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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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Photo of muscleonthewolf
4.14/5  rDev +11%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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 BeerNinja007
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bomber of this brew for $4.98 at Johnstown Beverage in Johnstown NY. Label claims 1.070 OG, 48 IBU, 7.5% ABV. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

This thick cloudy honey-colored brew gives a thick cake of light tan foam. Smell is sweet and tropical- pineapple, mango, rye, honey. Hops and rye spice blend seemlessly together for a tasty bite. Carbonation is very bright and rigorous, this impression is probably enhanced by the hop/rye double whammy bite. Great appearance and thick lace on the glass.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in G-boro.Poured into a standard pint a hazed amber/bronze with thinner but well retained soapy-like white head,aromas of citrus and caramel mainly,there is a soft spiciness to the nose as it warms as well.Citrus fruit and spice on the palate upfront,a bit of caramel and dough holds up well to the hops and sharpness of the rye.A solid brew its easy going down for the abv. and is even somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I am 50/50 with corny play-on-names beer labels. Its totally a personal thing, and in absolutely no way reflects how I actually feel about the beer which it represents. So when a friend of mine brought over a bottle of Blue Point's RastafaRye Ale I was conflicted between excitement for an exciting rye beer, and mixed feelings over its obvious cartooned Rastafarian logo.

Really though, I am just being stupid. The label looks great; its fun, the name is entertaining, and really, isn't that what it is all about? So this beer was a bit of a turning point for me - no longer would I judge a bottle by its label; I will look deep into the soul and heart of the beer before passing any sort of judgement on it. Yes, I have been saved.

When it really comes down to it, this was a new Rye Ale that I have not tried before, so I should have just shut up and been excited. But no matter, after some inner soul searching and self-reflection I have rid my old ways and become a better beer aficionado because of it. Thank you RastafaRye!

The RastafaRye came in a 650ml bottle at 7.5% abv with a totally colorful label - a great label... Anyways. The RastafaRye was created by Blue Point to honor Rastafari way of life, promoting true identity, heaven on earth, equality and love. It is brewed with malted rye and west coast hops.

I opened this Rye beer cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a tall and slender gold rimmed tulip glass. It built a very dense and richly colored pale creamy head that stood firmly two and a bit inches above the beer's surface. It had exceptional retention and really showed great strength and exceptional body (learning opportunity: two factors that can profoundly affect a beers head quality are fat and protein content. Fat diminishes and ruins head, protein build and develops it).

The beer itself was a gently transparent amber orange with golden browns and touches of red oak and golden yellow brimming in the light. It really was a perfect contrast, and minutes later the head was still a castle of foam on top this richly colored beer.

The nose was sweet and doughy with soft biscuit, rye malt, earth, fresh spice and hints of zesty hops. Overall it is not very strong, but the flavors here are quite distinct - the rye has obvious presence and has contributed a delightful aroma of mulled spices and bread. The hops show mild strength and very herbal, floral aromas. A very appealing and appetizing beer so far.

I opened up for a big taste and this RastafaRye did not disappoint. Superbly refreshing and ultimately delicious, this rye beer came in with smooth yet crisp malted rye sweetness and a soft wave of clean spice, hop zest, hints of citrus and juicy flavors. Soft but distinct bread and dough flows throughout your palate with a gentle soft bitterness, herbs and floral earth.

A hint of yeast shines though aiding the spices overall presence and the beer's mouthfeel. It is soft and creamy with smooth carbonation create a very refined crispness that both quenches and sooths at the same time. A dry and slightly sweet finish matches the overall experience perfectly create an supremely appetizing beer. I have heard that it nears rediculous stature when served on cask.

I would be massively happy with this beer any day of the summer, or paired with anything than came off the grill. But also shellfish, lamb or pork would be great. Anything with a savory and soft sweetness will be complimented and cleanly eventuated by this softly sweet, and appetizingly crisp rye ale.

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Photo of tchenery
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep orange, has a thin lacing head, but very bubbly. Smells of that rye 'funkiness' that I love thanks to Terrapin. Has an interesting chocolatey but not chocolatey smell to it - hard to explain, maybe it's raisins.

Smooth mouthfeel, almost too silky. Malt flavor is wholly the smell that I was getting, very raisiny and marshmallowy. It's probably all the rye. It's not that bitter.

I'm not crazy about this beer. It's different, but it's nothing wild and it's not straight good enough for me to go crazy about. Tasty though.

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Photo of Mancer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a one finger high off-white head. The head stuck for the life of the beer and was one of the most impressive beers found at Blue Point. The initial smell of the beer was citrus hops with a light rye malt backbone. Similar to the smell, the initial taste of the beer was citrus hops (grapefruit flavor) with a rye malt finish. The brew was slightly bitter and had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer. The flavors seem well rounded and not overly complex. I will definitely buy this beer when the opportunity arises. This is a Blue Point beer worth trying, and it won't let you down.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a fairly clear, amber color. There is a somewhat frothy/fizzy off white head on it. There was no lacing. The aroma is mainly caramel malt, with some notes of the rye and grassiness also. Nice taste. I expected some sweetness from the aroma and got none. The rye is dominant in the flavor. Maybe a hint of graininess and citrus also. Some bitterness to it. A nice brew.

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Photo of Amalak
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at Blind Tiger in New York.
A- It's very cloudy with loads of sediment floating around in there. Great foamy head and lacing.
S- Apple and floral.
T- The rye taste certainly comes through. Bold. It has a hot cereal/oatmeal taste. Bland in a way, but very smooth with a good bite at the end.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 22 ounce bottle in pint glass

A: amber, lose soapy head

S: rye malt, spice, overall light

T: Rye, bread, floral hops well balanced,

M: medium- light body, a bit of booze

D: the bottle will go down smooth, good summer time beer. solid rye beer.

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that slowly diminished to a thin layer and leaved decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of rye malts and crisp citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount of refreshing citrus hops against a nice rye malt backbone, very enjoyable! The beer is rather light, crisp and refreshing with very well hidden alcohol. This one was much better than I expected, one I would certainly have again.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Amber-coloring, decent head (heh-heh)

S: Not much on the nose, maybe a little bit of hops and malt.

T: This is pretty good - nice balance. I think they call it a copper ale. Was expecting it to have a biting/sweet rye flavor profile (must be thinking the hard rye stuff), so I was pleasantly surprised.

M: Medium-bodied

D: I took down the 22oz bottle of this, but I couldn't imagine drinking more than that in a sitting.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Jun 2010. Thanks to K for bringing this back from Buffalo.

Poured in a Celish shaker pint. Medium sized light tan head. Medium carbonation. Clear light orange color. Smells slightly resiny, like rye, orange peel, wood and wheat. Starts rye sweet, spicy and grainy. Caramel and hazelnut through the middle. Finish is just slightly resiny and bitter. Moderate alcohol. Medium body, slightly flat.

What does rasta have to do with rye?

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Notes from memory the following morning.

A: Color is a orange-amber, fairly clear. Nice thick (~2 inch) head.

S: Smells are fairly subdued, with some light citrus, hoppy notes with a graininess I assume is from the rye.

T: Taste is light. Some floral and citrus hops balance out the bready, grainy flavors. Some spicy notes are present as well.

M: Light body with decent carbonation. Very easy and refreshing.

D: After several DIPA and RIS beers in the past couple days, this was a refreshing change of pace. The beer was very balanced. And although it's 7.5%, seemed very sessionable. I could easily see this as a regular if it was available locally.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to shaebs99 for this.

3.5 A: Nearly clear medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head with good retention and touches of spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Bready malts with an earthy spicy rye component. Hops are herbal in nature, but aren't very strong. Still, not bad here.

4.0 T: Loads of rye in the taste. Not quite there, but approaching roggenbier level. Bready malts with a slightly unclean yeastiness that works well with the rye. Hops lend a soft bitterness, but not much in terms of flavor. Good, but lacks depth.

3.5 M: Medium body. Reasonably creamy. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Light bitterness lingers into aftertaste along with a slight astringency.

3.5 D: Not bad, but there are plenty better examples out there.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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 towersfall
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with an off-white head that resting on top. Lacing is plentiful dripping all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grainy and hoppy with a slight bitterness coming from what I assume to be from the rye. Little skunky and not too attractive, but it is similar to other Rye ales I've had.

Taste: The malt teases the taste buds while the hops and rye do their duty of clean up/finish. Somewhat bitter and would more than likely scare away non-rye drinkers. I approve for the style and actually enjoyed the bomber.

Mouthfeel: Needs more of a thicker complexion and I felt the carbonation was a bit off. The aftertaste is tart but soothing.

Drinkability: The drinkability is impressive to me, but I enjoy the style. Those who aren't a fan of the style might just want to try it, but I will continue to purchase it.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 16 oz pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. It was immediately following a disappointing IPA that i had and this was a real pleasant surprise.

The color, aroma and carbonation are all very much like a pale ale or Ipa. When you taste it, however, the spice of the Rye is a great surprise and a great departure from other ales.

I guess I didn't love this the first time I tried it in the bottle but I like this a lot and will drink it again and again.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint

A hazed copper body with a foamy two-finger cap. The head is a light cream color. The aroma leads off with fresh grassy hops and then grainy rye in the middle. On the palate, the hops kind of hang above the rest of the body, adding pine needles, a splash of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Earthy, grainy malt holds down the back end and takes hold in the finish. The finish is a touch spicy, clean and dry.

An easy drinker with a nice little hop profile. No problem cutting through this 22.

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Photo of kshankar
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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 travduke
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
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 beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep coppery-marzen with a flat, 1 finger ivory colored head that was well lasting and spongey in nature. Clarity was bright with an explosive showering display of macro-bubbles that feverishly rose to the surface. A good spongey coating is the result for a lacing that sticks nicely to the glass.

S: The rye comes through dominantly like a hand full of freshly cracked grains. There is a nice peppery-cola touch as well a citrusy flowery hopping of medium intentions that all blend together in seamless fashion.

T: The flavor is crisp coming compliments of the rye, with dry husky grains along with a spiciness of warm peppery grapefruit grind. Flowery citrus combines nicely with the rye which had some resemblance to munich in flavor. The hopping was moderate in strength with the main focus being the rye backbone that defined this drink giving it a toasty, dry and spicy flavor that concluded with a fade of peppery citrus on the tongue. Spicy rye is definitely the highlight of this drink with just enough hopping to add subtle compliments without overshadowing the guest of honor. Nicely balanced and well received with a touch of alcohol warming rounding things out.

M: The mouthful was crisp with a tight carbonation. Warm and toasty with a dry feel all concluding with a ensuring peppery-citrus fade on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability. Spicy, dry warm which would go great in the early fall months. Easy to consume with an intriquing rye character that will keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a coppery amber color with great clearity and a long lasting head.

The nose makes me anticipate chewy malts of the spicy bread variety with a nice hop kick in the finish.

The flavor lives up to that for the most part. The rye dominates the flavor until the forever lasting finish, which kind of turns chocolaty. Medium bodied, a tad watery would be my only complaint.

If you like rye beers this is worth a shot. Plus, some of the proceeds go to charity. win-win

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Photo of LordHammer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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 twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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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