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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A rye pale ale created specially for the 5th annual Blue Point Cask Festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (2157) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle. This is a nice rye all with some dry rye bite and good hop undertones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (3214) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Malty sweetness that reminds me of dried leaves and dirt. some light spicy rye and herbal hops are there as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernesto987 (5289) - Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2013
A little too sweet for me, very sweet and big rye flavors, meh itís ok. Too sweet though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Berard (556) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle. Light brown pour with thin white head that dissipates. Medium carbonation with ipa aroma. Interesting flavor with hop presence and rye on the back. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2818) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light Through, White Head Ring, Good Lacing S: Rye, Caramel T: Rye, Bready, Caramel M: Good Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Dry, Clean Overall, a decent bready rye ale with a nice lingering taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4010) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Draft at Champs Altoona. Pours brown with an inch of white foam. Leaves some trace lacing. Nice rye notes of the nose even with the massively frozen glass. Lots of spicy rye on the tongue. I hate rye beers that donít taste of rye. This ones pretty groovy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (986) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
This is a good one. Good pour with a nice head and lacing. Good sweet aroma and taste. Hops follow and the rye really makes this one stand out. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Taster on tap at HopCat in East Lansing. Clear golden orange color. Little off-white head. Some loose lace. Medium body. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. More dry finish. Sweeter taste for an IPA, moderate bitter. Caramel malt, rye is very subtle. Some spicy hop. Alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $4.99 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Murky copper-colored body. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Rye is quite prominent (not surprisingly), but thereís a sweet maltiness to the aroma as well.

Taste: Itís hard to have expectations about Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale since it doesnít really conform to any style per se. Iíve had plenty of pale ales and IPAs with a strong rye character, though thereís not enough hop presence for this to be an IPA and the body is a bit too big to be an ordinary pale ale. So what is this beer? Well, itís technically a "Specialty Grain", as the rye definitely is the star of the show. Though a better deScription might just be "a very good beer".

The palette opens with a strong malty presence, not unlike that of an amber ale. Slightly sweet flavor of caramel are prominent, but theyíre quickly obscured by the beers strong rye character. Itís a dry spiciness and works well with the malts to create for a slightly bready-like flavor (ya know - rye bread?). Significant bitterness comes out in the second half of the swig. Itís slightly flower-like, but more on the spicy/earthy side. Rye flavor returns on the finish and in the aftertaste, but so does the malty sweetness. Overall, this is a really well-balanced beer with an enjoyable taste palette. Itís a tad repetitive, but whatís here is quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale does not nearly drink as big of a beer as it is at 7.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is firm, but soft and smooth with no alcohol presence whatsoever. I wouldnít call it refreshing, but itís certainly no challenge to drink. You donít have to be a hophead to enjoy this since itís only 48 IBUs, and only leaves a subtle aftertaste (though I wouldnít consider it refreshing). Paired with the right meal, I think this could be enjoyed even more than as a stand-alone beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Cloudy amber with a nice cream colored head. Smooth and hides itís ABV very well. Got a BOGO so thatís even better.

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