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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 545
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 216 | Hads: 545
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.01/5  rDev -21%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,506 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,630 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Kclinger's Tavern in Hanover - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - The beer is attractive w/ a brilliant crimson glow and a creamy eggshell/custard head of 1/8 inch. The lacing is lightly cling and the head is slighty rocky on top.

S - A nice fruity and rye bread aroma w/ subtle hop spiciness. The rye contributes a little spice to the aroma, but it is a mild nose overall

M - A mild malt texture combines w/ the hops to add moderate spiced feel w/ a medium carbonated and moderately full feel for the abv

T- The flavor is malty w/ a touch of caramel and a nice pine hop hint in the gentlly bittered taste. The malt has a nutty element in the background, perhaps from rye but may just be dark crystal since it has a dark fruit flavor w/ a sweet edge

D - A tasty rye ale, very easy to quaff, but not stellar or unforgettable, but a very solid rye beer. This is one I would certainly return to and enjoyed w/ my philly cheesesteak and fries. (969 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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... (577 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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! (770 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (478 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Birradr14, split with some friends.

Rastafa rye ale poured out with a sharp golden color with some dark yellow filling in the gaps. A beautiful white head came up with some vigor but was short lived, leaving a small cap. Nice spots of lacing rings. The smell was decent and low with a small hop build. Malts are the focus with some bisquit like smell. Only picking up a bit of rye. This needs something more. The taste is a nice mix of bready malt first then some flavoring hops which were light and grassy mixed in with some grain. I've had better and more pronounced "rye" beers. The feel is pretty much in the middle with a touch of carb. It went down crazy easy without a hitch. The alcohol is a bit high but I did not pick up any. I could of drank the whole bomber easy. (793 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joerodiii for sending me this one. poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours amber in color with a thick two finger off-white head. Very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a good amount of spicy rye with some hop citrus and sweet caramel. Taste is similar to the nose with a decent amount of rye coming through along with some hop citrus. It also has a moderate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. I enjoyed this one a lot and usually enjoy rye beers. This was a good tasting and easy drinking beer that is unique enough to make it very appealing, something I would buy again. (669 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (390 characters)

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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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