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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle, courtesy dfroms, thanks! Pours light black/ruby with a tan head, good retention/some lace. Aroma is citrus/pine hops, roast, light smoke, spicy rye. Taste is bitter, spicy rye, roast, citrus. Palate is lively carbonation, slick, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 750ml bottle. Pours dark ruby with subtle hints of brown. Aroma of pine, roasted grain, hay, dark fruit. Flavor of pine, rye, dried fruit, peat, touch of citrus. A crazy mix of flavors from various grains.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. I gotta say the flavor balance and mouthfeel are excellent especially considering the style...non-abrasive and clean, with the right amount of bitterness to counteract the residual sugars, and a delightful fluffy mouthfeel. Looks great too, with a large and lasting billowing head. Sadly, the nose is pretty simple and uninspiring, both in the malt and hop departments...non-offensive and reasonably pleasant, but rather mild and lifeless. With a more interesting nose, this could have been truly excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Close your eyes and you would not believe this is a black IPA. Nice mouthfeel. It’s a very busy beer, lots going on. Nice whiff of rye and pine. Would have liked more aroma, however. Very nice BIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft. Large creamy head with dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some pineapple. Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured near black with a moderate forming tan head. Nose had floral malt. Tasted of line and floral hops, somewhat bitter but very balanced. Rye spice and bitterness was there. It worked well with hops and other sweetness and wasn’t too intruding.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3693) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Big head, foamy beige head, dark, brown to black in color. The smell is hoppy, pine, herbal, citrus, and good. The taste is lighter bitterness, pine, hops, citrus, and good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Sampled at the W&C Ballas open house. It poured a beige/tan color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of spicy citrus. It was a little different style than expected. The taste was some chocolate up front followed quickly by citrus and a spicy rye finish. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
On tap, black pour with tall tan foam, aroma is hoppy pine and chocolate, flavor is malty pine, licorice, prickly earthy hops

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Rye is everywhere these days (3/11/2013) it seems, and the use of rye here is unremarkable, if the beer is excellent for other reasons. First, the rye is most present on the beer’s finish, with a dry, roasted, black bread presence. But the aromas and front bite of the beer are bright with peach, lemon, and nectarine fruit. The depth of color belies a lightness of flavor and a fine, light palate.


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