RastafaRye Ale
Blue Point Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #136
Ranked #33,567
3.76 | pDev: 11.44%
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
RastafaRye AleRastafaRye Ale
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blue Point Brewing Co. "RastafaRye Ale"
12 fl. oz. can coded "26MAY21 BP 0954" and sampled on 10May21
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, it's 7.6% ABV; I wasn't expecting that. It's a clear deep amber in color, even copper I'd say, beneath a frothy head of off-white foam. The aroma is clean and fresh and you can smell the rye malt. It's grainy and a little bit spicy, and there are some floral notes to it as well. The flavor follows. I don't know why some people seem to think that rye isn't very distinct because I get it quite clearly. There's also a little bit of caramel there, and it's gently sweet against a moderate bitterness. It finishes dry and a little bit spicy with a note of caramel lingering shortly. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The head has held up pretty well, and there's some nice lacing left behind but it's not the greatest. It's pretty decent overall, and the rye makes it a pleasant change.
Review #7,320

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Best by date of 5/23/21.

L---Crystal clear, medium amber color. Medium white head faded quickly to a cap and left nice lacing.

S---Nicely balanced as both hops and malts are present. Some rye and caramel.

T---Rye and caramel follow from the nose.

F---Medium bodied with a bit of a filling quality.

O---A nice beer. It would've been better with more of a rye presence.

Mar 25, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is transparent gold, head is off white with fine bubbles and presents 1 finger thick, dissipating to thin top with spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite pleasant - blend of light caramel and earthy rye malt, moderate hop aroma with citrus, pine, earth notes - lightly sweet, subtly spicy notes.

Taste is similar with light caramel and drier, earthy rye malt, moderate hop flavor with citrus pith, pine, earth.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitter and light drying

Overall, ass a rye ale this is build and smells, tastes as advertised, and expected.

Mar 17, 2021
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moodenba from New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point RastafaRye (7.6%) at refrigerator temp poured into a Bluepoint Cask Ale Festival beer glass. The beer looks and smells great, a nice amber body and whitish head. The aroma is nice and malty/hoppy. The flavor is good overall, but I notice an abrupt alcohol taste. (The aftertaste reminds my failing memory of Rainier Ale in the 70s?) I regularly drank the Rasta from the old River Avenue brewery, and thought that beer was a more mellow drink. Maybe I'm just nostalgic.

Mar 01, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear amber can pour with a thin foam cap.
The aroma is of rye and some malt sweetness.
The flavor is rye dominated with strong resinous aspects. The hop bitterness is moderate.
This is well named.

Feb 24, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

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.

Jul 14, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

I'm fan of Rye IPAs.

A: The 1 finger tan frothy head laces a bit, but, on top of a pretty 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.

Jan 11, 2016
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

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,

Nov 15, 2015
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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!

Oct 22, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 17, 2015
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Bcas54 from New York

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.

Mar 30, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 05, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

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.

Dec 09, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

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.

Aug 17, 2014
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

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.

Aug 03, 2014
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macher0 from Kentucky

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.

Apr 06, 2014
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 03, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

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.

Aug 10, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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.

Aug 06, 2013
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Crimsonfloods from Florida

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.

May 17, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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.

Mar 01, 2013
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

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.

Feb 07, 2013
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GPHarris from Alabama

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.

Feb 04, 2013
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

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.

Jan 26, 2013
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

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.

Jan 01, 2013
RastafaRye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 594 ratings