Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,320
4.23 | pDev: 10.17%
May 08, 2022
Feb 16, 2010
Notes: Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

47 IBU
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

On tap at Bully's, a really charismatic bar/eatery in a prototypically gritty on the Susquehanna River in southern PA. Pours a very dark mahogany with very little noticeable head. Initial impression is a boozy but enjoyable Stout with notes of caramel, oak and yeah a little bit of whiskey. Overall, very enjoyable - although somewhat debilitating. Would have again in a heartbeat.

May 08, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MNAle from Minnesota

Dark brown-red from the front, bright, but hazy as expected from the rye, ruby with a back-light. Beautiful with the back-light. Moderately carbonated. Short light tan to off-white bubbly head with short retention, leaving no lacing.

Relatively strong aroma. The alcohol hits first, followed by raisins/dark fruit, spice, and bread, but the alcohol is pretty dominant in the smell.

Delightful flavor. Raisins, spice, bread, caramel, vanilla, rye bread. There's a sweetness to the flavor that is balanced by the spiciness, but even so, the overall leans toward sweet, but not overly sweet or cloying.

The alcohol, while not as in-your-face as in the aroma, is NOT well hidden. It's obvious and up front. It's not hidden at all, in fact, well or otherwise, giving a definite rye whiskey note with the alcohol. This is a strong beer than drinks like a strong beer. The flavor of alcohol/whiskey is obvious, but the warming effect, while not absent, is only just noticeable in my mouth. Although this warming does tend to grow the more I drink.

This beer starts on the sweet side, and maintains that through to the finish. It is not (very much not) a dessert beer, but it is sweet on the sweet-dry scale. It is a sipping beer. I need to drink it slowly to appreciate the nuances of flavor and also to control the alcohol hit.

The body is medium, with just a touch of carbonation initially that pretty much disappears by mid-way through the beer, leaving a feel more like a complex-tasting (but perhaps a bit creamy) whiskey, smooth.

Overall, an excellent Barlerye Wine. I really (really!) enjoyed this beer. This may become an annual purchase. I've set a couple back in my cellar, so maybe I'll build up a 2 or 3 year vertical (although, how I'd survive a 3 year vertical... probably not a good idea).

Apr 28, 2022
4.17 by SpaethJam from New York on Apr 25, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

L: deep red, very lightly carbonated
S: rye whiskey; vanilla and oak
T: absolute blast of rye with vanilla and oak notes, finishes extremely clean with a very sweet aftertaste.
F: feels thin at first due to the high proof, but sticks around with incredible staying power. Sip this and enjoy.
O: this is a novelty, but an extremely well executed novelty for those who desire rye whiskeys or beers. Hopeful the company produces an oat whiskey oatmeal stout in the future.

Apr 17, 2022
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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 12/8/23

I had the maple variant of this beer a few years back and it has remained in my top 10 of all time ever since. So needless to say, I’m quite excited to try this base beer. Let’s see if iyt holds up with support from maple

Pours an opaque rusty brown with 2 fingers of of beige head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The sweetness and the spice compliment each other nicely in the taste, but it definitely leans more towards sweetness. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet caramel, red malt, rye bread, toffee, molasses, and spicy whiskey

Somehow, it’s more cloying without the maple presence which is quite odd. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting spicy whiskey, sweet caramel, brown sugar, apple skin, brown bread, and raisin. The swallow brings notes of rye bread, spicy whiskey, earthy hops, sticky toffee, golden raisin, and molasses

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick and zesty beer. Finishes surprisingly dry but a bit sweet

So yeah, it’s quite a bit sweet, and will never touch the maple version IMO, but it is pretty damn good. I had to bump it up a bit in the overall because it is nicely executed

Mar 30, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 12 oz bottle $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
622 days before best by date
Smell of vanilla and bourbon
Brown-reddish color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of prunes, raisins, molasses, bourbon, some alcohol aftertaste
Overall a great beer.

Mar 27, 2022
4.24 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Feb 06, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Viaduck from California

A very pretty burnt orange/mahogany color with a modest tan head. Lovely aroma of fermented grain, caramel, vanilla & oak tannins. Delicate sweetness & very flavorful: caramel, brown sugar, toasted rye grain, whiskey, some barrel flavors, finishing with some tongue numbing spiciness. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Hardly any hint of alcohol. Very enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DrBeergood from Ohio

L: Hazy caramel, lightly carbonated.

S: Bourbon for sure. Barleywine.

T: Complex. Most of the flavor comes from the massive amount of grains, it's thick and syrupy like a barleywine, toasty from the roast, spicy from the rye, tangy on the front palate and sweeter going back, Finishes clean, breathes nicely.

F: Bourbony, very smooth, with alcoholic warming on the finish.

O: Perfect for when you want a beer and a shot.

Feb 02, 2022
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4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GregBarleycorn13 from New York

About a year old from my cellar. My bottle says 13.2% alcohol. Looks OK in my snifter, a nice amber color. Had a good 3/4 inch head with an aggressive pour. Smell was great. Bourbon, toffee and some spice. Taste was excellent. A real smooth bourbon/toffee. Another good beer from Boulevard. This is like the 5th beer from this brewery and they've all been fantastic.

Jan 20, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

Pours an amber/red clear color with minimal head.

Taste has nice rye bourbon spice and vanilla, some toffee, oak notes are present and clean hop character. Alcohol is well hidden, be careful!

Dec 13, 2021
4.38 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Nov 21, 2021
4.81 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Oct 28, 2021
4.33 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Oct 05, 2021
4.24 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Sep 04, 2021
4.25 by Skabiski from Maryland on Sep 02, 2021
4.24 by robotic_being from Florida on Aug 22, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

At 14.3 percent abv this is a monster but it doesn't smell like it.  It smells very much like a dark bread, not sweet but dark malts.

The taste however is sweet both like bread and alcohol.  I don't get any hops just grains and booze.

It's medium bodied and foamy which makes it really smooth.  The finish is spicy and warm with liquor.

This is an interesting beer.  I've never had anything like it.  I give it a 5.3 out of 6.  I wouldn't drink it every day but on occasion it's delicious.

Aug 02, 2021
4.6 by BCole281 from Texas on Jul 30, 2021
4.63 by Argail from Louisiana on Jul 26, 2021
4.37 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
4.39 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jul 03, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a muddy brownish copper with a finger of head. The nose has striking whiskey notes. Sweet whiskey carries over into the flavor profile. The hops and a spicy quality from the rye both poke through on the finish to nicely contrast with the overall sweetness. The body is a touch lighter than expected but this offering is certainly hefty enough to carry the whiskey notes.

February 2022 Update: Sampled my last bottle of the four-pack - it's been in the cellar about 10 months. This offering still has rye whiskey notes but they are definitely starting to fade, so I'm glad that I cracked this open when I did.

Jun 19, 2021
4.25 by sisterofba from Maryland on Jun 18, 2021
4.51 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jun 18, 2021
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jun 04, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid ale pours a rich
red tinged mahogany brown with a modest head of off white foam
that settles to a thin ring and a sparse thin film. Nose of spicy
rye whiskey, vanilla, rye breaded grain notes, and oak with faint
spicy hop notes. Flavors surpass the nose with spicy rye, mellow
rye whiskey, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, brown sugars, and mellow
oak with spicy hop notes. Nice mouth feel; medium full body, smooth,
mellow, moderately warming, low carbonation, and a rich whiskey
driven finish.

Overall, a fantastic brew. Period.


Jun 01, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Can there be such a thing as two (sorry) much rye? A twelve ounce brown bottle's contents have been poured into a clear pint glass. Now exposed, the color of the liquid is dark caramel with some ruby red hues. There's no head and rest assured, there will be no lacing of the glass. There's a malt and hop character within the aroma, but it's accompanied by an oakiness which has the potential to overwhelm the subtleties in a beer. This goes down like a good boilermaker with a couple of teaspoons of sugar stirred in. It is smooth and the taste is complex enough, but fears that the oak would dominate come true. With an ABV of 14.3%, a consumer shouldn't be surprised that there is some noticeable alcohol to taste. People with a taste for rye whisky will probably love this brew. Those that don't, but still like a rye contribution to an IPA, may find the oak tannins objectionable. But even so, most shot in a beers aren't this sweet. A high ABV and a bunch of sweetness usually ends up poorly felt the next morning. Well crafted, no doubt, but not meant for a majority of beer drinkers. Sipping one after dinner would be its best use.

May 31, 2021
4.3 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by KT3418 from Colorado

New to the style and would like to try a regular rye ale. I did grow to like this a good bit though, I like the spicy sweetness in the description, not something I'd want a 4 pack of probably but definitely a really quality brew and I would drink again in the future.

update: so in 2022 this beer is now 12 percent ABV and maybe im crazy bit it tastes...not at all as good as I remember. Not at all.

May 24, 2021
4.24 by mltobin from Connecticut on May 08, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LDOMustang17 from Georgia

Think Cool Spring Evening. Not warm enough for LawnMower Beer, but still cold enough for a fire pit at dusk. Nothing better than a winter-to-spring ale that warms your heart and soul for better days yet to come. This beer reminds you of the colder days that needed the boozy ABV while you enjoy the snow warm promise of Spring. You won’t drink this on the beaches of Summer, so enjoy the turn of the seasons with this in your glass.

Mar 25, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Boulevard wasn’t lying. I hope you like Rye. Color is between honey and maple syrup. Small tan head. Negative on much lacing. Aroma - rye, wood, banana bread, molasses/caramel, light raisin and some alcohol. Taste is rye, raisin, molasses and spice. It is rich, but balanced and there is a perfect amount of sweetness from the maple syrup. Feel is medium bodied leaning toward the fuller side and almost chewy. Overall, a fantastic offering from Boulevard. Perfect for all of winter - the beginning, the middle and the end.

4.25, 4.5, 4.5, 4.75, 4.75

Mar 07, 2021
4.21 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Mar 02, 2021
4.25 by jtransel from Illinois on Feb 24, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by TomDoniphan from Kansas

Best beer ever made. A sipper, of course. Butterscotch, or caramel, balanced by just enough hops. Alcohol just hidden. Wish this was available year round, so I wouldnt have to buy a case at each release. Dont miss it.

Feb 13, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 10 2021 and served barely chilled. This is the 2019 release "Rye on Rye 6", listed at 12.9% and aged in 6-year Templeton Rye whiskey barrels.

Pours a foggy brick red-amber colour, generating half a finger of creamy, off white-tinted foam that fizzles off within sixty seconds. A tight collar and a few filmy fringes are all that remain - no cap or lace to speak of. Not much to look at, but the nose will wake you right up - it's bold and plenty boozy, with lots of rye whiskey character - maybe too much, because it overshadows everything else. Substantial notes of toffee and oak, with rye grain spiciness as well as hints of vanilla, bruised orchard fruit, figs and honey: if you're a fan of rye whiskey then you're sure to love it.

That goes for the flavour profile too, which is anchored by a rich & sturdy backbone of toffee, rye breadiness, sultana raisin and appleskin - though it's the whiskey, burnt oak and ethanol coming out on top by the middle of the sip, remaining dominant through to the back end. Hints of honey, bourbon, vanilla and corn syrup come through at the finish, with just a hint of spicy, floral hop bitterness preceding a boozy-sweet aftertaste of whiskey barrel, spicy rye grain and caramelized sugar sweetness. Nearing full-bodied, with very low carbonation and a smooth, soft, relatively limp mouthfeel that doesn't feel especially satisfying - though I suppose it does suit the liquor/spirit theme.

Final Grade: 4.22, an A-. Boulevard's Rye on Rye is pretty high octane, but it still makes for an enjoyable and unique quaff - it's quite warming, but the booze is well integrated... and besides, if you're picking up a rye BA beer, you really should've been expecting some heat to begin with. I would definitely pick this up again - it's not something I'd want to drink regularly, but if I were in the mood for a rye whiskey barrel-aged beer I can't think of many other brews that would fit the bill any more perfectly. A must-try if you see it.

Jan 18, 2021
3.91 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Dec 17, 2020
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Ryan_Merten from Massachusetts

I went into this with no strong expectations, as a New Englander we have a love of IPA's and disdain for most other regions of the US. I came away pleasantly surprised.

This beer had a huge fruity and floral bouquet. At first I found the slight sweetness off putting but came enjoy its rich and complex aftertaste. It was only after I finished a bottle and found my self buzzed that I realized how high the ABV is. This is a masterwork in making a very strong beer drinkable and pleasant.

Dec 05, 2020
4.1 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Nov 17, 2020
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1909 ratings