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Blue Point Rastafa Rye AleBlue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

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Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Biggness on 01-25-2009

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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 580
Photo of travduke
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer countless times and it still makes my mouth water every time I drink it.

Appearance: Copper/amber blend in body color. A finger of off-white foamy head with good retention, even better lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, citric hops. Nice and earthy aromas. Grainy, toasted malt.

Taste: I've always felt that this beer defines balanced. Very soft fruity, an d citrus hops blended extremely well with the sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Nice medium-full bodied mouthfeel. Drinkablity is amazing. Another pint please?

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Photo of ADWnyc
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty easy to find at Whole Foods in New York City (or at least it as over the past couple years). Consumed from 22oz bottle.

This is much better than a "B" beer...

A - Pours a nice, rich amber color with modest amount of lacy head

S - Nice classic rye beer smell with definite presence of hops and malts. Hints of caramel too.

T - Wow. Malty, hoppy with some bitterness all at once. However, remained crisp and very drinkable throughout. This is an excellent rye beer. Alcohol deceptively more than taste would indicate.

D - Very easy to drink, much easier than ABV would lead on.

Awesome beer...

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Blue Point night at the Bronx Ale House. Reviewing from notes from last night.

I'm definitely falling in love with rye beers, after my dalliances with Hop Rod Rye and Cane and Ebel. Blue Point's a good, solid local brewery, though they've never really floored me. But I'm really looking forward to this one. The beer pours a dark reddish amber, pretty clear, with a big tan head that retains and laces nicely.

The aroma is grainy and grassy, with a little peppery spiciness and a big compliment of caramel malt. Pretty good. Then I taste it, and immediately fall head over heels. What rye contributes to a good beer can't be duplicated. It has a wonderful, earthy, spicy bitterness that seems to me completely different than what hops contribute. It's also got some toasted malt and an underlying fruitiness, but make no mistake, rye is the star.

I'm going to have to hold a rye beer tasting at some point to really nail down the style, but so far, I LOVE what I've had. The drinkability on this one is killer. No alcohol apparent. If I didn't know better, I'd session it and get in big trouble. Very well done, jumps to the top of my Blue Point list.

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Photo of Boitnott
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at a tasting and picked up two 22 oz bottles because they were only $5 a piece. I saved them for a few days and then poured one into my DFH snifter. It pours excellent with about a small white head that persists and has excellent lacing. Overall color tone is deep copper with much transparency.

The scent combine sweet rye malt with floral hops, in which the former is the dominating scent. However it does not mask the smell of they rye, because the rye compliments the smell exceptionally. This smell translates well to the nose which tastes mostly of sweet rye malts and maybe some amber malt as well. Sweetness is not over powering. The finish expertly blends the rye with a floral hop finish that does not take over, but unites with the rye to create a near perfect unison of bitter and sweet.

The carbonation lasts throughout, and the small head does not die down. I hardly notice the 7.5% alcohol and the body is small to medium, leading to a brew that can be had over and over in a single night. With the excellent price I would highly recommend this for the rye lovers out there, as well as anyone else interested in this style. Excellent blend of hops and rye, and is a must try.

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Photo of maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

RandomBattle. The name of a BA who sent me this tasty-looking brew as an extra. It's also two words strung together. Randomly? His avatar is unexplainable, too. Thanks for this beer, sir! Split the bomber with my wife, who just worked three twelve-hour shifts in a row. Suck!

Pours a gorgeous copper-blonde, clear, filtered, no acne at all. May be one of the prettiest beers ever, like Blue Point captured the essence of a campfire in liquid form. Nose is a jet-wash of spicy rye; any other hints are roadkill. Lucky for me I like rye, woo-hoo!

Rastafa Rye is a beautiful thing, like a rye-infused IPA. The spicy, Thai-like rye is set of nicely by the hop bitterness. Add in a bready, full, wheaty taste, & this bubby is like a meal in a bomber. The end is almost effervescent, with a light, tingly feeling that makes me want to don glass slippers & twirl around. That, uh, & the hops reassert themselves with a rousing citrus cry. Drinkable as cold-filtered water after a hot day in the Sahara.

Excellent beer. The rye is masterfully mingled with the brew's other characteristics to create a truly great beer. If this is what Blue Point can do, I'll be looking to add a few more to my fridge in the near future.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce for an IPA

taste: if you are a fan of rye then this is the beer for you. It's loaded with spicy flavor and a good balance of hops to go with it.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: New to Jax. had at Engine 15 at their tapping party. nice beer... This was the wild card of the night. Definitly my favorite, but not a sessionable as I though. fanatstic robust flavor though and the winner tonight

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear copper/mahogany color with two fingers of white head, modest retention, some nice lacing.

Definitely some rye in the nose along with a nice dose of resinous west coast hops, well balanced by caramel malt notes.

Taste is very nice- up front is the caramel malt and a little bit of the rye sharpness, then taken over by the hops (tastes kinda like simcoe), then the rye comes back in more pronounced, and it finishes kinda dry but floral.

Mouthfeel is also very nice- medium body, moderate carbonation, a little bit of resin. This is an excellent rye beer- everything is well balanced and the flavors are nice. My only real desire is for the nose to be bolder. Maybe have a little bit darker head but that's an aesthetic thing...

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Glass

A- Golden orange with a thick 2 1/2 finger off white head with really nice lacing.

S- Good blend of a spicy rye malt and floral hops. Maybe some slight citrus in there

T- Great flavor coming from this beer, not at all what i expected but better. Rye malt almost bready haha with a sort of yeasty flavor with a bitter floral backround to leave you with a pleasent after taste. No citrus in the flavor

M- Real smooth medium body with a slight bitterness and dryness but not enough to turn me off to it. And despite the higher ABV there isn't a trace of alcohol in this brew. Being very well balanced and low carbonation makes this beer very easily drinkable.

This is IMO another amazing beer from Blue Point.


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Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a reddish copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is packed with rye notes, almost like smelling a slice of rye bread. I love rye beers so I can't wait to try this one. 

T- The taste starts out malty with some rye spiciness along with some hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a very nice Rye Beer, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden color into my Duvel tulip glass, two finger head, good lacing.

S: spicy rye, sweet caramel, citrusy hop notes. Some alcohol here too.

T: The taste follows the smell with spicy rye and sweetness, followed by some moderate bitterness from the hops. Doesnt really "attack" my mouth wth flavors like Founder's Reds Rye, but this drinks slightly easier.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, but not chewy or heavy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkability is excellent! I had the rest of the bomber with pizza after reviewing, and ill be damned if I didnt wanna chug it like soda. Im finding rye beers go great with food.

This beer, and Founder's Red's Rye are my favorite rye beers so far.

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Photo of Biggness
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy amber with a 1 fingered white head and tons of lacing. The smell has large notes of hops with a large amount of malt/rye in it as well. A very smoothe tasting brew, very similar to Hop Rod Rye, a large hop flavor balanced beautifully with the rye and barley. A nice and creay mouthfeel with a good carbonation level for a cask. Extremely drinkable and this will be a "everyday" beer for me as long as it is available.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from a 22oz bottle adorned with a cartoon-like rastafarian dude with dreads. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a perfectly taut, white head. Head is about two fingers in size and remains in tact for nearly thirty minutes. Tons of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is malty and bready with a bit of fresh hop aroma. Rye is more detectable in flavor than aroma. Actually smells quite bready with tons of great caramel aromas with piney hops. The piney hops and rye bitterness and flavor go very well together.

Flavor is quite nice as well. I was expecting more malt but there is quite a bit of bitterness due to the rye and the great hop bitterness. Certainly bitter and has a great bite, but the malt lends a nice sweetness to the tongue on the front and the finish is bitter. Medium bodied and chewy.

This one is like a heavy beer but not really. The medium body and chewy mouthfeel make this one seem big, but the mostly clean finish makes this one crisp and delicious. I was pleasantly surprised with this one and could my top rye beer. Delicious.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed reddish bronze with an almost 1/8" off-white head that recedes slowly. Sipping leaves some scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma has light, floral and grassy components mingled in with some rye bread.

Taste: The flavors are a blend of some light caramel sweetness along with some citrus fruit, some rye bread and some gentle hop bitterness. To sum this beer up in one word, think "balance." The rye, the malt, and the hops are all intertwingled in a way that makes each of them seem a natural compliment to the others.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light soft carbonation and has a smooth, slightly creamy feeling. The finish is medium length and slides smoothly into a light touch of bitterness and dryness.

Drinkability: I found this one very drinkable with each sip easily following the last and I'd be happy to have another. This one is now on my shopping list, especially if I can find it on cask again.

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Photo of godlessape
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of vince4953529
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a color of orange with a decent amount of head, looks just like the appearance of an IPA. A bit yeasty and hoppy on the taste, but not as hoppy as the Bear Republic Rye Beer. Mouthfill was excellent due to the perfect carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, before you knew it, three to four bombers are already gone.

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Photo of kshankar
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a fluffy white foam. Lacing is prominent, with a cap of foam resting at the top.

Aroma is slightly hoppy, and grainy..the rye coming in, I assume.

Taste is malty and bready..with the hops lingering. I can detect the rye in the background working well with the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, from carbonation, on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is high. Very good beer, here.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Hazy reddish-amber body with a 1/4" head of kaleidoscopic off-white foam (i.e., bubbles of all different sizes). Great retention for a cask beer, and some lacing to boot. Very nice.

S: Fruity hops and mild, earthy spice from the rye. Pretty good, but a little weak.

T: Harmonious blend of mild fruity hops (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) and smooth, sweet, slightly spicy malt - both rye and caramel are apparent. Tasty.

M: Clean, eminently smooth medium body with light, soft effervescence.

D: Doesn't show its strength at all, and is a beautifully balanced and delicious brew.

Notes: Wow. I remember this being a decidedly "meh" beer on tap (unfortunately I last had it before I started reviewing, so I can't be entirely confident of what I thought of it), but this cask version is damn good. Way to go, Blue Point.


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Photo of aerozeppl
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Mahar's

A: Really nice looking clear amber color. The bubbles from the cask pour were nothing short of picturesque. Really tight defined bubbles. The bubbles left really nice looking cask lacing. Perfect.

S: A touch of spice up front. The malt really did balance this out well. If it makes sense the smell was almost bland but it had to do more with the fact that everything was in a nice balance.

T: The rye is there but more a a spice in the finish. Again very well balanced. Would be curious to see if the rye is more up front in the regular version.

M: Very light on the tongue. Great cask carbonation.

D: Had a pint of this but I could go for more. First rye on cask. Really nice beer. Again I am glad that I am able to get Blue Point's beers on cask.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild copper with a two-finger head into my glass. Colors are reflective of the style.

Sweet, spicy malt with floral hops that draw the nose in. Very distinct for the style.

Ditto for the flavor. Lots of chewy, spicy rye with the right amount of hops. The flavors create a highly desirable footprint.

Lingering spicy rye and hops in the mouthfeel. Very well done otherwise.

I like this beer and I'm a fan of the rye. Worth a try!

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = copper golden color with a nice slightly off-white head
S = Rye spiciness with pine aromas from the hops
T = Again, nice Rye spiciness. As others have mentioned, this has a big Rye component to it. It's also more bitter tasting than the 48 IBU would indicate. Very nice
M = Medium body with good carbonation

Overall, this is a really good beer. This is a Rye beer that IPA fans will like. The Rye gives it a crispness that's hard to characterize. Definitely will buy again!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottsville, during a tasting highlighting the brewery. It's a new beer for them, so I'm intrigued to give it a shot.

A: Crisp and clear golden amber... the glass was poured quite high, so the head spilled over the rim of the glass, and didn't leave much behind. A thin little collar remains behind.

S: Warm malts, with a slightly spicy rye graininess. The aroma is quite full with a little agitation. There's a spot of hoppiness adding an herbal note, and almost a soft touch of sweetness... an intriguing character.

T: Big rye flavour, all but overpowering the malt flavours. Hops seem a little subdued, also coming in well behind the flavour of the rye. Nonetheless, it's quite tasty. When I drink a rye beer, I tend to prefer the flavours to be robust and full, and this does not disappoint.

M + D: A little prickle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue, and it quickly mellows out and becomes more sparkling and pleasant. A bit of a slick feel to the body, which I'd put on the lighter side of medium. Finishes clean, though it does manage to leave a flavour lingering on the back of the tongue for a while after each sip. Nice beer all around, and I believe I'll be ordering another!

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Photo of muscleonthewolf
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden and thick looking, nothing like anything having to do with rasta, curiously enough.
Smells like a loaf of bread from the grocery store. Some healthy variety.
I mean, really, the more I smell of this, the more I think of the bread aisle at Vons supermarket. With a slight alcohol tinge. Mmm smells like home. Wait, some scent of scotch here...Laphroaig, my favorite. Peety! Maybe I'll drink some scotch after this.
A honey-ish taste, besides the whole beer thing. Some decent carbonation. Some hops for you too. Pretty sweet to balance the thickness and the carbonation helps drinkability. No real bitterness in the after taste. A bit deceiving at 7.5% abv. Not too heavy, not too light. Sad it's all gone now. :-(
Wish I had bought one more of those. But the label is so dumb looking I didn't think I should. Well, I guess I was intrigued at what a rye ale had to do with rasta. So maybe I'm the dumb one. Pretty good beer, definitely better than this brewery's flagship beer, the mediocre Toasted Lager. I mean, it's worthwhile, definitely.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a rye beer fan and finally tried this one after passing over it on the shelves for a while. Very happy I did!

Great looking beer. Dark amber color with an excellent head that has both retention and attractive lacing in its wake. Clear. A steady stream of tiny bubbles makes its way to the top during the entire duration. Aroma is good, smells like grassy hops with that faintly metallic rye note, plus a little malt and spice, in the background.

Delicious. Very hoppy, it's basically an IPA with rye..taste is dominated by grassy, floral hops, but you get the rye in there too and particularly in the finish, where that slightly metallic but not unpleasant rye flavor really pops out. Nicely spicey. You get a bit of the malt in there as well; just enough of the bready sweetness to give this beer nice least to a hophead. Definitely a hop forward brew! Alcohol is completely hidden.

Good carbonation, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, pleasingly full..refreshing, delightful to drink.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into the pint glass at room temperature this baby shows a light, clear copper color with a big off-white, almost oatmeal colored head and decent lacing. The aroma is pretty herbal hops and butterscotch caramel, vanilla custard bread pudding, yummy. The flavor comes on with all the above and a bit of alcohol with toasted almond. At first I pick up a little metallic touch but it quickly gave way to sweet rye and toffee. Although this isn't thick or oily in feel, it is definitely creamy and dangerously drinkable despite the alcohol presence at 7.5%. Smooth, fairly unique with complex flavor and a tastefully carbonated brew. Quite a hit from Blue Point.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for another great extra! This is my nightcap.

Poured from a bomber into my U of M pint glass. Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange color. Produces a white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing. Excellent head and lacing if you ask me.

The nose is strong earthy and piney hops with a nice balancing malt backbone. I also get a bit of spicey rye malt, very pleasing on the olfactory gland.

Taste is as advertised, starts out with a nice combination of piney and earthy hops, and a nice balancing malt backbone. Again, the spicey and twangy rye comes through. And yet again, it's very pleasing.

Medium bodied with a good carbonation. A light bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great.

Overall, my favorite Blue Point beer so far, and even better, it comes in a bomber! A solid Rye IPA like beer. I'm pleased with this beer all around. A big thanks go out to JoeyBeerBelly for throwing in this extra. Thanks Joe for the chance!

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