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
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
On tap @ Haven Gastropub. Dark brown in color with a tall khaki head. Roasted malt, hints of coffee, and lots of piney hops on the nose. Hints of honeydew, orange peel, and herbs. A little bit of a grass and pine bitterness to the flavor. Lots of roast and herbs, too. Citrus peel, melon, and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness. Not bad.

3.4
Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering, 2014. Pours dark unclear amber with a large creamy head. Roast, rye and peach. A bit of citrus and caramel. Also a bit thin body. Short bitter finish. Harmless to say the least.

3.7
Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ GBBF. Dark brown to black color, medium sized beige head. Aroma is lightly malts, lots of hops. Taste malts, very hoppy, but just a slight roastyness. It’s a lovely beer, but there’s not enough roast to make it a top Black IPA imo. Medium body and carbonation.

3.2
Ferris (15273) - 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.

3.9
bhensonb (15193) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours very dark orange brown with a 4 finger creamy tan head. Aroma of fruit and a little chocolate malt. Med body. Flavor is grainy chocolate with moderate floral/fruit hop. Finishes lightly rye spicy with a little fruit and a fair amount of chocolate. Very smooth, with moderate flavors. Quite good.

3.7
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear dark brown - white head. Roasted, ryebread, red berries, ok hoppy, oiley notes in the body, grassy, grape fruits, citrus, crispy, caramel.

3.7
gunnfryd (14872) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle at Tilt. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, grapefruit, malt. Flavour is coffee, pine, malt, grapefruit, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

3.8
Ratman197 (14834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, rye, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and grapewfruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish.

3.6
Scopey (14730) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at GBBF thanks to Colin. It pours hazy dark with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, toast, dried fruits, peppery grapefruit, pine, varnish and cocoa. The taste is bitter, resin, varnish, cocoa, pine needles, grapefruit, lemon peel, earth and light alcohol with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent black IPA.

3.4
djd07 (14508) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong roast and pine. Medium mouth with rye, roast, pine, light bitterness, very good.


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