Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

401 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 ManapuaMan
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -7.9%
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 -0.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -36.4%
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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Photo of Mongrel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose is boozy in the best way possible - sweet, spicy and fruity - like a well crafted whisky.

Palate is superbly balanced with plenty of fruit, without being overly sweet. Apple, grape, cherry, even some watermelon. Subtle vanilla and caramel waft throughout. A little rye spice cleans up the finish. There's plenty of whisky barrel but it's always in a gentle, complementary fashion. There is nothing about this beer that smacks you in the face.

Mouthfeel is so soft, round and balanced. Really impressively dry considering the ABV.

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a murky hazy auburn with a nice creamy light tan head that leaves great retention and sticky lacing. There's also some noticeable sediment. The aromas are very sweet and malty with tons of caramel and toffee. Some cherry. The whiskey is there and blends well with everything else. The flavors are very rich. Tons of malty goodness. Tons of caramel and toffee along with some cocoa notes. More cherries. The whiskey is very present, but balanced. Some vanilla and oak in the mix. The rye is very present, especially in the finish. It finishes spicy with the rye along with some black pepper. It also finishes warm, but it's really not boozy at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's slick and smooth. This makes for a great sipper.

This is a very nice brew. Boulevard really does some good stuff with barrels, and this is no exception. Even though I personally like their BBQ and Imperial Stout more, this is still great. The rye does its thing. Well crafted and very enjoyable. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of MandoMaster
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015. Poured into a 12 oz. snifter with half in. reddish beige head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a yeasty rye barrel aroma. Tastes of rye (floral, licorice) through strong ale with a medium fizz. Finish was dry, leaving lingering flavor. Awesome rye ale. I am loving all the great barrel aged varieties from Boulevard!

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With an opaque copper color, this beer starts off with a lot of bright malt booze with vanilla and slight oak. While the booze is overpowering at first, it has a lot of spicey characters of rye that lingers nicely during and after the booze, all the way to the aftertaste. It also has a bright, malt rye spice in the aroma. As we get to the bottom, especially when it’s aged, some starfruit and bubblegum hues start to appear in the palate. If you ever had some rye whiskey before, this is basically like it except with much less alchohol and more character. This makes for a good competitor for the Barrel Aged Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company. It’s really cool that they made this out of Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels!

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Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

For a title like Rye on Rye, and knowing that rye as a grain has a certain taste quality, and can even sometimes be overpowering, this was lacking some serious punch.
Opened the bottle, nice pour, lots of foamy head. Smelled nice, tasted ok, not great but certainly not bad, just lacked a pungent rye.
All in all, not bad, but not worth the price tag

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bottle pour. This is a truly rye whiskey forward beer.....in fact you could probably warm this up and persuade some that this is just a whiskey itself. The initially feisty head dissipates quickly and this seriously ends up looking like a wee dram. Grainy rye bread, slight vanilla essence evident. A winter warmer this would be.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jzeilinger
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Evilyak
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

beer is auburn with a thick, rich head. there's a fair amount of particulate floating around in the glass.

smells like the barrel, but not overwhelmingly so.

taste is remarkably fruity up front, with the whiskey really becoming apparent as i exhale.

for 12% and barrel-aged, this is remarkably clean on the palate. full-bodied without being tedious.

i like this one a lot. it's well balanced and easily identifiable for what it is.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am a fan of Boulevard. I am a big fan of their Smokestack Series. But holy hell...was not expecting this. Might be one of the best beers they have produced. It is different but tasty and comforting. It has the bite/warmth of rye but not so out there that it's unapproachable. The thing that scares me is it seems prime to get better with age. The color borders on a copper hue, the smell is of rye (more of the grain as opposed to the funk that is attached to say Wytchmaker from Jester King). May not be the the beer you typically expect but one you need to try at some point. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle
- 2015 Vintage-

Pours a clear copper color with a nice light tan head. A rye beer aged in rye whiskey barrels creates a nice complex oakiness with some of the rye spiciness that I enjoy from rye beers. Overall, a solid rye beer that I feel would age phenomenally.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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 rypkr
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So I thought this was a bb stout. I certainly wouldn't have spent $17 on the bottle if had I read the bottle better. My fault. Either way, I was supremely disappointed when I just poured this and discovered it wasn't, but here goes...

A - poured into a snifter. Cloudy Amber to apricot colored wigth extremely frothy white head. Lacing is thin and the frothyness extends to it well.

S - light fruits. Yeasty and Belgian like, trying hard to pick up on anything rye whiskey but not much is there. Slight funk smell to it as well.

T - much, much better than the nose up front. Tastes predominantly of rye whiskey and then Ale secondarily. Then it turns very, very, extremely sweet. Cloyingly sweet. Fruit throughout and a fairly mild alcohol burn. Love the whiskey predominance but hate the sweetness. surprisingly almost no rye spicy ness, which is a shame as it could have balanced this beer out.

M - gentle and soft carbonation. Very full mouthfeel and extremely heavy bodied.

O - better than other rye beers I've had for sure. I understand the cost associated with barrel aged beers but for me this is simply not good enough for the price tag. I've drank about 5oz of this and it's left me feeling sick from the sweetness.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - nice dark brown color, murky with a lot of yeast floaties, head is off white and billowy but disappears quick
S - caramel, toffee, plums, figs, cherries, bread malts, a lot of yeast that I really wouldn't expect from a rye whiskey barrel aged rye beer
T - caramel, toffee, vanilla. Whiskey, oak. Figs, plums, cherries, wheat bread. Again it has a yeast taste to it that's almost Belgian in character.
M - too carbonated. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol present but appropriate. Aftertaste dark fruits and oak.
O - bottles 7/2015 Drank 12/15/2015. I wouldn't buy this again to drink right away or to age. Maybe some people like the bottle conditioned thing, with lots of carbonation in a 12% beer and lots of fruity tastes. I don't. That said, there are few beers that fit the style and I think this is a fair representation

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great tasty barrel aged ale. The look remind me of real Apple cider from an orchard the nose is sweet whiskey with a slight Apple quality taste follows suit with an extremely pleasant sweet robust start into vanilla oak coconut and a subtle rye with a dry whiskey ending(there's an Apple cider quality in there to). Lots to be found in this brew not heavy on the barrel characteristics but that's the charm of this brew a well crafted subtle ba that isn't a punch of whiskey but a rich deep sweet and subtly flavorful rye ale. Another great boulevard offering!

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Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 release, 750ml bottle. Copper in color, maybe darker, like mahogany. About one finger of foam on the head, with retention/lacing being pretty good for a 12% ABV beer. The "spicy" (still can't think of a more descriptive word) character of rye is evident on the nose. Next up is caramelized sugar. Less vanilla character than bourbon barrel-aged beers, as the aroma suggest a drier beer.

The flavor profile isn't sweet at all, contrary to what I'd expected. More than enough bitterness to balance out the flavor profile. Alcohol is barely detectable. This is just a big rye beer with a more mellow hop character, and that's fine with me. Of note is the very mellow, soft, and smooth mouthfeel, which makes this a pleasure to sip. I guess I expected a bigger, bolder flavor profile, but the quality of Rye-On-Rye can't be denied. A supercharged, yet restrained rye beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson red color that appears a dark tawny mahogany in the glass with golden orange edges and a three finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, lingering throughout the pour and coating the glass with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Impressive looking beer.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with a delicate barrel presence that's well integrated into the complex malt bill of the base beer. Was expecting, and actually prefer, stronger barrel notes but the nose if this beer is still inviting with a nice blend of charred oak, spicy whiskey, toasted coconut, peppery rye, dark fruit and sweet caramel malts. Dry wood with boozy sweetness and spicy rye from the whiskey. Subtle vanilla and coconut followed by vinous sweetness with some fig, plum and raisin. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, roasted but and dark breads. The nose isn't all that impressive lacking bolder barrel characteristics. Still, it's not offensive in any way, just somewhat bland.

Thankfully, the flavor profile is anything but bland. There's and explosion of dry, spicy rye that dominates the palate, lingering over the barrel notes and sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Nice balance of barrel, rye and malt sweetness of the base but it's almost too much rye. It's a shock to the palate at first, but once the palate adjusts, the other flavors come through. Dry charred oak that's slightly burnt but doesn't have much of a harsh toothpick flavor. Very nice spicy spirit presence which was lacking in the nose. Spicy spirit adding nice rye whiskey flavor without much heat. Some boozy sweetness and warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. In addition to the oak and spirit, there is some silky mallow and vanilla bean from the barrel along with toasted coconut. Underneath the barrel is a complex malt bill with heavy rye component countered by caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Again, the spicy, peppery rye flavor dominates but the other malt flavors come forward as it warns. Caramel sweetness with toffee, hazelnut, fig, date and raisin. Overall, this is another very solid release in the smokestack series. Complex with great oak, whisky, rye and sweeter malt flavors. Definitely a sipper but much easier to drink than anticipated.

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Photo of Buck89
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky rusty color with a shy white head that retreated. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla and plum. Taste was bold: whiskey followed by caramel, toast, dark fruit, followed by vanilla and oak. Warming at the end with a medium bodied feel

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a dark copper with a minimal head of tiny tight bubbles. The aroma is predominately bourbon and brown sugar. On the tongue you get plenty of sweet caramel, vanilla and bourbon. There's plenty of booze to warm you. Medium mouth that coats the tongue well. This would be very good to sip by the fire on a cold night.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: slightly hazy caramel. big fluffy tan head.
smell: subtly spicy vanilla and oak. Deceptively tame for a big beer.
taste: much like the nose though richer with a slightly spicy finish. Very easy drinker. Alcohol well hidden.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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