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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3.8
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.

3.2
zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of malt and grains. Taste is of roasted malt with oat, wheat, and bread notes into the malty finish.

2.9
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2014
More reddish brown than black. Very prominent citrus and rye spice. Medium body with lots of rye flavor. Hops show up in the finish. Marginal compared with others.

3.6
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Rye is everywhere these days (3/11/2013) it seems, and the use of rye here is unremarkable, if the beer is excellent for other reasons. First, the rye is most present on the beer’s finish, with a dry, roasted, black bread presence. But the aromas and front bite of the beer are bright with peach, lemon, and nectarine fruit. The depth of color belies a lightness of flavor and a fine, light palate.

4
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is lots of citrusy hop. Flavor is light sweetness, spicy notes, and a bunch of hoppiness. This seems to meld together well, might be the best Black IPA I’ve had.

3.8
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Big hoppy roasty rye filled nose, and transfers right over to a very smooth and creamy-like body and flavor. Just thick enough, and not too thin. Good stuff.

4
zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2013
750 mL bottle from Tasty Beverage Company, Raleigh, NC. Dark brown pour with a foamy khaki head. Aroma of clean, floral hops and little else. Taste is of grapefruit rind and roses and finishes with just the right amount of cocoa. The rye adds a sweeter taste than I am used to in most black IPAs but it works well here. Boulevard does not disappoint with this one.

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.

3.8
jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on June 13th split with Dave and Kravitz.

Appearance: Pours a black opaque with light white head.
Aroma: Aroma of faint roasted malt, rye.
Taste: Light bitterness, medium right, light roast, very balanced. Accessible.
Palate:Medium body, smooth, not carbonation, lightly chewy. Really nice.

Summary: A really nice beer, particularly in the palate. Not as bitter as I was expecting, nor as rye laden in the taste, but really nice and well balanced.


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