Grainstorm Black Rye IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
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Average: 4.07 | pDev: 9.58%

Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 670

American Black Ale | 7.70% ABV

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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
BA SCORE
91
Outstanding
Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 670
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Briken
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the boulevard smokestack series, and will pretty much try anything in this series. The price is right and nothing has let me down so far. I expect this to be no exception.

A: Jet black, with a ton of tan carbonation. Pillowy, soapy looking foam that sticks and lasts a long time. This isn't suprising giving the information that the brewery has used wheat and rye, along with lots of hops.

S: Hoppy up front, with some light smoky, roasty scents. Some grassy, citrusy hops and a little bit of sweet malt in the nose.

T: This one has a lot going on, but not too much! It startes out bitter with a hoppy punch, and then it goes to caramel malt, some roast, and some spicy flavors. The balance is incredible, and not overly sweet or muddled, despite the obvious use of a lot of specialty malt. It comes across as a lighter experience than I would have expected.

M: Slick and oily, and fairly full bodied for an ipa, but I enjoy it. The high carbonation probably has a lot to do with that as well. The oil from the hops and the slick maltiness lends well to the overall finish and experience. The beer's finishing gravity is low enough to keep the beer refreshing and palatable.

O: while this beer is complex, it is still very refreshing and enjoyable. I had no problem finishing a bomber quickly by myself, and could have had more. I would consider this one of my favorite black ipa's, and the rye didn't overpower the beer which is what I was hoping for. Another great one from the smokestack series.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Opaque black body with a billowing mountain top of frothy rootbeer head. Retention is dramatic and beautiful lace wraps the glass like lingerie grasping a succulent thigh.

S: A thundering grain approach backed by vanilla, dark fruits, pine and citrus bitters. Black malts lace the smoldered rye and barley aroma but lacks a powerfully robust nose.

T/M: Sound the alarm! The palate is attacked by a tornado of spicy rye, smoked barley and burnt dark malt. Sweet dark fruits shower down toward the end with a pine resin aftermath. Burnt toffee and a subtle dark cocoa powder provide a subtle background once warm. Body is creamy and bold with a gentle carbonation sting that creates a balanced feel.

O: I simply love what Boulevard does with the Smokestack Series. I have yet to be disappointed. Grainstorm is another successful brew that i cant get enough of. A complex grain forward creation that is equally balanced. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer to enjoy by the multiples. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml poured into a tulip

A- Pours murky brown, almost balck in the glass with brown around the edges. A massive off tan frothy head with great retention.

S- A good citrusy hop profile in the beer. A slight roastedness. A bit of wheat. A very herbal and earthy tone to the beer. Somewhat grainy and spicy.

T- A slight bitterness and a big bit of carbonation at first. The hop profile in this beer is somewhat floral and very citrusy. There is a lot of pineapple, lemongrass and mango in the beer. A subtle wheat character in this beer as well as a slight herbal spicyness from the rye I assume. The roastedness comes in on the back end and really only lingers for a second. A well balanced beer.

M- High carbonation, medium bitterness and medium body. Quite drinkable. A changing taste profile.

O- This is pretty badass beer. A different beer and very well done. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 670 ratings