Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale (2013 re-review)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (951) - Albany, New York, 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. 
Grade: 8/10

NOTE: Watch my 2010 original video review here: