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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3.8
BroSpud (2188) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2014
750ml corked bottle. Pours a dark brown with a huge frothy tan head that you have to wait around for before diving in. Another great brew from Boulevard. Tasty malt sweetness with just the right amounts of ryoe and hop notes. Delicious.

3.3
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
Kind of a muddy medium brown. Aroma is toasty, touch piney, hint of citrus, bit fizzy but with lots of bitterness. Quite bready on the malts.

3.2
Ferris (15265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle - Fresh hops and a very light roast. Cloudy brown with a decent beige head. Malty with an earthy pine hop profile. Nice and easy going.

3.7
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
6/24/2014. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Dark brown color with a tan head. Pine, citrus and roasted malt aromas. Bitter right off with lots of malt, spice and hop flavors.

3.6
ljthiessen (1348) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap at JL Beers. Smooth and full-bodied, not overly hoppy, some rye spiciness. Nicely balanced, but could be happier. Quite enjoyable.

3.7
mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Deep brown with a khaki head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, light citrus hops, and more chocolate. Easy palate, roasted malts, faint hops and a smooth finish.

4.7
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
The Smokestack lineup has produced some of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. In addition to being mind-numbingly awesome in terms of flavor, these brews also tend to feature a unique take on the traditional ingredients. Calling this ale a Black Rye IPA, Boulevard has satisfied both of those criteria in the best way. The incorporation of rye is a fantastic idea. You know it as soon as you give this brew a whiff. The tanginess of the rye is a great match for the aromas of smoky malt and fresh, citrusy hops. It all makes for some great smells but the taste is even bitter. Coffee boldness, hop bitterness, and rye spiciness all converge to create a one-of-a-kind bite. The rye steals the show yet it still manages to be cohesive with the other ingredients. You get the usual flavors a Black IPA, but the grainy black pepper spice brings something new to the palate. Black IPA’s already feature an eclectic variety of strong flavors, so I would never think of adding rye to the mix. In the case of Grainstorm, though, it just works so damn well.

3.2
HuskerTan (2201) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle. A- Pepper, subtle rye, pine, citrus, hoppy. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Rye, pepper, spices, pine, bitter, roasty. P- Full body, average texture, high carbonation, bitter finish. O- The rye makes this beer in my opinion. It’s subtle on the nose but there in a fair amount on the palate. Lots of peppery and spicy goodness that adds to the bitterness.

3.6
williamstome (1875) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black pour, small brown head. Fresh hop aroma, spicy happy flavor with roasty notes. Delicious.

3.7
gschrade (1092) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours blackish with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, earthy. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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