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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 Knapp85


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

This poured out as a golden color with a creamy tan colored head. The smell of the beer had a good spicy aroma to it and some light citrus in there as well. The taste of the beer was also a bit spicy but I liked it. The mouthfeel of this beer from the cask was a little flat and thin. I'm not sure if a cask was the right move for this brew. Overall I think it'd be better from the bottle but I still found it enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

07-21-2011 22:09:06 | More by Knapp85
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at Pizzeria Paradiso - Old Town, Alexandria, VA (3/2011):

The beer appeared a cloudy darker amber color, maybe more closely resembling a rust color, with a thin off-white, creamy head that was ultimately retained throughout the drink. Some lacing to note.

The beer gave off a lighter than expected, but still good rye aroma with hints of floral hops.

The beer, served warm, had the distinctive rye taste that the beer should have. Also were some light notes of floral and citrus hops, but I felt that the beer was really well balanced.

The beer had a medium feel to it. It was creamy, well-carbonated for a cask beer and very easy to drink. Overall, a good beer and one that I am glad that I had more than one of.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2011 16:28:22 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of drtth


4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed reddish bronze with an almost 1/8" off-white head that recedes slowly. Sipping leaves some scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma has light, floral and grassy components mingled in with some rye bread.

Taste: The flavors are a blend of some light caramel sweetness along with some citrus fruit, some rye bread and some gentle hop bitterness. To sum this beer up in one word, think "balance." The rye, the malt, and the hops are all intertwingled in a way that makes each of them seem a natural compliment to the others.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light soft carbonation and has a smooth, slightly creamy feeling. The finish is medium length and slides smoothly into a light touch of bitterness and dryness.

Drinkability: I found this one very drinkable with each sip easily following the last and I'd be happy to have another. This one is now on my shopping list, especially if I can find it on cask again.

Serving type: cask

09-20-2010 17:44:00 | More by drtth
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at Blind Tiger in New York.
A- It's very cloudy with loads of sediment floating around in there. Great foamy head and lacing.
S- Apple and floral.
T- The rye taste certainly comes through. Bold. It has a hot cereal/oatmeal taste. Bland in a way, but very smooth with a good bite at the end.

Serving type: cask

07-28-2010 16:47:06 | More by Amalak
Photo of woosterbill


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Hazy reddish-amber body with a 1/4" head of kaleidoscopic off-white foam (i.e., bubbles of all different sizes). Great retention for a cask beer, and some lacing to boot. Very nice.

S: Fruity hops and mild, earthy spice from the rye. Pretty good, but a little weak.

T: Harmonious blend of mild fruity hops (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) and smooth, sweet, slightly spicy malt - both rye and caramel are apparent. Tasty.

M: Clean, eminently smooth medium body with light, soft effervescence.

D: Doesn't show its strength at all, and is a beautifully balanced and delicious brew.

Notes: Wow. I remember this being a decidedly "meh" beer on tap (unfortunately I last had it before I started reviewing, so I can't be entirely confident of what I thought of it), but this cask version is damn good. Way to go, Blue Point.


Serving type: cask

03-29-2010 00:18:19 | More by woosterbill
Photo of woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose was at once floral with hops, somewhat grassy, as well as spicy from the rye. Color was a lightly cloudy medium amber. The head was simply wisps, the result of a gravity pour, vice hand pump. Mouthfeel was silky, rubbing gently along the tongue like a cat against one's legs. There was a mild, pleasant bitterness on the tongue, followed by the (now) expected rye bit on the finish. To paraphrase Cab Calloway, It just ain't right if it ain't got that bite. Thx, Sopor!

Serving type: cask

12-08-2009 10:06:50 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-27-2009 02:01:16 | More by Sammy
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-02-2009 00:59:49 | More by tempest
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Mahar's

A: Really nice looking clear amber color. The bubbles from the cask pour were nothing short of picturesque. Really tight defined bubbles. The bubbles left really nice looking cask lacing. Perfect.

S: A touch of spice up front. The malt really did balance this out well. If it makes sense the smell was almost bland but it had to do more with the fact that everything was in a nice balance.

T: The rye is there but more a a spice in the finish. Again very well balanced. Would be curious to see if the rye is more up front in the regular version.

M: Very light on the tongue. Great cask carbonation.

D: Had a pint of this but I could go for more. First rye on cask. Really nice beer. Again I am glad that I am able to get Blue Point's beers on cask.

Serving type: cask

06-10-2009 00:49:11 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

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

(From notes)

A - Thin whitish head; darker coppery brown color

S - Malty and just a touch of rye perhaps. Bready, pretty mild hop aromas. Not as aggressive as others in the style

T - Hop bitterness at first that's a touch piney but with more than a solid malt background...not as sweetish which is good for the style given the rye addition. Could have used more depth and rye prominence

M - Medium MF, a bit creamy and oily, coats the palate well.

D - Solid drinkability, quaffable enough because it's fairly interesting and does not cloy. Satisfying

Overall, not the best I've had in the style but more than a respectable take. Not the most aggressive version, but check it out if you like the style.

Serving type: cask

04-09-2009 20:47:10 | More by Nickls
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy amber with a 1 fingered white head and tons of lacing. The smell has large notes of hops with a large amount of malt/rye in it as well. A very smoothe tasting brew, very similar to Hop Rod Rye, a large hop flavor balanced beautifully with the rye and barley. A nice and creay mouthfeel with a good carbonation level for a cask. Extremely drinkable and this will be a "everyday" beer for me as long as it is available.

Serving type: cask

01-25-2009 15:38:29 | More by Biggness
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 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 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 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 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
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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.