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.