1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Reef Rye Brown Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Reef Rye Brown Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
86
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 04-13-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of The_Jerk
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spw109
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Review live from Petco Park between innings. On tap from th Ballast Point tasting room.

Pour is reddish brown, filmy. The nose runs of light sweet malts and vague spices. Quiet.

Reef Rye tickles my rye need. More brown though. Nice maltiness is immediately jumped by a big mouthful of spicy rye.Nutty, bit of earthiness, almost woody, mid palate. Spicy rye starts to make the lips tingle, and mounts the finish vigorously.

Definitely grew on me as it warmed. Not in the stratosphere of their hoppy offerings, but a good, solid brew.

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Austin_M
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of curlybird
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stumac
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.

Clear, dark red-brown with a good tan head. Decent lacing

Feel: near medium body; Soft, medium carbonation.

Smell: Nice mix of hops that is about equally fruity and herbal.

Taste: this is a rathe hoppy brown ale, although some of the spicines no doubt comes from the "rye and coriander".

O: a refined spiced brown.

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jwswigs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jlisuk
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KidsDoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looking very much a rich cherry wood sort of color, it's about medium brown but definitely so along with deep, shining red highlights. The head is creamy, a light brown cap just taller than one finger that remains that way for a good while. The lacing shows impressive stick and high volume on the walls of the glass.
The rye impresses early, right out in the aroma with earthy spiciness beneath a heavy, bready malt strong enough to hold it. There's a hint of roast and a bit of a leafy hops addition for good balance.
Rye comes up front and stays the main event for the long haul, and this beer has me thinking maybe a brown ale is the perfect base beer to showcase what rye has to offer. Along with earth and spice, it gets a bit nutty and has a light sweetness of cocoa. A hint of caramel joins the bready malt base on the tongue. All in all it's delicious, really drinkable, and easy to put back.
The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation holding steady. Smoothness and crispness are even, both working well in the feel of this beer.

Photo of g_jenkins
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.