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RATINGS: 290   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (621) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Pours a deep, dark black with huge, huge, huge frothy head (be careful when pouring or this one will wind up all over the counter!). Aroma of hops and grain (rye). Flavor is dominated by the hops combined with roasted grain and a nice, sweet, smooth undertone of malt. Very full mouthfeel with a clean, bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (1940) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Black with a big resilient tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, resin, rye, and pine. Taste is roasty and spicy and resinous and mildly bitter. Smooth, medium-full bodied, and slightly dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Yep, another winner from Boulevard. Pours very dark brown with a large dense tan head. The aroma has very floral hops, pine, grapefruit zest, somewhat sweet malt, but plenty of hops to offset that sweetness. It has a medium body with lots of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with pine, earth, peppery spice, mild fruit, non-bitter coffee notes, spicy rye and fairly sweet malt. The finish has a bright citrus character, pine and minor roast. Really well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
750 ml bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours pitch black with a huge foamy head that fades obnoxiously slow, leaves minor lacing. Aroma is a bit faint but I love it. Spicy with rye and black pepper, some roasted coffee, flowers, and some burnt wood. Taste is delicious and more complex than the aroma. So many tastes including rye bread, black pepper, coffee, pine, citrus, chocolate, flowers, burnt wood, grass, and tropical fruit. Finish is smooth and creamy, black pepper and floral aftertaste. A tad thin on the mouthfeel but it’s still very creamy and a little oily too. One of the better black IPA’s I’ve had. Thanks Mike!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2013
Deep brown black chocolate with a decent head. Grainstom masterfully executes on the Black IPA base beer, but then takes it a step or two further with a twitch of rye and a shake of oats for an explosion of juicy piney hop forest and smooth roasty aromas and flavors. The oats impart a wonderful depth and added complexity. It’s been a while since I’ve met a beer that has been at once so delicious and taste-forward, yet so sessionable, that I will be longing to refill my growler with Grainstorm, long after the last drops have been enjoyed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rarbring (1232) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of bread, pine, resin and soap.
Appearance: A clouded black colored beer. A tan head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet dark bread, pine and grape-fruit peel. Some licorice.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft texture. A good body with a long dry finish.
Overall: A clever BIPA, smells IPA, tastes half stout, half IPA.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2013-04-20.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
This puppy is awesome. Black pour from draft at bait shop. Chocolate. Super good IPA. Perfect balance of hops and stout

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6300) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a citrus aroma. There is a rich treacle flavor that is appropriately flat and smooth with a nice bitter finish. The rye gives a nice grain bitterness to even out the hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (628) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2013
Dark brown pour with a clingy white head. Spicy rye, roasty malts, and a mild grapefruit hoppyness. Pretty nice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Amost completely black. Massive fine bubble brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of spiced pine, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast. Taste is rich roasted coffee, spiced black bread. Nice.


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