ChadPolenz (1622) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber with a nice cream colored head. Smooth and hides itís ABV very well. Got a BOGO so thatís even better.
chinchill (3983) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. (from 2011 notes)
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.
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour with a white head. Rye and citrusy flavors, and some sweetness. It is a nice rye beer.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Overall a very nice orange-haze pour into a tulip at home. Some white head and lacing. Good aroma of rye, bread, some floral sweetness. Taste is kind of sweet for a rye but not overdone. I get the rye, bread, fruits, light sweetness, and a somewhat dry finish. Nice finish with a hoppy rye flavor. Not bad.
zacgillbanks (4141) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plaza Liqour Store, Kissimmee, Florida. This is a hazy orange coloured beer with a sweet, juicy tangerine and orange flavour followed by sweet tropical notes, slight tartness and warmth on the finish.
Clarkdvm (414) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Corrigans in St Pete. Smooth. Kinda fruity aftertaste for a rye beer . Personally liked it more than other reviewers
ladnewton (1740) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Waterfront, New York on 9th July 2013. Slightly hazy amber with white ring of initially lacing foam. Yeastiness, hops and sweet malts in aroma. Hoppy with rear-mouth grassiness, while caramel malt clings to front of mouth. Bittersweet, well-balanced finish -bitterness among smoothly-blended flavours. Light carbonation, easy drinking for the strength.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brass Tap Carrollwood. Pour amber red with a nice white head. Laces the cup well. Taste hops, citrus and hads a mild bitterness on the end.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Knick. Really nice floral hoppy aroma, sweet with caramel and some brown sugar. Spicy rye grain notes. Hazy medium amber with thin off-white head. Medium body with heavy carbonation and carbonic fizz. Starts medium sweet with biscuit and toffee, light spicy character and decent floral hop flavor. Light sweet finish and smooth after.