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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3.6
beer_est_deus (1326) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Ölen är mörk, mörk röd så den nästan är svart. Stort, fast, lätt begie färgat skum. Doft: Humle, mammas nybakade bröd, gräs, skogsjord, mix frukt juice. Smak: Rostat bröd, humle, hallon, choklad, körsbärs kärnor, lätt lakrits & kaffe smak, svart te, milda runda trä toner.--Är lätt snuvig när den intas.--

3.8
omhper (25941) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Near black rich firm head. Rich licorice and grapefruit. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Feels light and aromatic, mildly roasty plenty of grapefruit. Quite bitter finish.

3.8
Ktwse (5667) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Black pour with fairly tall frothy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, light hops and citrus. Taste is coffee bitter with subtle sweetness. Lingering hoppy finish. Light to medium body, fairly creamy with average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Big hoppy roasty rye filled nose, and transfers right over to a very smooth and creamy-like body and flavor. Just thick enough, and not too thin. Good stuff.

3.8
jbeatty (1266) - New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle, 05/04/2013. Pours black, towering frothy off-white head resides to a nice frothy surface, lacing left on the way down. Aroma is fruity grapefruit and piney hops, melds smoothly into pleasant chocolate notes, mild roast and rye around the edges. Taste is sharp piney bitterness, touch of citrus, strong dark roast with just enough sweetness coming through to balance, toasted grain in the finish. Enjoyed this one.

3.9
Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2013
Good stuff. A bit thin but full of flavor with spicy rye and great resiny hop bite that lingers a bit. Some ash and tar flavors detract a bit but very good.

3.9
Terminus (3738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2013
Tap at global brew Pours pitch black with a small tan head nose hoppy citric nose lots of floral notes and lite roast moderate chocolate flavors are lite oine lite citrus with roasty char underneath it all palate is somewhat lite body long lingering finish of pine and roast a very good black ipa one of the better ones very decent

3.4
Awktoberfest (415) - Aurora, Illinois, 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

3.8
Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured black color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted rye and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.

3.6
AZBennett (115) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
ours dark drown with a massive tan head that fades slowly. Aromas are rye, roast, cigar ash and finally some pine/grass hops. Flavor is mainly rye and roast with some semi-sweet malt flavors (caramel and burnt sugar) these are layered atop a very minimalistic hop backbone that is citrus fighting pine bitterness. The palate is probably the only part that really makes the cut and is just heavy enough to hold up to the roast in this beer and not be overwhelming. Overall, this beer fails to really pull me in, and I absolutely love BIPAs. It doesn’t have a strong enough hop character rather the roast and a muddled bitterness really take over the flavor in this beer. It isn’t bad but not even in the same conversation as FW Wookey Jack. (Batch 02-2012, BestBy 08-2013)


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