Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Black IPA
4.05 | pDev: 9.63%
Apr 04, 2021
Dec 06, 2012
Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
Notes: Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the root cellar, along comes Grainstorm, a big, wet wallop to the senses. In the glass, dark and turbulent clouds gather. A high-pressure system of pungent hops collides with a stationary front of barley, wheat, and rye. The forecast: a veritable monsoon of flavor, with surges of roasty malt, microbursts of hops, and a chance of golfball-sized hail. The extended outlook calls for unseasonably pleasant enjoyment.

65 IBU
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 7.7%. Dark reddish brown colour, huge beige head. Lovely malty aroma, mild roasty notes, hints of dark berries, also fruity and piney hops. The flavour is slightly on the sweet side, with moderate roast malts and fruity and piney hops. Medium bitter finish.
Apr 04, 2021
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Rated by TomDoniphan from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Boulevard, bring this back!
Mar 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown with a finger and a half of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is dank, sticky, herbal hops and grainy, dense bread for malts. Flavor profile is less sticky, and a little more bold in the malt regard. Dank, herbal, floral, zesty hops open up with bready, nutty, roasty malts quickly sweeping and soothing the tongue. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, fuzzy effervescence. Overall, solid through and through, with the initial hops being a bit pungent on the nose.

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May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Black/brown color.

Huge khaki head-be careful pouring! Frothy lace.

Slight hop nose, not much smell.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Slight citrus hops in a creamy setting. Odd but quaffable.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by GaryDean from California

Mar 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Treated as an imperial version, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a good finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Moderate stringy to speckled lace. The aroma takes in some sweet barley/oatiness rubbing against some spicy rye. Sly blueberries dive in underneath. Roasty coffee beans and some roasted cocoa beans. The flavor blends the sweetness of the barley to the oatiness and brings the spiciness of the rye to glide in for a really nice balance. Cocoa and coffee portions are there but fairly low. Moderate semi-sweet to roasty balance in the aftertaste leading on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Moderate carbonation feels good on my tongue. Overall, imperial black IPA hitting all of the right spots and rounding out very nicely. Of course, I’d have this again.
Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear deep brown, heavy with swimming particulates, producing a tall 3+ finger, tan, variously bubbled, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves, nice chunky sheets, streaks & motes of lacing. Aroma dark malt, bread, toffee, rye spice & maybe a hint of chocolate with & some hoppy pine. Taste is roast, dark chocolate, & biscuit malts, ample rye spice, notes of toffee, pine, subdued citrus & faint coffee. Alcohol presence is low but manifest as dry bitterness, warmth & spice. Malt forward, developing a sweetness just before hops begin emerge in middle & intensify thru finish into aftertaste where they climax & linger. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, peppery spice, lightly creamy, dry but clean with some warmth.
Mar 31, 2017
Rated: 3.27 by CycleHops from Ohio

Mar 16, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by einman from Minnesota

Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Braseltonage from Missouri

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 5 by cbcb from Kansas

Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Briken from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep brown with foamy dark tan head with great retention. Roasted malt and earthy notes in the aroma. Spicy and roasted coffee with balanced bitterness and chocolate undertones. Light citrus notes. Relatively light, frothy feel.

I feel the aroma is rather flat in this one but the flavor is clear and easy. Not the hop wallop as it's described perhaps because this bottle was near the end of it's shelf life but a very nice blend of flavors and easy to drink.
Dec 01, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Oct 04, 2015
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
cloudy, dark opaque. thick tan head. nose; wheat crust and hops... maybe some slight citrus hints. there's supposedly a grain orgy going on in this bottle (barley, wheat AND rye) and it shows - this is a big "liquid bread" beer. taste; big earthy toasted grain backbone rounded out with cocoa, hops and citra zest notes. the rye definitely shows up a bit dry and spicy on the end. not my favorite style, but it's about as engaging and solid as the black ale style gets.
Aug 17, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 04, 2015
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Rated by chefbigjon from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very good for the style, I'm just not a fan of it. I'm not sure why I keep trying these?
Jul 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by jrob21 from Georgia

Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Jul 13, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by greenspointexas from Texas

Jul 02, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by a0lbudman from Alabama

May 31, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Chucker17 from South Dakota

May 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Ed_Johnson from Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark caramel with massive tan head.
The nose was nice and different with Piney hops and lightly spicy rye.
A bit of sharp bitterness up front with a good finish featuring barley, rye and a little roasty malt.
Overall a good beer.
May 04, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Trex from Oklahoma

May 03, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Lettsgo3 from Maryland

May 01, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by JOldewurtel from Maryland

May 01, 2015
Rated: 4 by Matt141 from Texas

Apr 21, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by mush from Illinois

Apr 03, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by SABERG from Massachusetts

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by Meyers1023 from New York

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by Drknight from Virginia

Feb 22, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Feb 14, 2015
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Feb 12, 2015
Rated: 4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by legalag11 from Texas

Feb 08, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by ovaltine from Indiana

Feb 02, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Jakep2021 from Kentucky

Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 4.45 by Walletsworth from North Dakota

Jan 17, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by dmgallag from Illinois

Jan 17, 2015
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