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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that slowly diminished to a thin layer and leaved decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of rye malts and crisp citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount of refreshing citrus hops against a nice rye malt backbone, very enjoyable! The beer is rather light, crisp and refreshing with very well hidden alcohol. This one was much better than I expected, one I would certainly have again.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Amber-coloring, decent head (heh-heh)

S: Not much on the nose, maybe a little bit of hops and malt.

T: This is pretty good - nice balance. I think they call it a copper ale. Was expecting it to have a biting/sweet rye flavor profile (must be thinking the hard rye stuff), so I was pleasantly surprised.

M: Medium-bodied

D: I took down the 22oz bottle of this, but I couldn't imagine drinking more than that in a sitting.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Jun 2010. Thanks to K for bringing this back from Buffalo.

Poured in a Celish shaker pint. Medium sized light tan head. Medium carbonation. Clear light orange color. Smells slightly resiny, like rye, orange peel, wood and wheat. Starts rye sweet, spicy and grainy. Caramel and hazelnut through the middle. Finish is just slightly resiny and bitter. Moderate alcohol. Medium body, slightly flat.

What does rasta have to do with rye?

Photo of oregonskibum
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Notes from memory the following morning.

A: Color is a orange-amber, fairly clear. Nice thick (~2 inch) head.

S: Smells are fairly subdued, with some light citrus, hoppy notes with a graininess I assume is from the rye.

T: Taste is light. Some floral and citrus hops balance out the bready, grainy flavors. Some spicy notes are present as well.

M: Light body with decent carbonation. Very easy and refreshing.

D: After several DIPA and RIS beers in the past couple days, this was a refreshing change of pace. The beer was very balanced. And although it's 7.5%, seemed very sessionable. I could easily see this as a regular if it was available locally.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to shaebs99 for this.

3.5 A: Nearly clear medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head with good retention and touches of spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Bready malts with an earthy spicy rye component. Hops are herbal in nature, but aren't very strong. Still, not bad here.

4.0 T: Loads of rye in the taste. Not quite there, but approaching roggenbier level. Bready malts with a slightly unclean yeastiness that works well with the rye. Hops lend a soft bitterness, but not much in terms of flavor. Good, but lacks depth.

3.5 M: Medium body. Reasonably creamy. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Light bitterness lingers into aftertaste along with a slight astringency.

3.5 D: Not bad, but there are plenty better examples out there.

Photo of mdfb79
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of towersfall
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with an off-white head that resting on top. Lacing is plentiful dripping all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grainy and hoppy with a slight bitterness coming from what I assume to be from the rye. Little skunky and not too attractive, but it is similar to other Rye ales I've had.

Taste: The malt teases the taste buds while the hops and rye do their duty of clean up/finish. Somewhat bitter and would more than likely scare away non-rye drinkers. I approve for the style and actually enjoyed the bomber.

Mouthfeel: Needs more of a thicker complexion and I felt the carbonation was a bit off. The aftertaste is tart but soothing.

Drinkability: The drinkability is impressive to me, but I enjoy the style. Those who aren't a fan of the style might just want to try it, but I will continue to purchase it.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 16 oz pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. It was immediately following a disappointing IPA that i had and this was a real pleasant surprise.

The color, aroma and carbonation are all very much like a pale ale or Ipa. When you taste it, however, the spice of the Rye is a great surprise and a great departure from other ales.

I guess I didn't love this the first time I tried it in the bottle but I like this a lot and will drink it again and again.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint

A hazed copper body with a foamy two-finger cap. The head is a light cream color. The aroma leads off with fresh grassy hops and then grainy rye in the middle. On the palate, the hops kind of hang above the rest of the body, adding pine needles, a splash of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Earthy, grainy malt holds down the back end and takes hold in the finish. The finish is a touch spicy, clean and dry.

An easy drinker with a nice little hop profile. No problem cutting through this 22.

Photo of kshankar
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a fluffy white foam. Lacing is prominent, with a cap of foam resting at the top.

Aroma is slightly hoppy, and grainy..the rye coming in, I assume.

Taste is malty and bready..with the hops lingering. I can detect the rye in the background working well with the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, from carbonation, on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is high. Very good beer, here.

Photo of travduke
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer countless times and it still makes my mouth water every time I drink it.

Appearance: Copper/amber blend in body color. A finger of off-white foamy head with good retention, even better lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, citric hops. Nice and earthy aromas. Grainy, toasted malt.

Taste: I've always felt that this beer defines balanced. Very soft fruity, an d citrus hops blended extremely well with the sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Nice medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Drinkablity is amazing. Another pint please?

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a coppery amber color with great clearity and a long lasting head.

The nose makes me anticipate chewy malts of the spicy bread variety with a nice hop kick in the finish.

The flavor lives up to that for the most part. The rye dominates the flavor until the forever lasting finish, which kind of turns chocolaty. Medium bodied, a tad watery would be my only complaint.

If you like rye beers this is worth a shot. Plus, some of the proceeds go to charity. win-win

Photo of LordHammer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with an inch of off white head that fades to a nearly solid covering. Nice lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nose is grainy and hop bitterness, some sense of the rye here.

T: Strong malt up front, then a solid shot of hop bitterness with a dry finish. Taste that lingers is a bit bitter and definitely full of grain husk. It's okay, but something not quite right here.

M: Carbonation is light to moderate, with the overall body on the thinner side. Seems like it should be a bit more robust here.

D: I could drink quite a lot of this, but it's just not good enough to want more than the bomber I have. I would come back to it, but likely not seek it out.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber courtesy of Cuzco in a local BIF, thanks! Pours a medium copper color with a large, fluffy off-white shimmering foam, almost soapy looking. Darker color than I expected. Ridiculous lacing, clings all over the place in large chunks. Reading the label out loud makes me realize how shitty my Jamaican accent is!

Nose is earthy rye and dull hops with some toasty and biscuity malt. Some yeasty undertones and a healthy dose of caramel come on as it warms a bit. Not as bright and crisp smelling as I prefer in a rye ale, this one is more akin to a British IPA.

I get some grassy, slightly citric hops and caramely, toasty malts in the flavor but it drops off pretty quick after that. There is some rye, but not sure I would have been able to pick it up had it been a blind tasting. Has an earthy feel to it that I am not liking in a rye. Carbonation is medium-low and mouthfeel is neither thin nor creamy, somewhere in the middle. The minerals and caramel/toast play give it a slightly British flavor. Not a whole lot of complexities for a 7.5% rye ale, just kinda meh for me. Seems to lack any crispness on the palate and feels dull and lifeless. I do like the name and label, but the beer is just ok. Founder's Red Rye it is not.

Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Hazy reddish-amber body with a 1/4" head of kaleidoscopic off-white foam (i.e., bubbles of all different sizes). Great retention for a cask beer, and some lacing to boot. Very nice.

S: Fruity hops and mild, earthy spice from the rye. Pretty good, but a little weak.

T: Harmonious blend of mild fruity hops (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) and smooth, sweet, slightly spicy malt - both rye and caramel are apparent. Tasty.

M: Clean, eminently smooth medium body with light, soft effervescence.

D: Doesn't show its strength at all, and is a beautifully balanced and delicious brew.

Notes: Wow. I remember this being a decidedly "meh" beer on tap (unfortunately I last had it before I started reviewing, so I can't be entirely confident of what I thought of it), but this cask version is damn good. Way to go, Blue Point.


Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange hue, clear in the body with slow, steady bead feeding a good thick head - make that great, with dense foam all around, sinks like whipped egg-white and leaves gorgeous streams of beige lace around the glass. A superb-looking beer.

Nose is nicely hopped, a lot of sweet fruity notes on there with floral hop cones, lemon, pineapple and pawpaw providing subtle esters. A nice malty backbone with caramel-like aromas, walnuts and a slight spicy ethyl alcohol scent as well. Decent-smeller, could use more hop - it's a bit sweet methinks.

Taste is a lot hoppier, and richer for the most part, than the nose. Starts off floral, quite fruity and sweet with lemon and lime tang, then gets quite bitter, earthy, almost acerbic with notes of peat smoke, soil and more walnuts. This joins up with a rich toffee malty flavour which emerges at the end, together with a bitter citrus peel kind of flavour, and some phenolic mediciney characters. Hint of alcomohol but not much, just get a sense of strength as it goes down. Quite tasty but not hugely so.

A bit thin on the feel, really, and fizzy in the mouth, then leaves very dry. Quite lagery in fact which is not quite suited to the heavier flavour.

A pleasant beer but not a fantastic one. Lacking in key areas for quaffing, namely texture and finish.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale
Blue Point Brewing Company
Style: Rye Beer
ABV: 7.50 %
label lists 1.070 OG, 48 ibus, 7.5% abv

Appearance has nice clarity with a caramel/orange color and fluffy 2 finger head.
Aromas include a nice malt aroma with a equally balanced rye malt spicyness. Hints of hop aromas are subtle but noticeable.
Tastes as it smells with a very malt fwd character, noticeable rye but not overdone, and subtle respectable hop balance.
Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability is better than expected. Not to overdone on the rye, very malt and balanced.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nice golden orange color, big fluffy head, good sticky lacing

Smell: Bread, citrus, hops, malt

Taste: Up Front: Sweet, hoppy, very little rye flavor going on. Finish: Dry with a slight kick at the end

Mouthfeel: Thin and very clean

Drinkability: This is quaffable. It's more like an IPA with decent ABV

Overall Impression: Bwai, ya done know seh mi deya gwaan easy, and this was easy to drink! Not the "Rye Monster" I thought it would be, but it was tasty! It was like a sweet IPA, but that wasn't bad! This brew was "Irie"!

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear copper under a small white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Clean rye with some hints of piney hop. Not a whole lot going on here, but what is there is well balanced and not overwhelming.

T: Rye again, especially up front. Decent spice and hint of sourness. Bittering hops are there in the back end, and faint hop character. Real star is the rye.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit creamy. Drinkability is very good. Never taste the alcohol, smooth and enjoyable. Very solid beer.

Photo of morimech
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this one and many other east coast beers.

An attractive copper colored beer with a large white head that had excellant retention. A large amount of lacing is left on the glass. Rastafa Rye is suppose to have rye in it but I could not really detect any. What I do detect is sweet citrus hops. Not much else in the aroma. The flavor features more hop flavors with sweet malts. Just the slightest rye spice in the finish. Bitterness is moderate. I would of liked to bump up the score for mouthfeel because of the wonderful carbonation, but I cannot because the body feels too thin. The lack of rye does not distract from the other good tastes in the beer. Worth a try.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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

Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.