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RATINGS: 257   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justsayswell (44) - Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours black. Can’t 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2486) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
750 ml. corked and caged. Batch number 2012-1. BBD 08-2013. Pours a thick gradually collapsing, very light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a hazy brown (SRM 28) body.......nose is pine, grapefruit peel, chocolate, coffee......taste is pine, citrus peel, light chocolate, hints of coffee, rye spiciness, pineapple tones, finishing with a moderate citrus, pine bitterness.....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation initially fills the mouth with foam, later adds a light spritz. Other than the absolutely enormous carbonation, which took a bit of time to resolve, this was a nice example of this great style. The hops were very present in both aromas and flavors, but the malt backbone asserted itself when necessary. The result was good. Too bad the carbonation was so high. BJCP 8/2/15/3/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma has some rye and pine notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of rye and pine, as well as some biscuit malt and roasted malt. Fairly bitter overall. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (3776) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Sample from big bottle at ÖWGBG cons 2013-04-12 Göteborg AR: tropical fruits, dry, apricot marmelade AP: transp brown wee frothy head F: sticky carbonation, heavy grape fruit bitternees, grape,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma of toasted rye, grapefruit, pine, caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. Flavor of roasted malt, grass, caramel, grapefruit, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2013
Thanks to Americo. Pours black with great head and lacing. Aroma of some hops and lots of roast malt. Thick consistency. Not getting a big sense of rye here. Finishes light bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (1949) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
Black body, with nice head and lacing. Taste is citrus bitter resin. A quality black IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1274) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
The nose is grapefruit and pine with notes of malt. Pours a Coka-Cola brown with a large mostly lasting tan head and some sticky lacing. The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, some pine, hints of malt, rye pepperiness, and a grainy aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a mellow black IPA which is very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5368) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Sampled at GBWF13 Black with a small, tan head. Rather light aroma with grassy, fresh hops. Liquorice in the flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (258) - 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


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