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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Rastafa Rye AleBlue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Biggness on 01-25-2009)
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Photo of macher0


3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This ale starts off with a dark straw/amber color. Nice egg shell head with a fine bubble rim after it recedes. Nice lacing. This ale has a very malty nose with a taste that follows. Not very complex. Straight forward. This ale has moderate carbonation. Not exactly smooth and sort of thick. I honestly would not recommend this ale. It is not vey complex but if you do open it, you should go ahead and drink the one you opened.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:31:24 | More by macher0
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of beerloserLI.

Into a pint glass.

A: hazy golden colored bod, one finger white foamy head that dies within a half minute adequate clingy and coated lacing graces the sides of the glass

S: nice rye malt up front (I just did a homebrew rye beer) that helped me pick that out fairly quickly, there's a decent amount of citrus hoppiness coming out along with some pine in an earthy sort of way

T: sweet and somewhat earthy with an adequate spicy flavoring from the rye, everything combines fantastic; somewhat of a spicy yet malty aftertaste and finish (though I do have to admit, the finish does seem slightly grainy as well)

M: sits about a medium on the palate with a decent harshness of a typical Rye Beer trying to pound my mouth and tongue, but for the most part it doesn't as it seems balanced enough to
not let the carbonation add to the pounding of the mouth and tongue, decent sessionability

O: this is a pretty good Rye Beer that I would be willing to have again

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:23:31 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Golden in color with orange hues. Mild haze. Bone white head settle eventually but remains as a thin cap. Sparse, spotty lacing.

S: Acute tropical hop aromas come readily to the nose. Lots of fresh pineapple juice. Tangerine and kiwi. Honeydew melon. Perhaps a hint of mint and pine. Rather clean. Grain base is earthy and honeyed.

T: Tropical hops lay down a lot of pineapple juice and earthy pine. Tangerine, passion fruit, melon. Oily and green. Biscuit and honey. Rye owns the palate's attention from the mid-palate on, but stays tame enough. Earthy, spicy, and a bit rough (as is the nature of the grain). Touch of alcohol. Quick, clean finish has the rye tail off abruptly and oily hops flash briefly back to the forefront.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Scrubbing, seltzery carbonation provides crispness. Somewhat creamy. Simple mouthfeel, but it adds to the drinkability.

O: The rye treads a little more lightly in this beer than it does in many others. Playful tropical hops go a long way to temper it. A more easygoing beer, and even quaffable. Love the price point and easy availability too. Perhaps not everything I was expecting, given that this was a Gold medal winner at this year's GABF, but it's a pleasant enough drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:35:24 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of TMoney2591


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Why has it taken me so long to find a rye beer with this name!? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, mild caramel, and a smattering of earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a twinge of quinine in there for not-so-good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough rye beer, but one that goes a touch sideways on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:31:30 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Crimsonfloods


3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep hazy orange, off white head, thick lacing, looks inviting!
S: light malty aroma with the rye notes there, but not too forward.
T: low on the rye flavor, wish there was more! But a solid malt punch, good.
M/F: medium body, hangs around the mouth for a bit and then falls out, making you go back for more. for 7.5% the alcohol is not there AT ALL and it is quite drinkable.

O: Tasty! Haven't been let down by any Blue Point beers thus far, I was just on Long Island, wish I could have made a trip out the brewery and checked 'em out.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:32:38 | More by Crimsonfloods
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a nice big beige head that persists forever. The aroma is caramel and toffee with an herbal earthy edge and faint traces of yeasty plastic phenols. The flavor holds much of the same attributes from the nose. Caramel toffee and butterscotch mixed with earthy floral hops and a weird herbal almost medicinal flavor. Medium body with moderate level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. I thought this one was ok but nothing special. Its got a weirdness to it that I just couldn't get into.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:07:51 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of JohnGalt1


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a great trade with Doppelbockulus.. Thanks a ton Charley!!

Poured into my HotD goblet... the brew is clear orange... 1" white head with good retention and lacing.

Nose is toasty malts with a good rye snap to it... hops are on the floral side of things.

Flavor mirrors the nose... just enough hop bitterness to balance the interesting maltiness but never overpowers things... again, the toasty malts shine but I am having a harder time pulling the rye on the palate.. floral hoppiness begins up front and makes it all the way to the finish.

Body a light/medium.. good carbonation with a sorta slick/oiliness on the palate.

Yummy... I would buy this one if I had the chance. Thanks again Charley!!

All 4's.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 05:28:16 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of GPHarris


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 15:42:56 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong, but definitely has notes of rye and hops and a fruity, slightly yeasty underpinning. Pours a clear, bubbly copper with a thick, fluffy, rather persistent pale wheat head. Rye dominates the flavor, which has fruity, malty and hoppy hints. Smooth texture has good body and fizz. An interesting, if not superb, beer - give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:14:24 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass which developed a nice head which lasted and laced through the dring. Aroma was mildly sweet, malty. Mouthfeel was medium to light with good carbonation. Taste was of a mild malty nature and nutty with hints of caramel. Aftertaste was mild and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:15:22 | More by Huffs
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber with no freshness info. Split with the wife.

Appearance: A pure honey colored body, creamy head (good 3 fingers) that leaves nice rings.

Smell: Toasted malt is the first aroma i pick out followed by some spiciness, caramel and vienna malt. Not much rye to speak of but still pleasant.

Taste: Let down for me. Spiciness that could be rye but wouldn't have called it that if it wasn't on the bottle. Lots of vienna malt again and a bit of a vegetal finish. Not offensive but doesn't win me over.

Mouthfeel: Average body, nice carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: Avearge taste brings this one down. Ok but lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 12:12:10 | More by papat444
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a clear, deep golden hue, topped with a full two fingers of off-white froth that slowly recedes, clinging to the walls of the glass and leaving behind fat rings of lace as the glass drains.

Balance seems to be the name of the game in the nose. Grapefruity and spicy hop notes peek through the folds, while a deep whiff of caramel and toffeeish character underlies the hoppy front. Overall the nose is pleasant, if a bit subdued.

Medium-bodied and with a fairly light mouthfeel helped, in part, by a mild level of carbonation. On the palate, things are a bit more hop-forward than the nose, though things still remain fairly balanced. Up front, grapefruit rind takes center stage and soon combines with a spicy hit of rye malt and a prominent bitterness that quickly dries things significantly. A bit of caramel-like malt shows up near the rear, but the bitter, spicy dryness surrounds the palate and carries forward into the finish, which is bone-dry, spicy, a touch citrusy and resinous, and seemingly everlasting.

Overall, a fairly well-balanced IPA and definitely drinkable. The relatively high 7.5% ABV is definitely well-hidden; this is definitely a nice showcase of rye’s unique qualities, which combine with the bitter, resinous west coast hop notes to keep the drinker reaching for another swill. With the proceeds going toward a good cause, this one seems to be right out of SweetWater’s books

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 16:31:37 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of rajendra82


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, golden amber colored body, and a two finger thick head were pleasing to look at. The smell was mild, and sweetish, with honey, and cinnamon notes. The taste was not as sweet as I was anticipating. I got a clean crisp taste like a an APA, with minimal fruity and spicy notes that are typical in a Rye beer. The hops were not all that aggressively showcased either, with only a faint bitterness and some spice in the finish. This was pretty good in the mouthfeel department, with a smooth body that glided across the tongue. Pretty basic.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:29:38 | More by rajendra82
Photo of godlessape


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my newly acquired Samuel Smith pint glass. The body has a brassy golden hue showing vigorous carbonation and just a small but workable head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing.
As far as smell goes It was so subtle at first that I had to slosh down a third of the pint just to get some nose, which comes off sweet and somewhat fruity up front then it's all caramel with a faint breeze of West Coast hops. Very nice. Once I got down to the bottom of the glass I found the aroma mouthwatering.
What you taste with this is the sweet malt backbone bowled over with spicy rye notes that sizzle on the tongue along with a bit more hop bitterness than the nose let on about. And this all balances out just right.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and overall this is a fantastic beer, a perfect example of the style. I tip my glass to the brew wizards at Blue Point.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:12:31 | More by godlessape
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 21:35:31 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Kromes


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a thick off-white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass. A very nice floral hop and peppery, toasted malt aroma. I love smell of rye beers. The flavor is a little bit different than the aroma. At first you get a nice toasted malt and peppery rye flavor, but then it fades into a rather sweet floral hop flavor. Not getting the bitterness that I had expected. It's there, but more sweet than bitter. Feel is medium body and a bit syrupy. My favorite beer style; And although it is tasty, the bit of syrupy sweetness does just knock it down a notch. But you might expect that with the higher gravity. Still a solid rye beer though.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:21:50 | More by Kromes
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean copper pour with a slight amount of white foam around brim of glass. smells of sweet malts, roasting caramel, nutty, rye.

taste is slightly sweet up front with a nice nutty flavor. backbone is all rye. slightly bready with hints of banana on the finish. a very unique tasting rye ale with a medium body, patchy lacing with a slight creamy feel on the lips, and high, yet subtle carbonation.

as far as rye ales go, this is a hit. a very sweet beer throughout with a copper-like bitterness that follows minutes after the glass is over. you just feel it calling to you to drink some more! a very tasty pour and quite complex for a rye ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 06:25:17 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of 57md


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light cloudy copper with golden edges with a finger of white head that retained for a bit and left nice lacing on the glass. The nose has mild rye notes along with some hops. As far as the flavor, the sweetness of the malt combines well with the bitterness of the hops and the spice of the rye. Everything is present, but the entire intensity of the flavor profile is less than expected. This is a very sessionable offering, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 06:29:00 | More by 57md
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 11:01:21 | More by tdm168
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass, thanks to a buddy from Saratoga, N.Y. Color was dark caramel, a bit like heavy iced tea. Just over a finger of head. Nice film of white lacing on the top that dissipated once I started drinking it. Wet uneven film on the sides.

Smelled of sharp citrus hops. Mainly smelled lemon. Also a rye smell which I’m beginning to notice more (I think). Some light cereal notes as well.

Tasted slightly better than the nose. Got that iced tea taste again, which I seem to get with all rye beers. Still some lemon citrus hops. God this got good as it went down.

Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish. Consistent throughout and really went down well.

This beer just got better as it went down. I debated on a lot of the ratings, but went with what I put down. May change later, but damn this was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 06:35:15 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Brad007


4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild copper with a two-finger head into my glass. Colors are reflective of the style.

Sweet, spicy malt with floral hops that draw the nose in. Very distinct for the style.

Ditto for the flavor. Lots of chewy, spicy rye with the right amount of hops. The flavors create a highly desirable footprint.

Lingering spicy rye and hops in the mouthfeel. Very well done otherwise.

I like this beer and I'm a fan of the rye. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:57:21 | More by Brad007
Photo of david131


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice coppery orange with a bit of haze to it. The white head is thin but it has good retention.

S- Citrus, caramel, rye, and a bit floral.

T- The rye is more forward on the palate with some citrus to follow. There is a nice caramel malt backing.

M- Spicy rye and carbonation. There is some lingering bitterness.

O- Drinks fairly nicely considering the ABV and lingering bitterness. Still, this is nothing I would go out of my way for, but at the same time it is nothing I would turn down.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:40:31 | More by david131
Photo of Florida9


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear darker orange-tinted amber in color. Forms a rather smallish white head that reduces down to a decent ring around the edges and some scattered surface coating. A little light lacing.

S: Smells pretty good. Lots of citrus, especially orange, with some grapefruit. Tropical fruit to a lesser extent. A little toast. Smell is a little sweet.

T: Starts off with grainy malts and a light toastiness. Mild sweetness, and some earthy citrus. Orange. Some wood on the finish. Rye comes through on the finish with a mild spiciness, but for a rye beer, the rye isn't very strong.

M: On the lighter side of medium with carbonation on the lower side of medium. Mild bitterness.

O: A pretty good beer with probably better drinkability than in should have. This is a very "user friendly" beer with a lot more citrus than rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:53:02 | More by Florida9
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear copper/red color from a 1pt 6 fl oz bottle.
The ABV is printed on the label, but couldn't see a freshness date. Cool label though.
Nice one finger foamy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves some really nice lacing on it's way out. Very good carbonation.
Aroma upfront was more of the hoppier side (as soon as the bottle was cracked, that is), but slowly gives way to more maltier notes. Hints of spice coming through between the malt notes.
Taste upfront is very malty, giving way to bitter, hoppier notes in the middle and the spicy kick is felt in the finish. The presence of rye is not very overpowering, but there is just a hint of the rye spiciness that lingers in the aftertaste.
This is a very crisp and refreshing beer. Not a hop or a rye bomb by any means, but still quite flavorful. The alcohol is also masked very well. Easy drinking for a 7.5% ABV beer.
Overall, I think this is a good beer and I'm glad I gave it a try.
Definitely worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:09:55 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy pumpkin colored beer with carbonation bubbles rising to a very thin tan head.

S: Faint rye bread with a hint of a piney/tropical hops blend.

T: Clean but bland flavor overall, has a weak slight hops bite. As it warms up some sweetness comes out through the malts.

M: Medium body and fizzy carbonation.

O: I was expecting a lot more after this being recommended from me liking Hop Rod. I won't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 17:25:14 | More by keanex
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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.