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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: 574
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Hazy burnt amber hue with a thick two finger light tan head, which settles to an even cap.

A good amount of caramel and a little bit of tart and spicy rye malt aromas. The hops give a little bit of a dark fruit aroma and a slight citrus note.

Tart malts in the flavor, slightly sour. The hops are somewhat subdued and add a little bit of a plum and cherry flavor. Mild bitterness. Full bodied.

An okay rye stout, but not up to par with Terrapin or Bear Republic.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear golden/orange color with a creamy off-white head that eventually settled to a layer and left lots of sticky lacing.
Piney hop aroma with a touch of malt in the background.
Piney hops upfront are met midway through with a pleasant dose of rye malt flavor.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy drinking and tatsy.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rastafar Rye, 16 oz. pint from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Enjoyed, well, several months ago - time to start on this back log!

Appearance: Arrives a clear, orange amber-bodied brew, well-occupied by slow, medium-sized, and well-dispersed carbonation. The one-finger white head fades quickly, leaving nice lacing with good stick, fading from sheets to an erratic spider web-esque pattern.

Aroma: Relatively full, but lacking in some area. The aroma on this one is earthy, slightly dirty even, courtesy of a number of heavy malt notes, well roasted and wholesome, with just a kiss of grass and other stray, light hop aromatics.

Taste: Strong rye - not surprisingly so - which lends an earthy, robust, and spicy presence to an otherwise unremarkable but solid malt bill, characterized by caramel, slight toffee, and a few buttery notes, which bring the score down a little. The hop presence blends reasonably well with the rye: grassy and slightly vegetal mostly.

Mouthfeel: A little thick but even, slightly fluffy. I'm going to call it "smooth but with a kick."

Drinkability: Not too much to say about this one. It's a relatively straightforward but solid beer, a little too buttery and too thick, but on the whole pleasant, not too alcoholic, and entertaining enough for a single pint.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper color...a big pillowy white head...some lacing

S - Nice spiciness provided by the rye...balanced well with some earthy hops

T - The spicy rye really takes over...the hops are subtle...again the rye shines through...I would have liked to see more malt backbone to sweeten this one up

M - Medium body...thin yet crisp

D - As I said...I would have liked to have seen either more malt presence or more hops...overall a good beer to try

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up at the Trivia Pub in Moon. Love the tap handle, a Rastafari smokin' a dubee. I love reggae music, this beer does some justice to the vibrations that the riddim brings. Appears a clear caramel copper hue in my glass with a bright white head. Nice even layers of lace line my pint glass. Aromatics offer up spice layers of hops and rye, with a carmel malt base. Pretty straight forward creation blended nicely with a biscuit dough yeast note. Flavor wasn't as rye spice as the nose but did contain some grassy herbal citric hops with the caramel malt and bread dough finish. A nice pale ale with a creative name, try it if your out there sipping on some fine brews at a microbrew bar. Mouthfeel was medium bodied slick but not oily with hops, carbonation moderate. Definitely carried it well. Overall a beer that was somewhat interesting and strayed from the norm, did a good job of being refreshing and flavorful...a combination that is hard to pass up.

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Al's Pizza of Hampden - PA.

A: Golden amber... thick white head that persisted.

S: Malt with spicy rye. Some hops.

T: Big rye flavor. Hop finish. Flavors recalled rye whiskey.

M + D: Mild carbonation. Medium texture. Finishes clean with hops aftertaste. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, almost amber, with a crazy tight white head that disipated into a nice fluffy cap. A somewhat grainy malt with hints of spicy rye, a bit metallic. The taste is of a slighty sour malt, with a touch of rye and a light honey graham cracker malt. Not much hop detected. Moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, sweet but no where near cloying. The brew drinks pretty easy, solid malt body with a slight rye sour/spicy hit and plenty of carbonation. Could use more rye but still probably one of the better beers out of 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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours clear, fairly typical amber, under a long lasting khaki head, then leaving a better then average sheeting/fine coating of lacing on the glass. Malty nose w/o much rye character. Pleasant enough ale, malty, rye character is certaintly muted to nonexistant. Even w/o da rye shinin' tru this one remains tasty and enjoyable, basically comes off like a decent craft amber ale.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other evening.

The beer pours a light copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. There is a definite sweet rye aroma in this beer, coupled with some light citrus and honey. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, and the beer has a pretty light mouthfeel, which I sort of expected given the abv. There is enough hoppy bitterness to counter the light sweetness, and the beer finishes well, with a trace of bitterness.

While not in the same league as the hop rye and blue dot DIPA, this is a pleasant beer, one that would be especially popular with those particularly fond of rye beers. The rye flavor in this one is really pretty pronounced (IMO).

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a clear dark amber with orange highlights at the bottom. A thin white head leaves surprisingly nice lacing.

S-Sweet malts with a very nice rye presence detectable as well. Some floral hops are also present.

T-Very nice. Sweet malt to begin, then the graininess from the rye comes in through the finish. Some earthy, grasy hops in the finish as well.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-A nicely sessionable rye. Good balance of sweet and rye malts.


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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 dudecandle
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC:

A: Nice, full deep amber color, with a small layer of head (which seems to be how they pour all their beers), which nonetheless left pretty good lacing

S/T: The rye is readily apparent, and balances out the hops and sweet maltiness well. A bit of pepper, maybe ginger, noticeable as well. A good breadiness to the taste.

M/D: Everything here is just well balanced. It doesn't go over the top on any specific note, and the trifecta of rye, hops, and malts with the subtle spice complements works really well together.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of pale, crystal, and rye malts. It's built like a heavier amber ale with a mild rye spice to it. It's also loaded up with a really nice hop aroma. The hops and rye play off of one another. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor along with a stiff hop bitterness. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. I love the bold rye character as well as the equally bold hop presence.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Bellport Cold Beer & Soda. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits and sweet malt, a touch of citrusy and floral hops. Flavor of grainy rye initially and some crackery malt and bitter hops in the finish. Light nuttiness too. On the sweet side, yes, but overall pretty decent.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Thin whitish head; darker coppery brown color

S - Malty and just a touch of rye perhaps. Bready, pretty mild hop aromas. Not as aggressive as others in the style

T - Hop bitterness at first that's a touch piney but with more than a solid malt background...not as sweetish which is good for the style given the rye addition. Could have used more depth and rye prominence

M - Medium MF, a bit creamy and oily, coats the palate well.

D - Solid drinkability, quaffable enough because it's fairly interesting and does not cloy. Satisfying

Overall, not the best I've had in the style but more than a respectable take. Not the most aggressive version, but check it out if you like the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Kclinger's Tavern in Hanover - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - The beer is attractive w/ a brilliant crimson glow and a creamy eggshell/custard head of 1/8 inch. The lacing is lightly cling and the head is slighty rocky on top.

S - A nice fruity and rye bread aroma w/ subtle hop spiciness. The rye contributes a little spice to the aroma, but it is a mild nose overall

M - A mild malt texture combines w/ the hops to add moderate spiced feel w/ a medium carbonated and moderately full feel for the abv

T- The flavor is malty w/ a touch of caramel and a nice pine hop hint in the gentlly bittered taste. The malt has a nutty element in the background, perhaps from rye but may just be dark crystal since it has a dark fruit flavor w/ a sweet edge

D - A tasty rye ale, very easy to quaff, but not stellar or unforgettable, but a very solid rye beer. This is one I would certainly return to and enjoyed w/ my philly cheesesteak and fries.

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Photo of cavedave
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lovely amber/orange, a tiny bit cloudy, adequate carbonation. Thin head, a vague beige, lighter than expected. A bit of lace after a swirl, also less than expected.

Aroma is full of rye but not the blast of it I thought I'd get, lot's of deep sugary and earthy tones, caramel, herb.

Ah the taste, strong rye, wonderful balance of flavors, deep alcohol, earth, caramel and soft-flavor fruit. A bit thin in the mouth, but finish is long and yummy.

Expected more, but I will buy again, it is really tasty, very sessionable.

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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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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap same day the restaurant got it. very fresh. a nice caramel color with a nice head on it. smells of hops and some rye was the aroma . mouthfeel was good for a rye beer. not a huge fan of rye but this one i could see getting a case of. a nice beer for late winter almost spring beer

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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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