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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3.6
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
wxman (1848) - 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 (1846) - 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 (1819) - 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.

3.6
hman43 (1779) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2014
it pours with a larger than normal head, which is a lot for IPA’s. It pours black, but not so much that light doesn’t come through. The head is full with lacing on the sides. It has aromas of malt, molasses, grains, and a hint of citrus. It has a lively punch to it with coffee and rye flavors, a little citrus, and floral touches. It’s low on the bitterness scale for an IPA.

3.9
rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pitch black pour with a eggshell white head. Big chocolate, roasted malt, spicy rye and aromatic piney and earthy hop notes. Spicy chocolate covered coffee beans in the flavor with a piney hop bite in the finish. Nice body and good carbonation. Damn tasty beer.

3.8
LoFi (1753) - 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.

3.8
RABinCO (1707) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a beatiful, incredibly persistent light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is roast and bubblegum (something I love in IPAs but not used to in BIPAs, but it’s welcome). Taste is lightly roasty but very much a traditional IPA with a nice rye spiciness. Very pleasant, but definitely a bit more toward the DIPA side than i was expecting.

4
Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Had this a beer, bourbon, and bar-b-q fest and it was by far the best brew there. Pours like porter, or thin stout. Smells of citrus and roasty malts. Tastes freaking amazing.

3.6
JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap. Pours dark opaque brown with a thick layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, hoppiness, and coffee.


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