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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Rastafa Rye AleBlue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

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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 jjayjaye
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!!

jjayjaye, Aug 26, 2009
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 25, 2009
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.

Seanibus, Aug 19, 2009
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.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 19, 2009
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.

jeffthecheff, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 01, 2009
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.

BigMike, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper color with moderate off-white head. It smelled like rye and sour yeast, with copper and lemon hops and a bit of roasted barley. It tasted like lots of spicy rye and copper hops, with some roasted barley and sour yeast. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a great spicy rye character, with a great body. It had no real noticeable alcohol either, and it wasn't too bitter, so it was perfectly easy to drink. This maybe wasn't the biggest or boldest beer, but it was still quite enjoyable. Worth buying again.

Pencible, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of slightly rocky fizzy slightly off white head... The head quickly fizzes away to one finger and then displays some moderate retention before leaving a full thick creamy lace... An even caramel butterscotch color throughout... Moderate carbonation... Some slight clinginess on the sides of the glass...

S - A mix of maltiness... Rye... Grain... An ever so faint spiciness...

T - Rye, rye, and more rye... Diacetyl... Caramel...

M - A very quick passing bit of creaminess... Stiff... Medium to full bodied... Dry... Slightly astringent... Chalky... A little bit of prickly carbonation on the tongue...

D - An interesting brew... The rye dominants, as it should in a Rye beer... However, there isn't much else... This is a one trick brew, though it's a pretty good trick...

philbe311, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of deanhead
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored, nice head reduced to a good lace.
Aroma is malty.
Taste is sweet, slight hint of spiciness, almost plum like in flavor, slight nutty taste.
Light bodied with a sweet finish. this was a lackluster beer for me. I wasn't sure what to expect. At any rate it was a disappointment for me. It was fairly close to style. Lacked dimesion.
I found that this beer made me feel stuffy.

deanhead, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Hazy burnt amber hue with a thick two finger light tan head, which settles to an even cap.

A good amount of caramel and a little bit of tart and spicy rye malt aromas. The hops give a little bit of a dark fruit aroma and a slight citrus note.

Tart malts in the flavor, slightly sour. The hops are somewhat subdued and add a little bit of a plum and cherry flavor. Mild bitterness. Full bodied.

An okay rye stout, but not up to par with Terrapin or Bear Republic.

BeerSox, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear golden/orange color with a creamy off-white head that eventually settled to a layer and left lots of sticky lacing.
Piney hop aroma with a touch of malt in the background.
Piney hops upfront are met midway through with a pleasant dose of rye malt flavor.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy drinking and tatsy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rastafar Rye, 16 oz. pint from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Enjoyed, well, several months ago - time to start on this back log!

Appearance: Arrives a clear, orange amber-bodied brew, well-occupied by slow, medium-sized, and well-dispersed carbonation. The one-finger white head fades quickly, leaving nice lacing with good stick, fading from sheets to an erratic spider web-esque pattern.

Aroma: Relatively full, but lacking in some area. The aroma on this one is earthy, slightly dirty even, courtesy of a number of heavy malt notes, well roasted and wholesome, with just a kiss of grass and other stray, light hop aromatics.

Taste: Strong rye - not surprisingly so - which lends an earthy, robust, and spicy presence to an otherwise unremarkable but solid malt bill, characterized by caramel, slight toffee, and a few buttery notes, which bring the score down a little. The hop presence blends reasonably well with the rye: grassy and slightly vegetal mostly.

Mouthfeel: A little thick but even, slightly fluffy. I'm going to call it "smooth but with a kick."

Drinkability: Not too much to say about this one. It's a relatively straightforward but solid beer, a little too buttery and too thick, but on the whole pleasant, not too alcoholic, and entertaining enough for a single pint.

CrellMoset, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper color...a big pillowy white head...some lacing

S - Nice spiciness provided by the rye...balanced well with some earthy hops

T - The spicy rye really takes over...the hops are subtle...again the rye shines through...I would have liked to see more malt backbone to sweeten this one up

M - Medium body...thin yet crisp

D - As I said...I would have liked to have seen either more malt presence or more hops...overall a good beer to try

thain709, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up at the Trivia Pub in Moon. Love the tap handle, a Rastafari smokin' a dubee. I love reggae music, this beer does some justice to the vibrations that the riddim brings. Appears a clear caramel copper hue in my glass with a bright white head. Nice even layers of lace line my pint glass. Aromatics offer up spice layers of hops and rye, with a carmel malt base. Pretty straight forward creation blended nicely with a biscuit dough yeast note. Flavor wasn't as rye spice as the nose but did contain some grassy herbal citric hops with the caramel malt and bread dough finish. A nice pale ale with a creative name, try it if your out there sipping on some fine brews at a microbrew bar. Mouthfeel was medium bodied slick but not oily with hops, carbonation moderate. Definitely carried it well. Overall a beer that was somewhat interesting and strayed from the norm, did a good job of being refreshing and flavorful...a combination that is hard to pass up.

WVbeergeek, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of pmsawyer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Al's Pizza of Hampden - PA.

A: Golden amber... thick white head that persisted.

S: Malt with spicy rye. Some hops.

T: Big rye flavor. Hop finish. Flavors recalled rye whiskey.

M + D: Mild carbonation. Medium texture. Finishes clean with hops aftertaste. Very good beer overall.

pmsawyer, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, almost amber, with a crazy tight white head that disipated into a nice fluffy cap. A somewhat grainy malt with hints of spicy rye, a bit metallic. The taste is of a slighty sour malt, with a touch of rye and a light honey graham cracker malt. Not much hop detected. Moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, sweet but no where near cloying. The brew drinks pretty easy, solid malt body with a slight rye sour/spicy hit and plenty of carbonation. Could use more rye but still probably one of the better beers out of Blue Point.

Gmann, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Mahar's

A: Really nice looking clear amber color. The bubbles from the cask pour were nothing short of picturesque. Really tight defined bubbles. The bubbles left really nice looking cask lacing. Perfect.

S: A touch of spice up front. The malt really did balance this out well. If it makes sense the smell was almost bland but it had to do more with the fact that everything was in a nice balance.

T: The rye is there but more a a spice in the finish. Again very well balanced. Would be curious to see if the rye is more up front in the regular version.

M: Very light on the tongue. Great cask carbonation.

D: Had a pint of this but I could go for more. First rye on cask. Really nice beer. Again I am glad that I am able to get Blue Point's beers on cask.

aerozeppl, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours clear, fairly typical amber, under a long lasting khaki head, then leaving a better then average sheeting/fine coating of lacing on the glass. Malty nose w/o much rye character. Pleasant enough ale, malty, rye character is certaintly muted to nonexistant. Even w/o da rye shinin' tru this one remains tasty and enjoyable, basically comes off like a decent craft amber ale.

Billolick, May 31, 2009
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other evening.

The beer pours a light copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. There is a definite sweet rye aroma in this beer, coupled with some light citrus and honey. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, and the beer has a pretty light mouthfeel, which I sort of expected given the abv. There is enough hoppy bitterness to counter the light sweetness, and the beer finishes well, with a trace of bitterness.

While not in the same league as the hop rye and blue dot DIPA, this is a pleasant beer, one that would be especially popular with those particularly fond of rye beers. The rye flavor in this one is really pretty pronounced (IMO).

John_M, May 09, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a clear dark amber with orange highlights at the bottom. A thin white head leaves surprisingly nice lacing.

S-Sweet malts with a very nice rye presence detectable as well. Some floral hops are also present.

T-Very nice. Sweet malt to begin, then the graininess from the rye comes in through the finish. Some earthy, grasy hops in the finish as well.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-A nicely sessionable rye. Good balance of sweet and rye malts.


sholland119, May 07, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottsville, during a tasting highlighting the brewery. It's a new beer for them, so I'm intrigued to give it a shot.

A: Crisp and clear golden amber... the glass was poured quite high, so the head spilled over the rim of the glass, and didn't leave much behind. A thin little collar remains behind.

S: Warm malts, with a slightly spicy rye graininess. The aroma is quite full with a little agitation. There's a spot of hoppiness adding an herbal note, and almost a soft touch of sweetness... an intriguing character.

T: Big rye flavour, all but overpowering the malt flavours. Hops seem a little subdued, also coming in well behind the flavour of the rye. Nonetheless, it's quite tasty. When I drink a rye beer, I tend to prefer the flavours to be robust and full, and this does not disappoint.

M + D: A little prickle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue, and it quickly mellows out and becomes more sparkling and pleasant. A bit of a slick feel to the body, which I'd put on the lighter side of medium. Finishes clean, though it does manage to leave a flavour lingering on the back of the tongue for a while after each sip. Nice beer all around, and I believe I'll be ordering another!

Proteus93, May 07, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC:

A: Nice, full deep amber color, with a small layer of head (which seems to be how they pour all their beers), which nonetheless left pretty good lacing

S/T: The rye is readily apparent, and balances out the hops and sweet maltiness well. A bit of pepper, maybe ginger, noticeable as well. A good breadiness to the taste.

M/D: Everything here is just well balanced. It doesn't go over the top on any specific note, and the trifecta of rye, hops, and malts with the subtle spice complements works really well together.

dudecandle, May 01, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's built like a heavier amber ale with a mild rye spice to it. It's also loaded up with a really nice hop aroma. The hops and rye play off of one another. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor along with a stiff hop bitterness. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. I love the bold rye character as well as the equally bold hop presence.

WesWes, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Bellport Cold Beer & Soda. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits and sweet malt, a touch of citrusy and floral hops. Flavor of grainy rye initially and some crackery malt and bitter hops in the finish. Light nuttiness too. On the sweet side, yes, but overall pretty decent.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 15, 2009
Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.