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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 plaid75

New York

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

On draft at Ken's Pub, Burlington, VT, of all places.

Poured a a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured moderate caramel makes and a balmy piney hop.

The taste consisted of a vibrant piney hop cutting through the ample earthy caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward rye ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 20:24:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: On-tap
Glass: Pint
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
Price $6.50 a pint

Appearance: orangish red color. no head or lacing by time i got it.

Smell: a touch of rye along with spicy hops and sweet malts.

Taste. Spicy hops followed by some sweet malts and rye. very good balancing

Mouthfeel: pretty light and crisp. pretty refreshing beer.

Overall: pretty good beer, certainly drinkable and something i would drink again if given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 07:58:50 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, golden-amber body with a thin, ivory-hued head. Very slight film on the descent.

Smell: A sweet-scented note of light brown sugar atop toasty, bready malts. Dried lemon peel, some orange, and the foretelling rye malt, with a little showing from the alcohol.

Taste: Follows through what the scent sets up. Bready, with some sweetness akin to light-colored brown sugar and a slight toastiness. Small hint of raisiny fruitiness, then, the citrusy, herbal hops mingled into the rye character. Moderate bitterness. More of the rye and citric qualities on the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a very, very little bit of stickiness to the overall mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, but there are better rye beers to be had out there, if you really must know.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 19:45:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of thecheapies


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-amber with light haze. The off-white head has fallen and left a disc. Webby lace. 4.0

Sweet rye, pear, roasted malt, peach, and apple flesh. Subdued fruits, I was just picking them out one-by-one. 3.5

Spicy rye grain flavor in the forefront with some juicy fruit malts and a peppery hop spice. A little prickle from the alcohol. 3.5

Mild carb. Medium body. Showy strength. 3.5

Not a bad beer. Spiny and vigorous. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 01:12:09 | More by thecheapies
Photo of One2Remeber


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

Poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy, white fluffy head. Hazy orange body with a reddish/pink hue.

S: Heavy citrus, ripe tangerine, soft mellow fruits. Bready grains.

T/M: Thin body, dry paper feel. Slight hop bitterness blends well with a distinct tangerine character. Extremely well balanced. The rye enhances a malt body to fight off a potent hop punch.

O: A very mild rye ale. The body does not do the rye component justice. The flavor of hops and type of dry malts do not bring out the best of the rye.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 16:04:59 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the beers on tap at Revivals Restaurant in Perkasie, PA.

Enjoyed in a standard pint glass

A - Beer glass was filled in front of me and poured with a translucent, golden-amber color. A one finger head faded to a light skim. Moderate lacing.

S - A sweet, malty smell. Really nothing that stands out.

T - A tasty beer. A semi-hoppy beer with a sweet, malty taste. A slight tanginess is present with each sip. Even though this beer is listed at 7.5 ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable. You could easily down a few of these. Good drinkablity.

M - Light to medium carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer but nothing really "wow'd" me. It's a good tasting beer but nothing sets it apart. I will say it's a beer that is very easy to down with nothing that is off putting.


Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 23:09:48 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of adam42381


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

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/10/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium gold/caramel color with a 1 finger off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruity hops with apricot dominating and an nice amount of sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet fruit up front with balanced malt in the middle before ending with grapefruit at the finish. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Nice beer overall. I would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:05:38 | More by adam42381
Photo of elNopalero


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

I have a known rye-bias (ry-as?) that made me like this beer from the get go. Although I also have an aversion to names too clever for their own good. So I’m starting this review off on a clean slate.

This is a copper-amber colored beer with light foam. Good spicy hop aroma—the rye spice/zest coming across? It’s an easy drinker with a pretty mellow bitterness. Given the name I was expecting some over the top resiny hops—seems like the novelty name approach. But, to their credit, it’s just an all-around enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 06:04:44 | More by elNopalero
Photo of kylehay2004


3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single finger head with a lot of lacing on a slightly hazy golden with crimson hues body. Aroma is very light and in comparison to others it is subpar. Mostly consists of citrus hops. For taste, there are more citrus hop flavors but also light. Licorice notes as well but no rye to speak of. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable overall and not a bad beer, just not one of my favorite rye beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 04:44:17 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of davewlfpckfan29


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I immediately noticed the nice appearance of this beer, carbonation seemed to be flowing, and the head was just right.
Love the way it looked.

Hops were strong but not overpowering.

Could definitely taste the rye, and liked it.

I recently have become a fan of rye beers, and this is a good example of one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 23:34:20 | More by davewlfpckfan29
Photo of Cylinsier


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


Pours a copper amber color with a white lacing that retains quite well.

Smells of noticeable rye and floral hops.

Tastes of rye, semi-sweet malt, floral hoppiness and hop bitterness.

Medium body with some carbonation over the tongue.

Pretty darn good IPA-like rye ale, although not quite as hoppy as an IPA. A treat for rye fans looking for a good medium ale with some bite. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 02:16:01 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer looks like their Toaste Lager, with a deep copper coloring and a thin, sparse, off-white head. The beer's smell is sweet and woodsy. The flavors are light, sweet malt with toasted, smokey grain flavors carrying the load. Good, smooth body and flavor. Smooth, almost sweet, finish, with a slight whiskey aftertaste. Extremely tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 02:38:25 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

Swung bu the brewery to grab some swag for a BIF and figured I would sample a few. For a small pour showed up with a surprisingly frothy head. Color was deep amber and there was a subtle hop bite to the brew. Good balance and quite refreshing, the rye chills down the hops a lot making this 7+ abv dangerously drinkable. Smell was also rather timid. Carbonation was minimal and seemed a bit watery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 21:00:57 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first rye beer, freshly tapped at home and poured into a Newcastle Brown Ale Schooner glass.

A: Beautiful reddish-orange translucent color, moderate cream color lacing that faded quickly, but clung gently to the glass as it emptied.

S: Sweet floral spicy hop aroma, reminding me somewhat of a Belgian IPA. This is one of those beers that you want to inhale deeply before each sip to truly appreciate its bouquet.

T: Initial malty flavor, followed by a mild floral hop bite, finishing with spicy, crisp sweet rye blast. Again, I would compare it to a fine Belgian IPA, with its temperate bitter finale.

M: Perfect carbonation, allowing all the different flavors to roll off the tongue as if in cadence with one another.

O: Very impressed for my first rye beer. You always gamble when committing yourself to a 1/6th keg based on ratings. That's why I turn to Beer Advocate before buying a beer for the first time. Very drinkable!! Hard to believe this is a 7.5% ABV beer. Another fine beer from Blue Point.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 01:13:30 | More by cmq103
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- Sampled at the Blue Point Brewery tasting room -

A - Orange brow amber. Low head but nice lace.

S - Light toast, sweet orange wood. Light nuttiness.

T - Bitter birch wood. Lightly toasted malt. Orange pith. Finishes with a backdrop of rye bread.

M - Lightly sweet finish. Medium body. Bitter finish.

D - The integration of the flavors is just ok.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 21:09:17 | More by vfgccp
Photo of aepb1


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Tipples Brews

A- Copper body with a foamy white head

S- Caramel malts, spices, sweet

T- Sweet caramel malts, spices again and quite a bit of rye/bready malts

M- Medium-bodied and smooth with moderate to low carbonation

D- Just above average, nothing great about this but nothing at all offensive either

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 17:25:59 | More by aepb1
Photo of CampusCrew


4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce for an IPA

taste: if you are a fan of rye then this is the beer for you. It's loaded with spicy flavor and a good balance of hops to go with it.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: New to Jax. had at Engine 15 at their tapping party. nice beer... This was the wild card of the night. Definitly my favorite, but not a sessionable as I though. fanatstic robust flavor though and the winner tonight

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 15:19:39 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good color and nice head to begin, but retention was low as well as lacing. Has a level of hoppiness and rye in the aroma, but not overpowering. Flavors are high in hoppiness with a good hint of rye in the background. Would have liked some more rye flavor up front. Has an appropriate dryness at the end, something I like in a rye beer. Will have a tendency to burn you out after a few.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 04:04:59 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bench Bar and Grill in Stony Brook, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: rich amber color, thin white head with decent retention and decent lacing.

Smell: light malty aroma with hints of hops. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: follows the nose in that there are hints of hops, some spiciness, a little maltiness and some hints of rye. Not a whole lot of complexity

Feel: medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drink: probably the high point of the beer. I guess the intent was to make a beer that is easily sessioned and this is a beer I could drink all night, in that its complex enough to where I enjoy it but not so complex as to tire out my palate.

Overall, not the best Blue Point beer and not the worst. Its worth a try but nothing to write home about. Its something you can drink if you want to have a night of drinking but not really something to drink if you want to sit and enjoy a beer and analyze the complexities of it. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 02:23:08 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 00:27:29 | More by glid02
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized rye malts.

T: The taste starts out burst of hops bitterness that remains dominant. Then a hearty malt character comes in. there's very little sweetness but still a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 16:10:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 19:54:41 | More by oberon
Photo of Mancer

New York

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

This beer poured a copper color with a one finger high off-white head. The head stuck for the life of the beer and was one of the most impressive beers found at Blue Point. The initial smell of the beer was citrus hops with a light rye malt backbone. Similar to the smell, the initial taste of the beer was citrus hops (grapefruit flavor) with a rye malt finish. The brew was slightly bitter and had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer. The flavors seem well rounded and not overly complex. I will definitely buy this beer when the opportunity arises. This is a Blue Point beer worth trying, and it won't let you down.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 04:09:36 | More by Mancer
Photo of david18

New York

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

I had a 16 oz pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. It was immediately following a disappointing IPA that i had and this was a real pleasant surprise.

The color, aroma and carbonation are all very much like a pale ale or Ipa. When you taste it, however, the spice of the Rye is a great surprise and a great departure from other ales.

I guess I didn't love this the first time I tried it in the bottle but I like this a lot and will drink it again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 14:47:36 | More by david18
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer countless times and it still makes my mouth water every time I drink it.

Appearance: Copper/amber blend in body color. A finger of off-white foamy head with good retention, even better lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, citric hops. Nice and earthy aromas. Grainy, toasted malt.

Taste: I've always felt that this beer defines balanced. Very soft fruity, an d citrus hops blended extremely well with the sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Nice medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Drinkablity is amazing. Another pint please?

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 02:06:19 | More by travduke
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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.