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RATINGS: 320   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stevesie (329) - - APR 21, 2013
From bottle. Pours dark with some tan head and significant lacing. Nose is an absolute treat--mainly grassy hops. Exceptionally smooth and very clean for a rye. This is the best Boulevard I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours black with big traditional boulevard head. Aromas of forest and rye bread. Flavors of some mild bitterness accented well with some roasted malt flavors. Descent bIPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (319) - Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014

As fresh as it gets from a bomber. Massive four finger, tightly structured, slightly desaturated khaki head. Cool whip textured cap with a few much larger bubbles. Head slowly dissipates to a solid smooth sheet. Fiery amber highlights sit below a dark brown-black mahogany body. A couple islands and narrow paths of lace.

Nose is nicely complex for a beer this size. Sweet tropical fruits, lime, and grapefruit intertwine with bright, spicy dark malts to bring about s’mores and blackberry nuances. Transitions are smooth throughout. Very soft notes of leather build as this warms and the glass empties.

Taste follows with more prominent dark malt notes on a med-light body. The mouth dries out over a thin silky coating of spicy dark malts and sharp carbonation. This one really walks the line of bright and lively while offering solid complexity with plenty of dark influcences


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (315) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2013
Strong aroma... Smells and tastes like young hops... Is that a thing? ..little bitterness at the end but drinks pretty smooth ... Definitely the best black ipa I've had in a while ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltser85 (313) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Well carb. Red tinges around the edges. Grapefruit and pine up front with a roasted nutiness. Taste is nice pine with some grapefruit. Mild roast. Nice body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a very dark burgundy with a bubbly creamy brown/khaki head. Lots of hops on the aroma, mostly a piney hop as well as a little bit of lemon rind and other citrus notes. A faint toasted malt note there too, and some spiciness from the rye. Plenty of floral and citrus hop bitterness up front on the taste, a slight breadiness, and a bit of a coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish. Fairly spicy finish too. Medium bodied, active carbonation. Very interesting, tasty, but not quite as good as Wookey Jack.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2013
Deep murky brown in the glass. Big offwhite head. Alot of hops in the nose, alongside a roasty maltet aroma. Rich mouthfeel with alot of carbonation. Roasty and sweet taste, medium bitter. It?s well over a year old, so probably not as bitter as it?s ?supposed to be?.

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

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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (211) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Big light tan head, dissipating slowly to a skim of foam over a dark, transparent espresso colored beer. Aromas of hops, fruit. Hops, apple caramel, coffee. I think rye gives a hint of spice. Surprising viscosity, not as thick as a stout or porter, but nice. Not much sweetness, but a touch.


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