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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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BA SCORE
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448 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 01-25-2009)
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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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one I chose to crack open as soon as I got back from my trip to the ATL. Served with dinner and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 07/25/2009.

Appearance - The pour was easily the best part of this one. Rich looking amber in color with a big white foamy head on top. Two inches settles down very slowly and leaves behind tons of lace all along the sides of the glass. Even mid through there is still a ton sitting up on the sides of it.

Smell - the aroma was light, hints of hops were dancing around in there as well as a touch of peppery spice. Light bready malts and hints of grains are all readily apparent as well. But overall it needed a bit of an extra kick to keep me interested.

Taste - Again, nice but it lacked that little extra to throw it over the edge. Light hops out front with a light touch of spice, again I am assuming coming from the rye notes that are within. Light grains mid palate provide a touch of balance before a nice note of drying pine takes over in the finish. The aftertaste was short and fleeting, but still decent.

Feel - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Not too thick by any means with a nice coating feel to it and nice lively carbonation that kept it going long after

Drinkability - abv very well hidden here which kept the drinkability very high. Super smooth and easy to finish off with a dinner

Overall - Solid, good big rye-pa. I would have no problem trying it again though I hesitate to say I would actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 11:28:01 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks for sharing this one, Drew.

A: The pour is a cloudy dark copper color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: Starts off with sweet caramel and brown sugar with a bit of an oxidation note to it. Definitely some rye notes as well as citrus peel to it. Some noticeable alcohol at the back end.

T: There's a nice breadiness to the beer along with some caramel and even some hints of spice. A mild to moderate hop flavor, but there is a substantial bitterness. The rye gives this beer an almost pumpernickel flavor.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Not a bad rye beer. Sort of all over the place and not super well integrated. It's easy enough to drink, but I don't really feel like I'd want to come back to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 21:13:57 | More by womencantsail
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has a slight amount of spiciness from the rye and also has aromas of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell; the initial taste has some malty sweetness and this is followed by a slight amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly creamy and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is very easy to drink; I could easily have a few of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:36:44 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blue Point Brewing RastafaRye

Have to admit up front, I find the name and label rather dubious. A sculptured caricature of a dreadlocked rasta, looking like a less fuzzy muppet. Would they do the same with a beer that rhymed with Hindu or Islam? But, I'm probably overthinking it, making a bigger deal than any rasta would. So, let's drink it up.

Lightly hazed copper-y hue, slim, cream toned head.

Fresh, grassy green hop aroma. Then in rushes the malt.Grainy, then dry and spiced.
Drinking it, smooth, with sly hops floating just above the palate.
Medium bodied, clean, with juicy malt filling in for most of the flavor.
Not too sweet, nicely hopped, very good balance. Great drinking brew. I am liking this. Nice One.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:48:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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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
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 06:31:00 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's built like a heavier amber ale with a mild rye spice to it. It's also loaded up with a really nice hop aroma. The hops and rye play off of one another. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor along with a stiff hop bitterness. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. I love the bold rye character as well as the equally bold hop presence.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2009 15:16:28 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a big fan of Rye whisky and IPAs, this beer should be right up my alley, And I had quite a few recommendations for it.

A: Despite pouring into my large volume oversized snifter it has a large 1 finger thick frothy head on top of the hazy reddish-orange color.

N: Nose has a lot of malts, and reminds me of an Octoberfest actually. Nice malts and a definite rye aroma on the nose. Lots of toasty malts, a little sweetness, and some light sour acidic fruit hit. A very nice malt aroma, added with some nice hops. A decent hops aroma, which is accompanied by some roasted malt. Surprisingly it has a nice dark malt and roasted malt aroma.

T: Starts with a very nice malty ale flavor. Chewy malts with some sweet malts, a little syrupy sweetness. Then definite rye. A nice rye addition comes through. This is accented by a nice spicy, grassy, wheaty hop flavor. A slight bitter pale flavor goes with it. Some slight chewy hop and malt flavors. The comes through with a slight fruity flavor. It has a lot of flavors blended together and they actually blend pretty well.

M: Decent body and good carbonation.

F: A slight lingering malty sweetness accompanies the lingering rye taste and bitterness. More pale hop flavors come out but it actually seems to wane a little on the finish. The juicy malt and hop flavors stick around for a bit too letting the nice flavor content linger. The rye lingers lightly for a couple minutes after the swallow, so it definitely delivers. Overall a really nice beer, a great malt and rye flavor overall, a decent hop character but I would have liked a little more from the hype I got from it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 02:33:12 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with a one-finger creamy head that stays, leaving trailing lace. Lace sticks more as it progresses.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with tropical and citrus fruitiness - mango, melon and grapefruit. A touch of rye gives a minty spicing.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a hoppiness that is more floral/perfumy than expected from the nose. A touch of rye gives a subtle minty note. Finishes on the sweet side.

Slightly oily, smooth malty body, though in a lighter way. Well-carbonated but not fizzy.

Drinks well-enough. Goes down (too?) quickly, but on the caramelly/toffee-ish side. Rye on the subtle side. Hop character changes a bit from the nose to the palate. Reasonably priced - this one is certainly worth the purchase to try it!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:49:22 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 16:08:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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
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mdfb79

New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with 1.5 fingers of white head and light carbonation. Nice lacing as well.

s - Smells of citrus hops, wheat, and bready malts. A bit musty as well which isn't attractive.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, grain, and pine. Some slight bitterness from the hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation with a little bit of bitterness.

d - An ok beer, but the smell was very disappointing. It just seemed musty and off, but the taste had some decent bitter citrus hops. Probably would give another shot in hopes the smell is just off in this one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 00:54:00 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2009 01:18:40 | More by Billolick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep reddish bronze colour, with a thick and pleasant head of egg-shell off-white foam. Lacing is exceptional, and though the head becomes rocky with bubbling, it stays pretty steady throughout. The colour is particularly good. I have to say I'm pretty impressed all up.

Nose is prickled with light gritty hops, over a rich, grainy base note. Some fruit esters from the hops come through, and the hop varietals really strike me as East Coast as opposed to West Coast. It's balanced, but it feels a little confusing, and the treacle notes of sweetness are perhaps slightly too prominent. That's speaking as though this were an IPA which it resembles in many respects - for the style, perhaps it sits nicely.

Taste is really good - the sweetness is muted, and we just have a tight but clear tussle between the dry grain notes and the vegetative hop bitterness. Feels smooth in the body, but surprisingly thin, leaving a note of refreshment on the palate. A bit of spice on the back completes the package. It's not tremendously complex, but it really pleasantly evokes American Craft brewing for me. Very nice.

Extremely drinkable, crisp and smooth, and hiding its alcohol very well. Feels rather akin to a good pilsener - the sharp hop note and the slight spice, the lack of sweetness, the crispness. It all adds up to a beer that goes down easily, bringing enjoyment on the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 21:58:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Villa Spirit Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Ultra-dense head lasts and lasts, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is soapy spiciness. Taste starts with lemony sweetness, spices in the middle, and moderate piney hoppiness to close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish it was a bit more chewy, but not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 20:38:07 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at Mahaffey's the other evening.

The beer pours a light copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. There is a definite sweet rye aroma in this beer, coupled with some light citrus and honey. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, and the beer has a pretty light mouthfeel, which I sort of expected given the abv. There is enough hoppy bitterness to counter the light sweetness, and the beer finishes well, with a trace of bitterness.

While not in the same league as the hop rye and blue dot DIPA, this is a pleasant beer, one that would be especially popular with those particularly fond of rye beers. The rye flavor in this one is really pretty pronounced (IMO).

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 14:57:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
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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
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a deep coppery-marzen with a flat, 1 finger ivory colored head that was well lasting and spongey in nature. Clarity was bright with an explosive showering display of macro-bubbles that feverishly rose to the surface. A good spongey coating is the result for a lacing that sticks nicely to the glass.

S: The rye comes through dominantly like a hand full of freshly cracked grains. There is a nice peppery-cola touch as well a citrusy flowery hopping of medium intentions that all blend together in seamless fashion.

T: The flavor is crisp coming compliments of the rye, with dry husky grains along with a spiciness of warm peppery grapefruit grind. Flowery citrus combines nicely with the rye which had some resemblance to munich in flavor. The hopping was moderate in strength with the main focus being the rye backbone that defined this drink giving it a toasty, dry and spicy flavor that concluded with a fade of peppery citrus on the tongue. Spicy rye is definitely the highlight of this drink with just enough hopping to add subtle compliments without overshadowing the guest of honor. Nicely balanced and well received with a touch of alcohol warming rounding things out.

M: The mouthful was crisp with a tight carbonation. Warm and toasty with a dry feel all concluding with a ensuring peppery-citrus fade on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability. Spicy, dry warm which would go great in the early fall months. Easy to consume with an intriquing rye character that will keep you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:13:21 | More by beerthulhu
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glid02

Georgia

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
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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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