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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Biggness on 01-25-2009

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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 216
Reviews by GPHarris:
Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that had good lacing throughout. the body was a bright copper color.
s - malt caramel sweetness with a hint of floral hops.
t - piney hops with some nice rye spice.
m - medium thickness with crisp and bubbly carbonation.
o - solid rye pale ale. i'm not familiar with this brewery at all but this was a pleasant surprise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in G-boro.Poured into a standard pint a hazed amber/bronze with thinner but well retained soapy-like white head,aromas of citrus and caramel mainly,there is a soft spiciness to the nose as it warms as well.Citrus fruit and spice on the palate upfront,a bit of caramel and dough holds up well to the hops and sharpness of the rye.A solid brew its easy going down for the abv. and is even somewhat refreshing.

Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a coppery amber color with great clearity and a long lasting head.

The nose makes me anticipate chewy malts of the spicy bread variety with a nice hop kick in the finish.

The flavor lives up to that for the most part. The rye dominates the flavor until the forever lasting finish, which kind of turns chocolaty. Medium bodied, a tad watery would be my only complaint.

If you like rye beers this is worth a shot. Plus, some of the proceeds go to charity. win-win

Photo of weatherdog
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brewdogmrb for this.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a large weiss glass.

Poured a brilliantly clear orange with a one finger white head. A constant stream of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass

Aroma is has some crystal malt sweetness to it with just a faint amount of floral type hops.

Taste has this nice rye quality to it and compliments the balanced floral type hopping. The rye taste sticks with it til the end and is enjoyable.

Carbonation is just a tad high for me but is still very drinkable. This bottle went down smooth and fast. No hint of the 7.5% ABV, drinks like it is in the mid 4's

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours clear, fairly typical amber, under a long lasting khaki head, then leaving a better then average sheeting/fine coating of lacing on the glass. Malty nose w/o much rye character. Pleasant enough ale, malty, rye character is certaintly muted to nonexistant. Even w/o da rye shinin' tru this one remains tasty and enjoyable, basically comes off like a decent craft amber ale.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/brown in color, 1/3 inch head, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: floral and citrus hops, little toasted malt

Taste: bread, some citrus hops towards the end, small rye taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, slightly bitter end, medium bodied

Drinkability: To me this tastes like a slightly above average pale ale. The rye is not overly pronounced. Not a bad beer, but I have had better ryes. Could have two max.

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed apricot colored with a thick two-finger off-white head that sits up tall and hangs out for a while. Oily legs and ringlets rise up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of bright citrusy hops and honey malt.

Malty upfront, biscuity and yeasty, slight metallic notes. Even balance of malt and citrusy hops, some lemon and orange peel. Rye spice emerges in the finish, and a peppery bite lingers.

Full and rich mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a tingly finish. Above average drinkability, but not earthshaking.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved via JoeyBeerBelly for winning the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF week 17. A Big Thanks to the most loyal SNFS LIF participant!!!

Poured into a New Belgium glass a transparent golden burnt orange with a one finger white foam head. Great lacing all the way down.

I have to admit, I have no freaking idea what rye smells like. That being said, when I smell this beer the first word that comes to mind is dry. I don't really know what that means but that's the sense I get.

The taste has the sour that I know Rye tastes like. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness mixed in that works rather nicely. The palette ends with a dry finish, kinda what my nose predicted.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up at the Trivia Pub in Moon. Love the tap handle, a Rastafari smokin' a dubee. I love reggae music, this beer does some justice to the vibrations that the riddim brings. Appears a clear caramel copper hue in my glass with a bright white head. Nice even layers of lace line my pint glass. Aromatics offer up spice layers of hops and rye, with a carmel malt base. Pretty straight forward creation blended nicely with a biscuit dough yeast note. Flavor wasn't as rye spice as the nose but did contain some grassy herbal citric hops with the caramel malt and bread dough finish. A nice pale ale with a creative name, try it if your out there sipping on some fine brews at a microbrew bar. Mouthfeel was medium bodied slick but not oily with hops, carbonation moderate. Definitely carried it well. Overall a beer that was somewhat interesting and strayed from the norm, did a good job of being refreshing and flavorful...a combination that is hard to pass up.

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

It pours a hazy reddish amber with a rather thin but durable off-white head. Ample, mostly fine carbonation can be seen.

Aroma: plenty of caramel with some baked bread, light toasted grains, and hints of hops and rye. Nice if rather subdued.

The taste is pretty balanced between sweet and bitter, with a good amount of hop flavor mid-taste, and leaving a mildly bitter and hoppy aftertaste. Rye is evident too. Not too complex but well done and with more than adequately rich flavor for style and some light fruitiness.

Medium bodied; excellent carbonation; rather smooth with a hint of dryness. Mouthfeel is the only dimension where the higher ABV is evident.

O - a fine session beer. Easily recommended to fans of rye beers. ... wait, I see the ABV is 7.5; it is well hidden in both aroma and taste, so be careful.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Misconduct in Philadelphia.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately dry caramel and pale malts with solid amounts of spicy rye. Also present are leafy and citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors with hints of lighter pale malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of citrus hop flavors with slight hints of pine and earthy notes. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out further with the addition of spicy rye. The rye and caramel malt flavors carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall there wasn't a single aspect of this beer that stood out but everything was done well. Not worth seeking out but worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point- Rasta Rye

A- Bright clear amber with a thick head and big ringed lacing.
S- very grainy malty. Bread crust, caramel, and fresh dough.
T- Big crusty malt, toffee, bitter woodsy pine hops, slight rye detected.
M- Sweet and grainy. Dry body with a slight hoppy bitter finish.

Overall- Very little rye here. Malty but needs more rye.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How does a bomber of 7.5% rye beer operated by a Long Island company "independently owned and operated with no corporate ties" end up in a small town grocery store in southern Virginia? I have no idea, but I'm not complaining. Maybe it's testament to the inroads that craft beer continues to make each and every year. I'll drink to that...

Pours a coppery orange-gold color, with a bountiful, firm, creamy, long-lasting head on top. Looks very double IPA, actually.

Smell isn't that far off either, as the hops are forward and floral. Rye's peculiar earthy edge isn't far away, and there's both a mildly medicinal and more aggressive herbal element in there as well. Grain and/or nut husk too.

Rye very much dominates the flavor, and though it is a very earthy, husky kind of flavor, somewhat aggressive, lightly spicy and a bit dry, it has some support from herbal/tea-like hops, a mild bit of mango-like sweet/spice, and an even smaller flare of alcohol warmth. Ultimately the rye, with its firm soil-like earthiness, remains at the forefront.

A bit tingly, full of very active carbonation. Also has a nice bit of airiness while feeling just slick and creamy enough to provide a well-rounded texture.

Rastafa Rye has a certain charm that kept me eager for each sip. Definitely enough stuff dancing around on the tongue -- from earthy to spicy to hoppy to nutty to sweet -- that you can't possibly regret trying it on for size.

[I suppose here is where I'm supposed to say "and I love reggae!" but I don't...can't stand it actually. But Rastafarianism doesn't necessarily count reggae as its official music genre either. Wanna know something else interesting? According to a credible source: "the Rastafarian lifestyle usually includes ritual use of marijuana, avoidance of alcohol, the wearing of one's hair in dreadlocks, and vegetarianism." Avoidance of alcohol? Is someone gonna tell Blue Point? Oopsie.]

Photo of LordHammer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with an inch of off white head that fades to a nearly solid covering. Nice lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nose is grainy and hop bitterness, some sense of the rye here.

T: Strong malt up front, then a solid shot of hop bitterness with a dry finish. Taste that lingers is a bit bitter and definitely full of grain husk. It's okay, but something not quite right here.

M: Carbonation is light to moderate, with the overall body on the thinner side. Seems like it should be a bit more robust here.

D: I could drink quite a lot of this, but it's just not good enough to want more than the bomber I have. I would come back to it, but likely not seek it out.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hoppy fruity peach citrus tasting cask that worked well on cask, which came in at 7.25% a.b.v. Fruity colour, with rye to add complexity. Caramel brings up the mouthfeel. A spot of sour. Drinkabilty is good. Good balance. Nice for the style, seek it out.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, beige, head that has great retention. The nose has a strong citrusy, lemony quality with a light peppery aspect underneath. The taste has a light bready, sweet, birthday cake malt character up front followed by a mildly peppery, rye note and finishes with an assertive citrusy, grapefruit-like hop finish. There is a clean hop bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a bit of a crispness on the tongue.

This is a nice beer. The malts and hops are great compliments. It's bitter but not harsh. I would have preferred a little more rye to come through overall, but in the end this is a refreshing, very drinkable beer with very good flavor.

Photo of Boitnott
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at a tasting and picked up two 22 oz bottles because they were only $5 a piece. I saved them for a few days and then poured one into my DFH snifter. It pours excellent with about a small white head that persists and has excellent lacing. Overall color tone is deep copper with much transparency.

The scent combine sweet rye malt with floral hops, in which the former is the dominating scent. However it does not mask the smell of they rye, because the rye compliments the smell exceptionally. This smell translates well to the nose which tastes mostly of sweet rye malts and maybe some amber malt as well. Sweetness is not over powering. The finish expertly blends the rye with a floral hop finish that does not take over, but unites with the rye to create a near perfect unison of bitter and sweet.

The carbonation lasts throughout, and the small head does not die down. I hardly notice the 7.5% alcohol and the body is small to medium, leading to a brew that can be had over and over in a single night. With the excellent price I would highly recommend this for the rye lovers out there, as well as anyone else interested in this style. Excellent blend of hops and rye, and is a must try.

Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a reddish copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is packed with rye notes, almost like smelling a slice of rye bread. I love rye beers so I can't wait to try this one. 

T- The taste starts out malty with some rye spiciness along with some hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very nice Rye Beer, definitely worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA, $5 for a pint. Appeared a slightly hazy amber-red with a low head. The aroma was a simple caramel with a hint of oxidation. The flavor, however, takes that same caramel and follows with a good punch of crushed pepper and spice. The rye really kicks in for the aftertaste, very nice. This beer does a great job of the malted rye. Thank you Blue Point.

Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Coppery amber brew, large foamy head that leaves lots in intricate lacing.

Aroma is intensely hoppy, grapefruit and floral. On the palate an immediate sour tang from the rye malt, with full bitterness delivered along witha hint of spice. Long tart bitter finish. Really well done rye beer, but the bitterness becomes a bit exhausting to the palate after a while. Hopheads should like this one. Food or cheese helps refersh the palate while drinking.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear copper/mahogany color with two fingers of white head, modest retention, some nice lacing.

Definitely some rye in the nose along with a nice dose of resinous west coast hops, well balanced by caramel malt notes.

Taste is very nice- up front is the caramel malt and a little bit of the rye sharpness, then taken over by the hops (tastes kinda like simcoe), then the rye comes back in more pronounced, and it finishes kinda dry but floral.

Mouthfeel is also very nice- medium body, moderate carbonation, a little bit of resin. This is an excellent rye beer- everything is well balanced and the flavors are nice. My only real desire is for the nose to be bolder. Maybe have a little bit darker head but that's an aesthetic thing...

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of my Fantasy Football haul from dondeez21, cheers Don!

Pours amber colored with3+ fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Above average lacing & very good head retention

S: Grassyness, lemons, & doughyness

T: Follows the nose, a nice peppery spiceyness as well up front. Doughyness, a slight honey malt flavor, then grassyness & peppery rye spiceyness. Finishes dry, grassy, with a bit of pine as well

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & good balance

This drinks very easy, I could see downing a few any time, compares favorably with Red's Rye IMO...

Photo of npmike2
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Rich dark malty colors, small head. No lacing to really be spoken of.

S- Caraway coming through in smell, clove and other spices add to the complexity of the aroma.

T- Dense malted flavors, rich aftertones of hops and light yeast taste.

M- Noting spectacular or poor to go on ranting about. Just a smooth brew.

O- Four overall, really solid beer with great taste. Reminds me of my ex.

Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a light red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, BIG rye, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, rye, metallic, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I thought I had smelled rye in a beer before, but this one kicked me in the face with it. Definitely one of the most intense rye smelling brews I have had to-date. The flavor was a little more subtle on the rye execution allowing more complex flavors to come out. While it was more complex it wasn't necessarily blended very well. The metallic flavor was killed the flavor on the brew for me if I had to pick one. Worth trying, but that is about it.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, almost amber, with a crazy tight white head that disipated into a nice fluffy cap. A somewhat grainy malt with hints of spicy rye, a bit metallic. The taste is of a slighty sour malt, with a touch of rye and a light honey graham cracker malt. Not much hop detected. Moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, sweet but no where near cloying. The brew drinks pretty easy, solid malt body with a slight rye sour/spicy hit and plenty of carbonation. Could use more rye but still probably one of the better beers out of Blue Point.

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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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