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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1072) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
The color is a clear garnet with a large light tan head, and the aroma is rye with resin and floral hops. The taste is quite bitter, slightly sour, and a touch umami, but the heavy bitterness doesn’t linger, which is nice. There is a average carbonation, medium body, slick texture, and a slightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1057) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1047) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Big bottle. Taste is a great blend of rye, hops, molasses, grass, grain and charred wood. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle, 05/04/2013. Pours black, towering frothy off-white head resides to a nice frothy surface, lacing left on the way down. Aroma is fruity grapefruit and piney hops, melds smoothly into pleasant chocolate notes, mild roast and rye around the edges. Taste is sharp piney bitterness, touch of citrus, strong dark roast with just enough sweetness coming through to balance, toasted grain in the finish. Enjoyed this one.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1023) - Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2014
More reddish brown than black. Very prominent citrus and rye spice. Medium body with lots of rye flavor. Hops show up in the finish. Marginal compared with others.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1009) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap. Pours dark opaque brown with a thick layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, hoppiness, and coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (999) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Black pour with a single finger head. Aroma is full of citrus and pine. A little grassy and dank. Full mouth. Taste is full of citrus, mango & some sweetness. Molasses, brown sugar, almost syrupy. Tons of lace. Not overly bitter. This isn’t your typical black IPA but it is very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (998) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle from City Beer San Fran. Pours a dark red, almost brown like colour with medium firm off white head. Nose shows toasty malts, rye, some citrus and a little chocolate. Taste has slight citrus hops, leading to a roasty and chocolate finish with nice rye spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (992) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (149:-). Trevlig, frisk doft av grape, citrus, ananas, jäst mm. Humlig smak av grape och ananas bla, ganska kryddig på något sätt. Kanske lite spritig i smaken. Rejält besk. Vet inte om jag druckit någon Black Rye IPA förut, men gillade vad jag smakade.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (978) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
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. It’s finished somewhat dry. A beer to definitely try.


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