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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,693
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
274
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510
For Trade:
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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, nearly brown, thin head of white foam. Tons of oak with vanilla, burnt toast, and dark cacao coming forward. Caramel and toffee malt run deep. Smooth hop bitters with some biting tannins at the end. Not nearly as complex or rye-forward as the bottled version, but a really nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 champ103
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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 bsp77
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich ruby red with massive bubbly head that looks like it belongs on a root beer float. Great lacing tendrils.

Smell: Caramel, plum and some light oak. Generally spicy and boozy as well.

Taste: There is a strong malty backbone of caramel, plum, toffee and cherry. However, there are equally strong layers from the added rye and the Rye Whiskey barrel aging, with strong spice, oak and booze. Tastes a little bit like a Manhattan, which is really cool.

Feel: Full, thick body with a decent carbonation, as Boulevard seemed to treat the carbonation a little more like a Belgian beer. Very warming.

Overall: Once again, this is like a Manhattan in beer form. Unique, utterly delicious and dangerously sippable.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Batch #1 Bottle #9450

A-Pours a swarthy,murky crimson body topped with 2 1/2 inches of dense,surprisingly sturdy for the ABV,light tan foam that held fast for a good amount of time and left sticky,chunky ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Dark fruit,sweet whiskey,lightly charred oak,rich vanilla,red grape,caramel and light spice.Some very vinous notes of ripe,red grape and fruity alcohol.

T-Dark cherry,fig,raisin,black pepper,whiskey,toffee,light vanilla and light citric hop tang on the finish.

M-Medium/full body of considerable complexity and balance.Really spot-on carbonation with a leveled sweetness and good supporting alcohol.

O-Easily my favorite brew in the Smokestack Series.Definitely gonna revisit this one.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from batch 2012.

A: A deep brown and red pour. Large fizzy tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves pretty decent lacing behind.

S: As you would expect, loaded with rye. Primarily rye whiskey that really stands out along with some oak. Some rye bread too but subtle.

T: Lots of rye whiskey but not as overpowering as the smell (but still tons of it). Loaded with charred oak and caramel. Lots of spicy rye and a bunch of bready malt too. Boozy.

M: Fairly effervescent, moreso than you would expect. Outside pretty smooth and not too heavy despite the 11% ABV.

O: Well, definitely a beer for rye lovers, whether it be the spice or the whiskey (or both). Feels lighter and more bubbly than you'd expect for such a big beer. Definitely boozy though. It's pretty good but I'm gonna have to sit on some to see if it mellows out a bit.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2" light yellow head.

S- definite whiskey ( love me some Templeton!), slight smoke cherry wood, caramel and spices.

T- sweet caramel, smoked malt, dark fruits, whiskey, and spiciness from the rye.

M- medium body and carbonation, has a nice warming feeling that you would get from sipping on TR.

O- excellent beer! The spiciness from the rye combined with aging in Templeton barrels is just a perfect match. Will be looking for more tomorrow!

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Photo of silentjay
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

louuud pop. murky mahogany brown with a quickly receding almost white head that leaves chunky lacing behind.

definite whiskey aroma... toasted wood, rye spice, slight smoke, molasses, vanilla, caramel sweetness.

very slight smoke and woodiness with a vanilla smoothness and caramel sweetness that balances the rye spice and alcohol warmth. a well-balanced and tremendously crafted brew.

slightly thin bodied with a subtle carbonation that works perfectly for the style. an alcohol heat, but without any harshness. great blend between a whiskey and a beer.

I love it. One of the best Boulevard beers I have had. Just wonderfully balanced. a sipper, which it should be. Will pick up a couple more...

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Photo of chugalug06
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To start, cold has a huge effect on this brew, lots of chill haze. I've reviewed it one it warmed up...

A - Clear mahogany, great clarity for a complex brew. Nice strong carbonation and wonderful foamy and soapy tan head. no lacing or residue.

S - Huge rye and vanilla scents. You can smell the heat too.

T/M - Awesome smoothness and vanilla feel. Perfect moderate carbonation. The rye stands out, but is not overwhelming. Lots of heavy barley and delicate hops. The heat is very well hidden and does not stand at the forefront. The heat is detectable, but not over top or annoying. Very wet, heavy, and roasty.

O - Awesome first impression of Rye on Rye! Great brew! Highly recommended, i'll be anxious to see where this one goes with a bit of time. Huge and enjoyable!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky amber color. The head is an inch of solid off white foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, rye whiskey, oak, and rye bread. All of the elements of the aroma are well balanced, and play nicely with each other. The taste is of maltier than the aroma with more caramel, and rye bread character. There are still a significant oak and whiskey notes, but they are more in the background. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that distracts from the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a cloying texture that I dislike in beer. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again, but I can't see myself searching for it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a buddy.

Poured into a snifter.

The color of this brew is warm and very lovely. Cloudy reddish brown that is quite dark. A fingers worth of yellowish tan head. A ton of lace.

The nose has a noticeable heat right out the gate. A bit of rye spiciness blended with some vanilla, whiskey, and a touch of caramel.

The taste is smooth and has a light amout of rye spice, butterscotch & vanilla, booze, and then some more rye in the afteetaste. The vanilla and rye stand out the most

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a perfectly suited amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent example of what a rye barrel can do to a beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ahq514
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This years vintage (2012).

Pours a fluffy, off-white, two and a half finger head. Dark brown color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

Well balanced aroma consisting of strong, sweet malt and then an element of oak, vanilla, and whiskey come in. A little bit of rye detected, but probably wouldn't have guessed if I didn't know.

Just as I expected from the aroma. Starts off sweet and malty, with a light element of spiciness from the rye. About halfway through, the sweet, oaky, whiskey flavors come through. Definitely comes through, but not overpowering. Also a bit of warming alcohol on the finish.

Has moderate carbonation, medium-full body, and great drinkability for 11%. Would have guessed it was around 8 or so.

Boulevard doesn't make a bad beer (especially their smokestack series stuff). Love the drinkablity for 11%. Would have classified it as a american strong ale, rather than rye, but it doesn't matter either way. Seek it out.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Martin City Brewpub - $7 for a tulip glass.

I bought a bottle of this that's sitting in my refrigerator, but wanted to try it on tap.

Whiskey is the dominant aroma, but the spicy malt dominates the taste with a nice whiskey backdrop.

Extremely flavorful and pleasant to drink. Wouldn't know it was 11% if I wasn't familiar with it. Looking forward to my bottle.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 9618. 2012 Vintage.

Cloudy burgundy with a larger than 2 finger light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, caramel, oak, and citrus. Smells like it should be sweet.

Tastes of rye, caramel, citrus, oak, and a little vanilla. Somewhat sweet, but balanced by the citrus hops which provide some bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 % abv beer. One of the best tasting Rye beers I have had since SurlyFest.

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy light brown, thin ring of white head, no retention.

The smell is malty and a bit spicy and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet with a bit of woody whiskey flavor, big alcohol heat and a strange off tartness, a bit harsh as well.

The mouthfeel has a bit of thickness and heat.

Not enjoying this at all, a big mess.

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Photo of IPA1978
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- dark copper with large head that dissipates with some lacing.

S- molasses, spice, vanilla and whiskey nose with a fruity hint lurking in the background.

T- Intense spicy rye followed by sweet whiskey, slight tropical/coconut fruitiness sharp spicey rye.

M- crisp and syrupy if thats possible, warming, dry but a bit sweet, so complex.

O- If I were a whiskey guy this would be exceptional. But I find some of the flavors overwhelming.... A sipper for sure.

12/15 Update- my taste may have changed over time but I don't find the whiskey flavor overwhelming now (and I'm not a whiskey drinker). This may be the one of the best offering blvd has.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored brew with sudsy sand colored foam and fair lacing. Whiskey and spice coming out and filling the nose. Tastes of two main components, peppery spice and hot whiskey. Pretty minimal malt sweetness and there is some oak presence there, but the spice and whiskey are so prevalent. A little age would help this to settle some, but overall, this fresh one is ever so tasty. A very nice example of a barrel aged brew. Will grab some more of this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, selection sunday

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, auburn body - fairly clear, heavy beige head, with a nice lace

smell: barrel - oak, whiskey, vanilla, cherry, spiced rye

taste: lovely beer - showcases the barrel quite well - oak, whiskey, cedar, dark cherries, vanilla, pepper, spicy rye loaf, sweet malts.

mouthfeel: sharp carbonation, medium body, creamy finish

overall: great stuff - as expected from the smokestack series

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Photo of bigzhodes
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Tulip glass
A- auburn color with about a 1 1/2 nch light brown head, nice lacing throughout

S- great stack of aromas, starts with a smell of dark fruit, caramel, canilla, followed by the oak, and finishes with the whiskey smell. all smells work great together

T- Tastes like it smells, you get the all flavors working together, nothing standing out until the last, and ba,, the whiskey. But a good it of whiskey.

M- For a beer that has the smell of whiskey, i was expected a harsh end, but man, it felt smooth all the way through

I picked this beer up outta town, as we havent got it in yet, been a big boulevard fan, but this is by far my favorite! Go get ya some!!!!

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Photo of Archimedes
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth as Smooth gets!

This rye beer leans away from the hops and has more of a barleywine taste. In my opinion this is the best beer Boulevard has made so far. You will never have a rye beer quite like it.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged bottle into a tulip - Batch 1-2010

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really nice in this one. There are big aromas of vanilla, rye spice, apples, and cherries.

T: The taste starts with the cherries and apples then moves to a spicey rye flavor with some vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium.

O: This is one of the better rye beers I've had and worth a try if you can find it. Thanks to my Santa for hooking me up with this long time want!

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Photo of n2185
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: lots and lots of vanilla and caramel. Strong oaky and smooth bourbon notes bring up the finish.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Some slight bourbon notes toward the finish with a light bitterness. Smooth, clean finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is super creamy and smooth.

O: a great beer. Fairly simple, but delicious and smells great with a smooth, creamy body.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy brown amber color with a frothy but thin head. A nice lace that sticks around for a while.

Smell: The rye is present in the aroma but not as strong as you might think. Honestly I am not sure if it is the rye or the hops that makes for the spicy aroma. A little bit of biscuit to the smell too.

Taste: A little bit sweeter than I imagined it would be. There are some definite bourbon tones followed by spice. It is malty but not much on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a bit of carbonation and warmth.

Overall: It is a nice beer for later in the evening or sipping with some friends

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

The beer pours a darker murky brown with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. There is pretty good head retention.

The aroma is decent. There is a light citrusy note and a much more tame rye note than I would have expected. It has a very simple grain value and it's nice.

The taste is so mellow and I'm actually kind of bummed by that. There is definitely the presence of a barrel here with some vanilla notes. There is a very simple rye presence that is much less edgey than most rye ales I've encountered. It's interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and gentle bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. I"m not sure how I feel about it quite yet but it's certainly interesting. I'm not positive I would revisit this beer nor would I put it at the top of Boulevards offerings. I do believe however that Boulevard is one of the best midwest breweries available.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,693 ratings.
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