didn't overpower the beer which is what I was hoping for. Another great one from the smokestack series. (1,512 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL, Batch Number 2012-2, Best By 08-2013
The cork pops loudly as it's removed. A near-black colored ale is revealed with a towering, beige head that holds excellent retention, that leaves tons of lacing as it eventually fades. Aromas are earthy, spicy rye malt, roasted barley, dank piny hops, grapefruity citrus comes through more as it warms. Bold notes of spicy rye, roasted barley, sweet caramel, and earthy, dank, bitter, piny hops battle on the palate, creating a nice meld of flavors with excellent complexity and balance. Mouth-feel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, while being full bodied. Overall, I really enjoyed this, but in my opinion it falls short in comparison to another beer similar to this one (FWWJ). (727 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a lingering, two finger head. Large amounts of clinging lace.

Smell- Strong aroma of piney hops with a hint of citrus and rye.

Taste- Flavors of piney hop bitterness and rye spiciness dominate. I also detect flavors of citrus, roasted malt, and some grassiness. I do not taste any trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp with a big amount of carbonation.

Overall- While I am not a fan of IPAs, I am starting to develop an appreciation for some "Black IPAs." This is one of the better ones that I have tried. Well balanced with the rye adding a nice twist. (645 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Black with thin but persistent tan head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Citrus and pine, chocolate, grains and spicy rye.

Taste: Slghtly smoky chocolate with nice layers of citrus and pine. Grainy malts with definite notes of rye. Finish is bitter and spicy with some pine and roasted bite.

Feel: Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth, but a little chalky and grainy. Dry finish.

Overall: Another very good Smokestack beer from Boulevard. (500 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with awesome, imaginative label. Batch 2-2012, best by 08-2013. This just came in today, and I'm cracking it before largely (though not entirely) giving up beer for Lent. Poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Appearance: Cork ROCKETS out of the bottle, shooting across the room and hitting the ceiling and scaring the bejeepers out of our two feline tenants. This pours a dark brown, near black, and shows a bit of garnet highlighting around the edges when held up to the light. Large, creamy tan cap which shows brilliant retention.

Smell: This is all about the hops; there's next to no roast character here at all. Largely pine, with some citrus fruit. Hints of rich caramel and fruity grain notes as well.

Taste: Boldly flavored. Fruity hops (both citrus and general fruity flavors), very light notes of dry, bitter roast, earthy/rustic, spicy, and fruity grains (I'm assuming the unique character is from the rye, but I haven't had much experience with rye beers). Notes of alcohol, but the levels blend nicely with the beer's other characteristics. IBUs seem about right in the mid-sixties.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall: Bold and challenging on the palate, with plenty of character; at $7.99, this is a good bargain, and it makes a great late-winter/early-spring beer (especially as storms have been ripping through the Midwest of late). Well-done, Boulevard!

91 = A- (1,449 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Opaque black body with a billowing mountain top of frothy rootbeer head. Retention is dramatic and beautiful lace wraps the glass like lingerie grasping a succulent thigh.

S: A thundering grain approach backed by vanilla, dark fruits, pine and citrus bitters. Black malts lace the smoldered rye and barley aroma but lacks a powerfully robust nose.

T/M: Sound the alarm! The palate is attacked by a tornado of spicy rye, smoked barley and burnt dark malt. Sweet dark fruits shower down toward the end with a pine resin aftermath. Burnt toffee and a subtle dark cocoa powder provide a subtle background once warm. Body is creamy and bold with a gentle carbonation sting that creates a balanced feel.

O: I simply love what Boulevard does with the Smokestack Series. I have yet to be disappointed. Grainstorm is another successful brew that i cant get enough of. A complex grain forward creation that is equally balanced. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer to enjoy by the multiples. Cheers! (1,015 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a 2 finger foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, rye, and roasted malt.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, rye, and roasted malt. Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness. Very nice list of hops in this beer with Simcoe, Bravo, Amarillo, and Citra.

Medium to full bodied with above average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. A very well made beer, which I would gladly buy gain. I continue to be impressed by the beers in the Smokestack Series. Keep them coming. (578 characters)

Photo of katan
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Super frothy pour - head busting at the seems. Brown colored formation. Beer itself is brown with some amber highlights.

S - Potent hop aromas, of the earthy and dank styles. Not detecting much of the grains yet.

T - Smooth and sweet beginning, with just a bit of the nuttiness coming in from the rye. Roast is light. Mid-stream turns more bitter, a little more grainy and spicy. Hopping comes on very strong, I'm guessing summit hops. Finishes with a little bit of a sweetness.

M - Creamy body, lots of carbonation here. Almost too much. Does well to offset the somewhat hefty nature of the beer.

O/D - An interesting and very hoppy black ale/rye IPA. A little bit filling from all the carbonation. ABV is moderately reasonable. A bit of a palette smasher. (787 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosive pour into a tulip from 750 ml corked & caged bottle.
Massive four finger head in spite of my best efforts to pour carefully.
Dark appearance brown foam holds nicely for a long time
Very smooth malty feel up front. Full hop flavors don't appear until after way into the mouthfeel phase.
Very enjoyable beer. Very easy to sip through an entire bottle without realizing it. (381 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml poured into a tulip

A- Pours murky brown, almost balck in the glass with brown around the edges. A massive off tan frothy head with great retention.

S- A good citrusy hop profile in the beer. A slight roastedness. A bit of wheat. A very herbal and earthy tone to the beer. Somewhat grainy and spicy.

T- A slight bitterness and a big bit of carbonation at first. The hop profile in this beer is somewhat floral and very citrusy. There is a lot of pineapple, lemongrass and mango in the beer. A subtle wheat character in this beer as well as a slight herbal spicyness from the rye I assume. The roastedness comes in on the back end and really only lingers for a second. A well balanced beer.

M- High carbonation, medium bitterness and medium body. Quite drinkable. A changing taste profile.

O- This is pretty badass beer. A different beer and very well done. Definitely worth a try. (893 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift from my brother as a b-day gift. Cork led off with a massive pop, the a huge dense rocky head persisted for quite some time. Beer looks dark brown - can't really see through- except for some ruby highlights.

Aroma smells fruity and juicy. Berry fruits like melon, raspberries, blueberries. Kind of like popping a piece of juicy fruit gum into your mouth and inhaling those flavors. After the fruitiness fades, some spicy hop aromas make an appearance. No real malt in the aroma.

Dark grainy character in initial flavor: likely the rye and dark malts. Seems like black patent was most likely used. Hop flavors intermingle well with the malts giving this a nicely balanced & complex beer. Firm bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied with some lingering bitterness and a touch of creaminess from the still persistent head.

First Boulevard beer I've had, and I like it. I like it a lot Jerry. Am glad to get the happiness in the nose yet a great balance in the flavor. Very well done. (995 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass form a 750ml bottle with one of the coolest Blvd. labels out there.

Pours a nice mahogany brown color with a huge 1.5 inch light tan head. The retention is awesome. The head recedes very very slowly and leaves some nice lacing as it goes down. The head is also pretty dense.

Aroma is so nice. Some grassy and herbal hop notes that provide some slight pine and mild citrus notes. Very NW like. There is about a ton of different grain notes in the nose. Nice rye spice wit some earthiness and some good bready wheat notes. There are some slight chocolate notes in the nose as well.

Flavor is very delicious. Herbal grassy notes are present along with some nice pine. The grain profile is very nice. There are some nice rye spice notes that compliment the hops very well and linger till the last drop is down. There is some slight roast to the malt notes and some mild cocoa sweetness especially on the back end. All the flavors are very well crafted and work together very well. The brew is one of the more balanced Black Ales out there. Quite delicious. The body is a bit on the lighter side. I would like a bit more of a body.

Overall. This style is quickly becoming one of may favorites and brewers are doing a great job with it. This is a great example of the style. (1,299 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Boulevard brewers introduce us to the turbulent atmosphere that their locale has to weather. No, it has nothing to do with the actual weather, but the brewing climate that their Smokestack Series has to offer. If Grainstorm is what they encounter, then please- let it rain down!

The black IPA is instead a very dark brown, only differentiating from black along its margins. But with the piercing citrus character of white grapefruit, the nose turns from black and towards pale. Emulating IPA for a moment, the initial hoppy taste soon weaves in burnt caramel sweetness and toasty breadiness to bring the senses back to black.

And those burnt sweetnesses resonate on the fatter portions of taste, seeming porter-like early on. But like IPA does, the malts fade, taking with it the bulk of sweetness and chocolate to leave a roasted char behind to work in tandem with citrusy hops, and a spicy huskiness that stems from the early palate to its deep finish.

Drying wonderfully, only the shell of malt leaves its starchy substrate behind which supports the earthen rye bite, the acute pine bitterness and roasted acidity extremely well. Pretending to be "imperial", the body suggests something bigger, but its dryness refutes it all and promotes a more drinkable palate. (1,270 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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. (637 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and fluffy tan head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was black with brown edges.
s - strong west coast piney hops.
t - piney hops with some rye spice and roasted coffee and chocolate notes underneath.
m - bubbly and coating.
o - terrific black ipa and i loved the rye take on this. another smokestack series winner. (394 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a big beige head with great retention and takes a while for it to settle. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pleasant aromatics. Spruce. Earthy sweetness. Black Pepper.
T) Spicy. Black pepper. Bready. Mellow malts help to balance out the hops
M) Medium body. Quite smooth. Hop tannins linger it the finish. Subtle heat from the alcohol.
O) A delicious Black IPA/Cascadian pale ale. I'll be finishing the bottle. (454 characters)

Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.