Reef Rye Brown Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 04-13-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ.

A: Beautiful ruby red with shades of burnt sienna (oh yeah). Tan head is minimal and builds quickly while fading quickly. Not much lace or retention.

S: Amazing floral smack in the face. Lightly toasted malt and rye give it some sweetness, too.

T: Great rye flavor up front. Earthy, roasty, smoky. Dry but crisp and refreshing.

M: A little spicy with some good carbonation.

O: Fantastic rye beer. One of the best I've had. Try this!

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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looking very much a rich cherry wood sort of color, it's about medium brown but definitely so along with deep, shining red highlights. The head is creamy, a light brown cap just taller than one finger that remains that way for a good while. The lacing shows impressive stick and high volume on the walls of the glass.
The rye impresses early, right out in the aroma with earthy spiciness beneath a heavy, bready malt strong enough to hold it. There's a hint of roast and a bit of a leafy hops addition for good balance.
Rye comes up front and stays the main event for the long haul, and this beer has me thinking maybe a brown ale is the perfect base beer to showcase what rye has to offer. Along with earth and spice, it gets a bit nutty and has a light sweetness of cocoa. A hint of caramel joins the bready malt base on the tongue. All in all it's delicious, really drinkable, and easy to put back.
The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation holding steady. Smoothness and crispness are even, both working well in the feel of this beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Ballast Point Brewing on Old Grove Rd.

Nice dark brown color with an off white head that sort of fizzled down after a bit. Not much lacing on the glass.

Good aroma of caramel malts, some sweetness (maybe fig, hard to tell) and a slight floral hop aroma.

Bold semi-sweet, semi-spiced malts hit the tounge and wont let go. Some nutmeg and coriander mix in the good smooth caramel flavor of this brown ale. Light hop bitterness at the end balancing this out nicely.

Pretty full-bodied for a brown but a low enough abv to be able to chug away all day. Adequate carbonation make this beer feel light on the taste buds.

Excellent drinkability: good flavor, not too filling, and just the right amount of carbonation and aftertaste make this beer a keeper! Too bad Ballast Point is only doing growler fills right now. If this stuff was bottled, I wouldn've bought them out!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber, ruby brown color with a light khaki tan head forming thick. Aroma has caramel malts with earthy citrus hop components coming forth. A nice roasted malt profile with spicy rye in the forefront. Flavor has some semi sweet notes with ample hopping especially for the style, citrus notes with spicy rye pair well and becomes reminiscient of a lighter Hop Rod Rye or heavier Red's Rye. Mouthfeel was medium bodied mellow even carbonation carries the beer so well...overall incredible session beer from the West Coast that I'm proud to procure in the Burgh at Smokin' Joe's I believe.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet intensity that is really pleasant if you're not expecting the big hops. I keep thinking chocolate. But there are some intriguing hops here, and it's another "what hop is that." Aromatic but woody, even mushroomy. Like it was aged in a barrel.

Nice head on the ruby-brown ale. Interesting beer with a mouthful of malt and totally drinkable.

The bartender at Sessions Public in San Diego said it was like Hop Rod Rye, only better. But it's not really the same style, certainly way less hoppy. A better comparison would be with the Karl Strauss Full Suit Belgian brown.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ O'Briens pub (San Diego, CA) on 11/14/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep amber, with a finger of smooth off-white head. This stays thin but creamy, leaving some strong looking thick lacing behind. The rye is really out there in the aroma, with strong notes of toasted caramel malts and extra spicy qualities about it. Floral and citric hops round this out.

The taste is sweet and bready, with a nice sharp spiciness to it. Tight hops gives that a firm bitterness that runs the whole way through. Finishes spicy and drying. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a strong prickly feel from the hops, rye, and additional spicing in this.

Another really solid entry here from Ballast Point. Good bit of rye character is here, with plenty of spice from it and the extra coriander that was present. Flavorful and very easy drinking, this was some good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ballast Point : Reef Rye Brown

Pours a medium brown color, slight off white head. Aroma of nutty, roasted malts and some hops. In the taste, nice cocoa flavor, nuts, mild caramel and roast flavors. Hops are tame with just a mild herbal pineyness. More chocolate, nutty and biscuit flavors last into the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Overall, I found this to be a tasty, sessionable brown ale. Would certainly have again.

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Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 78 ratings