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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the root cellar, along comes Grainstorm, a big, wet wallop to the senses. Dark clouds gather on the horizon of your glass. A high-pressure system of pungent hops collides with a stationary front of barley, oats, wheat, and rye. The forecast: a monsoon of flavor with surges of roasty malt, microbursts of fruity notes, and a chance of golfball-sized hail. The extended outlook calls for unseasonably pleasant enjoyment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (265) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Dark brown beer with a ridiculously fizzy head (pour carefully as it rises quickly). Nose is typical of an IPA with a prominence of sour citrus hops and just a touch of sweet malted grain. Taste has a light citrus hop bite up front, which seems milder than the aroma, and then the grains take over with the nutty rye counterbalancing the hops. This produces a balanced beer that seems like it is less bitter than it actually is, but the hop flavor is definitely there. An interesting beer for the style, definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (1817) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (149:-). Trevlig, frisk doft av grape, citrus, ananas, jäst mm. Humlig smak av grape och ananas bla, ganska kryddig på något sätt. Kanske lite spritig i smaken. Rejält besk. Vet inte om jag druckit någon Black Rye IPA förut, men gillade vad jag smakade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3821) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle from Liquor express. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Big leafy hop notes on the nose. I get a slight hunt of rye on the tongue but it’s overpowered by bitterness in the finish. Solid but still nowhere near my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6427) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Black color with lasting tan head. Caramel, rye spice, chocolate, floral hop aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Nice floral hop flavors with caramel, milk chocolate, light fruits, chewy oats and rye--nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3721) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2013
750 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours hazy dark brown with a huge frothy blackish beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some soapy trace on the glass. Smell is malty, fruity, slightly herbal and tiny fruity with rye bread, black pepper corns, resinous wood, mango, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit juice, roasted malts, dark roast coffee, moist soil, pine needles, grass and grapefruit rinds. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter, fruity and herbal with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, peppery wood, grapefruit juice, dark roast coffee, pine needles, mango, pineapple, freshly cut grass, pepper corns, moist soil and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, tiny oily bitter and medium bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, dark roast coffee, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles and peppery wood. Very nice and balanced BIPA. A more exotic but still good match for our crayfish dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6333) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate foamy tannish head, nice lacing.   Soft citrus peel, a little candied, also soft roast.   Lots of citrus peel and pith, candied, on the tongue.   Not all that hoppy, or roasty.   Has a big sweet citrusy aspect that is somewhat surprising.   Not all that bitter.   Makes a better Pale Ale than an IPA.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Very smooth, sweet, pale roast, candied citrus peel, without a lot of bitterness.   Too easy to drink.   Could stand to be a little more bitter.   Candied citrus peel lingers.   Surprised on the sweetness on this one, but without huge roast or bitterness.   Yeah, too easy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (700) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Tap. Black. Small head, little lacing. Bitter, with roasted malty tones. Good, but falls flat quickly with little carry through except for some bitterness. Decent, but was expecting more based on the deScription.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7216) - Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a dark cola brown with a large fluffy khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have a nice combination of the roasted malt and dark chocolate with herbal resiny and earthy hops. This does seem like a black IPA and not something pretending to be one. Soild enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1095) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Big bottle. Taste is a great blend of rye, hops, molasses, grass, grain and charred wood. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Near black garnet tinted brown pour with a tall (huge nearly explosive pour), fluffy tan head that has great retention. Aroma of citrus, toast and nuts, fruity notes, spicy earthy rye and nice grainy notes. Flavor is full of toasty grain up front, rye and oats make pretty noticeable appearances, nutty notes, some roast, bitter rye, grapefruit, light pine and spicy hops seem Amarillo-ish. Heavy, full body with the creamy, slightly gooey feel of a beer with lots of oats, light, somewhat sharp, blanketing carbonation. Good stuff, a little on the thick side for my taste, but it works pretty well.

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