Reef Rye Brown Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.83/5
Very Good
78 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#17,677
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
78
pDev:
9.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Brenden
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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Reef Rye Brown Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 78 ratings