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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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 ktrillionaire
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This packaging is the worst. I don't think it would appeal to Rastas (who aren't supposed to drink anyway), nor to the average Joe, nor to the smoked-out hippie. The beer is pretty good though, and the informational sidebar is minorly interesting.

A - Amber-sepia hue, two-finger head, and plastered lacing. Real good-looking.

S - Overripe orange and sweeter lemon-lime and vanilla notes over a dry but potent malt. I don't like it. I don't know how the olfactory got like this, but I suspect it has to do with unison of the citric hop and the pungent aspect of the rye aroma.

T - Tastes almost nothing like it smells. It is similar to a nice IPA, but with a complementary rye element that is really a great vehicle to amplify the hop flavor. Very nice lingering bitterness. The overripe orange in the nose is transformed into more of an orange blossom impression when coupled with the floral hop.

M - Nice. Crisp and dry, full-bodied amber hoppiness.

D - I am not a fan of the nose, and so I have to rate this slightly less drinkable

ktrillionaire, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of kenito799
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Coppery amber brew, large foamy head that leaves lots in intricate lacing.

Aroma is intensely hoppy, grapefruit and floral. On the palate an immediate sour tang from the rye malt, with full bitterness delivered along witha hint of spice. Long tart bitter finish. Really well done rye beer, but the bitterness becomes a bit exhausting to the palate after a while. Hopheads should like this one. Food or cheese helps refersh the palate while drinking.

kenito799, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Glass

A- Golden orange with a thick 2 1/2 finger off white head with really nice lacing.

S- Good blend of a spicy rye malt and floral hops. Maybe some slight citrus in there

T- Great flavor coming from this beer, not at all what i expected but better. Rye malt almost bready haha with a sort of yeasty flavor with a bitter floral backround to leave you with a pleasent after taste. No citrus in the flavor

M- Real smooth medium body with a slight bitterness and dryness but not enough to turn me off to it. And despite the higher ABV there isn't a trace of alcohol in this brew. Being very well balanced and low carbonation makes this beer very easily drinkable.

This is IMO another amazing beer from Blue Point.


Arenbeer, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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!

jwc215, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Timtac
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Color looks great with smaller than expected head. Strong smell subsided into strong spicy hops smell, which tastes balanced with rye malts. Surprised at the length of the bitter taste this brew leaves on tongue, especially with it's hoppy flavor and average IBU rating of 48.

I don't know if I'd take it as a compliment if I was a Rastaman that they dedicate this beer to honor the culture, but I'd only buy it again if I was planning on getting drunk. and cause of the cool bottle.

Timtac, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm glad some one besides Red Stripe is putting Jamaicans back in beer. Hooray beer.

Clear gold color, looks thick. Large, white fluffy head leaves lacey worm tunnels. Glass bottom retention.

Bubble gum and pine edged citrus hop aroma. Little bit of rye spice in there as well.

Honestly, this tastes like a Denny Con (spelling? sorry bud) RyePA that's all over internet homebrew forums...only Rastafa isn't nearly as good. This is one case where bigger definitely isn't better as the lively rye spice gets weighed down by too thick malt. Just be yourself lil' feller.

donkeyrunner, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of nick76
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very sweet and hoppy with more hops than malt but still balanced. There is caramel, pine, citrus, and bread. The appearance is light brown with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter but not too astringent finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer and one I would have again.

nick76, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Popkas
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper with a half finger of tiny bubble head.

S: Somewhat malty and then of a saison type spicy aroma to it.

T: A bready quality that has a touch of spice with the rye. Limited bitterness

M: Medium body. Nothing stands out in a bad or good way.

D: Pretty solid brew and certainly glad I had the opportunity to try it out even though I knew it was not my favorite style.

Popkas, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew had a nice look to it, copper color with amber highlights - somewhat cloudy. Nice sized off-white head, which has good retention and left very good lacing. Aroma is nice, has a fair spice scent to it, which I would imagine, was from the rye but could the hops also be adding a bit to it? Also has a sweet smell that reminds of caramel comes through faintly. The flavors as with the aroma of this brew are very good. I have not had many rye beers in the past but so far I am impressed. Nice malt character with the rye spice, it is the rye which really makes this beer IMO, as it mixes well with the base malts which seem to give a flavor similar to what I noticed in the aroma. Hops really go along well with the spicy rye notes. Drink ability on this beer is very good, goes down early. Over all this is a very good beer from Blue Point and a style that I will have to look into more.

Stimack, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden color into my Duvel tulip glass, two finger head, good lacing.

S: spicy rye, sweet caramel, citrusy hop notes. Some alcohol here too.

T: The taste follows the smell with spicy rye and sweetness, followed by some moderate bitterness from the hops. Doesnt really "attack" my mouth wth flavors like Founder's Reds Rye, but this drinks slightly easier.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, but not chewy or heavy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkability is excellent! I had the rest of the bomber with pizza after reviewing, and ill be damned if I didnt wanna chug it like soda. Im finding rye beers go great with food.

This beer, and Founder's Red's Rye are my favorite rye beers so far.

zoolzoo, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a reddish copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is packed with rye notes, almost like smelling a slice of rye bread. I love rye beers so I can't wait to try this one. 

T- The taste starts out malty with some rye spiciness along with some hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very nice Rye Beer, definitely worth a try.

cjgator3, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Blue Point night at the Bronx Ale House. Reviewing from notes from last night.

I'm definitely falling in love with rye beers, after my dalliances with Hop Rod Rye and Cane and Ebel. Blue Point's a good, solid local brewery, though they've never really floored me. But I'm really looking forward to this one. The beer pours a dark reddish amber, pretty clear, with a big tan head that retains and laces nicely.

The aroma is grainy and grassy, with a little peppery spiciness and a big compliment of caramel malt. Pretty good. Then I taste it, and immediately fall head over heels. What rye contributes to a good beer can't be duplicated. It has a wonderful, earthy, spicy bitterness that seems to me completely different than what hops contribute. It's also got some toasted malt and an underlying fruitiness, but make no mistake, rye is the star.

I'm going to have to hold a rye beer tasting at some point to really nail down the style, but so far, I LOVE what I've had. The drinkability on this one is killer. No alcohol apparent. If I didn't know better, I'd session it and get in big trouble. Very well done, jumps to the top of my Blue Point list.

CharlatanSin, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

billab914, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

ppoitras, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into the pint glass at room temperature this baby shows a light, clear copper color with a big off-white, almost oatmeal colored head and decent lacing. The aroma is pretty herbal hops and butterscotch caramel, vanilla custard bread pudding, yummy. The flavor comes on with all the above and a bit of alcohol with toasted almond. At first I pick up a little metallic touch but it quickly gave way to sweet rye and toffee. Although this isn't thick or oily in feel, it is definitely creamy and dangerously drinkable despite the alcohol presence at 7.5%. Smooth, fairly unique with complex flavor and a tastefully carbonated brew. Quite a hit from Blue Point.

Durge, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brewdogmrb for this.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a large weiss glass.

Poured a brilliantly clear orange with a one finger white head. A constant stream of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass

Aroma is has some crystal malt sweetness to it with just a faint amount of floral type hops.

Taste has this nice rye quality to it and compliments the balanced floral type hopping. The rye taste sticks with it til the end and is enjoyable.

Carbonation is just a tad high for me but is still very drinkable. This bottle went down smooth and fast. No hint of the 7.5% ABV, drinks like it is in the mid 4's

weatherdog, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of OrangeCharlie
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While visiting family on Long Island, I picked up this local brew based on past, good experiences trying Blue Point's malty offerings. Nothing impressive, but not bad either.

A: Pours a deep reddish copper color with a slight haze. Good, thick head and heavy lacing are indicative of the proteinaceous nature of rye.

S: Mostly Cascade hops, with a slight hint of caramel coming through as the beer warmed up.

T: A bit towards the end of citrusy American hops, though I did pick up some bready rye flavor behind it all. Nice, dry, bready finish.

M: Thick, almost chewy thanks to the presence of rye malt. Very pleasing.

D: OK for a hoppy brew. A touch more maltiness may have helped.

Overall, another hoppy rye beer that delivered on its description. Nothing against this beer or hoppy ryes in general, but it would be nice to see some US breweries begin to experiment with rye beers that aren't so hop-focused.

OrangeCharlie, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of billzee
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, off white head with occasional lacing. Smells of floral hops with citrus and caramel notes. Spicy and warming, without overpowering floral notes. Noted a hint of lavender, sage, and orange peel along with warmth from the malted rye. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the mouth. Nice hint of piny bitterness that finishes sharply and dry. Caramel sweetness is more apparent as hop blast fades. Medium body and carbonation.

billzee, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a SA glass, thick creamy white head, 2 fingers that slowly disapates leaving minimal laceing. Light amber in color, kind of reminds me of SA BL.

Floral hoppyness, with a spice from the rye. Caramell malts also so up.

Floral hops with just of touch of citrus. Can get the rye in the middle and caramell malts at the end.

Has a creamyness to it that is enjoyable. Somewhat of a refreshing beer, medium bodied. Taste lingers on the back of the tounge for a few minutes. Overall a decent beer would get another if it crosses my path again.

Blitzstyle, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

woodychandler, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of whahoppened
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seen-it-before copper color, perfectly clear.

Toasty caramel stuff is predominant in the nose, backed up by some mellow fruit. Hop aromas are muted.

On the palate, hop bitterness is full throttle. The floral/foresty hop character of IPA's isn't happening here, just straight-up bitterness. Assuming you can handle it, it provides a good foil for the substantial malty sweetness on the finish. There's just a little alcohol heat at the very end.

Texture is velvety without quite being "smooth". Bottom line, this is an intense, heavy beer, and one of the best Blue Points I've had. Can't say I comprehend the flavor effect of rye malt, though I think this is my first encounter with it.

whahoppened, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, so here it finally was: the golden moment where I got to try one of the "great" beers that some of my friends talked about ad nauseum. Let's see what happened at The Blind Tiger, NYC...

Poured an amber brownish color into an American pint glass, with nearly zero head or lacing. Smelled of sweet orange, very little malt, and very very feint caraway seeds. Tasted of syrupy sweet oranges and pineapples, with nearly no rye essence whatsoever, and no malt balance either. Medium-bodied, with a decent carbo presence. Drinkable? Not really, by my standards. One of the more overrated beers I've tried in a long time. If you want a truly superb 'rye beer', visit a Triumph Brewery (NJ/PA). Despite the chain association, that place's best beer hands down is their rye beer, and quite possibly it could be the best rye beer I've ever had.

donniecuffs, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a brisk pour into my Sam Adams shaped pint glass, the 22-ounce bomber bottle yields a brew that is quite clear and is bright tangerine-tinted copper in color. A fluffy, tinted-ivory cap of soft, grainy foam caps the drink, relaxing slowly as it deposits ragged patches of drippy lacing onto the insides of the glass.

The aroma is lightly toasted and caramel sweet, the malty sugariness augmented with notes of green tobacco, fresh-squeezed oranges, and a sprinkle of cracked black peppercorns.

The taste is malty-sweet and candylike in a medium-dark kilned cereally kind of a way; the toffee and caramel base flavors are accented with a splash of stiff green herbal bitterness and a twist citrusy hop oils. The finish is relatively dry with a bit of earthy husk, just a sprinkle of pepper, and a touch of dusty-dry dark toasted bread lingers upon the palate.

The drink is medium-full bodied and slickish in feel, and to be more my liking would probably benefit from just a spritz more carbonation. A pretty easy drinker nonetheless.

cvstrickland, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/brown in color, 1/3 inch head, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: floral and citrus hops, little toasted malt

Taste: bread, some citrus hops towards the end, small rye taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, slightly bitter end, medium bodied

Drinkability: To me this tastes like a slightly above average pale ale. The rye is not overly pronounced. Not a bad beer, but I have had better ryes. Could have two max.

tigg924, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rye beer takes a bit of getting used to. This one is quite good for the style. It pours a clear light copper color with a nice creamy off white head, good retention and lacing. The nose is a touch musty, a touch grassy, some sweeter type malts present.

The taste is typically rye. There is a dry, slightly biting, non hop bitterness, a bready underneath, and just very little sweetness present. The beer has the bitterness and sourdough character of seeded rye bread. There is a slightly bitterish minty flavor on the back end. Again, there is no sweetness or real hop bitterness to the beer, just biting malts from the rye. There is a touch of hop leaf in the finish, once the beer settles a bit, and it may account for some of that minty taste I'm getting. The aftertaste is quite dry too. This is good for the style, which may not be to everyone's taste.

albern, Dec 06, 2009
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.