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: 1,709
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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with moderate cloudiness, likely due to the whiskey barrel aging. There's a fingernail of brown resting on top. The nose is packed with sweet and boozy rye whiskey and loads of malt. The taste is initially heavy with copious amounts of bready malt and then a boozy sweetness kicks in the back of the palate from the whiskey barrel aging. The mouth is warm with alcohol and moderately chewy and sticky.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

All in all, this is like sipping on a bourbon or scotch, and without sipping on a bourbon or scotch. There's rye and barrel flavor, some heat at the end but this is a beer the whole time and I'm impressed. This was a half growler well worth it. Clean barley and whiskey-like throughout, in the most enjoyable way.
World class stuff from this Missouri brewer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange-amber color with a large and lasting tan-tinted head -- cloudy at first with a vigorous pour, but it clears as it sits. Strong aroma of malt, rye spiciness and rye whiskey that's sweet with cherry, oak and vanilla notes and some dry yeast behind. Tastes much lighter than the nose suggests. There's some smooth malt up front, followed by the rye spice and muted whiskey in the aftertaste. Pleasant, but much less heavy-hitting than I was expecting. Relatively light bodied with a touch of creaminess and that rye spiciness again in the mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2012 750 into a snifter

L: Clear,ice tea color, small off white head
A: Whiskey, peppery spice, sweet malt, dark fruit
T: Sweet malt, whiskey,
F: Thin, almost still
O: Boozy and hot, not very enjoyable

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Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the only demerit to this beer, it was poured with no head. The color is a dirty and cloudy brown/dark amber. Some streaks for lace.

Sweet, almost brandy like, smell. I'm used to rye beers being dry, this is unusual to me but still appealing.

The taste is completely Barley Wine, sweet and thick with a huge amount of warming alcohol. The taste is sweet from start to finish. There's enough hop in the swallow and aftertaste to prevent the taste from becoming too cloy. The body is rich and the carbonation is low. I get sweet cherries in the aftertaste.

Don't think rye, think barley wine and you'll love this.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mellowed in the basement for 6 months. This looks like iced tea! But, man, it tastes like a fucking diamond. Nice head that lingers. Didn't get much on the nose but the taste is what makes this stand out. Rye ale with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel and vanilla on the back end. In between there's some wheat, fig and nuts with no heat whatsoever. Awesome.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. best by 07-2017.

A: pours a very hazy, if not opaque, muddy copper hue. head follows the muddy theme being a slight reddish, brown hue. bubble and thick lacing left on the glass. overall a lot of conditioning yeast doenst want to stay in the bottle no matter how careful you pour.

S: warm alcohol, molasses. rye boozy barrel notes. black pepper. earthy hops are hard to pick out.

T: starts super spicy. holy shit this thing is actually tingling on my palate. the booze is not overwhelming in the least but rather fits well. finish is spicy as well, but otherwise cleans up nicely.

M: hard to believe this is a 12% beer. drinks warm, but not too hot. full bodied. carb might be a little too high as you can tell this is a bottle conditioned brew and I find the refermentation to provide a bit too much bubbles for something like this.

D: it is exactly what the label says, a rye beer aged in rye barrels giving you just that, a very rye ale. the only problem I find with all this is that instead of making a beer layered with complexity by doubling everything up, it is just more of the same notes. not bad by any stretch, but pretty straightforward and I was expecting a bit more. for those interested, I doubt cellaring would do much as this doesn't drink hot now and if anything some of the booze would fade out in a drink that isn't that boozy to begin with.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This smells of something sweet between fruit and toffee; its taste is smooth and not overpowering and it carries a strong aftertaste. Obviously, at 12%, it'll knock you on your butt pretty quickly, but it's not difficult to enjoy like some other strong beers.

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Photo of Prager62
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A best by date of 07-2017 from the Thrillogy box set poured in my 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a toffee color leaving a ring of off white foam around the glass.

Smell- Bannana, whiskey, and some clove in the back.

Taste- Hot whiskey up front, followed by bannana, toffee and some clove.

Feel- Slick with a pretty good punch of heat.

Overall- A pretty tasty beer that is split between big barrel characteristics and flavors of banana and clove I'm guessing is from the yeast. It's quite tasty while being on the heavy whiskey side. It's worth a try for lovers of barrel aged beer.

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Photo of CraigP83
2.66/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a Thrillogy pack, best by 7/2017. Dirty dishwater color, small tan floated. Looks like rusty water. On the noise caramel, oak and earthiness. Taste follows the nose but borders on turning tart. Thin mouthfeel. I'll pass.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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