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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2013
My Shawn McCarthy beer flight #1
Pours a very dark reddish block with a small but well retained head with good lacing on the glass.

The tropical fruit and citrus forward hops are dominant. Some citrus rind and some light resinous character. The hop character is very fresh and very pleasant.

The flavor is a touch soapy but certainly has some great fresh hop flavor, The beer is pretty bitter but mildly astringent tasting, nicely fruity, and not especially sweet.

The carbonation is nice but the light astringency hurts the mouthfeel a bit.
Pretty nice beer all together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1563) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
From the bottle, dark black pour with a frothy off white head, roasty and rye aroma with taste being hoppy and rye forward and a nice citrus bitterness overall. Tatsty and good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4899) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
Sampled at Dice’s going away party. Dark wirh some red. A nicely hoed aroma with roasted grain. A nicely balanced black ipa by flavor. Rye grain, citrus hops, roasted malts all work well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2013
750ml bottle. Dark brown with a big foamy head. Aroma of cocoa, pine, citrus, rye and coffee. Flavor is dry cocoa, bitter hops, light roasty ash and no alcohol. Medium body with a long, dry, bitter finish. Really nice Black IPA, lots of dry cocoa, hops and very well balanced. Only problem is the price on this, $15.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a very dark burgundy with a bubbly creamy brown/khaki head. Lots of hops on the aroma, mostly a piney hop as well as a little bit of lemon rind and other citrus notes. A faint toasted malt note there too, and some spiciness from the rye. Plenty of floral and citrus hop bitterness up front on the taste, a slight breadiness, and a bit of a coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish. Fairly spicy finish too. Medium bodied, active carbonation. Very interesting, tasty, but not quite as good as Wookey Jack.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (684) - Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2013
Dark brown with ruby highlights, insanely huge khaki head with great retention and good lacing. Aromas of grass and grain with a bit of rye spiciness. Taste follows nose with grassy notes, wet grain and rye bread. Decent amount of bitterness that is balanced by the spiciness and finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied with average carbonation. Good beer that showcases the grain and has a nice rye element. ---Jeremy H

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
750ml bottle: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a light beige froth of head. Has a fresh resiny piny hop nose with some dark caramel malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and effervescence with a touch of toasted dark malts and appropriate sweetness dripping with hop flavor and good bitter balance before a clean bittersweet finish. True to style and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (587) - - MAR 31, 2013
2013 bottle to a pint glass. Pours a dark amber, bordering on purple, with a huge tan head. Aroma is grassy hops with rye. Taste is the same with sweet malt taste up front. Some bitterness but well balanced with the grain taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma has some rye and pine notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of rye and pine, as well as some biscuit malt and roasted malt. Fairly bitter overall. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1414) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
The nose is grapefruit and pine with notes of malt. Pours a Coka-Cola brown with a large mostly lasting tan head and some sticky lacing. The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, some pine, hints of malt, rye pepperiness, and a grainy aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a mellow black IPA which is very drinkable.


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