Boulevard Brewing Rye-on-Rye: Some spicy same-grain action.

Next up, Boulevard Brewing’s Rye-on-Rye:

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Yet another week passed without a beerbecue post. I was completely pre-occupied with going to the Notre Dame BCS game (if one can call what happened to my beloved Irish a “game”). Then the rest of my week was filled with recovery, both physical and emotional.

And seriously, how can anyone concentrate on beer with news of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian having a baby? After all, it’s quite a fairy tale. Kanye West – Rapper, son of an English Professor, and regular contributor to the decay of the English language. Kim Kardashian – Socialite, regular contributor to the decay of civilization in general, and co-star with her family in a reality TV show parlayed from fame attributable to her sex tape. Take note, kids: In America, at worst, you’re only one generation removed from prosperity, and, at best, only one sex tape removed from instant fame and riches…if you’re hot.

Kanye imma let you finish

Being a dick also apparently works.

Brewing with rye isn’t new, but it does seem to be gaining in popularity. And as is apparent from beers such as Shmaltz Lenny RIPA, Firestone Wookie Jack, and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, rye’s sharp and dry spiciness can be a great complement to the bitterness and fruit of hoppy beers.

In the case of this beer, Boulevard took it a step further and got in on some kinky rye-on-rye action. They brewed a rye ale that could hold up to aging in some sharp and spicy Templeton Rye whiskey barrels. Then after aging, they blended-in 1/3 of the un-aged rye ale so your head wouldn’t explode.

It pours an orange-brown, almost like Grand Marnier. It has a tight, but angry, light tan head that riles itself up into bigger, angry bubbles that hang around and leave some lace. (Lacing seems to be a relatively uncommon occurrence for a barrel-aged ballers. This probably has to do with viscosity, or some other technical bullshit that the beerbecue research department is too beer-addled to figure out.)

It smells like toffee, bananas, vanilla, a little zip, some whiskey, and, as it warmed, a little anonymous fruitiness. The taste was caramel, brown sugar, and some peppery, spicy rye whiskey (and some appurtenant wood and vanilla). The finish is zippy, presumably from the rye and rye barrel, then dry. In fact, it’s pretty dry for a barrel-aged baller, which I guess just really means it’s not that sweet.

The Haybag (from her shot glass-sized pregnancy portion): I’m usually not a fan of booze-aged beers, but this is good. It’s not overbearing in any way, and it doesn’t leave me wishing I had the Rye Whiskey and the Rye Ale in separate vessels.

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8 thoughts on “Boulevard Brewing Rye-on-Rye: Some spicy same-grain action.

  1. I am sick of Kanye the publicity whore, it would only make sense that a spoiled over privileged narcissist would be attracted to and have a child with someone just like him. There are ways of keeping people from turning into spoiled whores, instill them with values when their young with good sportsmanship. Where I work at http://www.playgroundentertainmentgroup.com we have animated characters that teach children the fundamentals of sports so they can learn the game better and stay playing longer. Another resource that we have for kids and parents alike is http://www.kidssoccerblog.com I like that Rye on rye action especially in bourbon, and I never thought it could be so good in beer myself.

  2. I love this beer already and I haven’t even tried it. Booze-aged beer is the best. Hey, and we are swimming in rye up here in Canada. Why haven’t I seen a rye-flavored beer up here, damn it? I would buy that beer. Yes I would. I would like that action.
    I usually hate thinking about Kim Kardashian (she could crush me, man) but it was worth reading this for the awesome visuals.

    • Rye beers are making a big surge it seems. Maybe you’ll start seeing it soon…I mean seriously, Saskatchewan only needs so many loaves of pumpernickel…they need to share it with the brewers.

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