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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3.7
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours black with some streaks of redish brown on the edges of the glass. Big off-white rocky head that doesn’t want to dissipate. Lacing sticks to my Boulevard tulip like sap to the trunk of a maple. The aroma is saturated with roasted malts, coffee, rye bread, cardamom and licorice.The flavor is rye throughout with hints of roasted malts. Not the most balanced beer, but pleasant none the less. Medium bodied with a velvet mouthfeel. Nice beer.

3.7
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle: Pour is dark cola brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is citrusy hop and chocolate malt. piney resin and rye spice under that. Flavour is medium roasted malt, piney hop presence and lingering rye spice finish.

3.7
RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, and pine. Taste is grapefruit, malt, yeast, grain, and pine. Nicely balanced. Very good.

3.7
kambei70 (1091) - - MAR 31, 2013
2013 bottle to a pint glass. Pours a dark amber, bordering on purple, with a huge tan head. Aroma is grassy hops with rye. Taste is the same with sweet malt taste up front. Some bitterness but well balanced with the grain taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Strykzone (7489) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
Sampled at Dice’s going away party. Dark wirh some red. A nicely hoed aroma with roasted grain. A nicely balanced black ipa by flavor. Rye grain, citrus hops, roasted malts all work well.

3.7
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.

3.7
BVery (10716) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2013
Tap at Happy Gnome. Dark brown pour with a clingy white head. Spicy rye, roasty malts, and a mild grapefruit hop kick. Very nice.

3.7
b3shine (9023) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Aged 750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a cloudy brown with beige lacing. Smells solid too; bitter hops and malt. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer!

3.7
jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
750 ml. Deep brown body with ruby highlights. Huge frothy beige head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of citrus, orange, grapefruit, roasted malts, rye. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Light acidity. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Not a big fan of black IPAs, but this one works. Light dark roast character lets hop flavors come through. Sweet orange juice, grapefruit and light resin.

3.7
phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark brown color with a big, fizzy beige head that lasts a long time. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roast, dark chocolate, and rye spiciness. Flavor is pretty much the same. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a clean mouthfeel balanced between toasty and bitter. Well done black IPA.


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