Grainstorm Black Rye IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA
BA SCORE
88%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 667 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,875
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
667
Liked:
587
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
9.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
64
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 667 |  Reviews: 119
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Photo of bnes09
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish, brown, near black color. Almost opaque with ruby hues on the bottom. Thick head billows over the beer and retreats gradually leaving foamy remnants on the glass.

Wheat, rye and pine aroma.

Dense malty character, mostly rye and toasted wheat. Pine and herbal hop, slightly stale tasting but adds lots of bitterness. Imperfect balance and a little rough around the edges.

Medium bodied. Rough, grainy texture. Dry finish.

To be fair this bottle is 1 month expired and the hops may have lost some of their pungency. However, according to the bottle date, they gave this beer a 17 month shelf life. Overall, pretty average for a black IPA.

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3.52/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Something tells me a grainstorm would be terrible to try to live through... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brown-garnet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light roasted malts, light toasted rye bread, and mild grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the greens coming in all salad strong and whatnot. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a good black rye IPA, one that certainly is a black rye IPA, but nothing exciting.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with some ruby highlights. A dense, rocky beige head forms that rises to the brim of the glass immediately. It would have kept on rising had this been a bigger snifter. Lace coats the glass all the way down.
S: Very piny and resiny. Tons of hops in the nose. Then a faint toasted, bready aroma linger just a touch. Though the piny, tree sap like hops are the show.
T: Again huge pine flavors. Sticky, resiny, oily tree sap as well. Just as the bitterness shows up, the malts and rye kick in at the same time. Bread/biscuit, kind of a burnt toast, and a lingering spicy fruitiness.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Viscous, oily, and slick. Not a huge alcohol presents, and I am not having a problem sipping on this. Though not the most enjoyable beer to work through for me. To resiny and oily for me.

I am not a fan of the "Black IPA" style. If any brewery and beer series could change my mind it would be Boulevard Smokestack. While not bad by any means. I have just never been a fan of how the hops and malts intermingle. This one is particularly resinous and oily for my tastes with a bready, burnt toast flavor that does not mesh for me.

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