Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Rye-on-RyeRye-on-Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,720
Reviews:
410
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
519
For Trade:
24
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Ratings: 1,720 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of snaotheus
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of large snifters, poured at fridge temp into fairly warm glasses, so I'd guess it came out in the vicinity of 45-50 F. Batch Number/Best y Date: RR13324-11-2015. Served on 7 March 2014.

Pours brown, big creamy head which fades very slowly, is supported by a lot of carbonation. Has a beautiful silky texture. Cloudy, brownish. Smell is something grapey, maybe some yeast.

Taste...I just made the bitter beer face, and my wife asked (with surprise), "You don't like it?" My response was, "The alcohol just slapped me in the face. It'll take me a second to adjust." So, I guess I'd say it's a bit hot. Aside from that, lots of rye spiciness, some smoke, more alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, hint of grittiness. Overall...too hot to be great, but some pleasant flavors otherwise.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to cploking for coming through with this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy crimson color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of whiskey, a bit of oak. Taste is strong of whiskey and alcohol, a faint rye presence, a bit of oak. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall if you are into whiskey barrel beers, this would be in your wheelhouse. For me it was just a bit overpowering.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA

A: Poured a orangish amber color with good carbonation and big fluffy dirty white head

S: Rye, booze, wood, vanilla

T: Starts out boozy, midway through its boozy with some rye and finishes boozy with less rye with a little vanilla

M: Seems thin, boozy, throwing off CO2, unappealing and tough to drink minus the excess booze feel, thin body and flat tastes

D: While not terrible it got a B out of sheer generosity. Avoid. This beer is way overpriced and spend the $13 elsewhere!

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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 Auracom
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Next to BBQ, this is the most excited I've been to try something from Boulevard. Bomber purchased as MSCM and poured into a Hunahpu's snifter on April 19th, 2012.

A - Murky brown coloring with ruby hues. One-finger, light tan head. Retention amount to a frothy film. Really good lacing.

S - Plentiful rye spices, figs, banana, and raisin bread. The barrel notes play second fiddle, with hints of oak and rye whiskey blended with further toffee. The base aroma here seems inherently Quad-like.

T - Strong raisin and date bitterness morphs into a rear palate of deep caramel and whiskey barrel flavors. Not particularly complex, rather mellow presentation. No alcohol presence throughout.

M - Medium body, very smooth. Velvety-light carbonation, adequate for pushing darker notes through. Touch of alcohol warming.

D - I definitely prefer the nose here. The front end of the drink is particularly weak and I'd prefer a bit more barrel presence overall, particularly some sweetness to balance everything else. Worth a visit but don't expect an overwhelming success.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

750mL brown glass cork & caged bottle. Bottle number 5678 of 12148.

Pours a ruddy/muddy brown with some amber hues and very little off-white head.

Nose is heavily whiskey influenced with that spicy rye vanilla/white pepper note. A little toffee and mocha too.

Palate is boo-wait for it- zey! At first it tastes like someone poured a shot of straight rye in a barley wine. A little thin on the body. Orange zest, vanilla beans, toffee, a little oily, a little sharp from the alcohol content, finish is a little "green" (vegetal). Finish is almost clean, but there's gripping spiciness from the whiskey and oak tannins.

Notes: Perhaps the best of the 3 Rye on Rye beers I've had (this one, Smuttynose Ry(e)an, and Lenny Bruce RIPA on Rye). The whiskey influence is good, but I'm starting thing that you cannot successfully integrate rye whiskey into a rye-based ale. Just doesn't meld well. Glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of Barrelista
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rum and caramel at the core with a pop of early Rainier cherry.

Foam is frosting-thick on initial pour. Carbonation is low and delicate enough to encourages the beer's sweetness, as if this beer shares a parent with cava.

Full, heavy mouthfeel. Lung-filling on first whiff. Hued a color reserved for sugar at around 315 degrees Farenheit.

Wonderful. A winner.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a hazy reddish orange brown in the big snifter. Very fine-grained foam that lasts and lasts with big clots of lacing. Delightful creamy texture. Interesting aroma of fruity and boozy, like a liqueur.

I'm not sure the rye grain comes through so well with all the boozy flavors. Overall this is sharp, bitter, and slathered with wood and whiskey flavors. Big candy taste of something very strange. Persimmon flavors, raisins, butterscotch, fruit cake. Moderate sweetness. The bitter aftertaste has a hint of medicine to it. Something to sip on, very slowly.

This is the 2014 edition. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent reddish-amber, dark reddish-brown away from the light; clear with the exception of streaming carbonation; fluffy beige head with mixed fine and spotty larger bubbles, settles into a centimeter or so of covering; intricate tight, broad lacing
S: sweet bourbon and malt, buttery
T: astringent, bourbon, grass
M: medium-bodied, dry finish
O: almost always personally disappointed when a beer's other flavor's don't mask the astringency of a high alcohol content. I want to be respectful of the style, but bourbon beers are apparently not my thing, starting from the basic bourbon flavor to the sweetness to the astringency.

750mL / Pint Glass

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Photo of Mathews
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of HoldenDurden
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ackeeper
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of VeloCityGirl
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and poor lacing. Smells of whiskey, alcohol, wood, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of rye beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of whiskey, alcohol, wood, hint of hops, and hint of dark citrus. Overall, very strong whiskey/wood flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,720 ratings.
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