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
Tmoney99 (14850) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured black color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted rye and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft. Large creamy head with dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some pineapple. Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.

3.8
Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Brewvival Trip Beer 120. 750 mL bottle from Green’s Buford. Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with a large foamuy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, herbal hops, spicy rye. The taste is rye, herbal hops, roasted malts, nutty notes. Medium bodied.

3.7
crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Blackish brown pour with a gigantic head that refuses to dissipate. Smell is citrus, herbs, cocoa, bread. Literally the head won’t die so I suppose I can’t drink it.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear black with a large, frothy light tan head. Long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy rye and spicy wheat with herbal, dank, and minty hops, roast and nutty malt with prunes and raisins. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with supporting dark malt and dark dried fruits, lightly tannic with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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mR_fr0g (13155) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at GBbf thanks to Colin. Murky mahogany brown with a massive cream coloured head. That lasts. Earthy pine and fruits, tropical. Flavour is big grapefruit bitterness, burnt toast, caramel and touch of ashy roast. Really good. Some warming alcohol.

3.5
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma of toasted rye, grapefruit, pine, caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. Flavor of roasted malt, grass, caramel, grapefruit, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.

3.7
Sammy (12600) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Americo’s bottle. Brown with a big head, lacy, and a hoppy aroma. meets the style with emphasis on hops rather than roasty. Tasty.

3.2
slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2015
shame on us for not checking the date, but shame on city beer SF for selling year old expired hoppy beer. it was still ok, which leads me to believe it would have been quite nice 9-12 months ago, but it was best by 11/14, and it showed. slight bitterness, but the hop balance is gone. nice chocolate and roast on the malt...slightly overcarbonated like a lot of Blvd beers, but has potential. will update score if I get to try a fresh one.

3.5
deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2014
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a near black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has notes of light dark grains with some earthy pine and a hint of rye and roasted malts backing. Flavor is similar with a bit of dark grains, rye, roasted malts backed by earthy pine.


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