Reef Rye Brown Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

very good
78 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 04-13-2009

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

 1,050 characters

Photo of g_jenkins
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sisterthelonious
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Rosquin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AaronOp
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RobertColianni
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jbaakko
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of arfenhouse
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of HIBC
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of likesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of HStoilkov
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.