Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-10-2010 20:38:07 | More by ppoitras
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-29-2009 18:05:30 | More by Durge
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
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
12-24-2009 21:43:14 | More by weatherdog
3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
12-24-2009 20:13:02 | More by OrangeCharlie
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
12-15-2009 21:42:19 | More by billzee
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-14-2009 22:50:48 | More by Blitzstyle
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
12-08-2009 10:06:50 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
12-08-2009 04:44:56 | More by whahoppened
2.85/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
12-08-2009 03:20:00 | More by donniecuffs
3.73/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-08-2009 00:54:33 | More by cvstrickland
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
12-07-2009 16:00:48 | More by tigg924
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-06-2009 22:50:08 | More by albern
4.03/5 rDev +8%
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.
12-04-2009 06:48:38 | More by feloniousmonk
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
12-03-2009 22:03:37 | More by vince4953529
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-26-2009 03:17:51 | More by StJamesGate
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-20-2009 00:30:14 | More by Hibernator
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-08-2009 22:59:46 | More by ATPete
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-06-2009 04:57:47 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-27-2009 02:01:16 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-12-2009 14:06:33 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
10-09-2009 02:26:41 | More by Kendo
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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!
10-02-2009 05:40:40 | More by Mistofminn
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-02-2009 00:59:49 | More by tempest
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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?
09-28-2009 04:41:23 | More by BretSikkink
3.58/5 rDev -4%
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.
09-21-2009 00:30:27 | More by far333
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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