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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3.7
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle: Pour is dark cola brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is citrusy hop and chocolate malt. piney resin and rye spice under that. Flavour is medium roasted malt, piney hop presence and lingering rye spice finish.

4.2
wlajwl (7011) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Aroma is citrus, yeast, dark malts and a hint of tropical fruit. The flavor is dark malts, tropical fruit, mild hop resin notes and a very bitter and tangy finish.

2.7
onceblind (10322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear dark dark brown with a thin rocky beige head. Nose is pretty sharp with spicy rye and spicy bitter hop notes--lots of pine and bitter herbal tones in the nose. Flavor is slightly more forgiving with dark roasty sweetness and a touch of caramel, but is still dominated by hops, with lots of sharp lemony pine and bitter grapefruit, as well as a strong spicy rye presence. Not up my alley.

4.3
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours brown with a big, tan head that sticks around forever. Roast, rye, rind, chocolate, pine.

3.2
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
This one was a little different it reminds me of a hoppy guiness beer. Not the best black ipa

3.8
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Black with massive, fine-bubbled, foamy, beige head / Soft nose of fresh cut pine, weed, soap, roast barley / Light to medium body, a hint watery, lively carbonation, some chew, dry, fine balance and bitter finish / Mild flavors of roast grain, weed, rye spice, pine, soap, with notes of chocolate, grapefruit / A very mild ipa for an 8% abv, somewhat lacking in fruit, but nicely balanced and easy drinking.

4
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma was fruity hops and rye. The aroma invites you in. Taste ws rye, fruity hops, dry finish. Aftertaste od rye and roasted malt. Nice lacing. So tasty- best rye pa I’ve had as of yet.

4
KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Oh yeah! Says the KoolAid man. So delicious. Deep, dark nutty british looking, but west coast hoppy tasting but with undercurrents of wheathy, grainy, goodness.

3.9
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2013
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is cocoa, rye, nice hop presence. Taste is moderate bitterness, solid rye, some roasted malt--becomes a little sweeter and some fruit (subdued blackberry?) shows up at times. Overall, didn’t blow me away, but really solid and enjoyable to drink.

3.8
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2013
On tap 10 oz. pour at The Alehouse in Columbia in Columbia, MD Opaque, mahogany-black with small pale khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of pine and citric hops, roasted malt and rye bread. Taste of pine, citric hops, roasted malt and brown bread with a nice rye finish. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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