Grainstorm Black Rye IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
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4.05 w/ 667 ratings
Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Groenebeor on 12-06-2012

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, best by 11/2014. Pours brown with a huge and growing creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast, sweet chocolate malt, rye and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, spicy rye with big roast piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice black IPA with lots of piney hops, roast and some rye.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as this Boulevard spring seasonal hits KC for it's second year of existence. I like it quite a bit, so it seems about time to update my score and do a full review. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown hue, almost black, with just the faintest rim of coffee color right around the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-finger sudsy head of latte foam colored bubbles--just a slight twinge of khaki. Retention is moderate, with the foam dissipating to a healthy buildup around the rim of the liquid, and a small island of accumulated foam in the middle, separated by a moat of black with a thin film across the top. Rims of lace are present as I drink it down, with some soapy sheets of lacing in places and eventually a mottling of spots all around the glass long after the liquid has gone.

Smell - Different from many "black IPAs" in that the roasted characteristics are very much in the background on this take. Instead, the nose is led by fragrant citrus and herbal grass and pine--the "IPA" side of this bipolar style. Following the hoppy drum major in this parade of flavors is a corps of rye spice and earthiness.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the citrus is big and almost juicy. Not an adjective I've often used to describe this style, but there is a great deal of orange zest and tangerine flesh to given this a wonderful pungency that is kept in check by the spicy rye and roasted malt. Some faint esters waft through the other flavors, and at the very end, there is a lingering bitterness, like almost-burnt toast, to make sure the "black" part of this ale is more than just the color.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a feel that is slightly juicy and highly drinkable for the style, with low bitterness.

Overall, this isn't like a lot of examples I've had in the style, but I personally think it sets it apart in a good way. Much less rich and overbearing than some of it's black rye IPA counterparts, it's a fitting spring take on the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

I may need to preface this review with the acknowledgement that I may have bought a bad bottle; however my overall impression of this beer was very disappointing (especially after reading others' reviews).

The beer poured dark brown, wonderful head with great lacing. Great color and head retention, but then comes the tasting. Malty, malty, malty. It tasted like someone liquefied a loaf of dark rye bread and coffee grounds, and poured it into a glass. Now with a name like "Grainstorm" I guess this should be expected; however, because the beer is quoted to have 65 IBU, I awaited the hops in balancing the beer out. The hops never shown through. Any bitterness at all was simply bitter on the tongue similar to a mug of cheap coffee, with no perceivable hops flavor or aroma.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not a good one and very unexpected coming from Boulevard. With some balance it could have been fantastic. I will purchase again and update review if I just happened to buy a bad bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 667 ratings
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