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
Nisse666 (7966) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Sample from big bottle at ÖWGBG cons 2013-04-12 Göteborg AR: tropical fruits, dry, apricot marmelade AP: transp brown wee frothy head F: sticky carbonation, heavy grape fruit bitternees, grape,

3.4
larsniclas (7217) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Sampled at GBWF13 Black with a small, tan head. Rather light aroma with grassy, fresh hops. Liquorice in the flavour.

3.6
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Sample at En Öl&Whiskymässa 2013. Almost black beer with a nice beige head. Hoppy chocolate aroma, roasted, cocoa powder, hay, some perfume, tar, licorice notes. Hoppy perfume flavor, dark chocolate, grass, licorice, some floral notes. A nice black IPA.

3.6
Finhead (1814) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
Deep brown with a white head. The aroma has some light floral hops with mild rye. It has a full, creamy body with with lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a dry finish.

3.9
portableparty (2383) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brown black with a very carbonated khaki sudsy head that lasts and lasts. Aroma has pine spruce and chocolate malt and subtle rye scents. Taste is bitter pine hops and rye with a chocolate roasted malt that smooths everything out quite nice. Palate is medium fizzy and dry. Good one!

4
boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bomber into glass at deckbar... Pitch black pour wih big thick light brown head... Good pine.. Hopps.. Excellent black ipa... Really enjoyed it

3.8
bytemesis (9196) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear deep mahogany black with a medium tan creamy head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, a bit of roasted malts. Flavor is much the same, a bit muted however. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter, with just a touch of spiciness and a bit of warming on the finish.. Medium body, creamy and bubbly champagnelike mouthfeel. Too carbonated, which takes away from the flavor, otherwise nice.

4
NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
750 from Kahn’s. Best by 08-2013. Pours black with a very tall head. This has a great aroma on it, one of those black IPAs with a real hop bouquet on it. Sharp citrus accents the spicy rye and there is a smooth espresso/chocolate body all the while. The flavor packs plenty of citrus bite with great, developed hop notes, pumpernickel, dark chocolate. This is another winner from Boulevard.

3.9
maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose has some nice floral hoppy elements to it with some subtle roasting underneath. Taste is light and slightly bitter with some muted roasted malts coming through at the end. A really nice beer.

3.6
mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / black with a large beige head. Aroma of rye malts, dry roasted malt and citrusy hops – quite dry and bitter. Flavour brings out loads of rye, bitter roasted malt and pungent earthy hops. Quite bitter, dry, roasty and rye-dominated. Finishes dry and roasty, with a fairly large astringency. Slightly harsher than the average black IPA. Very good stuff.


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