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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thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle, released today. Aroma is spicy citrus. Beige head with dark brown/ black body. Head is ample. Very different flavor for style. Slight chocolate up front followed quickly by citrus and a spicy rye finish. The body is lighter for style, something I like a lot. Comes off as more of an iPa that happens to be black. Very good.

4.1
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours black with huge, dense khaki head that reduces but never really goes away and leaves a nice film lacing. The aroma has very strong grapefruit and citrus hops notes. The taste followed the aroma with great grapefruit IPA flavor with some roasted malt and rye in the background. It has a pretty strong bitter finish. I is full bodied and thick with some light carbonation.

4.1
jrob21 (3875) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
The v-day present from the wife this year. She knows exactly what I like. Ipas of any sort. Pours a decent black with red hue. Nice lacing. Pineapple aroma with some pungent citrus coming through. Nice rye peppery bite to the flavor with a faint toasty grain working behind the scenes. Finish is peppery spice and grapefruit bitterness. All working together really well.

4.1
radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 750mL bottle bottle purchased from Leary’s for $9.80. Shared with my sister and our old high school friend, Troy. Pours a rubyish deep brown with which sustained sudsy tan head. Supremely awesome lace. Aromas of rye flour, American yeast, tapioca, dried black plums, shiitake mushrooms, honeydew melons, saké kasu, soy milk, and Grains of Paradise. Tastes of rye malt, American hops, pine needles, caraway seeds, parsnips, and chamomile. An explosion of farmhouse yeast, dark chocolate and sunflower seeds by swallow. De-lic-ious.

4.1
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2013
750ml bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Batch #2012-3, Best By 08-2013. Pours a black body with just a slight reddish hue. Inch thick, dense, foamy and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with pineapple and grapefruit citruses as well as a nicely balanced roast and rye spice. A lightly sweetened, crackery and somewhat bready malt backing holds everything together while allowing the hops, rye, and roast to stay prominent and dry. Flavor is similar. Citrusy pineapples and grapefruits up front with a slight juiciness, but not overly so because of the pleasant, dry rye spiciness. Lots of florals and citruses remain throughout while a nice, balanced roast mixes very well with the rye. Crackery, bready, lightly sweetened malts with just a slight caramel note keep everything in check before this finishes dry, citrusy, roasty, somewhat spicy, and pretty smooth with a moderate bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a somewhat lively, medium-high carbonation. Overall, this was pretty awesome. Tons of citrusy hops balanced with a nice rye spice and pleasant roastiness. Dry, but fairly smooth and very easy to drink throughout. Another great Smokestack release from Blvd.

4.1
tylermgaddis (16) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours a nice blackish brown, slight red hues. Smells piney! Taste slightly of coffee, yet spicy from the rye, yet bitter from the hops. Really confusing thanks to that midnight wheat, but really, really good. Luckily I gots three mo!

4.1
bookman10 (1298) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Pours a deep, dark black with huge, huge, huge frothy head (be careful when pouring or this one will wind up all over the counter!). Aroma of hops and grain (rye). Flavor is dominated by the hops combined with roasted grain and a nice, sweet, smooth undertone of malt. Very full mouthfeel with a clean, bitter finish.

4.1
rougeau13 (3276) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Black with a big resilient tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, resin, rye, and pine. Taste is roasty and spicy and resinous and mildly bitter. Smooth, medium-full bodied, and slightly dry.

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vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Yep, another winner from Boulevard. Pours very dark brown with a large dense tan head. The aroma has very floral hops, pine, grapefruit zest, somewhat sweet malt, but plenty of hops to offset that sweetness. It has a medium body with lots of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with pine, earth, peppery spice, mild fruit, non-bitter coffee notes, spicy rye and fairly sweet malt. The finish has a bright citrus character, pine and minor roast. Really well done.

4.1
umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
750 ml bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours pitch black with a huge foamy head that fades obnoxiously slow, leaves minor lacing. Aroma is a bit faint but I love it. Spicy with rye and black pepper, some roasted coffee, flowers, and some burnt wood. Taste is delicious and more complex than the aroma. So many tastes including rye bread, black pepper, coffee, pine, citrus, chocolate, flowers, burnt wood, grass, and tropical fruit. Finish is smooth and creamy, black pepper and floral aftertaste. A tad thin on the mouthfeel but it’s still very creamy and a little oily too. One of the better black IPA’s I’ve had. Thanks Mike!


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