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RATINGS: 317   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2013
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of pine hops and rye. Flavor is toasty grains and pine/grassy hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8103) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2013
bottle-conditioned 750ml. deep brown body with a rocky and foamy light tan head with heavy lacing. for neuvo-American black IPA they seem to have produced quite a nice nose of aromatic American hops (citrus / fresh cut grass / dank bud / light resin, just barely bleeding over into shallot and cheese rind territory), the experience made richer by the play between malt and yeast (bakers chocolate, lightly sweet / spicy licorice black malt, spiced bread / seeds / black pepper). medium-full body with frothy, full and soft carbonation. the medium-low sweetness, matched well with hop acids and soft malt and carbonation is what brings this to another level. Boulevard once again gets bottle-conditioning right, something that the majority of American brewers either donít try or canít do well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1369) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a beatiful, incredibly persistent light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is roast and bubblegum (something I love in IPAs but not used to in BIPAs, but itís welcome). Taste is lightly roasty but very much a traditional IPA with a nice rye spiciness. Very pleasant, but definitely a bit more toward the DIPA side than i was expecting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bomber---->tulip. Pours a deep deep brown with a huge fluffy beige head and great lace. Great tropical fruit aroma mixed with some roasted malt. First thing that hits the tongue is spicy rye followed by a hop bitterness. Nicely carbonated smooth palate. Heard this one was meh, but I disagree. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2707) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
10oz pour at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet. Chocolate, caramel, minor coconut, Malibu rum.scent. orangy Brown color, small head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Hops galore! Pours extremely dark, almost opaque brown with a big dark cream-colored head that sticks around for a long time. The smell of great grapefruity hops is very strong with a bit of a metallic hint to it. The flavor is more of that grapefruit-like hop overload. I'm usually a stout beer kind of guy, and I'd definitely say that IPAs are among my least favorite beers, however, this was actually pretty good. It goes down nice and smooth, and you just get left with even more hops on the palate to linger for a pretty moderate amount of time. Not too short, not too long, just enough of a finish to last until you want to take another sip. Overall, pretty satisfying IPA with a very strong grapefruit-like hop aroma, flavor, and finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9960) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, rye, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and grapewfruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft. Large creamy head with dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some pineapple. Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fargofallout (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours dark with a mocha-ish head. Not a particularly strong aroma, but whatís there is fresh. Smooth taste and not even sort of hoppy. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Close your eyes and you would not believe this is a black IPA. Nice mouthfeel. Itís a very busy beer, lots going on. Nice whiff of rye and pine. Would have liked more aroma, however. Very nice BIPA.


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