Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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

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Ratings: 1,812 |  Reviews: 442
Photo of nwhittin
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an only slightly hazy beautiful reddish brown with a tan head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is rye and oak with a touch of grapes(?). The flavor is sweet rye bread with caramel and vanilla. The feel is thin and lightly carbonated. Overall a nice beer that may need a little time as it has a little heat from the barrel.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a hazy, rust colored beverage with blood orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The smell is spicy rye and oak.

The taste has rye notes with some sweetness at first. I get a little oak character with a semi dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel

It is a smooth beer for 12%. The flavor is not as complex as I'd hoped. It's good. It's just not great. I much preferred Rye-on-Rye-on-Rye.

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

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: smooth smoked rye, woody, slight whiskey booze bite. Wood barrel nose. Brown hue, slight opaque, tan head with rings of lace. Medium/full body. I had the 2018 Vintage and it sneaks up on you. 33 IBUs

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSn
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drcaligari
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another fairly priced ass-kicker from Boulevard. A hint sweet and full flavored. I really like sipping on this while enjoying a cheese plate

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Photo of Vidblain
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rye beers are never exactly what I'm expecting - they're so grainy and rich, and often slick and syrupy, like cough medicine. Aesthetically, I don't want to like them. Also, the barrel-aged variety can have such a strong alcohol aroma to it - not my favorite.

But damnit, I like this beer. It's so sweet and sticky, and it goes down quite smoothly. But then I realize that it's 12% and it has that alcohol warmth all the way down - exactly what I like in a rye whisky. No head and not much carbonation to speak of - but this stuff is pretty solid. I think I'll take Boulevard's Whiskey Barrel Stout generally, but this will be nice when I can find it.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Picked up a 16 oz Mason Jar from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 2/10/18 for $6.50.

Beer was aggressively poured, was a murky brown with a small off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is rye whiskey forward, very nice.

Taste is rye whiskey forward over a strong somewhat fruity ale. With a decent hopping, and the barrel, the sweetness is well neutralized.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a solid brew that i am glad to have found on tap!

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Photo of travelguy
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki foam on top. Head retention is good with a few strands of lacing left behind. Aroma is rye whiskey, rye malt, alcohol esters, and clove. It has a sterile aroma with alcohol washing away any lingering notes. Light notes of herbal, and resin hops twinkle in the background. Flavor profile is rye malt, rye whiskey, charred barrel, and alcohol cleaning esters. There is a twinge of herbal, floral, and resin hops in the background. Glass was washed in the typical fashion, and allowed to air dry, as is typical so no lingering cleaning notes from washing the glass. 12% ABV is hidden relatively well. Mouth feel is a touchy fizzy and effervescent which is a bit shocking when compared with ABV. It has a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a fair rye beer aged on rye. It certainly has the spicy characteristics of rye, both available in rye beers and whiskey, but this particular concoction comes off a bit hotter than imagined even with its 12% ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of roarkty
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scream
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's just me, but I just don't get it. Others here talk about 44 IBU's my btl says 33. Listed at 12% but it is not feeling that way, not getting much body either. Smell/aroma is a tad on the sweet side but not much. I expected a more powerful beer. Maybe another night it will work better for me.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazed dark reddish copper colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/2" very light tan head that soon recedes to a small ring around the glass and some scattered spots of thin foam on the surface. Sipping creates some scattered patches and legs of lacing. By the end of the beer there’s basically no foam remaining at all.

The aromas include the rye whiskey from the barrels. There's also some dark rye bread character that carries with it some spicy character that includes some anise and vanilla.

As expected from the nose, the flavors include some noticeable rye whiskey behind the initial malt sweetness. There's also some bready character that carries with it those light subtle flavors that include the anise, the vanilla and just a hint of wood. The alcohol is fairly well concealed but seems be showing just a bit in the sweetness and rye bread flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with the very light but persistent carbonation. The complex finish begins with the fading sweetness that allows other flavors to move forward and change places with each other. About midway through the finish the alcohol emerges and then recedes again. Finally there is a dry bitterness that emerges towards the slightly dry ending but it is also blended nicely with a touch of rye and vanilla which linger for quite a while in the back of the palate..

I quite enjoyed this beer, found it very drinkable (slowly) and I'd be happy to have it again. For me it will be a nice occasional change of pace and something that will go very well on a winter evening with a good book, an open fire and, possibly, some Stilton cheese (but I have yet to try that pairing).

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Photo of glf60
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

By far, the most complete and excellent ale I've had in this style. The following 3 Ss tell you why.
1) Strength makes it exceptional. But, masking the booze so well makes it great.
2) The Surprise of 47 IBU actually tasting of far fewer bitter hops strikes me as masterful.
3) Spicing additionally added by the rye malt seems mellowed by its time in the barrel.

Would I have this again? Fortunately, someone gave me a three-pack from this series. There is more enjoyment to come... and to be shared as is practical given the heft of this ale.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABV, 2018 release.

A mildly hazy deep mahogany red with a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of toasted rye, mildly caramelized with brown sugar, toast. Spicy, mildly earthy. Some booze, heat. The palate is a nice blend of sweetness, heat and spice. Opening sweeter with burnt sugar, honey, caramel before a boozy and vanilla mid palate takes over. Spicy on the finish with a touch of cocoa. Nice.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,812 ratings