Grainstorm Black Rye IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
667
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 667 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of craigmj7
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Beezee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of baxter94
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 8.98. Best by 08/13. Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours dark brown with russet edges and an explosive three and a half fingers of deep cream head that stubbornly sticks around impeding my way to the brew. That dense head leaves plenty of lacing.

Aromas of piney and floral hops with a spicey bread base backing it up.

Taste of bitter piney hops dominate up front followed by flower pedals, citrus rind, white peppercorn, spicy rye, bark, wet grass, mild roast malts and an almost chalky/ powdery aspect. Very little booze presence.

Medium body with a heaping helping of carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

The spicy rye character adds an interesting twist to the American black ale. A nice hop profile with spicy rye taking the place of the expected roasty malts. A oleasant experience overall but a little more roast and dialing back the carbonation by 30-40% would really help this stand out in my opinion.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD of 08-13

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, lemongrass, a little bit of pear, big-time peppery notes & lemon zest, carob & wet grain

T: Follows the nose, some roastynesss & a smidge of grainyness up front. More grassyness, a touch of grapefruit & roastyness, orange rind. Finshes with dryness, slight roastyness, graperfruit acidity & a firly prounounced crispness

MF: Medium body , firm carbonation, nice balance, skews a touch watery as this warmed up

Very drinkable, no mattter how you slice it. I like this one a lot

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Photo of JEdmund
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged, with awesome, imaginative label. Batch 2-2012, best by 08-2013. This just came in today, and I'm cracking it before largely (though not entirely) giving up beer for Lent. Poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Appearance: Cork ROCKETS out of the bottle, shooting across the room and hitting the ceiling and scaring the bejeepers out of our two feline tenants. This pours a dark brown, near black, and shows a bit of garnet highlighting around the edges when held up to the light. Large, creamy tan cap which shows brilliant retention.

Smell: This is all about the hops; there's next to no roast character here at all. Largely pine, with some citrus fruit. Hints of rich caramel and fruity grain notes as well.

Taste: Boldly flavored. Fruity hops (both citrus and general fruity flavors), very light notes of dry, bitter roast, earthy/rustic, spicy, and fruity grains (I'm assuming the unique character is from the rye, but I haven't had much experience with rye beers). Notes of alcohol, but the levels blend nicely with the beer's other characteristics. IBUs seem about right in the mid-sixties.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall: Bold and challenging on the palate, with plenty of character; at $7.99, this is a good bargain, and it makes a great late-winter/early-spring beer (especially as storms have been ripping through the Midwest of late). Well-done, Boulevard!

91 = A-

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Photo of chugalug06
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice tan, foamy, lasting head. Weak lacing.. Brew is deep black.

Has a funky weird roasted hop nose... Could use improvement.

Thin, smooth, roasty, bready, chalky, foamy, slightly bitter but not overly, high carbonation, no heat, not sweet... Rye is a bit overwhelming.

An easy drinker, yet I've had better Black IPAs, but this is a nice transitional BIPA for a new comer to IPAs... Recommended for an easy price of ~$10/750ml

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked bottle into chalice.
Dark mahogany with amber head.
Aroma of rye, nuts, orange zest.
Big carbonation and rich, full mouthfeel.
Tastes of dark roasted sweet malts, caramel, minerals, peppers. Overall delicious, rich and yummy. There's a tongue piercing mouthfeel even after 10 minutes but the delicious dark sweet roasted malts remain prominent and tasty.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of IPA1978
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Amazing.... Black with fantastic frothy head that lasts.

S- Spicy, roasty, yeasty

T- Spicy rye, Citric hop oil, suprisingly smooth and not charred like I would expect from the color. Malty, bready, wheat sourness

M- Freaking amazing, creamy, velevety perfect.

O- A great beer though the look and feel outweighs the taste.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jroberts8811
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Chirpie
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up the second it appeared. Very reasonably priced, so I picked up a couple bottles based on my previous success with Boulevard beers.

After uncorking the big bottle (750ml) I poured it into a tulip. Medium level of carbonation. Nice tan head.

This beer is an odd one for me. The look makes you think heavy stout like qualities are on the horizon. The smell is a little bit hops, but you can easily detect the grains. And the taste? Very hoppy - BUT - the bitterness is EXTREMELY mild for the amount of hop flavor you get.

The featured grains don't show up in the taste as much as I expected.

So let me recap. Doesn't really smell what it looks like and doesn't really taste what it smells like. LOL

If you've ever wanted a hop forward beer with a bit of a rye bent and no lingering bitter aftertaste, you must try this beer.

I may rate this higher in the future, I just need to try a couple more bottles, because it's such an interesting beer.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Groenebeor
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer as a "test batch" brew at the brewery following a brewery tour. They said they were announcing it's release soon, so when I heard the official name, I decided to be the first to review it here.

Poured from the tap fresh at the brewery into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

This beer pours black. Start black. It's neat, because you can see bits of carbonation carrying the yeast particles to the head, which is a small, cream/tan color. This beer left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as it was slowly consumed.

The color is deceiving. This brew doesn't smell like coffee, doesn't smell like chocolate. It smells like a fine IPA, with great floral hops, with one difference: it's made with rye. Rye is spicy, yet sweet, and really hardy, or I guess husky smelling. It smells boastful, very full. The Rye smells a bit toasted, and not very sweet.

This beer tastes very much how it looks. Great rye spice, yet very sweet and full bodied. No rye barrels here- this is nothing like the Rye-on-Rye Smokestack Boulevard previously released. It's hoppy, with a good malt backbone that's certainly not too thick. Perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel was superb for an IPA, perhaps aided by the rye. Despite being a hefty 7.7%, and rye, and hoppy, I found this beer fairly drinkable.

Boulevard has a hit on their hands.

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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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