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Reef Rye Brown Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reef Rye Brown Ale
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very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
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:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 04-13-2009)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

SamuelR, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spw109, Sep 05, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

maximum12, Sep 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

davegray, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Austin_M, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

curlybird, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nightrain87, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

stumac, Jul 03, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -1%

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.

chinchill, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Smarty_Pints, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

garuda, Jun 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

jwswigs, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jlisuk, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

salthemonster, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

KidsDoc, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BltByKrmn, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

robear, May 24, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Brenden, Apr 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

g_jenkins, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DeanMoriarty, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

kjkinsey, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

wtkphoto, Nov 13, 2013
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Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.