Reef Rye Brown Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 04-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed via the handy at Al's of Hampden. Damn the Mecca of beer in South Central PA. Let's investigate this one...

A- A very interesting dark brown color that has a slight tan/copper hue. Very interesting, but not very appealing to me. Appears a bit thin and not too interesting. There is a nice amount of carb leading to the off white fluffy head courtesy of the dry hopping.

S- Right away very underwhelming for a dry hopped firkin beer. I am picking up some nice pepper and spice from the rye with an abundance of earthy hops accompanied with a slight touch of citrus hops, a faint grapefruit smell. As further warming continues I can pick up the malty sweetness in the form of caramel. Overall not bad, but not the best I've smelled.

T- Instantly greeted with the peppery zest of the rye and it's enjoyable, but in my opinion the hops are somewhat messy. I am getting a nice citrus taste with a fair caramel sweet finish. Not overwhelming, but nice and enjoyable.

M- Has a nice, somewhat chewiness to it with a good coating that I enjoy, but there just isn't too much there. It becomes a little old after awhile to the point of almost
watery at the end of the glass.

D- It's a nice brown ale with a decent hop bite, but just not for me. The low abv makes it right near the session border. If your into browns with a rye twist give it a shot. The dry hopping and rye save this one from being bad.

I expect more from these guys, hopefully next time.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/18/2011

10oz on cask at Ballast Point Old Grove. Brown ale brewed with 27% flakes rye and dry hopped with coriander. 

A: Murky brown with a reddish orange tinge and a creamy beige head.

S: Toasted and bready with caramel, chocolate, and some coriander. Rye is evident and there's an earthiness and a little orange.

T: Lightly sweet up front but quickly dries out. Toasted and bready with notable rye and a subtle spiciness. Chocolate and caramel are both evident, and spiciness increases in the finish which displays a lower moderate bitterness with earth, citrus, and a little alcohol. Orange lingers on the palate for some time.

M: Medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy.

Overall: A nice rye Brown Ale.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this one on tap at the Ballast Point Brewery/Home Brew Mart in San Diego. Poured a medium reddish-brown color with a nice off-white head. Aromas of light hops, chocolate, nuts and pumpernickel. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of nuts, pumpernickel, chocolate and a light background hop note.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Review live from Petco Park between innings. On tap from th Ballast Point tasting room.

Pour is reddish brown, filmy. The nose runs of light sweet malts and vague spices. Quiet.

Reef Rye tickles my rye need. More brown though. Nice maltiness is immediately jumped by a big mouthful of spicy rye.Nutty, bit of earthiness, almost woody, mid palate. Spicy rye starts to make the lips tingle, and mounts the finish vigorously.

Definitely grew on me as it warmed. Not in the stratosphere of their hoppy offerings, but a good, solid brew.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

Clear, caramel colored affair in the glass crowned by an incredibly smooth one-finger off-white head composed of very tiny and uniform bubbles. Lovely.

Aroma is strong rye.

Lots of rye flavor; the most I have ever tasted in a beer. Low bitterness, mostly notable at the finish. And that's about it for flavor.

Evaporative finish that just vanishes right off the tongue. Very easy to drink. if this is to be taken as a brown ale, however, it is lacking in the traditional flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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