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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 45 | 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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Ratings: 529 | Reviews: 215
Photo of whahoppened
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of vince4953529
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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?

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

Photo of deereless
3.61/5  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

Photo of thespaceman
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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!!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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