Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Rastafa Rye AleBlue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

Brewed by:
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: 221 | Ratings: 578
Photo of claspada
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is farily floral and spicy from the hops and malt, respectively. SOme caramel and pale malt plays a small part as well.

The taste is all floral/earthy hops with a touch of citrus. Can get the rye in the middle and caramel malts at the end. It's somehow not balanced in my opinion. I would prefer more rye bitterness and less hop bitterness/flavor. Has a creaminess that helps but does not save completely; medium bodied. Taste lingers on the back of the tongue for a few minutes.

This tastes like a muted version of Bear Republic's Hop Rye which I also was not too fond of. My preference is a more balanced Rye style like from Terrapin or Sixpoint or The Bruery.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, so here it finally was: the golden moment where I got to try one of the "great" beers that some of my friends talked about ad nauseum. Let's see what happened at The Blind Tiger, NYC...

Poured an amber brownish color into an American pint glass, with nearly zero head or lacing. Smelled of sweet orange, very little malt, and very very feint caraway seeds. Tasted of syrupy sweet oranges and pineapples, with nearly no rye essence whatsoever, and no malt balance either. Medium-bodied, with a decent carbo presence. Drinkable? Not really, by my standards. One of the more overrated beers I've tried in a long time. If you want a truly superb 'rye beer', visit a Triumph Brewery (NJ/PA). Despite the chain association, that place's best beer hands down is their rye beer, and quite possibly it could be the best rye beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer mever seemed to find a direction - started out a bit malty and sweet, closely followed by rather nondescript hops bittering, then a touch of spicy bite from the rye, but not reallly enought to make a statement that this is a rye beer. None of the flavors seemed to play well together, and the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single finger head with a lot of lacing on a slightly hazy golden with crimson hues body. Aroma is very light and in comparison to others it is subpar. Mostly consists of citrus hops. For taste, there are more citrus hop flavors but also light. Licorice notes as well but no rye to speak of. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable overall and not a bad beer, just not one of my favorite rye beers.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- Sampled at the Blue Point Brewery tasting room -

A - Orange brow amber. Low head but nice lace.

S - Light toast, sweet orange wood. Light nuttiness.

T - Bitter birch wood. Lightly toasted malt. Orange pith. Finishes with a backdrop of rye bread.

M - Lightly sweet finish. Medium body. Bitter finish.

D - The integration of the flavors is just ok.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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 ktrillionaire
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This packaging is the worst. I don't think it would appeal to Rastas (who aren't supposed to drink anyway), nor to the average Joe, nor to the smoked-out hippie. The beer is pretty good though, and the informational sidebar is minorly interesting.

A - Amber-sepia hue, two-finger head, and plastered lacing. Real good-looking.

S - Overripe orange and sweeter lemon-lime and vanilla notes over a dry but potent malt. I don't like it. I don't know how the olfactory got like this, but I suspect it has to do with unison of the citric hop and the pungent aspect of the rye aroma.

T - Tastes almost nothing like it smells. It is similar to a nice IPA, but with a complementary rye element that is really a great vehicle to amplify the hop flavor. Very nice lingering bitterness. The overripe orange in the nose is transformed into more of an orange blossom impression when coupled with the floral hop.

M - Nice. Crisp and dry, full-bodied amber hoppiness.

D - I am not a fan of the nose, and so I have to rate this slightly less drinkable

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Photo of keanex
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy pumpkin colored beer with carbonation bubbles rising to a very thin tan head.

S: Faint rye bread with a hint of a piney/tropical hops blend.

T: Clean but bland flavor overall, has a weak slight hops bite. As it warms up some sweetness comes out through the malts.

M: Medium body and fizzy carbonation.

O: I was expecting a lot more after this being recommended from me liking Hop Rod. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of LordHammer
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with an inch of off white head that fades to a nearly solid covering. Nice lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nose is grainy and hop bitterness, some sense of the rye here.

T: Strong malt up front, then a solid shot of hop bitterness with a dry finish. Taste that lingers is a bit bitter and definitely full of grain husk. It's okay, but something not quite right here.

M: Carbonation is light to moderate, with the overall body on the thinner side. Seems like it should be a bit more robust here.

D: I could drink quite a lot of this, but it's just not good enough to want more than the bomber I have. I would come back to it, but likely not seek it out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, golden-amber body with a thin, ivory-hued head. Very slight film on the descent.

Smell: A sweet-scented note of light brown sugar atop toasty, bready malts. Dried lemon peel, some orange, and the foretelling rye malt, with a little showing from the alcohol.

Taste: Follows through what the scent sets up. Bready, with some sweetness akin to light-colored brown sugar and a slight toastiness. Small hint of raisiny fruitiness, then, the citrusy, herbal hops mingled into the rye character. Moderate bitterness. More of the rye and citric qualities on the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a very, very little bit of stickiness to the overall mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, but there are better rye beers to be had out there, if you really must know.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm glad some one besides Red Stripe is putting Jamaicans back in beer. Hooray beer.

Clear gold color, looks thick. Large, white fluffy head leaves lacey worm tunnels. Glass bottom retention.

Bubble gum and pine edged citrus hop aroma. Little bit of rye spice in there as well.

Honestly, this tastes like a Denny Con (spelling? sorry bud) RyePA that's all over internet homebrew forums...only Rastafa isn't nearly as good. This is one case where bigger definitely isn't better as the lively rye spice gets weighed down by too thick malt. Just be yourself lil' feller.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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 twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber courtesy of Cuzco in a local BIF, thanks! Pours a medium copper color with a large, fluffy off-white shimmering foam, almost soapy looking. Darker color than I expected. Ridiculous lacing, clings all over the place in large chunks. Reading the label out loud makes me realize how shitty my Jamaican accent is!

Nose is earthy rye and dull hops with some toasty and biscuity malt. Some yeasty undertones and a healthy dose of caramel come on as it warms a bit. Not as bright and crisp smelling as I prefer in a rye ale, this one is more akin to a British IPA.

I get some grassy, slightly citric hops and caramely, toasty malts in the flavor but it drops off pretty quick after that. There is some rye, but not sure I would have been able to pick it up had it been a blind tasting. Has an earthy feel to it that I am not liking in a rye. Carbonation is medium-low and mouthfeel is neither thin nor creamy, somewhere in the middle. The minerals and caramel/toast play give it a slightly British flavor. Not a whole lot of complexities for a 7.5% rye ale, just kinda meh for me. Seems to lack any crispness on the palate and feels dull and lifeless. I do like the name and label, but the beer is just ok. Founder's Red Rye it is not.

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Photo of OrangeCharlie
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While visiting family on Long Island, I picked up this local brew based on past, good experiences trying Blue Point's malty offerings. Nothing impressive, but not bad either.

A: Pours a deep reddish copper color with a slight haze. Good, thick head and heavy lacing are indicative of the proteinaceous nature of rye.

S: Mostly Cascade hops, with a slight hint of caramel coming through as the beer warmed up.

T: A bit towards the end of citrusy American hops, though I did pick up some bready rye flavor behind it all. Nice, dry, bready finish.

M: Thick, almost chewy thanks to the presence of rye malt. Very pleasing.

D: OK for a hoppy brew. A touch more maltiness may have helped.

Overall, another hoppy rye beer that delivered on its description. Nothing against this beer or hoppy ryes in general, but it would be nice to see some US breweries begin to experiment with rye beers that aren't so hop-focused.

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Photo of Popkas
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper with a half finger of tiny bubble head.

S: Somewhat malty and then of a saison type spicy aroma to it.

T: A bready quality that has a touch of spice with the rye. Limited bitterness

M: Medium body. Nothing stands out in a bad or good way.

D: Pretty solid brew and certainly glad I had the opportunity to try it out even though I knew it was not my favorite style.

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Photo of bruachan
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber-colored beer with exuberant carbonation that races to buttress a billowy merengue head

butterscotchy sweet aromas and sweet NW hops

good interplay between sweetness and the rye dryishness. the rye effect is tasteful, it should be said, and appears only within the context of greater caramel sweetness--not despite it. it is to be noticed that the sweetness would be intolerable without the rye's intervention...even so, it's sweet. creamy. low bitterness. butterscotch

here's my problem: this beer would be uninteresting without rye. maybe a touch of toast, but otherwise too sweet (i suppose i could be used to a more robust hop presence to keep such in check)

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.29/5  rDev -13%
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 Timtac
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Color looks great with smaller than expected head. Strong smell subsided into strong spicy hops smell, which tastes balanced with rye malts. Surprised at the length of the bitter taste this brew leaves on tongue, especially with it's hoppy flavor and average IBU rating of 48.

I don't know if I'd take it as a compliment if I was a Rastaman that they dedicate this beer to honor the culture, but I'd only buy it again if I was planning on getting drunk. and cause of the cool bottle.

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Photo of papat444
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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 mdfb79
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with 1.5 fingers of white head and light carbonation. Nice lacing as well.

s - Smells of citrus hops, wheat, and bready malts. A bit musty as well which isn't attractive.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, bready malts, grain, and pine. Some slight bitterness from the hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation with a little bit of bitterness.

d - An ok beer, but the smell was very disappointing. It just seemed musty and off, but the taste had some decent bitter citrus hops. Probably would give another shot in hopes the smell is just off in this one bottle.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light cooper with a slight head that falls away almost immediately , though there is a lively little stream of carbonation up the sides. The smell is slight but toasty. The flavor is quite bready, quite dry, but mostly without the usual spicy sting one would expect from a rye beer, at least until the flavor settles at the back of the mouth, where there is a slight spicy burn. There's a reasonable malt bite, a little earthiness, but nothing extraordinary on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly slick.

Just ok for me, to quote a famous American Idol judge.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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 puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 shand
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew is an absolute stunner in the glass. It pours a slightly hazy amber color, but the star of the show is the massivem fluffy head. It easily went over the top of my glass, leaves huge chunks of lacing, and the retention is better than any beer I've ever had. A full finger of head lasted two thirds of the way through my first pour, and I'm a slow drinker. Unfortunately, the aroma isn't quite as good as the brew itself is. The rye is up front for sure, but it's much sweeter than I typically like. There's some floral aspects for sure, but the sweet rye zestiness is overpowering, bordering on vomit-like.

Thankfully the taste fares better. It's still a touch sweet, but a solid rye beer. The alcohol is a bit more apparent than I'd like, but this is otherwise a nice mix of rye and floral hops. Not the best brew, but it's still pretty good. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated, nothing out of the ordinary. The drinkability is fairly good for the ABV, but if it were less sweet I'm sure it'd fare better. A pretty good beer from Blue Point available at a low price. Might as well try it out, can't go wrong for the three or four bucks a bomber costs.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point- Rasta Rye

A- Bright clear amber with a thick head and big ringed lacing.
S- very grainy malty. Bread crust, caramel, and fresh dough.
T- Big crusty malt, toffee, bitter woodsy pine hops, slight rye detected.
M- Sweet and grainy. Dry body with a slight hoppy bitter finish.

Overall- Very little rye here. Malty but needs more rye.

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