Boulevard Smokestack Series: Grainstorm Black Rye IPA

 
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RATINGS: 337   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
Rasmus40 (20309) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear very dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 300814

3.5
yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 75cl corked. A clear, dark brown beer with a dense, two-finger beige head that lasts. Curtains. It’s lightly piney and resiny on the nose, with roasted malts and some coffee hints. The flavor has a nice hoppy bitterness, with pine cones, resins and a nice roasted touch. Spiced notes too. Full body, semi-sweet and lightly effervescent. Lasting bitter and rosted finish with some bonfire notes. Quite nice this one, but too much on the dark malty side for my likings. 140830

3.8
saxo (18208) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, roast malt, chocolate and has a nice bitter finish.

3.7
Benzai (15446) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ GBBF. Dark brown to black color, medium sized beige head. Aroma is lightly malts, lots of hops. Taste malts, very hoppy, but just a slight roastyness. It’s a lovely beer, but there’s not enough roast to make it a top Black IPA imo. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (19193) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown wuth a big old light khaki tan covering. Nose carries big roasty tones, light spice, red berry fruit, earthy hops. Taste comprises red berry jam, pine bite, spice, light charr, cocoa rub, liqourice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close coated with earthy hop bitterness. Decent enough CDA.

3.8
Niall73 (2432) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at GBBF thanks to Colin. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma has grass, lemon, toffee, treacle. Fairly dry with light woody resin, lemon, pine, light choc, caramel, light coffee. Lovely balance and really tasty.

3.6
harrisoni (18428) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
At GBBF 2014. Dark brown beer lasting tan head. Lime roasted malt. Some chocolate. Good sherbert on finish. Good.

3.6
Scopey (14505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at GBBF thanks to Colin. It pours hazy dark with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, toast, dried fruits, peppery grapefruit, pine, varnish and cocoa. The taste is bitter, resin, varnish, cocoa, pine needles, grapefruit, lemon peel, earth and light alcohol with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent black IPA.

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mR_fr0g (11902) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at GBbf thanks to Colin. Murky mahogany brown with a massive cream coloured head. That lasts. Earthy pine and fruits, tropical. Flavour is big grapefruit bitterness, burnt toast, caramel and touch of ashy roast. Really good. Some warming alcohol.

3.4
Braudog (6674) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle, caged and corked. Fight up front, I’ll admit I’m not a fan of this "style" ... nor its sudden prevalence. This one pours a meaty dark brown color with a big, sticky head of tan foam. This doesn’t have much of a distinctive nose. But the drink is pretty flavorful, delivering the newly expected blend of roasty porter-like grit. That alone would’ve made this a great beer. But then we get the aggressive burst of fruity hops that to me just doesn’t go with the base. Of course, I still lapped it up happily, so who am I to complain? (#5607, 8/6/2014)


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