Reef Rye Brown Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
06-28-2014 23:00:24 | More by chinchill
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.
04-25-2014 20:37:20 | More by Brenden
Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.