Boulevard Smokestack Series: Grainstorm Black Rye IPA

RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gururyan (722) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2013
A bit disappointed as usual. I was really hoping this would be one I dug, but Boulevard is overrated and depends on marketing to make the sales vs. actually good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle, released today. Aroma is spicy citrus. Beige head with dark brown/ black body. Head is ample. Very different flavor for style. Slight chocolate up front followed quickly by citrus and a spicy rye finish. The body is lighter for style, something I like a lot. Comes off as more of an iPa that happens to be black. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Pours brown black with a mound of thick froth. The aroma is musty grains and a light grapefruit and wet blanket. The body is robust and matches the filling carbonation crafting a broad space for more modestly displayed flavors. Notes of mellow sweet grapefruit and some orange peel, a herbal earthy hop bite with the softly appropriated roasted barley and rye. There is a hint of peppercorn and lingering tingle of grainy spice but it blends well in the myriad hops and earthy grain mash up. More bitter as it warms, not my bag totally but boulevard makes it all make sense. Really solid brew for style, bright hops dark grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Nice citrus and roasted malt. Amazing balance between sweet roasted malts and piney citrus hops. Finish is nice bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2013
more from the smoke stack series. dark black with heavy light tan head. Aroma hits with grapefruit at first and a little mango. Taste is a soft maltiness with rye spice. slight smell and taste of being in a woodshop as i roll it in my mouth. Even bitter comes though. Besides the dark color I dont get a lot of roast chocolate malt. More a really good rye IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Hops and dark roasty rye flavor. Very smooth and somewhat sweet. A very nice black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2014
A dark brown with a medium brown head. The aroma is pine, roasted malt, and rye. The flavor is the same with a little citrus in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours pitch black with a soapy white head. Aroma is citrus and pine with some dark roasty grain. Taste is more pine and citrus with some toasted malt and grapefruit. Nice creamy mouth feel with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (567) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
Dark cola brown with generous off white head. Rye on the noise with some grass, wheat, hoppy pine, horse blanket. Salty hop bite with a grainy wheat with rye finish. It could use a tiny bit of sweet to balance it but overall a fairly interesting taste that gets better after your taste buds get accustomed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AbbeyRoade (547) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Too bitter! Kind of a diluted IPA with hints of rye, wheat, and resinous hop. Flavor has no sweetness and a plain sour malt note. Kind of hard to drink with the flavor and high carbonation combined.

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