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:
1,720
Reviews:
410
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
274
Gots:
519
For Trade:
24
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cjgiant
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large tulip - 2012 vintage - thanks to Snowrs

Pours a slightly hazed caramel brown with some brighter red hues. Thick beige head rests on top, slowly fading into a coating of film, leaving patchy webbed lacing on the glass.

Plenty of rye spiciness in the nose with bready caramel touches. Hints of toffee and vanilla with whiskey tones. Oaky barrel tannins and soft heat.

Caramel and rye up front with a soft, sticky sweetness. Toffee and bread crust with a dash of hops. Whiskey barrel is pretty prevalent with boozy warmth and leathery vanilla hints. Thick backbone with bready caramel and roasted hints. More rye spice with a touch of pine on the back end. Finishes a bit warm and assertive with lingering rye and whiskey.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and full on the tongue with lingering tendencies. This is one hell of a rye beer - I'm already a pretty big fan of the style but barrel aging it definitely adds a whole new dimension.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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

Thanks to Mike for this one! Truly a most generous BA. Rye-on-rye is a bloody copper color with a fifty-fifty division of cloudiness and clarity. Kind of surprised to see barely any head form, even with a pretty aggressive, nearly straight-down pour. A thin, thin beige collar slowly assembles itself and disperses to the outer edges of the beer, where it meets the glass.

The aroma is plumped up with a good amount of dry rye and a touch of wet oak; even lighter inclusions of whiskey lie somewhere in the background. There's a river of malty, caramel sweetness flowing through that is kept tame by the spicy rye notes. I'm picking up some dense, almost tart apple skin and plum skin notes. Nice, overall, but there's just a touch of cardboard-y oxidation that seems like has taken place.

There's a lot more of that dry and spicy rye with the first sip than the first sniff, with a big whiskey and grain flavor up front. Smooth caramel and toffee malts with a little bit of sticky sweetness - as I mentioned before, the spicy and dry balances the sticky and sweet. A touch of plum shows up again, sans the apples (which is probably a good thing), to add just a slight twinge of borderline tart fruitiness.

The aftertaste is highly reminiscent of rye (or possibly pumpernickel in a lesser sense) bread. The malts tame themselves and the sweetness is alleviated by this time, and you're left with a bready, dry, and rye-filled flavor that coats your palate. Just a slight touch of oxidation has been confirmed with a bit of wet cardboard, giving the beer a slightly "old" flavor. Unfortunate, since the beer is only about a year old. Medium mouth feel; slick, dry, and heavy with low carbonation.

Despite the premature oxidation that has taken place, the beer was still pretty nice and quite drinkable for what it was. I'd really like to have another go at it, with a fresh bottle, as I'm sure it stands the chance to be even better. I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers, but this one was executed nicely, especially if you're a fan of whiskey and dryness.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark apricot color. lots of carbonation. perfect 1/16" layer of topping, level across. absolutely beautiful looking brew....
sticky-sweet malty aroma, with alcohol.... nice thick coat on the sides as the glass tilts.... some fruit in the nose. mesquite....
sweet, barrel and alcohol taste. I can taste the rye and it numbs my tongue. does anyone else get a numbness from rye? some fruit on the palate. dark fruit. head stays on top and level throughout. again, mesquite...
second pour yields a fluffier, fuller head, not as level, but stiff and full.
overall, a very nice brew for 12%. a little different than what I was expecting, but decent.

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3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #9509 of 12148 Batch 1

Served at cellar temp. Pours a clear chestnut color with a large cream colored head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. A lot of whiskey in the aroma. Hints of vanilla, leather, and toffee. Not really much of a beer aroma. Very boozy in flavor. Definately get the rye whiskey flavor but not much from the rye beer. Also hints of vanilla and toffee. Just a touch of sweetness in the finish that gives a clue to the base beer before it was barrel aged. Not a bad tasting beer, actually enjoyable if you enjoy rye whiskey, but it seems the barrel aging got away from them or they should of adjusted the blend a little. The body feels full and creamy. Nice for a big, boozy beer. As a rye beer this is not the best example. But as a barrel aged beer, whiskey fans will find this quite enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,720 ratings.
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