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: 222 | Ratings: 579
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 thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a light red-orange with a fluffy four finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, BIG rye, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, rye, metallic, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I thought I had smelled rye in a beer before, but this one kicked me in the face with it. Definitely one of the most intense rye smelling brews I have had to-date. The flavor was a little more subtle on the rye execution allowing more complex flavors to come out. While it was more complex it wasn't necessarily blended very well. The metallic flavor was killed the flavor on the brew for me if I had to pick one. Worth trying, but that is about it.

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Photo of npmike2
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Rich dark malty colors, small head. No lacing to really be spoken of.

S- Caraway coming through in smell, clove and other spices add to the complexity of the aroma.

T- Dense malted flavors, rich aftertones of hops and light yeast taste.

M- Noting spectacular or poor to go on ranting about. Just a smooth brew.

O- Four overall, really solid beer with great taste. Reminds me of my ex.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I immediately noticed the nice appearance of this beer, carbonation seemed to be flowing, and the head was just right.
Love the way it looked.

Hops were strong but not overpowering.

Could definitely taste the rye, and liked it.

I recently have become a fan of rye beers, and this is a good example of one.

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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 abgba121
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light amber with almost no head or lace

S: smells very much like wheat and rye as expected, some maltyness and a slight hop prescence

T: sweet up front followed by some fruitiness and then the wheat

M: normal body and carbonation

O: a good beer, nice change of pace

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


Pours a copper amber color with a white lacing that retains quite well.

Smells of noticeable rye and floral hops.

Tastes of rye, semi-sweet malt, floral hoppiness and hop bitterness.

Medium body with some carbonation over the tongue.

Pretty darn good IPA-like rye ale, although not quite as hoppy as an IPA. A treat for rye fans looking for a good medium ale with some bite. Definitely worth trying.

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

poured into a Buzzard's Bay pint glass. thanks for the extra, JoeyBeerBelly!

a: clear amber in color with a fairly thick white head. sticks well.

s: floral and pine hop aroma with noticeable sweet malt character. nothing crazy, but still solid.

t: floral and pine hop flavor with a subtle sweet malt backbone. spicy notes of tobacco (rye malt). enjoyable.

m: good mouthfeel.

what a good beer. most rye beers don't do it for me, but this was great. recommended.

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

A: Honey-amber, looks almost syrupy. Cloudy white head, good streaks of lacing.

S: Delicate earthy grains, sweet bread, touch of hop bitterness.

T: Probably an old bottle at the bar, but just a slight citrus hop bite. Mostly malt dominant, has some rye-heat spice, quite yeasty. A lot of bready notes.

M: Lively carbonation from the light-medium body. Spicy.

O/D: An enjoyable beer, I wish it were more fresh, but has some good bread-like qualities.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper, thin head, pretty nice lacing, much clearer and lighter color than expected

Nose is very sweet malts, a little spicy and citrus hops

Taste: Pretty 1 dimensional citrus hops, toffee and brown sugar malts make up the bulk of the flavor. Just a teeny tiny bit of rye in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, carbonation is quite minimal, leaves a little slick on the tongue.

Overall a decent beer, but barely qualifies as a rye beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

It pours a hazy reddish amber with a rather thin but durable off-white head. Ample, mostly fine carbonation can be seen.

Aroma: plenty of caramel with some baked bread, light toasted grains, and hints of hops and rye. Nice if rather subdued.

The taste is pretty balanced between sweet and bitter, with a good amount of hop flavor mid-taste, and leaving a mildly bitter and hoppy aftertaste. Rye is evident too. Not too complex but well done and with more than adequately rich flavor for style and some light fruitiness.

Medium bodied; excellent carbonation; rather smooth with a hint of dryness. Mouthfeel is the only dimension where the higher ABV is evident.

O - a fine session beer. Easily recommended to fans of rye beers. ... wait, I see the ABV is 7.5; it is well hidden in both aroma and taste, so be careful.

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

Poured into a crystal mug, the beer has a clear amber red color. The creamy off white head builds two fingers high and holds for a while. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smelling the beer , I detect fruit like peach and apricot, honey and rye.
Tasting the beer, up front there are the fruity notes, kept in check by this rye taste which was not as dominant in the smell.
In the middle some caramel and malty notes are again controlled by this rye background. At the end some slightly bitter hops balance the beer nicely.
This beer is more complex as I originally thought. Certainly a good buy!

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some spices, a touch of citrus. Taste is good, hops, spice, some rye are all present, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber with no obvious freshness markings into a pint glass. Coppery clear color with slim threads of carbonation. One finger tan head fades to half and holds; good lacing. Nose is sweet with a hint of hops and not much else. Rye? Perhaps something grainy/grassy is there. In the mouth, surprisingly tasty compared to nose. Malt up front, slightly bready, with a definite spiciness. A friend said it tasted of unprocessed wheat but I didn’t get much “rye.” Definitely a pleasant, semi-sweet spiced flavor that is enjoyable. Moderate hops presence evens things out. Mouth his smooth and viscous, fitting to this beer’s character. Overall, pretty tasty in its own right. This is my first “rye” ale so I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s spicy and malty yet with a nice hops bite. Good; recommended.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a golden color with a creamy tan colored head. The smell of the beer had a good spicy aroma to it and some light citrus in there as well. The taste of the beer was also a bit spicy but I liked it. The mouthfeel of this beer from the cask was a little flat and thin. I'm not sure if a cask was the right move for this brew. Overall I think it'd be better from the bottle but I still found it enjoyable.

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with two fingers of white foam, settles to a thin layer leaving streaks of delicate lacing. Smell: sweet caramel, lightly bready, spicy, with some orange citrus. Taste: toffee and citrus thin out mid sip to leave you with a mouthful of rye bread. Moderate sweetness throughout with a sticky drying finish. Active carbonation is a little too active mid sip and washes the flavors away too quickly. Still a nice beer but nothing Id seek out.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of JoeBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear 24K gold with about a 1 finger head of foam and some nice lacing. The clarity of the beer is impressive.

Taking some whiffs, I get a lot of caramel malt with the rye and a touch of citrus hops. Very nice.

The taste is lightly sweet from the malt and rye, lightly bitter from the citrus hops which grows during the session pushing this more into the bitter than the sweet side but it's still got some good balance to it. Nice and tasty and the alcohol isn't all that noticeable.

Medium bodied, ditto for the carbonation, a good smooth mouthfeel with some good drinkability. I like.

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Photo of neobob187
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint Bottle.

A: The appearance is nice, a very deep amber color with reddish hues near the top. The head dissipated quickly but if you swirl the beer in your pint glass you get really nice lacing.

S: Not a lot going on with the nose. A good deal of Rye and a very faint piny hop.

T: This is where the beer got better for me. Absolutely refreshing. A good deal of citra hop bitterness and piny flavor. But it also has a nice coppery rye flavor too.

M: The lace that you can see from the glass definitely coats your tongue in a nice bitter hop flavor.

O: I really liked this beer, after writing my initial tasting notes, I finished the bottle with some BBQ Ribs and it was a perfect match for some spicy food. I recommend it!

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Photo of joefuzz
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap and in bottle at company beer bar nyc I will be reviewing the bottle pour.

Pours a light copper with a small thin quickly dissipearing white head

Smells of caramel mollasses rye and hops

Tastes alot like it smells lots of sweet sugary flavors up front with a smooth hoppy rye finish

Mouthfeel seems a little thin for the style and pretty high on the carbonation

Drinkibility is pretty high for a 7.5% beer put down a few pints with no problems

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

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer looks like their Toaste Lager, with a deep copper coloring and a thin, sparse, off-white head. The beer's smell is sweet and woodsy. The flavors are light, sweet malt with toasted, smokey grain flavors carrying the load. Good, smooth body and flavor. Smooth, almost sweet, finish, with a slight whiskey aftertaste. Extremely tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The word is getting around. I picked up this Bad Boys, Bad Boys, what ya gonna do bomber at a gas station. Imagine that. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very heavy malt smell with molasses and some floral hopping. On the pour I get a bright orange bronze with a heavy thick head that stands firm and laces as it only very gradually recedes. On the taste this brew hits you first with the mouthfeel, as it is as thick as it smells. I think you could stand a spoon in it. The taste then hits, very balanced with a huge malt backbone and some tarty citrus underlying hop bitterness that stays steady throughout. Taste is very consistent throughout, sweet malts and bitter hoppiness with the finish being a little bit sweeter and with an earthy rye-like tone. This brew is nothing complex but hits right between the eyes. I will seek out again.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rastafa Rye, growler filled at Brew York City-Duane Reade, UWS-NYC, for $7.99

Appearance: Served in a chalice, the Rastafa comes looking a deep but slightly transparent copper, with a heady head (sorry) that includes lots of fluff and bubbles and leaves behind significant lacing. A good start!

Smell: Malts, that rye of course, wild unharvested cereal. A tad of citrus that brings it into IPA territory plus caramel sweetness at the end. Also, an interesting "acrid" (in a good way) smell, like soy sauce.

Taste: Spice, grass and pungent (but delicious) rye. Bready, caramel-y finish, with butterscotch and boiled sugar. Chestnut, dry fruit, an autumn-y brew in many ways. Grainy all around, I can't stop thinking this would go great with some bourbon/whiskey!

Mouthfeel: Could use more "oomph!", but it suits the brew alright as it is, with medium flavor and carbonation and medium-to-low body. As it warms up, the rye does kick nice. Dry, spicy finish.

Overall: Rating goes up here because, even if the nose and body of this beer are not outrageously stunning, it does make for a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. The alcohol is mostly well played and never overwhelming and -while this is no Hop Rod Rye- it makes for a fine, drinkable ale.

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

Rastafa Rye Ale pours a rich crystal clear golden amber with a monstrously huge foamy white head that takes it time to fall leaving copious amounts of lacing behind.

I pick up toasted rye and malt in the aroma with bready scents and grassy hops as well.

Nice flavor profile, the rye is definitely present with a bit of grainy bitterness and there is a bit of fruity sourness in the background as well. Lightly toasted malts remind me a bit of a Vienna Lager while hops do take the back seat. Nicely bitter overall with a bitter finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice creaminess going on from the also ample carbonation.

Overall a pleasant and drinkable offering. I like the semi Vienna Lagerlike taste combined with the bitter rye while there is enough malt sweetness to keep things balanced as well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Swung bu the brewery to grab some swag for a BIF and figured I would sample a few. For a small pour showed up with a surprisingly frothy head. Color was deep amber and there was a subtle hop bite to the brew. Good balance and quite refreshing, the rye chills down the hops a lot making this 7+ abv dangerously drinkable. Smell was also rather timid. Carbonation was minimal and seemed a bit watery.

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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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Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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