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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3.9
moonbug (68) - Bryan, - APR 13, 2013
Crackly foamy head that rises like a thundercloud...ominous and dark appearance like the heart of a category 5 tornado. Aroma is rich with grain. The taste lingers with dry rye and a pleasant hoppiness. Light on the palate & refreshing like a thunderstorm after nourishing a field of sunflowers luminescent against a fade of black sky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
750ml bottle. Aroma of roasty, toasted grains, pumpernickel bread, mild chocolate and faint dark sweetness, along with a lightly citric, fresh, fruity hop profile. Deep, dark brown in color, nearly black, with a hugely frothy, lasting, ivory head and gobs of lacing as well. Flavor begins with a mild dosage of hop bitterness, this increasing as it mingles with the toasty, grainy, very gently sweet, dark malts and spicy, fruity rye, and finishing with a blend of dark chocolate, citrus, faint pine and fading peppery notes late. Plenty of fine effervescence on the palate, with a dry and lightly resinous feel, body is medium-full. An interesting and rather subtle take on the style -- does not possess overwhelming bitterness or any truly massive, powerful qualities, seeming to aim for drinkability above all that.

3.8
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
750mL thanks to dfroms! Pours clear, deep ruby mahogany, medium tan foam. Rocky. Nose is savory, smokey, melon hops, fruity hoppy. Taste is tangy, bitter, spicy, dark chocolate. Thick, dense, dark chocolate. Rich, bitter, really nice.

3.8
Ratman197 (15628) - 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.

3.8
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Hops galore! Pours extremely dark, almost opaque brown with a big dark cream-colored head that sticks around for a long time. The smell of great grapefruity hops is very strong with a bit of a metallic hint to it. The flavor is more of that grapefruit-like hop overload. I'm usually a stout beer kind of guy, and I'd definitely say that IPAs are among my least favorite beers, however, this was actually pretty good. It goes down nice and smooth, and you just get left with even more hops on the palate to linger for a pretty moderate amount of time. Not too short, not too long, just enough of a finish to last until you want to take another sip. Overall, pretty satisfying IPA with a very strong grapefruit-like hop aroma, flavor, and finish.

3.8
JLLSU (242) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bomber---->tulip. Pours a deep deep brown with a huge fluffy beige head and great lace. Great tropical fruit aroma mixed with some roasted malt. First thing that hits the tongue is spicy rye followed by a hop bitterness. Nicely carbonated smooth palate. Heard this one was meh, but I disagree. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
RABinCO (1511) - 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.

3.8
kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2013
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of pine hops and rye. Flavor is toasty grains and pine/grassy hops.

3.8
Drake (14332) - 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.

3.8
cubs (10742) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy, dark brown appearance with a big brown head. Quite spicy rye, slightly charred malty, light oaty, spicy herbal, light piney hoppy, somewhat bready yeasty, light fruity aroma. Baker’s chocolate, nicely toasted chocolate malty, lightly sweet but well balanced with some piney, slightly resiny, herbal hops. Nice spiciness from the rye and hops also. Enjoyable.


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