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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beastiefan2k (4180) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2013
750mL cork&cage bottle poured into a Blvd tulip glass. Batch #2012-2, curious - there was only one batch of this brewed, maybe a double batch? Best buy 08-2013, that is an extremely far out date for a hopcentric beer.
Appearance: Despite an attempt to pour gentle, after filling the bulbous portion of the glass the greyish side of kahaki colored head foamed all the way up. Needed to slurp a bit off before it foamed out. With so much head the retention is pretty good while the lacing is not as stick as expected. Color of the beer is almost black but actually a very very dark brown.
Aroma: I have had this beer the week it was released on tap and now in bottle (refrigerated since the release). The tap version blew my mind and it was a good deal different than this bottles. The nose on this bottles is dominated by pine, wet pine and resinous. Wet cut grass comes next then its followed by sweet , chewy bitter hoppiness. The pine hops dominate but as you let the aromatics settle some faint baker’s chocolate arises but not much maltiness present in the beer. I do not get any roast (thank goodness for my tastes). My memory of the very fresh draft version included more hop dimensionality to the beer. There was a bouquet of sweet and juice hops along with some citrus. It may have been the time, format, or just general lying to my sense that makes the difference.
Flavor: Flavor begins with wet pine and green hops than a moderate dosage of hop bitterness that sticks around. The end of the flavor and aftertaste is some gentle and sweet dark malts (again, light unsweetened cocoa). Slightly drying hops in the finish as well. Bitterness sits at the back of the throat for a little while.
Palate: Medium to full bodied but with a moderate yet naturally delicate carbonation.
Overall: Blind I would not have guessed it was a Black IPA. No roast for me and no rye (but I am bad at identifying rye). Mainly, a piney beer, well balanced (for a hoppy beer). Enjoyed the fresh tap version even more than the bottles at about 2 months old (duh!).

4.4
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2013
Wow, this is a nice black IPA. Deep brown very spirited pour with off white head and hoppy aroma. Hoppy bitterness hits you first, but then a beautifully roastiness asserts itself, lingering for a bit until just the bitterness remains. Quite complex: in different sips different notes assert themselves. This style is one of my favorites, and this beer is a superb representative thereof! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Americo’s bottle. Brown with a big head, lacy, and a hoppy aroma. meets the style with emphasis on hops rather than roasty. Tasty.

3.7
Stevesie (336) - - APR 21, 2013
From bottle. Pours dark with some tan head and significant lacing. Nose is an absolute treat--mainly grassy hops. Exceptionally smooth and very clean for a rye. This is the best Boulevard I’ve had.

3.5
solidfunk (9729) - 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.

4.8
BobFrapples (50) - Bryan, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2013
The label leads you to believe it will be bitter, malty and over-the-top. Actually, this beer is smooth, balanced and very refreshing. Your taste buds are sucker punched as your senses tell them to expect a heavy, bitter dousing. Instead, they are treated to a perfectly balanced blend of malt and hops that bathe them in pure joy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
750ml bottle, thanks to radarsock for sending me another example of my favorite style. It says "2012" on the back, but the other part of the date got ripped off by tape when I unpacked this. Shared with the local group. Dark brown color. Kind of hazy. Nice bigger khaki head, easily regenerates itself with some gentle swishing. Little loose lace. Medium-plus body. Lighter, smooth, kind of soft carbonation. Lightly dry on the finish. Light roasty, little chocolate, some herbal notes. Nice toasty malt. Little chocolate. Lightly spicy. Rye works well. Lighter bitter taste, little sweet. Good black IPA.

3.7
phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark brown color with a big, fizzy beige head that lasts a long time. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roast, dark chocolate, and rye spiciness. Flavor is pretty much the same. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a clean mouthfeel balanced between toasty and bitter. Well done black IPA.

3.7
jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
750 ml. Deep brown body with ruby highlights. Huge frothy beige head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of citrus, orange, grapefruit, roasted malts, rye. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Light acidity. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Not a big fan of black IPAs, but this one works. Light dark roast character lets hop flavors come through. Sweet orange juice, grapefruit and light resin.

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superspak (6208) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2013. Pours clear very dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, toast, spicy rye, light roasted malt, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big presence of citrus hop notes with some moderate malt presence. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, toast, roasted malt, spicy rye, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, toast, spicy rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; with a moderate roast/rye malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice black IPA. Nice balance of hop complexity and malt; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.


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