RastafaRye Ale
Blue Point Brewing Company

RastafaRye AleRastafaRye Ale
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Rye Beer
Ranked #145
Ranked #29,818
3.76 | pDev: 11.44%
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: No children, no cry! In true Rastafarian spirit – drinking our RastafaRye Ale directly benefits underprivileged kids. Everything is Irie with our award-winning RastafaRye Ale, a hearty rye malt, blended with fresh West Coast hops resulting in a delicious, deep copper ale with just the right amount of rye flavor to offset the spicy, floral characteristics of the hops. The Blue Point Brewing Company donates a portion of all RastafaRye Ale sales to They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) a Taj Weekes charity foundation that helps orphaned and underprivileged children in the Caribbean and around the world.
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Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that is dated 01/27/2016. Sampled on July 13, 2016 so this is fairly old.

The pour is orange-amber with a modest white head that lingers for a few moments. Lots of carbonation.

The aroma is more malt forward that rye or grain forward. The malts seem stale but again that may be due to it being 6+ months old. Very low hop profile.

Medium body.

I pick up a little more of a barley, rye, and grainy character in the taste but the finish is mild and semi-sweet.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loving local to NYC beers from Carton, Six Point & Blue Point.

I'm fan of Rye IPAs.

A: The e 1 finger tan frothy head doesnt last, nor does it lace much, on top of a hazy dark, mahogany-orange colored body.

N: Nose is pleasant with ample malts, and in the direction of Octoberfest but sweeter, more caramel. deep and dark, as you'd expect.

T Follows the smell but more ample, almost wine-like, chewy malts with sweet, a little syrup, then rye, grassy, and in the end only a little flower and pepper hops, almost like a Nasturtium. .Nice blend, complex, lots of back and forth between the sweetness and peppery finish, not cloying Much going on.

M: Decent mouth feel, weight and carbonation.

O: Very juicy, sweet, fruity, but not cloying. Rasta is well named. It's juicy and like a nice smoke.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber, hazy with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is very subtle, some malts and some american hops. Taste is also subtle, not a very tasty beer but it´s ok. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer but I would´t buy it again,

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ordered a case for my liquor store, top of the case said best by May 2015 so sent it back but took a bottle. It's five months ood. 22oz poured into a pint glass. Gold color with small head. No retention. Smells and tastes like rye. Ok beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Dope
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Pours an orangeish-red with a very tall, frothy tan head. Great head retention with a huge island of foam sticking around. Moderate, thin lacing.

S: Welp, certainly rye. Spicy, grainy rye. Not much else, a little bread?

T: Very floral up front. SUPER floral in fact. Rye in the middle adds a little spice. Some sweet bread finishes it up. Lingering floral hops in the aftertaste, like drinking rose water.

M: Medium bodied, lightly spicy.

O: I'm a fan of rye ales but this is more of a flower ale than anything. Super floral and just a little rye. Alas.

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Photo of Bcas54
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I drank this beer out of the can during my rating. I have had this beer on many occasions in the past. I prefer it on draft and/or bottled better. I Feel my rating is not giving this beer justice.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden orange in color. Fairly clear in appearance. This is pretty good. Nothing special, kinda sweet, tropical fruit and dry rye. Orange. It's drinkable.

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Photo of dd43
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

I guess expecting a very potent rye flavor in a beer with rye in the name was something I should have tempered given Bluepoint's reputation? Had this on cask, and was expecting a more pronounced rye aroma and bite. Not a bad beer at all, but I've had other beers with rye in the wort which expressed the character of this grain in a much more forward fashion. The aftertaste leaves a pleasant bitterness and earthy spice that hints at rye but I wanted it more front and center.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- some toasted malt with a floral/citrus finish Appearance- a nice solid murky orange/brown color, had a small white head. Taste- had a faint rye taste with a citrus follow up. Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Overall- Not a bad beer, I have not had many ryes and I would drink this again and try other rye brands.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber color with a nice off white foam that trails the glass. The smell is made up of some nice hop notes as well as toasted rye. The taste is straight forward with heavy rye flavors, but mellowing out and then a nice crisp hop finish. The mouthfeel was also very nice for the beer. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

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Photo of macher0
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This ale starts off with a dark straw/amber color. Nice egg shell head with a fine bubble rim after it recedes. Nice lacing. This ale has a very malty nose with a taste that follows. Not very complex. Straight forward. This ale has moderate carbonation. Not exactly smooth and sort of thick. I honestly would not recommend this ale. It is not vey complex but if you do open it, you should go ahead and drink the one you opened.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Golden in color with orange hues. Mild haze. Bone white head settle eventually but remains as a thin cap. Sparse, spotty lacing.

S: Acute tropical hop aromas come readily to the nose. Lots of fresh pineapple juice. Tangerine and kiwi. Honeydew melon. Perhaps a hint of mint and pine. Rather clean. Grain base is earthy and honeyed.

T: Tropical hops lay down a lot of pineapple juice and earthy pine. Tangerine, passion fruit, melon. Oily and green. Biscuit and honey. Rye owns the palate's attention from the mid-palate on, but stays tame enough. Earthy, spicy, and a bit rough (as is the nature of the grain). Touch of alcohol. Quick, clean finish has the rye tail off abruptly and oily hops flash briefly back to the forefront.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Scrubbing, seltzery carbonation provides crispness. Somewhat creamy. Simple mouthfeel, but it adds to the drinkability.

O: The rye treads a little more lightly in this beer than it does in many others. Playful tropical hops go a long way to temper it. A more easygoing beer, and even quaffable. Love the price point and easy availability too. Perhaps not everything I was expecting, given that this was a Gold medal winner at this year's GABF, but it's a pleasant enough drink.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ken's Pub, Burlington, VT, of all places.

Poured a a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured moderate caramel makes and a balmy piney hop.

The taste consisted of a vibrant piney hop cutting through the ample earthy caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward rye ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Why has it taken me so long to find a rye beer with this name!? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, mild caramel, and a smattering of earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a twinge of quinine in there for not-so-good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough rye beer, but one that goes a touch sideways on the tongue.

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Photo of Crimsonfloods
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep hazy orange, off white head, thick lacing, looks inviting!
S: light malty aroma with the rye notes there, but not too forward.
T: low on the rye flavor, wish there was more! But a solid malt punch, good.
M/F: medium body, hangs around the mouth for a bit and then falls out, making you go back for more. for 7.5% the alcohol is not there AT ALL and it is quite drinkable.

O: Tasty! Haven't been let down by any Blue Point beers thus far, I was just on Long Island, wish I could have made a trip out the brewery and checked 'em out.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a nice big beige head that persists forever. The aroma is caramel and toffee with an herbal earthy edge and faint traces of yeasty plastic phenols. The flavor holds much of the same attributes from the nose. Caramel toffee and butterscotch mixed with earthy floral hops and a weird herbal almost medicinal flavor. Medium body with moderate level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. I thought this one was ok but nothing special. Its got a weirdness to it that I just couldn't get into.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a great trade with Doppelbockulus.. Thanks a ton Charley!!

Poured into my HotD goblet... the brew is clear orange... 1" white head with good retention and lacing.

Nose is toasty malts with a good rye snap to it... hops are on the floral side of things.

Flavor mirrors the nose... just enough hop bitterness to balance the interesting maltiness but never overpowers things... again, the toasty malts shine but I am having a harder time pulling the rye on the palate.. floral hoppiness begins up front and makes it all the way to the finish.

Body a light/medium.. good carbonation with a sorta slick/oiliness on the palate.

Yummy... I would buy this one if I had the chance. Thanks again Charley!!

All 4's.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that had good lacing throughout. the body was a bright copper color.
s - malt caramel sweetness with a hint of floral hops.
t - piney hops with some nice rye spice.
m - medium thickness with crisp and bubbly carbonation.
o - solid rye pale ale. i'm not familiar with this brewery at all but this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: On-tap
Glass: Pint
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
Price $6.50 a pint

Appearance: orangish red color. no head or lacing by time i got it.

Smell: a touch of rye along with spicy hops and sweet malts.

Taste. Spicy hops followed by some sweet malts and rye. very good balancing

Mouthfeel: pretty light and crisp. pretty refreshing beer.

Overall: pretty good beer, certainly drinkable and something i would drink again if given the chance.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong, but definitely has notes of rye and hops and a fruity, slightly yeasty underpinning. Pours a clear, bubbly copper with a thick, fluffy, rather persistent pale wheat head. Rye dominates the flavor, which has fruity, malty and hoppy hints. Smooth texture has good body and fizz. An interesting, if not superb, beer - give it a try.

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Photo of Huffs
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass which developed a nice head which lasted and laced through the dring. Aroma was mildly sweet, malty. Mouthfeel was medium to light with good carbonation. Taste was of a mild malty nature and nutty with hints of caramel. Aftertaste was mild and sweet.

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Photo of papat444
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber with no freshness info. Split with the wife.

Appearance: A pure honey colored body, creamy head (good 3 fingers) that leaves nice rings.

Smell: Toasted malt is the first aroma i pick out followed by some spiciness, caramel and vienna malt. Not much rye to speak of but still pleasant.

Taste: Let down for me. Spiciness that could be rye but wouldn't have called it that if it wasn't on the bottle. Lots of vienna malt again and a bit of a vegetal finish. Not offensive but doesn't win me over.

Mouthfeel: Average body, nice carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: Avearge taste brings this one down. Ok but lackluster.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Pours a clear, deep golden hue, topped with a full two fingers of off-white froth that slowly recedes, clinging to the walls of the glass and leaving behind fat rings of lace as the glass drains.

Balance seems to be the name of the game in the nose. Grapefruity and spicy hop notes peek through the folds, while a deep whiff of caramel and toffeeish character underlies the hoppy front. Overall the nose is pleasant, if a bit subdued.

Medium-bodied and with a fairly light mouthfeel helped, in part, by a mild level of carbonation. On the palate, things are a bit more hop-forward than the nose, though things still remain fairly balanced. Up front, grapefruit rind takes center stage and soon combines with a spicy hit of rye malt and a prominent bitterness that quickly dries things significantly. A bit of caramel-like malt shows up near the rear, but the bitter, spicy dryness surrounds the palate and carries forward into the finish, which is bone-dry, spicy, a touch citrusy and resinous, and seemingly everlasting.

Overall, a fairly well-balanced IPA and definitely drinkable. The relatively high 7.5% ABV is definitely well-hidden; this is definitely a nice showcase of rye’s unique qualities, which combine with the bitter, resinous west coast hop notes to keep the drinker reaching for another swill. With the proceeds going toward a good cause, this one seems to be right out of SweetWater’s books

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Photo of rajendra82
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, golden amber colored body, and a two finger thick head were pleasing to look at. The smell was mild, and sweetish, with honey, and cinnamon notes. The taste was not as sweet as I was anticipating. I got a clean crisp taste like a an APA, with minimal fruity and spicy notes that are typical in a Rye beer. The hops were not all that aggressively showcased either, with only a faint bitterness and some spice in the finish. This was pretty good in the mouthfeel department, with a smooth body that glided across the tongue. Pretty basic.

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Photo of gentlystewed
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my newly acquired Samuel Smith pint glass. The body has a brassy golden hue showing vigorous carbonation and just a small but workable head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing.
As far as smell goes It was so subtle at first that I had to slosh down a third of the pint just to get some nose, which comes off sweet and somewhat fruity up front then it's all caramel with a faint breeze of West Coast hops. Very nice. Once I got down to the bottom of the glass I found the aroma mouthwatering.
What you taste with this is the sweet malt backbone bowled over with spicy rye notes that sizzle on the tongue along with a bit more hop bitterness than the nose let on about. And this all balances out just right.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and overall this is a fantastic beer, a perfect example of the style. I tip my glass to the brew wizards at Blue Point.

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RastafaRye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 583 ratings