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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
commonshawn (1333) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Tap. Black. Small head, little lacing. Bitter, with roasted malty tones. Good, but falls flat quickly with little carry through except for some bitterness. Decent, but was expecting more based on the description.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10947) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a dark cola brown with a large fluffy khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have a nice combination of the roasted malt and dark chocolate with herbal resiny and earthy hops. This does seem like a black IPA and not something pretending to be one. Soild enough.

3.8
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Big bottle. Taste is a great blend of rye, hops, molasses, grass, grain and charred wood. Well done.

3.5
fidelis83 (2523) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Near black garnet tinted brown pour with a tall (huge nearly explosive pour), fluffy tan head that has great retention. Aroma of citrus, toast and nuts, fruity notes, spicy earthy rye and nice grainy notes. Flavor is full of toasty grain up front, rye and oats make pretty noticeable appearances, nutty notes, some roast, bitter rye, grapefruit, light pine and spicy hops seem Amarillo-ish. Heavy, full body with the creamy, slightly gooey feel of a beer with lots of oats, light, somewhat sharp, blanketing carbonation. Good stuff, a little on the thick side for my taste, but it works pretty well.

3.7
abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2013
0,75 l bottle bottle kindly shared by my beer pal Ole Anders. Black body with a small light brown head. Lovely hoppy notes on the nose. Pine, pollen and spruce. Roasted, bitter, glandular mouth. Medium bodied and smooth to drink.

3.6
TaktikMTL (7999) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
2 bouteilles de 750 ml partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur de torréfaction. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de torréfaction et d’houblon avec une pointe chocolatée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #4955)

3.5
anders37 (27245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a dark amber brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak piney caramel aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish with hints of caramel.

3.4
CopterScott (254) - Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
From a champagne bottle. Pours dark brown with a big chunky cream colored head. malty aroma. hoppy roasted flavor. medium body medium carbonation. lingering bitter finish.

3.6
Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle..pour is dark black with a light tan head..Nose is rye, roast,spice, sweet, pine, fruits...Taste is roast, sweetness, spice, rye, chocolate..

4
mczee (21) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Creamy head. Malty, licorish aroma. Lovely body, licorish with hints of rye. Tasty! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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