Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rastafa Rye Ale

On a hot Saturday recently I found myself painting a porch purple and doing yard work. It was very fun and satisfying. Around noon I got a hankering for food + beverage. I opened this Rastafa Rye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company in New York.

 The bottle informed me that a portion of their profits go towards youth in the Caribbean who are orphaned, at-risk, and provide resources for education. Yay! Also this beverage has 48 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume).
 As you can see, this is a lovely ale! Poured a bright orange-amber with a thick 2 finger head that lasted a very long time. Smells of rye and spice stood out. Also a bit of sweet citrus, bitter hops, and pepper.
And the taste! It is was very good stuff. Hops stood out but seemed very balanced with the rye malt base. Very flavorful but not over-powering. Good rye, hoppy, and spicy notes. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than I expected, but did not feel heavy. 
I enjoyed the Rastafa Rye Ale with an entree from Palace of Jamaica - Jerk Chicken, cabbage, rice and beans, plaintains. Fantastic meal! The alcohol in the beer was not noticeable in taste or feel but 1/2 a bottle was plenty for a hot afternoon. I'd absolutely get it again.
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