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: 1,725 |  Reviews: 412
Photo of MoreIPAs
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaillardRx
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Good grief, this is fantastic. Beautiful mahogany red with a slight white circle of a head. The aroma is like fresh salt water taffy with a slight peach and floral background. Deep malted rye notes are present throughout the palette but there's complex yeast here too--some banana, some cherry, some cedar, minimal booze. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, but is emboldened when inducing turbulence. New favorite from boulevard.

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Photo of npala86
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zbooks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy & heavy with swirling particulates, dark amber or pale brown producing a shy finger of surprisingly lasting, beige, finely bubbled head that leaves only a thin wash of lacing. A second pour after warming produces a larger 2+ finger head that leaves a moderate web of lace. Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, spicy & slightly sour rye notes, a fruity mix of dried dark fruits, woody oak & boozy with a lightly floral background. The sourness of the aroma intensifies as the brew warms. Taste is deeply malty, boozy with brown sugary, sweet oaky vanilla, heavy rye spice, orange/tangerine citrus hints, a medley of dark fruits & a lively bitter hop & rye spice finish that becomes a less hop bitter & more alcohol bitterness/bite & dry aftertaste. Both the rye spice & alcohol spice, bite, warmth & bitterness become the dominate components of both the finish & aftertaste as the brew warms. A little distracting but to be expected (I guess) with a 12% ABV brew. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, a little syrupy but creamy even though it is a little prickly & lively with rye spice. Upon warming the alcohol warmth & bite becomes noticeable not only on the tongue but the sides and roof of the mouth.

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Photo of jp32
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marieli
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 variety. Poured from 2015 bottle in September 2016. Temp was about 50-55. This was an outstanding ale for which I had few if any complaints. Smooth, tasted great, felt great. Huge hit which I will drink again if I can find it! Typically drink porters and stouts but this is one of the better beers I've had all categories.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Pours a very deep dark almost purple color. Surprisingly whiter head on top. Big and robust.
S (4.25) - Smells a bit like whiskey. Not too heavy on the whiskey, but it's definitely right there.
T (4.5) - Tastes really good. Surprisingly smooth, and not too overwhelming. I could really taste the roasted malt and then the rye. Not as peppery as I'd expect, but maybe the whiskey took care of that.
F (4.25) - Smoother and easier to drink than I'd expected. Carbed about right for the style.
O (4.25) - I had purchased this earlier this year and kinda kept putting it off. But it was delicious. I'm always impressed with these specialties from Boulevard and this is no different.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage bought last April, cellared for about 9 months
BB July 2017
.750ml bottle into Libbey tulip
L- pours a dark orange/light brown with reddish tints, foamy beige head
S- big malty aroma, plenty of booze as well, with hints of rye
T-first taste is all malt, this is a big malty ale, almost reminiscent of a scotch ale, followed by the booze from the Templeton Rye Barrels, with a peppery finish, that I am going to attribute to the rye
F- full bodied, average carbonation, real smooth drinking for 12%ABV a slight syrup-y feel as well
O- this was a great beer really enjoyed the smoothness and the bite from the rye

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Photo of Jkolls
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sokol_1993
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got in a goblet at bier baron, DC
Smell: a lot like bourbon. It makes sure you know this is a 14% alcohol beer,
Taste: Extremely chewy and viscous. Also a lot of bourbon taste from the rye, spicy also, cinnamon, thyme, pepper... At the end, some dark fruit taste was also present from all the alcohol. Extremely complex.

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ctb6582
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hashmads
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lightspeedplus1
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just love this beer. (And it's cousins)
A slow sipping wonder.
When I see it in the store I buy a few because they don't stay around long.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark amber with a large three finger off white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, burnt sugar, figs and rye.

T - The taste is caramel malts, toffee, figs, plums,vanilla and rye barrels.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice beer. The blend of rye and dark fruits are almost perfect. Very drinkable and dangerous at 12% abv.

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Photo of peabody
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tibblesnbitz
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This will be my first review seeing as this was the most recent beer I tried. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was sceptical at first, being that I'm not much of a rye whiskey fan. That being said as soon as I popped the cork on the bottle I knew I was going to like it. I gave it a slightly aggressive pour into a tulip style glass. The first pour was very aromatic, it poured a nice deep amber with about a finger and a half of thick yellow head. Every drink was as great as of the first. I will be buying two more bottles one to cellar and another for my father who has been my partner on my journey into beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Cloudy golden brown with a thick fluffy beige foam head and nice lacing. Smell of sharp spice, vanilla, and whiskey. Taste of pepper, caramel, vanilla, even a bit of berries. Thick and smooth on the tongue. Great beer!

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The 2015 vintage, stored in the beer fridge for a year. A rich dark amber pour with a thick ever-last head. Aroma is malted grain, bread dough and a bit of dankness. The wonderful taste is rich, thick and slightly sweet, but not boozy despite the hefty 12% ABV. Definitely a sipping beer, enjoyed on the deck on a cool early fall MN evening. One of thebeeter of the Smokestack series from my home town of Kansas City.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,725 ratings
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