jbuskirk (496) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Smokestack lineup has produced some of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. In addition to being mind-numbingly awesome in terms of flavor, these brews also tend to feature a unique take on the traditional ingredients. Calling this ale a Black Rye IPA, Boulevard has satisfied both of those criteria in the best way. The incorporation of rye is a fantastic idea. You know it as soon as you give this brew a whiff. The tanginess of the rye is a great match for the aromas of smoky malt and fresh, citrusy hops. It all makes for some great smells but the taste is even bitter. Coffee boldness, hop bitterness, and rye spiciness all converge to create a one-of-a-kind bite. The rye steals the show yet it still manages to be cohesive with the other ingredients. You get the usual flavors a Black IPA, but the grainy black pepper spice brings something new to the palate. Black IPAís already feature an eclectic variety of strong flavors, so I would never think of adding rye to the mix. In the case of Grainstorm, though, it just works so damn well.
HuskerTan (594) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Pepper, subtle rye, pine, citrus, hoppy.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Rye, pepper, spices, pine, bitter, roasty.
P- Full body, average texture, high carbonation, bitter finish.
O- The rye makes this beer in my opinion. Itís subtle on the nose but there in a fair amount on the palate. Lots of peppery and spicy goodness that adds to the bitterness.
williamstome (1035) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, small brown head. Fresh hop aroma, spicy happy flavor with roasty notes. Delicious.
gschrade (778) - Collinsville, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours blackish with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, earthy. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again.
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kevinator (1073) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good blend. Decent roasted and hoppy aroma. Dark coffee brown color with a slightly tan head. Medium weight with strong carbonation. It had a nice blend of flavors consisting of roasted malts, spicy rye and bittering hops. It had some piney and floral hop notes as well. Itís finished somewhat dry. A beer to definitely try.
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Light rye, dark malt, grassy and herbal aromas. Grassy and earthy with light herbal hop aromas, some rye and malt flavors.
574deadzone (1110) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown to black with a fair khaki head, leaving some intricate lace. Nose involves pine, olives, dark chocolate, and toast. Somewhat sweet, quite bitter. Light to medium body, astringent, somewhat oily, fairly active, with a toasty bitter finish. Not bad, but a little overwhelming in some ways, unbalanced.
Malaclemys (418) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rocket City Brewfest, Brown with a tan head. A: spice, tropical fruit, resin. T: smoke, tropical fruit, alcohol. Bitter finish with a medium light body.
rweingarten (46) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Nice pour, but overall taste and palate was less. Would try again. The sweetness was a bit overpowering for a lighter beer.
cards04 (1937) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great black IPA. Great aromas of earth, fresh pine needles. Beautiful black pour... With fluffy tan head and lacing. Flavors are earthy coffee and fresh hops. A touch thin on the palate but otherwise a great beer.