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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 01-25-2009)
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Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

laituegonflable, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 17, 2010
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.

unclejimbay, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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"!

BeerGodz, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

jlindros, Mar 06, 2010
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.

NCSUdo, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

morimech, Feb 18, 2010
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
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.