Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

405 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

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Clear ruby pour, no head, no carbonation.

S - Spicy malt and alcohol, notuch more.

T - Alchohol, dark fruit, oak, toasted caramel malt from start to finish.

M - Heavy medium body, slight warming on the way down, coats the mouth with whiskey and toasted caramel malt.

O - This beer aged extremely well. Enjoying this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle no. 10053 of 23258, batch 2010-1 best by 01/13, courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Good stubborness with the cork but not overlsy so, it pours a hazy deep amber brown with a 3 finger head of thick foam.

The smell is a nice mix of Wiskey and spiciness from the rye. Some light fruitiness also reaches my nosebuds but I'm not too sure about it except that it smacks of cherries.

The taste also says cherries, yay!, and..oak...and whiskey...and a heaping helping of spicy rye. Very tasty but man, this puppy sure brings some big time warming. The cherries seem to have an underlying flavour of cinnamon mixed in. I noticed it from the start but it fell down in the queue because so much other "stuff" is going on. Like an almost sweet and sour thang. ;^)

This is almost full bodied with plenty, but not too much, carbonation.

Drinkability? Despite the alcohol being up there at 11.00% and I can feel it just about to the max, this is still pretty damn drinkable. Lots of good flavours, lots of enjoyment. Well made brew.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 2012.2 bottle # 14071
A- This beer pours a hazy dense glowing caramel brown body with a sea of racing microbubbles colliding with a thick beige head that last and last sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The sweet malt and spicy alcohol lead to a paper straw and then green oak barrel aroma with some caramel malt in the finish. There is a soft fusel note and the aroma keeps growing as it opens.

T- The rich dry spicy malt has some buttery caramel flavor with a circus peanut yeast ester growing as does the rich caramel wood finish. The gentle sweetness in the finish is cut by the slight fusel alcohol taste that lingers. Some nice vanilla notes pop through as the depth and flavor grows.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth that grows along with the flavor.

O- The nice sweetness of malt is supported by spice earthy rye and alcohol with a full barrel flavor. This is a great sipper.

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Chris! 2012 vintage.

(A)- Pours a nice amber color. Some good tan froth and nice lacing.

(S)- A nice subtle sweet raisin and a spicy oak character.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell. A nice spicy rye(carraway) and oak. Bits of raisin and vanilla.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well with a subtle rye spice and barrel characters.

(D)- A nice rye beer with rich, but balanced flavors and feel.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged bottle into a teku glass. april 2013 bottling date.

Pours a dark copper, almost reddish color with an extremely bubbly inch thick head. The smell is real apparent and big - bourbon hit me as i was pouring it. A lot of sweet caramel aroma notes as well. The taste is really a treat. Starts off with sweet toffee notes that slowly make way from bourbon, but not overwhelming the prior flavors, and it ends with an explosion of wood/bourbon/fruit/oak/rye with a great warming. Full bodied for sure, with quite high carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Lovely, almost a dessert beer.

Overall an amazing beer from Boulevard. Huge recommendation for any BBA fans.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Batch Number/Best By Date: 2012-1/02-2014 Much love to Slvrmon82 for hookin a brotha up.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before dropping down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a light center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving splotches behind.

S- Woody, somewhat boozy aroma. Also toasty. Semi-astringent. Not a whole lot there.

T- Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Mildly sweet caramel flavor melds nicely with the spicy rye and oak notes. Alcohol is very well-masked. The astringency found in the aroma is just as apparent in the flavor but there's more to work with here.

M- Pretty standard feel with some sharpness from the booze and rye with medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Not necessarily complex since what you have is a rye beer aged on rye barrels but it's certainly drinkable and enjoyable if you're a rye fan like I am.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle #16855, batch 2012-2, best by 02-2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky ruby red/brown color with about an inch tan head that stays around for a very long time. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, whiskey, vanilla, and a bit of apple. It tastes like oak, rye whiskey, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, and some orange marmalade. Nice mix between the sweet and spicy rye flavors in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth. The carbonation is soft which helps make this easy to drink. I think this is a very good overall brew, I'd buy it again. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours the definition of the word auburn. Mostly transparent but the body of the beer is pretty dark. Head is massive. It dies down a bit but is still a full inch high minutes after the pour. Head leaves lots of disconnected lacing streaks along the glass.

S-The sweet and spicy rye is both noticeable via the rye whiskey and the base rye ingredient. Sweetness is very rich and derived from sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The rye is awesome because it really accentuates the oak of the whiskey barrels. There is also a very nice citrusy hop aroma. Avery aromatic, intense and complex nose.

T-First off, I must say that the finish on this beer is absolutely exquisite. Finishes like a fine rye whiskey with a generous splash of water. The oak lingers forever. Before the finish is much complexity. The citrus and pine from the hops really adds a great element. The sweet dark fruits and luscious caramel flavors add to the plethora of various tastes. The rye really brings it all together and somehow is not overbearing.

M-Lighter than expected with a nice carbonation level. Smooth and rich. Far from cloying. The dry wooden whiskey flavor lasts forever. Literally feels like I am sipping a watered glass of rye bourbon.

O/D-This is a really cool beer. There is so much going on within this beer. It boasts one of the most memorable finishes I have experienced in a beer. Perhaps the best component of this beer is that it isn't too intense but has more than enough flavor in every sip. Very unique and very interesting.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A solid aroma of rye, whisky, and some hops.

T: Tasted of (unsurprisingly) a whole lot of rye, a good amount of hops, whisky, and a citrus element as well (even though this is not overly noticeable). The flavor is fairly boozy, but has a nice balance with the rye and hops. Very powerful and forceful taste.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that I admire more than like. It's well made, but it's not something I'd readily return to. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern—served into a pint glass

Appearance: red-brown in color, hazy, 1.5 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: whiskey barrel and light rye

Taste: light rye that becomes more present as the beer warms. followed by huge sweet caramel/vanilla/ and toffee with big whiskey oaking through the finish

Mouthfeel: very sticky sweet but not cloying, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: Amazing. Maybe the best from Boulevard that I have had and certainly one to revisit. I love the oaking in here especially the way it combines with the caramel malt. My only complaint is I wish the rye was more pronounced. That said, as long as I do not expect to get a rye bomb, this is phenomenal.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a slightly hazey dark copper with a bubbly off-white to tan colored head that lasts throughout all 750 ml's. Good bubbling too.

The aroma has some light caramel malts notes with some spicey, peppery aromas as well. Not quiet sure ones are from the rye and which are from the hops.

The taste is spicy sweet upfront. White toast with a little orange zest marmalade. The middle egts a little picier still with some heat from the alcohol and some green peppercorns. The finish has a more mellowed, borbon flavor and heat, with some soft caramel and toasted wood flavors.

Very good sipping and sharing beer.

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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged

pours a light brown color, nice head. great whiskey aroma, good blend of earthy flavors and vanilla and caramel. sticky mouthfeel, good feel. medium bodied. overall very nice beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by jdiddy. #20,513 indicated on the label. Pours a dully, hazy amber hue with a loose, off-white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim. Nose is floral, perfumey and sweet with some definite rye notes. Taste is really quite good - buttery and woody with some rye and caramel notes. Definitely let this beer to warm a little to allow it to open up. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a coarse carbonation and some acidity. Overall, I really like this beer. It's still a bit hot, but I see a lot of potential in this beer with an additional two years in the cellar to dissipate the heat and carbonation.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, batch 2012-2. Bottle #20670.

A- Pours with a dark red body, almost looks brown. Very light tan head forms to about two fingers with a bubbly fizzy texture. Creamy ring leaves a few nice rings of lace.

S- Opens up with warmth, at first I couldn't get anything in the nose. Sweet caramel and rye malts with a vanilla whiskey oak barrel influence.

T- More complex here. Spicy rye and rye whiskey combine to be pretty, spicy. The whiskey has an oak, vanilla and general bourbon feel. Lots of raisin, spice, dark fruit, caramel and slight alcohol.

MF- Foamy feel overall with a lighter gravity body. Spiced palate with slight bitterness and pretty warm from alcohol.

Pretty much what one would expect with rye beer and rye whiskey. A nice oak presence and the rye whiskey and malt add spicy pepper, coriander and raisin hints. Balances out pretty nicely.

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

Bottle opened on 3.3.13
Batch 2012-1
Best by 02-2014
Bottle 12885

A - Pours a dark carmel brownish with a fluffy tan head with good retention.

S - Strong carmel, rye and ripe dark frutis.

T - Lots of carmel and toffee, not much else.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Mellowed way out, tons of toffee and carmel, no booze or heat detected.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Cork & Barrel recently, have been waiting for this one to hit Minnesota eagerly. Popping it open quickly to find out if it's good enough that I need to secure another bottle (or two) before it's gone from the shelves.

Beautiful beer. By some bent of magic, the beer is a dirty, earthly red around the edges, while maintaining a dark brown, light-repulsing core. The smell is virtually indescribable. Good, but faint. I'm not going to try.

Rye-on-Rye is an eye-opening concoction. The rye whiskey & the rye malts pair up for a wry experience that is unparalled, yet. The whiskey is mildly strong, with a very nice vanilla note, undercut by a mouthful of rye spices. An almost Belgian, candied follow-through lends sweetness & lightness to the brew & keeps the rye from doing a Chuck Norris on me tongue. Faint hop bitterness of no particular line rounds out the show.

I'm having a trouble getting a handle on exactly what's going down in my glass, but I do know that I'm enjoying it. Carbonation is a bit much for a brew of this size, & distracts a mite. Glad to have split this with my wife, it's good, but...man, this is one strange beer. I may have to have another bottle just to figure out if I really like this or not.

Very good. Very unique. Love the rye overload.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this bottle number 3676 of 12,148, 750 ml bottle, into my Orval glass.

The beer pours an ugly murky brown with a light tan head, rising about a finger falling quickly.

The aroma is medium, mostly lots of alcohol, whiskey, with a slight vanilla finish.

The taste is very intersting, its almost like drinking a Johnny Walker Red soaked in a loaf of bread.

The feel is extremely heavy with lots of warm alcohol feeling.

Overall, its a very tasty interesting beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of afksports via trade.

Pours a dense and opaque, solid amber color with a gorgeous inch or so of rocky light tan head which leaves brilliant lacing. Really nice.

Aromas begin with dark caramel malts mixed with some leather, dark cherries and a little spice. Plenty of spicy dry whiskey which emerges more and more as it warms. Less alcohol than the Abacus (Blended barrel aging) but more than the Vertical Jewbelation (also aged in Rye Whiskey barrels), which I both had this past weekend. Dark fruits continue to emerge more an more as it warms (dates, figs, prunes).

The tastes begin quite complex and full of flavors. Warm and spicy, tingling on the tongue and warming on the gullet. Full-bodied, generous with the senses. You get nice dark cherries and warming sweet vanilla flavors that wash over the tongue. Distinct spiciness from the rye (barrels or malt I am not sure) is a very solid presence throughout; probably the most dominant in fact.

The mouthfeel is quite full but with great amounts of carbonation (for the style) to help dry this high ABV monster out. The rye leaves your palate nice and dry, almost inviting more consumption.

Overall this is a superb beer. Really a great showcase for Rye malts and rye whiskey barrel-aging. It is basically a barrel-aged Rye Barleywine (per say), so if you like Barley Wines and Rye beers and Barrel-aged beers, this is HIGHLY recommended. My one complaint it that the rye whiskey alcohol is a little dominant for my tastes and slightly overpowers the rest of the flavor profile but regardless it is still quite good. Would be better to share a monster like this because to indulge by yourself could be a task. Can't wait til this is going to be released again (early 2012) because I will be buying several.

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Photo of champ103
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to jumpjet2k for hooking me up with this bottle. My 1500th review, I think I need to get a life :)

A: Pours a beautiful hazy ruby red color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, bread/biscuit aromas, wood, and vanilla. Some fruits like apples and pears as well. I really like the nose.
T: Follows the nose with lots of toasted, bread/biscuit malts up front that I love. Rye bread all the way. Sweet vanilla, wood notes, and fruity flavors. Apples and pears. The rye, barrel, and fruit flavors have excellent balance and compliment each other perfectly.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Just a bit thin for my tastes. Especially for a barrel aged beer, but overall not bad. So easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, and a great sipper.

Yep, another Smokestack success that I love. No surprise. Everything here is very balanced and complimentary to other components. I love it and highly recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in Peoria before Christmas, now opening it on a Friday night in March. It pours dark, an amber copper color, a little bit of haze and a thick off-white head with each pour. Like 8 fingers of foam, but it subsided pretty quickly.

The aroma is both good and bad, I liked the rye but didn't like the medicinal notes. Cough syrup is rarely a positive feature in a beer, and this beer unfortunately embraced it. It smells a bit alcoholic too, surely due to barrel treatment.

It tastes about as expected from aroma, strong spiciness from the rye, heavy whiskey barrel notes, and light medicinal badness throughout.

Heavy stuff, not entirely appreciated by me, probably my least favorite from the smokestack series.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy deep ruby, one finger off white head.

S-Rye, whiskey, spice, grass, caramel, molasses and darker fruits.

T-Oak, rye. darker fruits, molasses, caramel and apples.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, easy drinking for the abv.

O-Was expecting a little more but still a very good beer. Maybe some more rye spiciness would have been nice.

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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Steasy66 for this bad boy.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber orange with a 2+ finger, amber tinted cream coloured head.

Smell. Grainy malts, sweet caramel, woody bourbon and vanilla, and some fruity yeast and spicy rye.

Taste. Spicy rye malts and caramel, whiskey and wood, vanilla and some fruity yeast and booze.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full bodied, slightly sticky with a medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice big rye beer that's smooth and tasty. Finishing this bottle won't be a problem even being as big as it is...

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

Big thanks to kspongeworthy for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice murky redish/purple/brown. (Maybe that's just the label influencing me. There is about one full finger of off-white head that settles in a decent amount of time. I get small amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is: (in no particular order) booze, spice, caramel, vanilla, cherries, and raisins. It's hard to distinguish a dominate smell, as all of the notes can be picked out if you're looking for them.

T: I get a hit of sweet vanilla right up front. That transitions quickly to booze, caramel, and spice. There is touch of bitter/funk (this is not a funky beer, don;t take that the wrong way) that eventually comes back to sweet and boozy. This beer is hot, but it's tolerable.

M: Medium bodied beer. The palate shifts as this beer progresses. There isn't much that coats or lingers, aside from the booze.

O: I didn't think this beer was all that good at the start, but towards the end of the glass I'm really enjoying it. It's hot, but there is something with the tart cherry/sour raisin that is keeping me with this beer. It's not my favorite Boulevard brew, but it's still darn good.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a kind soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with large amounts of spicy rye. Also present are moderate amounts of rye whiskey - vanilla, spice, and oak - and hints of booze-soaked cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the rye whiskey is a bit more overpowering. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by spicy rye and dark cherry flavors. Midway through the sip the rye whiskey takes over, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the flavor profile wasn't quite balanced enough to take this beer to the next level, but it is a very interesting beer and those who love rye will certainly want to seek this one. Worth a shot.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,702 ratings.
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