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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,717
Reviews:
408
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
517
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,717 |  Reviews: 408
Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Hallertau
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barracudajenkins
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brown120
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Houser
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 midlifec
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JCarson410
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Freeman132
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patcain34
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 GreatStoutman
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Intlpostman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,717 ratings.
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