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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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%
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 +7.2%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +4%
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 -1.3%
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?

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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -3.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +0.3%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 -3.5%
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!!

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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BigMike
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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...

Photo of deanhead
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.