Boulevard Smokestack Series: Grainstorm Black Rye IPA

 
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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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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3.5
Beaver (1821) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
750 ml bottle, best by 11/2014. Pours brown with a huge and growing creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast, sweet chocolate malt, rye and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, spicy rye with big roast piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice black IPA with lots of piney hops, roast and some rye.

4
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Had this a beer, bourbon, and bar-b-q fest and it was by far the best brew there. Pours like porter, or thin stout. Smells of citrus and roasty malts. Tastes freaking amazing.

4.5
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750ml bottle. Not a huge fan of IPAs but this is not bad. In fact it’s pretty good. It’s helping me get used to drinking this kind of beer. It’s dark and rich on the tongue but very hoppy and floral on the finish. Will buy again.

3.9
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Cola black pour with a huge effervescent tan head when poured from the 750. Nose is lightly malted, mixed hops, and a slight hint of rye. Mouthfeel is great, with a textural crispness. Really spectacular black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Clear brown pour with ring of tan head. Fruity rye character with roasty malt and good resiny bitterness. Really well done for the style. But I don’t particularly care for rye, so not really my cup of tea.

4
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Opaque black body with a billowing mountain top of frothy rootbeer head. Retention is dramatic and beautiful lace wraps the glass like lingerie grasping a succulent thigh. S: A thundering grain approach backed by vanilla, dark fruits, pine and citrus bitters. Black malts lace the smoldered rye and barley aroma but lacks a powerfully robust nose. T/M: Sound the alarm! The palate is attacked by a tornado of spicy rye, smoked barley and burnt dark malt. Sweet dark fruits shower down toward the end with a pine resin aftermath. Burnt toffee and a subtle dark cocoa powder provide a subtle background once warm. Body is creamy and bold with a gentle carbonation sting that creates a balanced feel. O: I simply love what Boulevard does with the Smokestack Series. I have yet to be disappointed. Grainstorm is another successful brew that i cant get enough of. A complex grain forward creation that is equally balanced. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer to enjoy by the multiples. Cheers!

3.6
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma and flavor were roasted malt, some chocolate, pumpernickel bread, some spicy rye, lots of citrusy, piney hops. Nice twist on the black IPA, what with the range of cereal malt flavors and textures.

3.5
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2014
A dark brown with a medium brown head. The aroma is pine, roasted malt, and rye. The flavor is the same with a little citrus in the finish.

3.7
Palme (4812) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
0.75l corked bottle. A massive head on this one! Deep milk chocolate milkshake colored. This on top of a deep dark brown near black body. Smells nice with traces of licorice, gunpowder, fresh hops, citrus, a little bit of coffee and dark near roasted malts. Smells quite good. Sweet dark flavors. Some hops shines through the darkness in the end. It has a light oily mouthfeel with a average carbonation level. Sweet licorice, rask roasted malts, pumpernickel bread and it feels smooth not to overpowering and really well balanced. Enjoyable. 10.08.2013

3.4
Patrickctenchi (6661) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle: Deep brown-red, tall thick, tan head. Rye malt, citrus...spruce...taste. Christmas tree water aroma..slightly sickly, tangy.....................but good. Creamy light rye malt flavor. Pretty good, actually, but I expected more.


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