Reef Rye Brown Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Deuane:
4/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On the hand pull at Al's of Hampden.
A-Slightly hazed dark brown tinted copper, with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left thick lacing.
S-Spicy rye notes and sweet toasted caramel malts up front with a touch of earthy citrus in the background. The aroma is pleasant but rather light.
T-Spicy, sweet and chewy with a good biting hop kick along with the rye zing gives this one a pleasant sharpness.
M-Medium bodied, sharp and biting with good lingering flavour and bitterness.
D-Really nice stuff and with a fairly low ABV this one is easy to enjoy multiple times over.
Serving type: cask
12-12-2010 12:22:34 | More by Deuane
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3.81/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-28-2014 23:00:24 | More by chinchill
4.34/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-25-2014 20:37:20 | More by Brenden
Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.