ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 9, 2013
I’m a big fan of this beer. I knew I would be even before I drank it considering its "black," "rye," and an "IPA," three of my favorite beer qualifiers. Also, Boulevard has been on a roll for years now, churning out more and more interesting and well-designed beers. This is one of the best. Smooth, spicy, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, piney hops. BobFrapples (50) - Bryan, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2013
The label leads you to believe it will be bitter, malty and over-the-top. Actually, this beer is smooth, balanced and very refreshing. Your taste buds are sucker punched as your senses tell them to expect a heavy, bitter dousing. Instead, they are treated to a perfectly balanced blend of malt and hops that bathe them in pure joy.
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Pours a deep almost black with a medium creamy tab head that left all kinds of sticky lacing. Aroma of a handful of fresh American hops, citrusy and floral with orange notes dominating. Just a hint of caramel...this nose is all about the hops. Flavor of piney and grapefruit hops, a touch of spicy rye notes, hop bitterness is perfect for the style. One of the best black IPAs I have had! Nice and dry too! MetalNHopHead (2123) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
The Smokestack lineup has produced some of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. In addition to being mind-numbingly awesome in terms of flavor, these brews also tend to feature a unique take on the traditional ingredients. Calling this ale a Black Rye IPA, Boulevard has satisfied both of those criteria in the best way. The incorporation of rye is a fantastic idea. You know it as soon as you give this brew a whiff. The tanginess of the rye is a great match for the aromas of smoky malt and fresh, citrusy hops. It all makes for some great smells but the taste is even bitter. Coffee boldness, hop bitterness, and rye spiciness all converge to create a one-of-a-kind bite. The rye steals the show yet it still manages to be cohesive with the other ingredients. You get the usual flavors a Black IPA, but the grainy black pepper spice brings something new to the palate. Black IPA’s already feature an eclectic variety of strong flavors, so I would never think of adding rye to the mix. In the case of Grainstorm, though, it just works so damn well. morrisseyfan89 (4) - USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
Lovely cola color, and enticing aroma. As to the flavor the dark rye and hops pair beautifully. I need to rush out and stock up on this gem while I still can.
zebra (2247) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2013
super tasty. glad i bought a second bottle by mistake. and, it set a new record for distance flown by the cork when popped. another home run from boulevard! partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750ml bottle. Not a huge fan of IPAs but this is not bad. In fact it’s pretty good. It’s helping me get used to drinking this kind of beer. It’s dark and rich on the tongue but very hoppy and floral on the finish. Will buy again. rajendra82 (1101) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
When you open a bottle of beer, and the smell of the hops hits you before you pour the beer, you know that a treat to the senses is coming. This was one of those times. The smell of grapefruit became stronger with beer having been liberated from the bomber, but oddly did not get much more intense while nosing the glass. The look was as dark as a stout, but the head formation was much more massive, at three plus fingers thick. The head did not seem to go anywhere at all till I typed all this. The taste was very complex, with a constant interplay of light and dark malts and hops. There were notes of licorice, banana, coffee, dark toasted bread, grapefruit, and iced tea flying across the tongue in rapid succession. There was not a lot of heft to the body though, and the finish was a little watered down. I also did not notice much of a rye influence, as the dark malt seemed a lot more assertive. Boulevard produces another winner. What a surprise..not. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2013
750ml bottle, caged & corked. Black pour, tan foam. Aroma of west coast hops. Roasted grains, citrus, and pine. Toasted malt, burnt grains. Huge hops bite, harsh sharp bitterness, pine citrus. Finishes with a fruity grain character, mixed berry notes, lingering hops. A great Black IPA. (3673) mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2013
Wow, this is a nice black IPA. Deep brown very spirited pour with off white head and hoppy aroma. Hoppy bitterness hits you first, but then a beautifully roastiness asserts itself, lingering for a bit until just the bitterness remains. Quite complex: in different sips different notes assert themselves. This style is one of my favorites, and this beer is a superb representative thereof!
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