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RATINGS: 305   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CopterScott (134) - Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
From a champagne bottle. Pours dark brown with a big chunky cream colored head. malty aroma. hoppy roasted flavor. medium body medium carbonation. lingering bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours black with huge, dense khaki head that reduces but never really goes away and leaves a nice film lacing. The aroma has very strong grapefruit and citrus hops notes. The taste followed the aroma with great grapefruit IPA flavor with some roasted malt and rye in the background. It has a pretty strong bitter finish. I is full bodied and thick with some light carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
ours dark drown with a massive tan head that fades slowly. Aromas are rye, roast, cigar ash and finally some pine/grass hops. Flavor is mainly rye and roast with some semi-sweet malt flavors (caramel and burnt sugar) these are layered atop a very minimalistic hop backbone that is citrus fighting pine bitterness. The palate is probably the only part that really makes the cut and is just heavy enough to hold up to the roast in this beer and not be overwhelming. Overall, this beer fails to really pull me in, and I absolutely love BIPAs. It doesnít have a strong enough hop character rather the roast and a muddled bitterness really take over the flavor in this beer. It isnít bad but not even in the same conversation as FW Wookey Jack. (Batch 02-2012, BestBy 08-2013)

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750ml bottle. Not a huge fan of IPAs but this is not bad. In fact itís pretty good. Itís helping me get used to drinking this kind of beer. Itís dark and rich on the tongue but very hoppy and floral on the finish. Will buy again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EcnarM (74) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2014
This has become my new go-to dark IPA. It is a deep dark pour with a nice mix of floral and subtle grainy aromas. The tastes divide as it crosses your palate, bringing out the subtle rye notes at the end. Keep these coming for awhile! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Poured from bottle a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of citrus, spice, and sweet rind. Taste is citrus, pine, rye, with a roasted malt finish. Light on the palate with good lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Full 750 to the dome solo. Poured into my chic Lakewood Brewing mega-snifter and given ample time to warm past 60 degrees. Pour is luscious; billowy eggshell off white head that rises past the glass top. Bubbles, big and small, remain laced on the majority of the exposed glass. A great looking pour to start off. The beer itself is oddly matte brown-black. No oily sheen as youíd expect in a big stout. First whiff is a let down, as are all that follow. This brew has a very flat nose. Pine needles, biscuit, semi ripe orange, and a spicy rye backing are all there, but somehow muted. The taste, however, is quite redeeming. Like the nose not overwhelming, but deep in a more enjoyable fashion. Lots of pine and orange juice. The ryeís lingering spice falls in queue next. Surprisingly present alcohol, then red apple, light caramel, and lemon zest. Body is lighter than expected, which isnít entirely dislikable. Finish is watery but lingering. I like it, but am not sure Iíll buy again with Firestoneís Wookey Jack coming soon.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
moonbug (67) - Bryan, - APR 13, 2013
Crackly foamy head that rises like a thundercloud...ominous and dark appearance like the heart of a category 5 tornado. Aroma is rich with grain. The taste lingers with dry rye and a pleasant hoppiness. Light on the palate & refreshing like a thunderstorm after nourishing a field of sunflowers luminescent against a fade of black sky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justsayswell (53) - Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours black. Canít see any light through this one... Not jet black. Just black. Poured this one very gently into a tulip glass, yet it still develops a huge pillowy beige head. The rye comes is very forward, comes through immediately, along with some grapefruit, and if you bury your nose in the glass, just a faint whiff of windex. Initial sip is grain, dry rye, herbal hops, hints of spice, a little chocolate, and a little coffee. Mouthfeel is really light. Not a dense beer at all. Aftertaste is bitter, herbal hops.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BobFrapples (49) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2013
The label leads you to believe it will be bitter, malty and over-the-top. Actually, this beer is smooth, balanced and very refreshing. Your taste buds are sucker punched as your senses tell them to expect a heavy, bitter dousing. Instead, they are treated to a perfectly balanced blend of malt and hops that bathe them in pure joy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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