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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Rastafa Rye AleBlue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

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218 Reviews
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Reviews: 218
Hads: 554
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 20
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
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: 218 | Hads: 554
Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


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Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of keanex
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber, Almost a 1" head was quite bubbly but settles down within a minute of the pour.

Smell: Piney, almost floral like. Not bad at all but not the sticky type of smell which I like. I love inhaling a great beer...Rasta is good but little short form the best.

Taste: Slightly spicy just slightly like a touch of black peppers rubbing your tongue but very easy to drink. I love the piney feel to the beer kind of like your light IPA not lacking the alcohol.

Mouth: Easy and absolutely almost perfect texture, Medium+ carbonation which compliments is floral taste.

Overall: I really really like Rastafa Rye, definitely not tough to drink and a steady to keep in your fridge. Rastafa Rye has it's own identity you have the pine with a little spice and nothing to complain about. Cheers to all!

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Photo of BrewerB
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sidebordz hooked me up with this beer some time ago. It was his first trade here on BA and he was quite generous. This arrived as an extra. Thanks again, Blake!

Pouring into a small Firestone Walker pint glass. Excellent clarity, orange in color with a thin, off-white foam that.s retaining well and leaving some lacing behind.

Spicy, inviting nose includes notes of pumpernickel, cracked black pepper, and a dash of oregano. Brief flash of a citrus hop didn't stick around long.

Forward spiciness includes a touch of clove. Floral hops help balance out the spicy, slightly sweet malt. Finishes dry with a longer lingering lavender-like floral essence.

Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

This beer's got some character and a refreshing floral/spicy combo. That said, I'm not a repeat buyer. Glad I got a chance to sample it, none the less.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange-copper with a full creamy beige head. head lasts well and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. The taste is very citrusy as is the aroma; an orange/malt scent. The taste starts out mildly sweet with a bitter dry finish.

This is my first tasting of a rye beer, very nice, but absolutely not what I expected!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: mild cloudy tan/orange body, finger head,
great lacing

S: caramel, nuts, rye, lemon grass

T: hint of caramel/nuts, mild malt/rye, light oily bitter finish

M: med/light body, mild oily mouth
hint of semi-dry

O: Fine beer, could be a little more forceful
on every level. Good rye intro beer; think
I will pass on this beer in the future.
ABV is very well hidden.


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Photo of gc4hokies
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = copper golden color with a nice slightly off-white head
S = Rye spiciness with pine aromas from the hops
T = Again, nice Rye spiciness. As others have mentioned, this has a big Rye component to it. It's also more bitter tasting than the 48 IBU would indicate. Very nice
M = Medium body with good carbonation

Overall, this is a really good beer. This is a Rye beer that IPA fans will like. The Rye gives it a crispness that's hard to characterize. Definitely will buy again!

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, clear copper pour with huge, white, long lasting white head,lots of lacing. The aroma is fruity, bready. The flavor is more of the same, sweet fruit, floral hops, lingering finish. The body is medium, good carbonation, well hidden carbonation. Not what I was expecting from a rye beer, but it was easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer mever seemed to find a direction - started out a bit malty and sweet, closely followed by rather nondescript hops bittering, then a touch of spicy bite from the rye, but not reallly enought to make a statement that this is a rye beer. None of the flavors seemed to play well together, and the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a light red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, BIG rye, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, rye, metallic, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I thought I had smelled rye in a beer before, but this one kicked me in the face with it. Definitely one of the most intense rye smelling brews I have had to-date. The flavor was a little more subtle on the rye execution allowing more complex flavors to come out. While it was more complex it wasn't necessarily blended very well. The metallic flavor was killed the flavor on the brew for me if I had to pick one. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of npmike2
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Rich dark malty colors, small head. No lacing to really be spoken of.

S- Caraway coming through in smell, clove and other spices add to the complexity of the aroma.

T- Dense malted flavors, rich aftertones of hops and light yeast taste.

M- Noting spectacular or poor to go on ranting about. Just a smooth brew.

O- Four overall, really solid beer with great taste. Reminds me of my ex.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.