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RATINGS: 317   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.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
When you open a bottle of beer, and the smell of the hops hits you before you pour the beer, you know that a treat to the senses is coming. This was one of those times. The smell of grapefruit became stronger with beer having been liberated from the bomber, but oddly did not get much more intense while nosing the glass. The look was as dark as a stout, but the head formation was much more massive, at three plus fingers thick. The head did not seem to go anywhere at all till I typed all this. The taste was very complex, with a constant interplay of light and dark malts and hops. There were notes of licorice, banana, coffee, dark toasted bread, grapefruit, and iced tea flying across the tongue in rapid succession. There was not a lot of heft to the body though, and the finish was a little watered down. I also did not notice much of a rye influence, as the dark malt seemed a lot more assertive. Boulevard produces another winner. What a surprise..not.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (354) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2014
it pours with a larger than normal head, which is a lot for IPA’s. It pours black, but not so much that light doesn’t come through. The head is full with lacing on the sides. It has aromas of malt, molasses, grains, and a hint of citrus. It has a lively punch to it with coffee and rye flavors, a little citrus, and floral touches. It’s low on the bitterness scale for an IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (979) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle from City Beer San Fran. Pours a dark red, almost brown like colour with medium firm off white head. Nose shows toasty malts, rye, some citrus and a little chocolate. Taste has slight citrus hops, leading to a roasty and chocolate finish with nice rye spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (336) - New York, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Tap at 20/7 on MV. Pours a dark reddish brown, thin off white head. Aroma is fresh grass hop, roasted malt, pine, rye. Flavor is light sweet roasty malt into med bitter pine hop. Quite nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3038) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle shared by Tony. Pours clear reddish brown color with tan head. Malty aroma with some citrus. Spicy rye flavor with moderate roast, some citrus, and a touch of chocolate and slight bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1327) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bomber shared. Poured a dark brown but translucent enough. Off white long lasting head. Medium lacing. Aroma is roasted mslts with a solid hop base and rye spiciness. The flavor is straight up is hop forward. Very nice bitterness. Love the underlying rye spiciness gives it a whole new dimension. Overall another solid offering from boulevard.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Boulevard Smokestack Series - Grainstorm Black Rye IPA ].
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate oat - rye, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy, licorice, roasted, rye, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140812]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14036) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering, 2014. Pours dark unclear amber with a large creamy head. Roast, rye and peach. A bit of citrus and caramel. Also a bit thin body. Short bitter finish. Harmless to say the least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ fonfan
Pours clear dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, citrus, grape and pine. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate, caramel, citrus and grape finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11234) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 7.7%. Very dark brown with big beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, hop, pine, caramel and grapefruit. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, little sweet, little rye, coffee and medium bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11341) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear very dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 300814


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