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RATINGS: 323   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4231) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Big head, foamy beige head, dark, brown to black in color. The smell is hoppy, pine, herbal, citrus, and good. The taste is lighter bitterness, pine, hops, citrus, and good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On tap and served in paint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a finger and a half tan head and very good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and rye. Taste is citrus, fruity, roasted malt, rye, and grainy. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured near black with a moderate forming tan head. Nose had floral malt. Tasted of line and floral hops, somewhat bitter but very balanced. Rye spice and bitterness was there. It worked well with hops and other sweetness and wasnít too intruding.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3586) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
750 ml bottle. Black pour with a HUGE tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, chocolate, roast, and light rye. Flavor is fairly bitter, hop forward, the roasty, strong chocolate and coffee notes are secondary to the big pine, citrus, and tropical fruit hops. Full bodied, long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (12639) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Eugene. Pours clear, deep brown with a light, creamy tan head. Dark pine in the nose, sweet grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, some burnt pine, earth, grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, ripe grapefruit. Decent stuff. Balance is fair. (2/23/2014, Score: 3.7)

Bottle at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours brown with a creamy tan head. Light tangy dark malt, citrus fruits, burnt pine, bitter cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. OK balance on the finish, some earthy bitterness, more cocoa. Not bad. (GBBF 2014, Score: 3.4)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6404) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2013
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic surging foamy light tan head. Gorgeous bright piney nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty dark rye, darkened caramel, and bright sweet pine on the mid palate. Long dark toasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - 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 (8344) - 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 (1399) - 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


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