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RATINGS: 311   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Black pour with a frothy off white lace that shrinks to a considerable lace - nose of pine, resin, and grass melds well with the mild spiciness of the rye and the lightly bitter baker’s chocolate of the darker malts - very soft carbonation - lovely texture in the mouth - light notes of anise, bitter chocolate, light woodiness, a very light touch of smoke - finish has a nose balance of mild sweetness and lightly peppery hops - this is an excellent beer - ranks right up there with wookie jack among the best black ipas on the market.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2203) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
Black body, with nice head and lacing. Taste is citrus bitter resin. A quality black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3424) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, and pine. Taste is grapefruit, malt, yeast, grain, and pine. Nicely balanced. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bricktop86 (563) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours dark red brown with tan head. Aroma is spices, pine, some fruits and caramel. Taste is spicy rye, piney hops, some sweet malt with wood and smoke. Excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (459) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Black pour with a very thick tan head. Slightly sweet light hoppy aroma. Smooth with a big initial citrus hop bitter. Full bodied well balanced slightly roasted finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle: Pour is dark cola brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is citrusy hop and chocolate malt. piney resin and rye spice under that. Flavour is medium roasted malt, piney hop presence and lingering rye spice finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3824) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Aroma is citrus, yeast, dark malts and a hint of tropical fruit. The flavor is dark malts, tropical fruit, mild hop resin notes and a very bitter and tangy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear dark dark brown with a thin rocky beige head. Nose is pretty sharp with spicy rye and spicy bitter hop notes--lots of pine and bitter herbal tones in the nose. Flavor is slightly more forgiving with dark roasty sweetness and a touch of caramel, but is still dominated by hops, with lots of sharp lemony pine and bitter grapefruit, as well as a strong spicy rye presence. Not up my alley.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours brown with a big, tan head that sticks around forever. Roast, rye, rind, chocolate, pine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
This one was a little different it reminds me of a hoppy guiness beer. Not the best black ipa


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