Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
Beer: Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
Style: American Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
Character: Brewed with hops and rye that accentuate each other for lingering, spicy bitterness
Metal Connection: DISSECTION – Where Dead Angels Lie
So far, as I could remember, Boulevard Brewing Company has never let e down. I have enjoyed every beer I have ever tasted from them. When I saw Grainstorm on the shelf at one of my local craft beer buying stores I immediately purchased it without hesitation. Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale is also one of my favorite styles of beer, so this was a total win for this guy!
Finally drinking this bad boy after having it in the beer fridge for a few weeks. Using my Left Coast Brewing Voo Doo Stout pint glass, Grainstorm poured an opaque black color which had some ruby/brown highlights to it, especially at the bottom of the glass. The head on this thing was about three fingers wide, and retained a good amount throughout the session. Very appealing appearance!
The aroma was hop heavy at first, with hints of citrus, earthy, piney hops, The hops are quickly met and complimented with dark malts, spices, and rye. Nothing was very overpowering here, and not very heavy either. This had a rather subtle aroma. There was also a fair amount of a boozy burn to the nose at the end that lingers a bit.
Taste was everything I expected it to be, hoppy, malty, rye. The earthy, piney hops hit the palate first for me, followed by a dark malty taste, then finishing it up with a dry, grainy, citrus flavor, then leaving a slight alcohol/boozy burn in the throat. The addition of rye to this Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale was a perfect compliment. The rye added a grainy taste and smell all while leaving a slight dryness to the beer.
The body was a medium thickness. The mouth feel was very nice, as it was creamy, and the beer went down smooth. Good carbonation, kept the beer nice and fresh. This was an easy drinkable beer for me. I did rather enjoy the chalky, grainy feeling, and dryness from the rye, which hit it right at the end of the drink.
Overall, I highly enjoyed this beer. I will be drinking this one again and again. This beer had a lot of characters that I enjoy, first of all it was an IPA, a Black IPA for that fact or also known as Cascadian Dark Ale, then it had rye, which I have noticed a lot of beers lately that I enjoy are Rye IPAs. So this beer made the high grade here at BMD. So watch out, a Grainstorm is coming!
Metal Connection: I went with Sweden’s Dissection for this beer. The name of the beer, Grainstorm made me think of the title of Dissection’s 1995 full length release, “Storm of the Light’s Bane.” I know there are thousands of bands and/or songs that also use the word “storm” in it, but this is the first one that popped in my head. I mean shit, I am the Beer Metal Dude! DO you expect anything less? Dissection is Metal as Fuck, so this was the obvious choice. Here is a live recording of the song Where Dead Angels Lie, taken from their 2006 DVD release, “Rebirth of Dissection.” So sit back, pop open a bottle of Grainstorm, turn the volume up to 11, jam the fuck out to Dissection, and worship Satan! Well OK, that last part is clearly your choice, but the popping of bottles, and jamming is not an option, it’s a must! Hails!