Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

1,721 Ratings

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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle – 2014 release
Notes taken on 05/10/14 with my FW Snifter glass

A: Dark and unclear reddish-brown body gives a ruddy appearance. Thick stack of dark khaki suds sits over top with superior stay power never fully subsiding. Not really a gusher but this is definitely one heady mother. Craggy swaths of lace are encrusted upon the glass after every sip.

S: Malted Rye and Barley blend with toffee, spiced raisins, and a grapey vinous type quality. Has some real rich plum like esters emmitting with baked breads, charred oak, and a touch of peat present. Alcohol is abundent in the nose but not quite hot if you will. Not really as complex as I had imagined but what is here is nice.

T: Rye bread and spice infused with rum soaked raisins, plum, and fig. Lots of dark fruit starting off sweet here. Earthy peat, vanilla, and dark toffee come into play but the Whiskey itself is fairly subtle. Starts to dry out with healthy doses of hop bitterness sprinkled in and some flashes of orange citrus. There is a continous build up of warming alcohol that kicks towards the finish but it is actually pretty manageable. As the beer comes up to room temp flavors really start to perk with toasted oak and caramelized coconut. Definitely an improvement and highly recommend letting this one sit a bit. Really smooth and rich overall but balanced throughout. Much like a BA Barley Wine style ale and a rather tasty one at that.

M: Full bodied brew that sits just slightly on the medium side on account of the frothy smooth carbonation. There is an upper moderate amount of hop bitterness and the obvious alcohol warmth. Nice drying at the finish with a clean balance to it.

D: Not as in depth as I had hoped for but still a damn fine brew. Recommend taking your time with this one even though this is actually well balanced and very approachable. Not only because it is such a big beer but temp really allows it to blossom and improves this one quite a bit. I think they blended this one down so well that many of the flavor components are fairly nuanced.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL, best by date of 11/2015, into a Goose Island Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a deep copper that is barely translucent in front of a light. Massive head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing.

S - Smells almost boozy, but mostly just with a massive rye note. Maybe it smells boozy from the rye whisky barrels?

T - At first it tastes fairly boozy, but then it smooths out and you realize that what you were tasting probably wasn't the alcohol, but rather the rye whisky barrels tricking you. So much rye everywhere in this one!

M - Just slightly thicker and this would be perfect! As it is it has a nice mouthfeel that lingers.

O - A pretty awesome contribution. I'm not even sure of exactly what style I'd place this in other than 'Rye'. It's like waves of Rye on Rye (sound familiar?). My wife, who in general hates Rye beers and dislikes Barrel Aged beers (hey, more for me!) even thought this was pretty good, at least for a sip or two. It smoothed out a bit after sitting our for about an hour, starting at fridge temp (~40F), probably ending around 55-60F. These notes were taken at the end.

I'm torn on whether this is one to cellar or enjoy now. I could definitely see how cellaring could improve it, but as it is its pretty awesome and I'm worried that cellaring would smooth out the somewhat rough character that I like in rye.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is pretty nice. The beer pours a decent and foamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium to light amber with a bit of an orangish-brown hue.

The smell is pretty good but not as good as the taste. It has a slight burning alcohol note but easily covered by the rye notes. The hop notes do come out but the beer smell more like whiskey (this is not a bad thing. It is never a bad thing.) with light sweet barley but the rye seems to dominate and softened by the barley and corn.

The taste is pretty nice. It has a fairly strong rye taste with a bit of malt sweetness to it in order to balance it a bit. The hop is there and bitter with some interesting fruity and light citrus notes that easily get overrun by the corn and rye notes. It isn't bad per se but strongly resembles a slightly hoppy rye whiskey, which is pretty good. There is a slight alcohol note to it but it gets buried in the other notes and only adds a bit of sweetness. I have to admit, the taste of this beer is pretty good and ends up as a nice cross between a beer and a whiskey.

The feel is pretty good. It has a nice heavy body that borders on medium with a nice biting carbonation that gives it some pretty good texture and makes it lighter. It also has a slightly thin body to it. It is also pretty smooth and creamy. Mostly creamy but still good. Overall, the beer is pretty drinkable and represents a nice heavy rye ale.

Overall, a very nice imperial rye beer and worth getting. While this rye beer is a bit closer to whiskey, it's definitely pretty good given how easily drinkable it is. Go for it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decadent, masterful beer. A real gem. Along with BBQ Love Child, and Saison Brett, this stands as one of Blvd.'s top achievements.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James for this awesome birthday gift.

A: A dark reddish brown, , slightly hazy with a large amount of tan head on top.

S: Lots of malt and caramel notes, as well as cherry, vanilla, and oak. The whiskey melds well with the sweet smells.

T: Nice hit of spice right in the front as well as a touch of hops. A slightly earthy flavor, turns to creamy vanilla with hints of oak and caramel. The finish is whiskey with just a hint of a spice note. As it warms the whiskey comes out more, and the edges soften a bit. Lovely.

M: Medium light in feel, the carbonation is fine in texture and quite abundant. Giving this brew an almost biting dry feel to the finish. The dryness along with the the slight spice flavor make the finish of this beer go on forever.

O: Overall a real enjoyable beer. Something that each time you sip at it you taste something new, or a familiar flavor melds into something else. Not sure I have my head wrapped around this one, and I will have to see what it does as it warms. With a little bit of time this beer changes from a complex brew into an easy sipping beer to be enjoyed slowly, and savored.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 into a boulevard tulip.

a - brew pours a rich caramel mahogany with a few fingers of frothy foamy khaki colored head that had incredible staying power and left chunky lacing.

s - nose is sweet rye and sour mash whiskey. Caramel, biscuit, toffee notes with a glazing of booze.

t/m - as the nose suggests the caramel toffee family leads the pack with a sweet sour mash rye whiskey and some grain notes. The heat is present but doesn't feel like 12%. Fairly light bodied for such a heavy beer.

o - overall a real treat. As a fan of rye and whiskey this one hits all the right notes for me.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,721 ratings
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