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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 BucannonXC5


4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 06:35:15 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Brad007


4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:57:21 | More by Brad007
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 david131


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:40:31 | More by david131
Photo of Florida9


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:53:02 | More by Florida9
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 CaptDavyJones

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:09:55 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 17:25:14 | More by keanex
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 07:13:04 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BrewerB


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:20:56 | More by BrewerB
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:28:05 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of BeerLover99


3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:04:00 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of gc4hokies


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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:21:15 | More by gc4hokies
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:47:37 | More by bonkers
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 16:07:19 | More by Brent
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 14:52:39 | More by thagr81us
Photo of npmike2

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 04:44:06 | More by npmike2
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 tobelerone


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a rye beer fan and finally tried this one after passing over it on the shelves for a while. Very happy I did!

Great looking beer. Dark amber color with an excellent head that has both retention and attractive lacing in its wake. Clear. A steady stream of tiny bubbles makes its way to the top during the entire duration. Aroma is good, smells like grassy hops with that faintly metallic rye note, plus a little malt and spice, in the background.

Delicious. Very hoppy, it's basically an IPA with rye..taste is dominated by grassy, floral hops, but you get the rye in there too and particularly in the finish, where that slightly metallic but not unpleasant rye flavor really pops out. Nicely spicey. You get a bit of the malt in there as well; just enough of the bready sweetness to give this beer nice balance...at least to a hophead. Definitely a hop forward brew! Alcohol is completely hidden.

Good carbonation, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, pleasingly full..refreshing, delightful to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 14:40:13 | More by tobelerone
Photo of abgba121


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

A: pours a light amber with almost no head or lace

S: smells very much like wheat and rye as expected, some maltyness and a slight hop prescence

T: sweet up front followed by some fruitiness and then the wheat

M: normal body and carbonation

O: a good beer, nice change of pace

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 04:31:23 | More by abgba121
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 tzieser


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

poured into a Buzzard's Bay pint glass. thanks for the extra, JoeyBeerBelly!

a: clear amber in color with a fairly thick white head. sticks well.

s: floral and pine hop aroma with noticeable sweet malt character. nothing crazy, but still solid.

t: floral and pine hop flavor with a subtle sweet malt backbone. spicy notes of tobacco (rye malt). enjoyable.

m: good mouthfeel.

what a good beer. most rye beers don't do it for me, but this was great. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:02:52 | More by tzieser
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey-amber, looks almost syrupy. Cloudy white head, good streaks of lacing.

S: Delicate earthy grains, sweet bread, touch of hop bitterness.

T: Probably an old bottle at the bar, but just a slight citrus hop bite. Mostly malt dominant, has some rye-heat spice, quite yeasty. A lot of bready notes.

M: Lively carbonation from the light-medium body. Spicy.

O/D: An enjoyable beer, I wish it were more fresh, but has some good bread-like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 15:13:58 | More by mostpoetsdo
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.