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RATINGS: 329   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (492) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
Dark cola brown with generous off white head. Rye on the noise with some grass, wheat, hoppy pine, horse blanket. Salty hop bite with a grainy wheat with rye finish. It could use a tiny bit of sweet to balance it but overall a fairly interesting taste that gets better after your taste buds get accustomed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
This one was a little different it reminds me of a hoppy guiness beer. Not the best black ipa

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AbbeyRoade (449) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Too bitter! Kind of a diluted IPA with hints of rye, wheat, and resinous hop. Flavor has no sweetness and a plain sour malt note. Kind of hard to drink with the flavor and high carbonation combined.

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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (426) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malaclemys (421) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (401) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozarkspops (368) - - FEB 27, 2013
Dark dark brown pour. Thick khaki head with lots of lacing. Hop forward aroma. Mostly citrus. Rye spice comes trough slightly as well as a little bit of roastiness. Hop bitterness, citrus, grapefruit comes through first, but the rye spice really hits too. Nice malt backbone. A little bit of chocolate malt. But very hop forward black ipa. If I never saw it I would think it was a typical west coast ipa. ---Rated via iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastmaster (367) - Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Black pour white head. Barley, wheat, and rye aroma. Sweet sugary aroma and taste similar. Almost creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (354) - USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours black with a lot of beige slowly dissipating head. Raisin and spice in the nose. Taste has some dark fruit, chocolate, and burnt toast. Interesting and complex.


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