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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3.6
williamstome (1868) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black pour, small brown head. Fresh hop aroma, spicy happy flavor with roasty notes. Delicious.

4
zizzybalubba (1862) - 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 (1855) - 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.

3.6
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle, courtesy dfroms, thanks! Pours light black/ruby with a tan head, good retention/some lace. Aroma is citrus/pine hops, roast, light smoke, spicy rye. Taste is bitter, spicy rye, roast, citrus. Palate is lively carbonation, slick, bitter finish.

3.8
jcos (1851) - 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.

3.6
jefcon (1834) - 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.

3
wxman (1814) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a dark opaque brown/black with a light tan head. Aroma is pine resin. Taste is sweet roasted malt, pine and citrus. Some coffee breaks through in the background. Well balanced and pretty good, but for truth in advertising purposes it should have been called Hop Storm. I didn’t taste much grain.

3.5
Beaver (1791) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
750 ml bottle, best by 11/2014. Pours brown with a huge and growing creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast, sweet chocolate malt, rye and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, spicy rye with big roast piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice black IPA with lots of piney hops, roast and some rye.

3.6
Finhead (1742) - 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.

3.8
LoFi (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2013
Sampled at GBWF 2013, from my huge backlog. Completed with bottle rating from home. Dark with a beige head leaving lacing. Aroma: hoppy and fruity with grapefruit, lemon, peach, spices, roasted. Taste: Fruity with peach, strawberry, grapefruit, lemon, pine, spices, some chocolate and licorice. Medium bodied. Very nice.


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