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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rye pale ale created specially for the 5th annual Blue Point Cask Festival.

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3.8
Berard (639) - 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

3.9
merc7186 (3142) - 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.

3.7
DiarmaidBHK (5703) - 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 don’t taste of rye. This ones pretty groovy.

3.8
nathan30533 (1020) - 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.

3.1
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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.

3.9
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, 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 there’s a sweet maltiness to the aroma as well.

Taste: It’s hard to have expectations about Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale since it doesn’t really conform to any style per se. I’ve had plenty of pale ales and IPAs with a strong rye character, though there’s 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, it’s 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 they’re quickly obscured by the beers strong rye character. It’s 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. It’s 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. It’s a tad repetitive, but what’s 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 wouldn’t call it refreshing, but it’s certainly no challenge to drink. You don’t have to be a hophead to enjoy this since it’s only 48 IBUs, and only leaves a subtle aftertaste (though I wouldn’t consider it refreshing). Paired with the right meal, I think this could be enjoyed even more than as a stand-alone beverage.

3.4
gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Cloudy amber with a nice cream colored head. Smooth and hides it’s ABV very well. Got a BOGO so that’s even better.

3.6
chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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.

3.6
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Copper pour with a white head. Rye and citrusy flavors, and some sweetness. It is a nice rye beer.

3.7
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
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.


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