Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

407 Reviews

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 1,714
Photo of BarileMatt
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 Limited Release
L: Brown/Blood Orange, comes to a suprisingly light head.
S: A lighter whiskey. Hides its booziness very well.
T: Much like the smell. Almost like a whiskey light.
F: Very smooth, medium body.
O: An outstanding brew. An easy sipper.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one looks good from the start. A deep dark mahogany red with about a finger's worth of head. The head breaks somewhat quickly with a good amount of lacing left behind. The smell is heavy rye whisky barrel, followed by dark fruits, some peppery notes. The taste follows the nose, with the barrel really coming through. The peppery rye is noticeable after the barrel settles down. Feel is full with medium carbonation. There is a dryish finish and a little booze that follows on this one. A damn nice beer. As opposed to some other barrel ryes I have had, this one seems complete and well done. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of gcasher
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bomber
Smells sweet
Looks brown and dirty with little fizzy head
Alcohol gives you a wallop
Wood flavor up front followed by sweet caramel
Spicy rye follows
Tastes like a rye whiskey, but much lighter.
Warm feeling,
Overall, I love the barrel aging as it complements the rye ale very well.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Good grief, this is fantastic. Beautiful mahogany red with a slight white circle of a head. The aroma is like fresh salt water taffy with a slight peach and floral background. Deep malted rye notes are present throughout the palette but there's complex yeast here too--some banana, some cherry, some cedar, minimal booze. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, but is emboldened when inducing turbulence. New favorite from boulevard.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy & heavy with swirling particulates, dark amber or pale brown producing a shy finger of surprisingly lasting, beige, finely bubbled head that leaves only a thin wash of lacing. A second pour after warming produces a larger 2+ finger head that leaves a moderate web of lace. Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, spicy & slightly sour rye notes, a fruity mix of dried dark fruits, woody oak & boozy with a lightly floral background. The sourness of the aroma intensifies as the brew warms. Taste is deeply malty, boozy with brown sugary, sweet oaky vanilla, heavy rye spice, orange/tangerine citrus hints, a medley of dark fruits & a lively bitter hop & rye spice finish that becomes a less hop bitter & more alcohol bitterness/bite & dry aftertaste. Both the rye spice & alcohol spice, bite, warmth & bitterness become the dominate components of both the finish & aftertaste as the brew warms. A little distracting but to be expected (I guess) with a 12% ABV brew. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, a little syrupy but creamy even though it is a little prickly & lively with rye spice. Upon warming the alcohol warmth & bite becomes noticeable not only on the tongue but the sides and roof of the mouth.

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Photo of marieli
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 variety. Poured from 2015 bottle in September 2016. Temp was about 50-55. This was an outstanding ale for which I had few if any complaints. Smooth, tasted great, felt great. Huge hit which I will drink again if I can find it! Typically drink porters and stouts but this is one of the better beers I've had all categories.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Pours a very deep dark almost purple color. Surprisingly whiter head on top. Big and robust.
S (4.25) - Smells a bit like whiskey. Not too heavy on the whiskey, but it's definitely right there.
T (4.5) - Tastes really good. Surprisingly smooth, and not too overwhelming. I could really taste the roasted malt and then the rye. Not as peppery as I'd expect, but maybe the whiskey took care of that.
F (4.25) - Smoother and easier to drink than I'd expected. Carbed about right for the style.
O (4.25) - I had purchased this earlier this year and kinda kept putting it off. But it was delicious. I'm always impressed with these specialties from Boulevard and this is no different.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage bought last April, cellared for about 9 months
BB July 2017
.750ml bottle into Libbey tulip
L- pours a dark orange/light brown with reddish tints, foamy beige head
S- big malty aroma, plenty of booze as well, with hints of rye
T-first taste is all malt, this is a big malty ale, almost reminiscent of a scotch ale, followed by the booze from the Templeton Rye Barrels, with a peppery finish, that I am going to attribute to the rye
F- full bodied, average carbonation, real smooth drinking for 12%ABV a slight syrup-y feel as well
O- this was a great beer really enjoyed the smoothness and the bite from the rye

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got in a goblet at bier baron, DC
Smell: a lot like bourbon. It makes sure you know this is a 14% alcohol beer,
Taste: Extremely chewy and viscous. Also a lot of bourbon taste from the rye, spicy also, cinnamon, thyme, pepper... At the end, some dark fruit taste was also present from all the alcohol. Extremely complex.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark amber with a large three finger off white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, burnt sugar, figs and rye.

T - The taste is caramel malts, toffee, figs, plums,vanilla and rye barrels.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice beer. The blend of rye and dark fruits are almost perfect. Very drinkable and dangerous at 12% abv.

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Photo of Tibblesnbitz
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This will be my first review seeing as this was the most recent beer I tried. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was sceptical at first, being that I'm not much of a rye whiskey fan. That being said as soon as I popped the cork on the bottle I knew I was going to like it. I gave it a slightly aggressive pour into a tulip style glass. The first pour was very aromatic, it poured a nice deep amber with about a finger and a half of thick yellow head. Every drink was as great as of the first. I will be buying two more bottles one to cellar and another for my father who has been my partner on my journey into beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Cloudy golden brown with a thick fluffy beige foam head and nice lacing. Smell of sharp spice, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste of pepper, caramel, vanilla, even a bit of berries. Thick and smooth on the tongue. Great beer!

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 2015 vintage, stored in the beer fridge for a year. A rich dark amber pour with a thick ever-last head. Aroma is malted grain, bread dough and a bit of dankness. The wonderful taste is rich, thick and slightly sweet, but not boozy despite the hefty 12% ABV. Definitely a sipping beer, enjoyed on the deck on a cool early fall MN evening. One of thebeeter of the Smokestack series from my home town of Kansas City.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as a very murky deep copper with a creamy tan head. Aroma is distinctly of rye with some indistinct spice notes. Taste is all rye and malt with some caramel and slight vanilla. Good carbonation and flavors that don't fade away. very nice.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rye on Rye pours a dark and deep amber color with a large, very long lasting head. The aroma is filled with notes of wood and whiskey. Earthy flavors, with big hits of wood and whiskey, and a sweeter spicier end. Good body and feel. Overall, a complex, but fantastic beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summer 16 - pours reddish amber, dark copper. Light ring of white foam. Oaky, rye, nose. Little cherry fruit sweetness. Strong cherry fruit taste. Astringency. Woodsy. Chewy and thick mouthfeel. Feel the burn! Very good but a sipper.

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Photo of Benish
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter glass. Dark red cherry color with floaties dispersed - possibly hops. Aromas were of cherries and some oak. Not much bourbon noted. The flavors were almost overwhelming. Rye presences was intense - almost astringent. Noted cherries, mild oak, hops and medicinal qualities as well as the rye. Started out sweet and finished sweet with the bitter hops lingering around. Almost like an American barley wine. It was quite intense and at times overwhelming. Was glad to split this bottle - it was good but not something I could finish myself.

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Photo of stortore
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Have had before, first review.

A great looking pour- amber, somewhat opaque, with two and a half finger head with a hard pour, tight head, lots of foamy lacing. Smell is rye, light malt, some figs and dates, yeast, light whiskey- more as it warms, vanilla, light cherries and oak, a general spiciness. The taste picks up with the Templeton Rye barrels kicking in, and the rye is still a strong presence. Also malt, oak, caramel, figs, yeast, light cherries, a little sweet. Slight hop bitterness. Smooth, a little creamy, great body.

Well blended, the rye and the Templeton barrels star. This one is a personal favorite, and it's tops for its style. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: bronze with plenty of flakes, sweet caramel translucency, resilient frothy rim
S: sweet molasses, with definite rye
T: rye first, smooth sweet taste, rye aftertaste goes down easy
F: smooth, medium bodied, easy for the alcohol content
Delightful shelf beer, first rye on rye, not the last

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage, 750mL bottle purchased April 2016, poured into Kane tulip glass

L: Big 3F+ head with strong retention, leaves spotty lacing and a cap. Beer is a hazy brown bramble.

S: Rye malts, oak barrel, kandi sugar

T: Rye malts forward, then the oakiness kicks in. There is a sweetness and then a little bit of citrus and dryness.

F: Medium body, almost a creaminess. Light to medium carbonation. Good balance on taste progression. Drinks well, but you don't want to rush it at 12 ABV.

O: Not sure what style this falls under (Rye Barleywine? Strong Ale?) but it's awfully good. The Smokestack Series has produced some great beer.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautify light brown with the perfect amount of creamy head. I'm getting lots of cherry, followed by caramel and vanilla in the nose with a hint of booze. The taste is much of the same. All of the notes blend perfectly. It is a great combination, but you can also pick out the individual flavors. There is a nice warmth to it that reminds you it is 12% ABV; but this isn't a bad thing. The texture also works well as it is just as creamy as the head would leave you to believe.

Overall, this is an amazing beer by Boulevard. It reminds me of BBQ, but I think it even beats that. I haven't been this excited about a new beer in quite some time.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a 750 ml bottle, into a snifter.

I split this bottle over three nights, because this is truly a sipper, not a guzzler. I'm glad I did. I was a little surprised the first night, getting a taste and an effect that wasn't what I was expecting. But each night, I liked it better and better.

The appearance is amber, with lots of head. The first night, it was explosively foamy. The cork flew out of the bottle like a champagne cork. You'd expect that carbonation to fade over a night or two, but there was still some head on the third night.

The aroma is whiskey. The taste is rye spiciness, and lots of whiskey, with some caramel sweetness. It's more than a little boozy.

Overall, it's more like a Strong Ale, or a Barleywine, than like most other rye beers I've had. It's not as smooth or as subtle as my favorite barleywines, but it's quite good. Think of it as a strong barleywine, and take it slow. You'll like it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: looks great right off the bat, cloudy darker Amber color with medium bubbles on the body. The body is quite hazy, just as much as a Hefeweizen with a lot more depth...head is off-white with a slight orange tint...drops quick after a sip with sticky lacing.

Smell: Light whiskey notes with notes of yeast...wish it was just a little more potent.

Taste: Sweet whiskey is evident and a pinch sour. Rye is strong by the whiskey offsets it and honestly it feels like an American Strong Ale in disguise. Malts are there as well which gives the brew a very tasty bitterness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and well above average stickiness.

Overall: Great brew, weakest part about it is the scent but we came here to drink beer not smell it. It was definitely created with an obvious utmost effor and personally I think it delivered. Enjoy with love...Salud!

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2016 NCBMF.

This is a strong ale, as is immediately apparent upon tasting. The flavor is just plain boozy, although I don't find this objectionable in this particular beer. The aroma suggests a less powerful beer.
Lightly sweet and limited spicing from the rye.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly easy to drink. The sweet whiskey barrel is strong both on the nose and flavor, but the alcohol bite is almost non existent. A bit of malt and fruit round out the flavors to make an interesting, boozy but drinkable brew.

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