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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Biggness on 01-25-2009)
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Photo of feloniousmonk


4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:48:38 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of vince4953529


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a color of orange with a decent amount of head, looks just like the appearance of an IPA. A bit yeasty and hoppy on the taste, but not as hoppy as the Bear Republic Rye Beer. Mouthfill was excellent due to the perfect carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, before you knew it, three to four bombers are already gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 22:03:37 | More by vince4953529
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich yellow with trailers of lace. Honey and white pepper nose. Caramel tangerine malts with sour rye tang and spicy hops. Round and lively, low burn, some stickiness.

Fairly sweet and pretty light for a rye PA, but sippable. Soft intro to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:17:51 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Hibernator


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

Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours an amber brown with a nice fluffy head on top. Respectable trails of sticky lacing on the glassware.

The nose has a nice malt sweetness and floral hop presence.

Sweet, juicy caramel malt sweetness with a dry rye quality that adds to the great drinkability of this brew. A black pepper bite with a nice citrus hop snap on the finish.

A solid beer, certainly one of the better offerings I've had from Blue Point.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 00:30:14 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours an amber orange color with a very small white head that leaves some soapy stickage on the glass. Some spicy rye in the nose, a pungent and bitter hop aroma and a sweet biscuity malt back round. Spicy and hop forward with a balancing malty sweetness mid palate moving long on to the finish. Not bad, a rye-PA with a true rye character. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:59:46 | More by ATPete
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap into a plain pint glass at the Daniel Packer Inne in Mystic, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, medium amber color with a tight, creamy head of foam which left some light soapy lace.

S: Smell is pretty grainy, but a little sweet with light fig and apple scents to it.

T: Flavor is super clean, but a nice, refreshing bready taste backed with nicely toasted toffee malts and a little bit of fruity, sour ale flavors. Low bitterness, I thought, and a smooth creamy finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy with a dry finish.

D: At 7.5% ABV, this could be a dangerous session brew. But where is the alcohol hiding? This rye beer isn't exactly bursting with dextrose or stringent alcohol flavors. Would make a nice pick-up as a bomber and a must try on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 04:57:47 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-27-2009 02:01:16 | More by Sammy
Photo of mltobin


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber with a neat label with rasta colors.

Appearance is a copper color with a decent sized head with a light brown hue to it. Smell contains yeast, fruit, some hops. Taking a sip of rastafar rye, I taste a doughy bread flavor, that is followed by hops and a spice finish. Mouthfeel contains more of the same, with that spice lingering along with some of the aforementioned fruit. Drinkability is just above average, the abv does present itself and with the spice and dryness of how it finishes, one bomber of rastafar alongside a meal is all I need.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 14:06:33 | More by mltobin
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber with a 1-finger off-white, slightly rocky head. Settles to leave the occasional splotch of lace.

S: Citrusy and floral hops with a touch of spice.

T: Bready malt underneath. Spicy rye at the finish, with some citrusy hops. That spice lingers in the aftertaste, but there's a touch of pine or maybe grassy bitterness as well.

M: Medium weight, good carbonation.

D: Very good. All-in-all an enjoyable rye beer, with the rye playing more than a supporting role. I like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye better, but there's nothing wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:26:41 | More by Kendo
Photo of Mistofminn


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

Thanks to Joe for another great extra! This is my nightcap.

Poured from a bomber into my U of M pint glass. Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange color. Produces a white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing. Excellent head and lacing if you ask me.

The nose is strong earthy and piney hops with a nice balancing malt backbone. I also get a bit of spicey rye malt, very pleasing on the olfactory gland.

Taste is as advertised, starts out with a nice combination of piney and earthy hops, and a nice balancing malt backbone. Again, the spicey and twangy rye comes through. And yet again, it's very pleasing.

Medium bodied with a good carbonation. A light bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great.

Overall, my favorite Blue Point beer so far, and even better, it comes in a bomber! A solid Rye IPA like beer. I'm pleased with this beer all around. A big thanks go out to JoeyBeerBelly for throwing in this extra. Thanks Joe for the chance!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 05:40:40 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-02-2009 00:59:49 | More by tempest
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Amber, whitish head. Looks just fine. Mildly spicy, enough to make you think "rye". Good amount of other malts as well, especially some pale malt sweetness.

Overall, sweet and spicy face off pretty nicely here. The hops and rye aren't surprising, but definitely pleasant and assertive, while the crystal malt lends enough to leave it quite balanced. A little bready; I would love to have more aggression here from the rye. But that wouldn't be very Rasta-like would it?

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 04:41:23 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of far333


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed apricot colored with a thick two-finger off-white head that sits up tall and hangs out for a while. Oily legs and ringlets rise up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of bright citrusy hops and honey malt.

Malty upfront, biscuity and yeasty, slight metallic notes. Even balance of malt and citrusy hops, some lemon and orange peel. Rye spice emerges in the finish, and a peppery bite lingers.

Full and rich mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a tingly finish. Above average drinkability, but not earthshaking.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:30:27 | More by far333
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz single bomber purchased for $3.99 from Super Saver on Route 22...
Dark-orange, reddish copper hue with a minimal head and minor amount of lacing...
Crisp rye aroma with flavors matching as well... Assertive hops with a noticeable bread, butter, and caramel malt backbone...
Easily drinkable and enjoyable despite the 7.5% ABV... Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 19:39:00 | More by dsa7783
Photo of deereless


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid layer of thick head across the top, a deep golden orange color, lacing along the edge of the glass, some lethargic bubbles slowly rise to the top - 4.50, S: Lots of bready/biscuity aromas, very earthy and woody, touch of spicy and herbal hops, slightest hint of sourness - 3.50, T: A solid hop bite on the palate, green and earthy especially on the tail end of the beer, extremely sharp and dry - 3.50, M: 4.00, D: The rye certainly makes a showing in Rastafa Rye which counters the decent dosing of hops, a very drinkable beer - 3.75

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:22:30 | More by deereless
Photo of thespaceman


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

Poured from tap at Smokin With Chris in Southington, CT

Pours a beautiful copper in color, huge billowing head sits on top of a sea of bubbles. Lacing and retention are decent all around. I get huge aromas of hop and rye here, very well balanced. The hops are citrusy and juicy. Taste brings out the nice rye flavorings, bold and bready, a bit on the spicy side as well. This taste almost like rye bread dipped into a huge pot of grapefruit and oranges. Hops blend almost perfectly to the rye in the taste. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, and very firm on the tongue. I get a good amount of bitterness here from the hops as well. Overall, drinkability is high, ABV is very well hidden and goes down like your traditional IPA. one of the best offerings I've had from Blue Point, and one of the better Rye beers out there. If you see this on the shelf, make sure you grab some!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 13:01:53 | More by thespaceman
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bommber bottle purchased in CT.

Pours a clean copper color with 1 full finger of white foam. Lacing down the side throughout the progression.

Very minimal smell - some floral notes, but otherwise not much coming through.

Taste is slightly spicy backed witha restrained hop. Malty goodness throughout, but with tinges of the rye. This rye perfectly balances the hop to develop a great flavor combination. Strong carbonation in the mouthfeel that adds to the enjoyment.

Very good drinkability, an enjoyable brew, more so in the 22 oz side.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 18:04:17 | More by KTCamm
Photo of JMD


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark auburn color with frothy white head that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted carmel malt, bisquits and bread. Light floral hops are mixed in as well.

T: The rye comes through more in the taste than in the aroma, but still subtle. Toasted rye, and sourdough bread. Also a light sweetness with hints of brown sugar and carmel. Finishes with some citrusy hops.

M: Full bodied, with ample carbonation. Very smooth.

D: The Rye in this beer isn't as pronounced as some others I've had, but this is still a great beer. Nicely balanced, great texture, and fairly robust beer. Another solid offering from Blue Point.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 22:47:12 | More by JMD
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, visibly effervescent light amber color with a full finger loose foamy head that resists fading. Sheets of Belgian lacing left in the wake of each mouthful compensate for the overly light color. The smell is unusually light and hoppy for the style, but the grainy rye element is distinct over the notes of citrus. Highly carbonated, the mouth is tangy, bright and light bodied. Full flavored, the flavor is hoppy lemon and grainy. A reasonable drinker. Happy 10th!!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 23:55:40 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of BARFLYB


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 19:31:10 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Seanibus


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light cooper with a slight head that falls away almost immediately , though there is a lively little stream of carbonation up the sides. The smell is slight but toasty. The flavor is quite bready, quite dry, but mostly without the usual spicy sting one would expect from a rye beer, at least until the flavor settles at the back of the mouth, where there is a slight spicy burn. There's a reasonable malt bite, a little earthiness, but nothing extraordinary on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly slick.

Just ok for me, to quote a famous American Idol judge.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 22:08:12 | More by Seanibus
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $5. Out of the bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a crystal clear golden yellow color with at least two fingers of bone white head. Not much head retention, but it manages to leave behind a thin lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor consist of a very pronounced peppery spiciness, followed by notes of light to medium toasted grains, bready, a touch of caramelized malts, the spiciness comes back into play. Finish is super dry with a fading bitterness. The ale falls between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation. Did I mention the dry finish? A decent attempt by Blue Point. I had no problem finishing the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 04:04:38 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of jeffthecheff


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this one is very impressive, from the light, slightly hazy color to the thick, creamy white head that you can float a doobie on.

Aroma has a light, citrusy hoppiness standing behind what reminded me of a vanilla-berry hand soap. I could use more kick in the nose in the form of some fresh hops instead of the slight tingle it's giving me.

Taste is very unique, the rye certainly adds some extra attitude to this beer. A very slight bitterness really rides along with the spicy edge the rye gives to this beer. That kick is definitley needed because malt-wise, this beer is surprisingly dry for its size.There is also a slight berry note on the palate that I'm surprised I didn't read in any other reviews.

Mouthfeel has the smoothness of a nice, rich beer, but finishes very dry. Drinkability is impressive because this is a rather strong beer that drinks like a standard pale ale.

If I see this on tap I'll certainly try it out, but at $5 a bomber, this certainly isn't a great value beer, and it drinks much more like a six pack beer than one that belongs in a bomber. But, part of the proceeds go to a charity benefiting underprivileged children in the Caribbean, so you can feel good about that. Overall, this won't knock your socks off with any huge flavors, it's just a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:19:52 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 11:28:01 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BigMike


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"One Love"
What caught my eye first with this beer was the clever use of the Rastafari name and the carved mohogany rasta head on the bottle.
This one pours a deep copper color with some orange and yellow highlights. A thick and creamy two fingers worth of bright white head.
Smell off the bat is a little perfumey with some floral. Some spice and herbal notes (no pun intended) are there too along with some lemon zest.
It tastes close to the way it smells. Mostly floral and spice with a touch of some citrus. Pretty sweet off the bat but once swallowed the bitterness shows up. Not too much but just enough to be noticable.
Mouthfeel is good. Somewhat light and a bit overcarbonated for my liking but easy to drink. The bottle says 7.5% abv. As opposed to the 6% noted on BA. Either way it's not even remotely noticable.
To sum it up. This is a decent drink. It is what it is. Nothing spectacular but drinkable and enjoyable for that matter as well.
Two thumbs up for the Jamaican theme and the fact that part of the proceeds are donated to orphaned and underprivledged children of the Caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:50:14 | More by BigMike
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.