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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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. 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
On tap at Sam’s, Durham. Thanks also to hopsleeroy for splitting a bottle at the Omani Feast Day! Not on record as being a hater of this style, though it certainly has never inspired *too* much enthusiasm. This one was pretty damn tasty though. Espresso with lemon peel in the nose, bitter hops and fruit that knows its place. Nothing ashy or ill-considered in the taste, a genuine hop bomb with meaningful dark accompaniment: toasted malts, mild rye spice, and a lengthy bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Nice citrus and roasted malt. Amazing balance between sweet roasted malts and piney citrus hops. Finish is nice bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (897) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Ölen är mörk, mörk röd så den nästan är svart. Stort, fast, lätt begie färgat skum. Doft: Humle, mammas nybakade bröd, gräs, skogsjord, mix frukt juice. Smak: Rostat bröd, humle, hallon, choklad, körsbärs kärnor, lätt lakrits & kaffe smak, svart te, milda runda trä toner.--Är lätt snuvig när den intas.--

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21268) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Near black rich firm head. Rich licorice and grapefruit. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Feels light and aromatic, mildly roasty plenty of grapefruit. Quite bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2798) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Black pour with fairly tall frothy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, light hops and citrus. Taste is coffee bitter with subtle sweetness. Lingering hoppy finish. Light to medium body, fairly creamy with average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1844) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Big hoppy roasty rye filled nose, and transfers right over to a very smooth and creamy-like body and flavor. Just thick enough, and not too thin. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle, 05/04/2013. Pours black, towering frothy off-white head resides to a nice frothy surface, lacing left on the way down. Aroma is fruity grapefruit and piney hops, melds smoothly into pleasant chocolate notes, mild roast and rye around the edges. Taste is sharp piney bitterness, touch of citrus, strong dark roast with just enough sweetness coming through to balance, toasted grain in the finish. Enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2013
Good stuff. A bit thin but full of flavor with spicy rye and great resiny hop bite that lingers a bit. Some ash and tar flavors detract a bit but very good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3348) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2013
Tap at global brew Pours pitch black with a small tan head nose hoppy citric nose lots of floral notes and lite roast moderate chocolate flavors are lite oine lite citrus with roasty char underneath it all palate is somewhat lite body long lingering finish of pine and roast a very good black ipa one of the better ones very decent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2013
Good roasty and delicious aroma, spicey and bitter, good black ipa.


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