Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

406 Reviews

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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Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite red and a bit hazy with a thick, foamy, tan head--good retention; lacing tries to hold on but eventually fades

S: Sweet and grainy; obviously a spicy rye quality; plus lots of balanced whiskey--something else though, raisins?

T: Grainy and slightly spicy; rye is prevalent as is the whiskey--but it's not abrasive; at times like a whiskey and club soda but creamier

F: Slightly thin and paradoxically somewhat creamy as well; decent mouth coating

D: For what this is, it has a decent drinkability, but this is one you must share--sweetness and whiskey gets a bit wearing

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a big amount of sediment chunks floating around and a good one and a half finger head that has good retention.

Smell has some good ale aromas, not a whole lot of bourbon aromas but a lot of good grainy, husky aroma with a very mild spicy aroma from the rye. Grain is the highlight of the aroma.

Taste is great. A lot lighter then I was expecting but the malt is defiantly forward with slightly sweet rich grainy flavors before a mild dry oaky midsection and finish. Light tang is also present from the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel is good.medium to light body with moderate carbonation keeps this very drinkable through all the big flavors.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a dark mahogany.
s - the woodiness from the barrel dominates the aroma but in a good way.
t - rye, spice, dark fruits, oak with a hot finish. nice and complex.
m - very creamy and smooth.
o - terrific beer. the alcohol was evident but fits in well with the other flavors. i think this would benefit from a year of aging but is still a great sipper fresh.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a buddy.

Poured into a snifter.

The color of this brew is warm and very lovely. Cloudy reddish brown that is quite dark. A fingers worth of yellowish tan head. A ton of lace.

The nose has a noticeable heat right out the gate. A bit of rye spiciness blended with some vanilla, whiskey, and a touch of caramel.

The taste is smooth and has a light amout of rye spice, butterscotch & vanilla, booze, and then some more rye in the afteetaste. The vanilla and rye stand out the most

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a perfectly suited amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent example of what a rye barrel can do to a beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750mL Bottle.

Pours brown, with subtle hints of orange; bubbly cream colored head.

Aroma dominated by rye and alcohol with some mild vanilla and molasses.

Flavor was incredibly sweet with just a slight dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit overwhelming. Very hot, but still drinkable, so not really sure how to interpret that. It felt slick on the tongue, but carbonation was perfect.

Overall, a solid beer. Definitely some great rye flavor and aroma, and I love the name. I couldn't drink a lot of this, but glad I had the opportunity.

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

Poured into a snifter. Low carbonation. Beautiful reddish brown color.

67% of this beer was aged in a rye barrel. Admittedly it was difficult for my nose to sense the difference in a rye barrel aroma versus a bourbon barrel aroma, etc. Regardless, it smelled fantastic. The barrel did not hold back.

The taste was slightly bitter up front followed by a rush of rye. The rye taste was beautiful. I tasted zero hops. I noticed a buttery aftertaste. I do not know what created this, but it worked.

I liked this beer, but it did not inspire me like I hoped it would.

I’ll have another.

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Photo of Goliath
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker murky brown with a one inch light tan head sitting on top. There is pretty good head retention.

The aroma is decent. There is a light citrusy note and a much more tame rye note than I would have expected. It has a very simple grain value and it's nice.

The taste is so mellow and I'm actually kind of bummed by that. There is definitely the presence of a barrel here with some vanilla notes. There is a very simple rye presence that is much less edgey than most rye ales I've encountered. It's interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and gentle bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. I"m not sure how I feel about it quite yet but it's certainly interesting. I'm not positive I would revisit this beer nor would I put it at the top of Boulevards offerings. I do believe however that Boulevard is one of the best midwest breweries available.

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Photo of Kromes
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 release

Poured into a tulip. A hazy amber color with a thick off-white head that laces the sides of the glass.

Vanilla, oak, rye whisky, caramel malt. Very nice aroma.

Everything hits at once....the rye grain, the sweet malt, whisky, vanilla, and oak. Mostly the sweet rye malt up front with a touch of whisky, then the oak/vanilla kicks in and fades into a lingering whisky flavor and alcohol burn.

Medium bodied and a smooth feel. Slight burn in the finish.

I've never had a bad beer from Boulevard. This beer is no exception. Very good.

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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 Buebie
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 bottles, one to cellar and one to drink. This being bottle #9628. Poured from the corked and caged 750 into a pint glass.
A soft pour produced about 2 inches of foam quality tan head. Head retention is pretty damn good, it took atleast 10 minutes to settle enough to start taking sips, which is completely fine.
Viewing the liquid, this is a nice looking beer. Pretty hazey really with a deep dark copper color, some golden at the skinner portion of the glass.
A solid layer of head is left behind, thicker at the collar. Some clinging full coverage lace as well.

Aroma is full of malt bombed caramel, booze laced whiskey, mild spiced rye, vanilla and maple. Its good and sweet at the nose, very welcoming as my palette has begun to salivate.

Holy mother f-er the mouthfeel on this beer was not expected. Carbonation is high with an almost infected amount of carbonation, similar to the Belgian's though and it was not a foamer like an infected bottle. However this thing is super dense and thick with a creamy slick feel to it. Not expected at all and extremely welcoming.

Taste is pretty sweet upfront with warm booze entering soon after the first sip. Plenty of whiskey flavors coming through much more strong midway through. Vanilla, booze soaked oak, just a touch of fermented fruit and caramel sweetness malt bombardment. Rye spice finished up the experience towards the end as well as a drying effect. Sweet up front and through the middle, then drying out considerably at the finish. A clean crisp finish as the creamy textures fall away as well. Some mild bittering at the end in a floral earthy tone.

Drinkability is quite good, but its very much a sipper. Alcohol is not hot or a burden of any kind. So drinkability rates well here.

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Photo of scratch69
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy amber-brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Good retention with a large amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel aroma with some oak notes and spiciness from the rye.

Taste- Caramel and rye malt flavor with some oak and citrus flavors as well. Just a hint of booze flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Dry feel with a small amount of warmth from the ABV.

Overall- A great sipping beer. I am a little surprised that I have enjoyed this beer as much as I have. I normally don't enjoy barrel aged beers that much because I don't like the taste of bourbon but maybe I should give rye whiskey a try if it's half as good as this beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler filled at Corks and Tops, Tuscaloosa, AL
served into a tulip glass

Pours a toasty light amber color. It's pretty much whiskey colored, come to think of it. And this being a Ryewine aged in small-batch Tempelton Rye barrels, you do think of it. Not much head on this monster of a beer; perhaps half a finger of off-white foam in all. Laces in spots like Morse code.

Rye-on-Rye smells like whiskey barrels. Pure, distilled angel's share (even moreso than Angel's Share). There is vanilla and oak for days and days here. It's impressive how much vanilla there is without this beer getting to be a sweetness bomb. The oak barrel character is tempered by a spicy, bready hit of rye malt. There's a ton of rye in this beer, as you'd expect. There's a blast of something like breakfast cereal (I can't place which one), too. There's some booze, sure, but it isn't off-putting.

The flavor of the 2012 vintage of this beer - at least the draft version of the 2012 vintage - is a whole lot smoother than I remember the original 2010 vintage being. It's still a macho beer, but the flavors are so well-rounded. Spicy rye malt is the dominant flavor, with straight-up bourbon flavors following: oaky tannin, sweet, comforting vanillin, a kiss of warming alcohol. It's impressively made. The finish flushes with tobacco leaf and leather, before yielding to a baker's chocolate note that plays real nicely with the vanilla character from the barrel aging. This is a wonderful beer.

The mouthfeel is not as full as I expected, but that's a product of this being on-tap and also being brought home in a milk-jug growler (thanks, Alabama laws). But it is very smooth, with no real hint of booze in terms of cheek-drying astringency.

Overall, this is a wonderful Ryewine. Probably the best Ryewine in the world. The barrel aging here is marvelously done. All of the flavor of whiskey with little of the harshness. Seek this beer out.

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

Poured from 750-ml bottle into a 6-ounce sampling glass at a bottle share. Brownish-black in color with a dark tan head. Aroma has notes of rye barrel up front, with some dark fruits and roasted malt. Notes of rye barrel and lots of alcohol warmth tend to dominate. I plan to cellar one of these to see if the flavor profile mellows. Still an exceptional brew in any case.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 to pokal:

Anxious to see how this compares to Brau Brothers' Rye Wyne. Sounds like pretty much the same beer.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a healthy dose of smooth creamy tan head.

The nose boasts whiskey, earthy grains, caramel, almost like a BA barleywine. Some toffee and light cocoa character.

The flavors are far more restrained than in the Rye Wyne... many of the same attributes but not as pungent I guess. Very good nevertheless.

The feel is just a bit thin but quite drinkable for its potency.

Overall, I'd choose the Rye Wyne over this one 9 time out of ten. This one is more approachable though which is nice.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip at Bigelo's Bistro in Edwardsville, IL. Hazy, dark brown body with a crimson hue. A one-finger light tan head the dissipates fairly quickly leaving very little lacing.

The aroma is very light overall but has notes of rye, of course, and sweet caramel malt in a dominant way, with much lighter hints of raisin and banana.

The flavor is superb and very complex. I didn't check but this has to be a Belgian yeast with the flavor mix. Rye, whiskey, fig, caramel malt, banana, raisin, and a slight note of hops makes for an excellent flavor mix.

Very smooth mouthfeel and way too drinkable for the high abv. Might be the best Boulevard beer I've ever had. Highly recommend.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of CHADMC3
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a whsikey colored caramel brown with copper hues beneath the eruption of cream-tan head which leaves scattered lacing and a constant ring atop the beer.

So much going on in the nose including notes of caramel malty sweetness, rye, oak, yeast and then an entire second layer of all of it.

The flavor starts off with generous spicy rye with caramel malt and as it warms the whiskey oak really kicks in and it gets a touch spicier. I cannot express enough the depth of character in this beer and all that it offers the senses.

Tis brew offers an enormous body, not necessarily thick but certainly coating to the palate with generous carbonation and a biting, boozy finish.

What a beer! Just plain awesome and so much character to entertain the senses.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

cloudy and sediment-ridden. smells like raisin and sweet biscuit. big ol' rye & whiskey barrel taste, with some nice plum/dark fruit notes. aftertaste is the same. delicious!

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Photo of hreb
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork-and-cage topped bottle served in a chalice glass. I am a big fan of rye so I've been excited to finally taste this, though the ABVs seem killer in this big bottle. Best by 11-2015 but I couldn't wait a day longer. Beer pours amber in color with a medium tan head. Intense fruity aroma of raisins and plums, very much reminiscent of barley wine. Or rye wine? And quite a bit of oak in there too, suggesting oaked California Chardonnay. Flavor delivers both the sharp edge of rye graininess and the rich, overwhelming rush of barleywine. And of course the course vanilla and bourbon flavors of the barrel. Yeah, I could easily believe these barrels once held rye bourbon. Boulevard's ingredients list mentions a couple of adjunct sugars, which no doubt pumped up the alcohol as well as left some residual sweetness. though 2.8°P final gravity is pretty freaking low. But where was I? Oh yes, this beer is fantastic, you should drink it.

As previously mentioned I'm a huge fan of rye beers (Lenny's RIPA is a favorite) and this beer takes rye in a totally different direction. Rye and hop bitterness play really well together. But an IPA this is not. It is, however, a fantastic barleywine, and a fantastic way to showcase oak aging. And also a really delicious rye beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bottle pour. This is a truly rye whiskey forward beer.....in fact you could probably warm this up and persuade some that this is just a whiskey itself. The initially feisty head dissipates quickly and this seriously ends up looking like a wee dram. Grainy rye bread, slight vanilla essence evident. A winter warmer this would be.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 750 ML bottle poured into a tulip/snifter style glass. Liquid is hazy brownish/purpleish color. Small gray colored head with mostly small bubbles, not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Lots of grain, caramel, maybe a bit of earthy bitterness (rye). Slight hints of figs and some other dark dehydrated fruits. Some other bourbon and alcohol notes. Sort of what you might think a barrel aged dobbplebock might smell like. Pretty good.

Not bad in the flavor department. Some grain, and some dark fruits (raisons, plums, dates, ect). A bit boozy though, some grainy/bready flavors then hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is alright, a little disappointing. Has a light feel on the tongue yet it has a really strong lingering flavor. A bit of a high carbonation level, but not overly aggressive. Starts bitter, goes slightly sweet, then goes to a dry, hard bitter finish, and even hot at the end. Good but not great beer. I've had it fresh and aged and they both are pretty good. I'd drink it again for sure. This is a beer that should be shared in my opinion though, it's strong and not overly deep which slightly brings down it's drinkability, but you could still finish it on you own if you're into this kind of beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 3222. Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. I love the historical aspect of aging this beer in Templeton Rye barrels. Templeton Rye was a very easily accessible spirit in KC during Prohibition.

This beer pours a dark, caramelized brown sugar with a massive 4 inch beige-cream head that leaves a surprisingly large amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. This could very be the best head retention on any barrel-aged beer I've ever had. An inch of frothy head always is sitting squarely on top of the beer when I go to take a sip. At first whiff, caramel and toffee from a malt centric beer. As the aroma develops the rye really lends a spicy freshly ground black peper to the aroma. Also vanilla and charred oak from the Templeton barrels. This really has an extremely developed aroma. The flavor is just as complex as the aroma. Rye really develops up front lending a spicy black pepper harshness that's rounded out by caramel and toffee, toasted bread and vanilla. The only fruit note I get from the flavor profile is a slight green apple flavor on my lips that really works well. Also just a slight bit of oak on the very tail of the profile. As this beer warms, the 11% really starts showing. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and leaves a vanilla booziness on the palate. My one knock on it, as Rye-on-Rye warms it starts becoming pretty boozy. In my opinion, this could well be the best barrel aged beer that Boulevard has put out to date.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - An absolutely stunning reddish brown with 2 fingers of a beautifully white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Smells of huge rye and bourbon with dark fruits becoming more apparent as it warms. Bit of spiciness comes through here as well.

T - Oh man, this is something else! Huge notes of toffee, vanilla, dark fruits such as cherries and raisins, caramel and rye. Finishes with a nice sweetness leaving barely any alcohol to be detected; impressive!

M - Medium body on this one, lighter than I would expect. Makes for a dangerously drinkable and amazing brew.

O - This was my first rye beer and it really impressed the hell out of me. Extremely delicious while being drinkable and is one of my favorites.

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Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, Bottle No. 5734. Batch: 2012-1, Best By Date: 02-2014. 750ml bottle into a BC 15th anny glass. Thanks Steimie!

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange/brown body. Two fingers of light tan foam forms and settles into a thin cap. Great lacing and retention.

S - Toffee, malt, peat, and some brown sugar. A touch of rye spice and rich oak on the finish. Well what do you know, smells like a malty rye whiskey!

T - Taste is almost scotch ale like. A clean toffee malt profile with layers of oak, vanilla, smoke, brown sugar, and rye spice. Simple but tasty.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Has a bubbly finish that plays well with the alcohol warmth. Drinkability is somewhat low.

O - A rather unique beer. Reminds me of a peatier Backwoods Bastard. Quite tasty and a good representation of rye and its spice, however it is a bit one dimensional and cloying.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,706 ratings.
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