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Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%


Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers of off-white head, somewhat large bubbles, over a cloudy pale amber body. The head recedes fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S - Lots of citrus and pine.

T - Nice big citrus, pine and floral hops as the smell suggests, followed by toasted malts.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat thin, this starts to border on soda-like.

O - Not a bad pale ale, very drinkable. I'd love to get this in cans but it's not bold enough for me to buy in bombers. The flavors are good but not so complex and the mouthfeel is a bit thin and soda-like. If I see this in cans I'd definitely pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:18:36 | More by JAFoley
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber says "extremely FRESH craft brewed," which is kind of moot considering there's no bottling date, but eh. I'm trying not to jump on that bandwagon.
Poured from bomber into DFH spiegelau IPA glass. Translucent golden-orange with a huge pillowy white head that breaks after a bit, leaving spotty chunky lacing and a thick puck of foam in the center with looser foam around the sides, and the whole lot slowly descends into the beer, leaving more lacing as it does.
Smells of nutty malt, with notes of grassy/earthy hops. Relatively simple smell, hopefully the taste delivers more.
Taste does in fact deliver more. Starts out with that same nutty malt, lovely complexity between the nuttiness and the clear malt. Hop flavor is subtle; grassy hops with slight citrus rind and earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-thin.
Overall, I enjoy the complexity of the malt in this pale ale, but the hop flavor could be a bit more complex and present.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:21:37 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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bum732

Maryland

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Slight bready sweetness with a pleasant fruity hoppiness in the background.

L: Slight, hazy burnt orange. Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Great lacing.

T: Light bready sweetness with a slight resiny and fruity hop taste. Medium spicy bitterness with a fairly clean maltiness into the finish. Finishes semi-dry and hoppy.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Solid pale ale. Not much more needs to be said.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:48:23 | More by bum732
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed bright orange color with a thin ivory head. No lacing with this one.

Aroma of bready malts along with light floral and grassy notes. Found an almost-buttery aroma of microwave popcorn floating about as well.

The taste had a bitter bite to it. Not really from any hops, but just bitter.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with fair carbonation.

I fear I may have picked up an older bottle while in Michigan. I found none of the hoppy presence that others have mentioned. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 22:27:12 | More by Monkeyknife
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Huffs

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into one of those Sam Adams glasses and developed a thick white head which clung to the glass, though the head was shortl-ived. Appearance was cloudy with a honey / straw color. Aromas had strong hop characteristics with sweet, citrus notes. Taste was predictably hoppy with hints of spice and citrus. Aftertaste was clean and dry. Overall an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:55:24 | More by Huffs
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

liked this better than i thought i would, and its a steal as an under 5 dollar bomber. the pour is real pale hay color, with a fair bit of haze to it and a short white head of tiny popping bubbles. the nose is fresher hops, resious and sappy, bitter but with that lemon zest element. flavor is balanced more than the nose, with a biscuity malt profile that borders on doughy and desserty, with no clear leaning. the hops intensify through the drink, culminating it a very bitter but somehow addicting finish. carbonation is grandiose here, more generous than the style usually commands, which gives this beer an effervescent mouthfeel. the medium body is just right, and this may well be the best blue point beer ive had. i have been unimpressed to date, but this pale ale was outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:28:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bomber of this for $4.25 at the local Giant Eagle

A - Nice 1/2 inch of sticky white head with great lacing. Beer color is a hazy bright orange yellow.

S - Biscuit malt, pale malt, a touch of sharp bitterness.

T - Actually quite good. The bitterness blends very well with the biscuit and pale malts. Not much else to say.

M - Light to medium easy to drink. Pretty nice carbonation.

Overall nothing to run out and buy again but one of the better pale ales I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 06:32:37 | More by DrDemento456
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pouts a pale golden color with a white head.

S- citrus orange peel hop aroma with a floral note. Dry biscuity malt on the back end.

T- sharp hop bitterness up front with notes of orange peel and pine. Biscuity pale malt with a touch of wheat on the finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel light body. Average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

Overall an ok pale

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:15:53 | More by Viciousknishs
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: This pours a nearly clear copper-gold color with great visible carbonation and a nice white head that forms some good lacing.

S: Smells of lemon, citrus, flowery and tropical fruit hops, with just some sweet, bready malt.

T: Follows the nose, although the majority of the hop presence in the flavor is manifested as bitterness, with the citrus and pine more subtle. There is also some pilsner malt character which, while acceptable for style, would not be my preference here. Hang is a not-unpleasant bitterness that last for a few beats.

M: Relatively heavily carbonated and a fairly light mouthfeel, even for style.

O: This is a pretty good APA. Not best in class or anything, but for only a few bucks for the bomber, I could certainly be drinking another one. Recommended to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 12:29:10 | More by macrosmatic
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has just a slight hint of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that never completely faded away.
S: The smell has aromas of floral and citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite hoppy with flavors of citrus and floral hops; these also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot more hops compared to other beers in the style—the hops are like an IPA but this beer is easy to drink, well balanced and doesn’t have much bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:19:06 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white pillowy head that slowly reduces to a half finger of dense pillowy head. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops as well as some floral hops.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness in the body of this beer. Light to moderate flavors of citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops with some moderate amounts of bitterness. Additionally there are some light flavors of floral hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very enjoyable with an inviting aroma and lovely hop flavors. Easy to drink and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 22:40:26 | More by dbrauneis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intense herbal hop character talks IPA but the malty balance and moderate alcohol says pale ale. It's easy to get seduced into gauging Blue Point's pale ale as a stronger and hoppier version.

Bright caramel and orange in color, the beer shows the clarity of filtered beer or that which wouldn't employ the dry hopped haze that's common in IPAs. Strongly headed with semi-creamy, semi-froathy cottony white foam, the beer delivers solid staying power and adherence of foam lace.

Strong herbal aromas of hops swirl around citrus and grassy notes in a very strong IPA kinda way. Mild caramel scents give a round honey-soaked character to the strong herbal grasses, grapefruit, and oranges that round out the beer. Herbal actually puts it politely- this beer is down-right marijuana-like in scent.

The balanced flavor also favor the hops as the strong pungent taste of fresh cut grass, hop matter, orange pulp and pith, white grapefruit juice, mulled tea leaves, chives, near-catty and wet marijuana deliver a fresh vegital character with citrus fruit to taste. Medium sweetness of caramel and honey give a juicy taste to the citrus component and balances the softly resiny pine-like bitterness. Finishing hop-balanced, the beer takes on IPA proportions but in the strength and intensity of flavor in American pale ales.

Creamy and fluffy from pillowy carbonation, the beer's mouth feel releases at mid palate and allows for a quickly drying texture that favors mild alcohol warmth, citrusy dryness, and malt memory.

With it's nearly 'dank' scent, this pale ale reminds us of how close the hop plant relates to cannabis plant.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:11:45 | More by BEERchitect
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a Unibroue snifter where it looked and smelled very promising. The liquid was a hazy amber with a generous amount of frothy, bubbly white head. Lots of sudsy lacing gets left on the glass. Plenty of carbonation is visible despite the light haze. The aroma is full of citrus with a rather fresh, floral and fruity effect; given the aroma alone I'd guess this was an IPA.

The taste was full of citrus hops, as expected, but the sweet tangerine element in the nose gets replaced by lemon and grapefruit in the taste. This is moderately bitter for an IPA; as a pale ale, the bitterness is rather high, especially in the grapefruit-rind finish.

Medium-light body; good, lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O a citrusy, 'imperial' APA with enough hop bittering to satisfy a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:18:39 | More by chinchill
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass (because it's the best beer glass out there).

Appearance: A slightly dark gold, body isn't heavy in carbonation but head was little big. Head was white maybe just over a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops but pure smell of it. It is light and that is the only reason I am not rating it higher but smells incredibly fresh.

Taste: Hops and pure taste, which is very easy to drink. Flavor is slightly toasty as well.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, comes off very crisp.

Overall: This is pretty good beer, bought it as I was checking out at the register on a whim. No regrets here and definitely should satisfy all beer connoisseurs alike. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 04:44:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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cosmicevan

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

stopped by the brewery to grab some swag and scope out old howling bastard on cask and saw this one avail so grabbed a taster. brew showed up showed up an amber orange. smells of a soft hoppin on a solid malt base. taste is the same. malt heavy with a tingle of hops. body is light, decent pale ale...nothing to lose your mind over, and certainly not towing the line of an ipa. nice one from the locals.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 19:50:42 | More by cosmicevan
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CHickman

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold color with bubbles racing up the middle and a giant fluffy/foamy white 2 finger head that faded slowly, leaving very nice foamy lacing clinging to the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus and floral hops up front, then a mix of light flowers, grains, sweet malt, grapefruit, biscuit, buttery crackers, herbs and some spices like pepper; not in your face hoppy, but a nice soft hoppy aroma that's well balanced by the malts and grains and very much American pale ale in the nose. It smells clean and refreshing.

Tastes like it smells, with citrus and floral hops up front, then a mix of light flowers, piney hops, grains, sweet malt, herbs, grapefruit, biscuit, buttery crackers, white bread, grass/hay, sour apple, earthy notes and some spices like pepper or tea leaf; flavor is also clean and refreshing, really damn easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery, yet smooth and easy flowing, with a very light body, very mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that's very dry.

A definite session beer, this is tasty, flows down like water and barely has any carbonation, and the price was insanely cheap at $2.95 for a bomber – wow, a damn tasty bargain that is worthy of going back for more. A solid pale ale that for the price should not be passed up.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 02:54:58 | More by CHickman
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point got me with the marketing of this 22 ounce bottle, a big picture of hops, with extremely fresh stamped on it. The label was so green, it made me crave hops. Pours a brilliant clear copper with an off white head forming thick and dimpled with a rocky texture. Aroma is grassy and citrus pith filled hops, very pleasant green hop pellet accents. Mild biscuit malt no real sweetness arising. Flavor brings a balanced assertive bitterness to the table, that is welcomed by many craft drinkers palates. Big hops up front finishes soft but bone dry with herbal, crushed aspirin, and citric hop pith. Excellent combination of flavors, mild biscuit malt sweetness fades quickly to the hops being the star. Mouthfeel is a lighter bodied pale ale with slick hop oils fading in each sip, leaves a bone dry finish. Overall a quality affordable bomber of approachable, hoppy beer, cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:44:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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BucannonXC5

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Got it from one my buddies, which was a pleasant surprise. Color was a hazy orange copper. About a finger of head. Healthy amount of white bubbly lacing that lasted throughout the pour. Frothy wet film on the sides.

Good whiff of citrus hops up front. Smelled more like an IPA than a pale ale. Seemed to mainly be tangerine and mandarin. Very refreshing.

Didn’t taste as much as the smell as I would have liked. Citrus hops, more lemon than the smell.

Lighter body. Thin, oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish with some light bitterness. Somewhat refreshing though.

Not a bad beer overall. It seems to be more in the middle of a pale ale and an IPA. That’s probably the intention. This would go down great in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 07:20:53 | More by BucannonXC5
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Brad007

Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper/golden color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Mint, pine resin and some buttery malt make up the aromas that greet the thy nose.

Pine resin and buttery malt upfront. Tantalizing. They play games with the tongue, bringing out chewy dough.

The right amount of hops for the styel. Lingering chewy bread dough texture. I love it.

Very nice! I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:40:37 | More by Brad007
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adam42381

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light gold/caramel color with a 1-2 finger frothy eggshell white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Nice blend of bitter citrus and malt.

Taste: Sweet earthy malt up front followed by bitter citrus in the middle before ending with a very light and smooth finish. Aftertaste is bitter lemon zest and a touch of earthy malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. One of the better American Pale Ales on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:13:48 | More by adam42381
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david131

California

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow/ light orange liquid with numerous strains of rising carbonation. The white head is splotchy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Grass, pine, caramel, apples, and grapes.

T- Grass, pine, caramel, and some fruit. Tight and simple.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps it light and emphasizes the bitterness.

O- A well made pale ale. Not a stand out, but definitely something I could see myself going for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:30:35 | More by david131
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Swim424

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber in 1liter houfbrau mug
this has the fresh seal on it

A-orange gold in color. poured with a nice head leaving some residue on the glass. can see some carbonation bubbles.

S-definitely getting some nice hop aroma. as well as some caramel malt to it

T-Nice balance of hops and malt. Sort of like an Iced tea beer, but a bit sweeter with a nice hoppiness to it.

Mf-thin-medium. A bit creaminess to it. But very nice.

O-this is a very refreshing pale ale. I really enjoy this. Very smooth. everything is very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:25:06 | More by Swim424
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely fresh draft pour served in a pint glass. Sampled 8/30/10. (Review from an enormous backlog of notes.)

A: Served with a finger and a half of off-white foamy head. Excellent retention and promising lacing. The body is light pale copper orange, but it's not a particularly attractive color. There is little activity inside the glass in the way of visible carbonation. Lacing turns out to be fair only, sticking in partial sheets which slide back down as the drinking continues.

S: The nose puts forth aromas of peach and orange with light grapefruit not far behind. Very citrusy and hop forward. Malts of bread, biscuits and light caramel.

T: Taste follows the nose closely. Slight lack of depth of flavor but it opens up well as the beer warms. Still the malt foundation could (and probably should) be a little beefier. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter for an APA.

M: Medium-light body and perhaps a touch thin. Fizzy carbonation helps to improve the mouthfeel but it still needs some work.

D: At a bar with a killer taplist, I asked the bartender to give me a glass of "the sleeper on the menu" and this is what was served. Very nice brew with a great nose. Despite a few flaws, this beer had enough redeeming qualities to make it a worthwhile purchase.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 01:29:34 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at the Trapp Door, Emmaus, PA

Served on cask, this beer poured a light golden brown color, slightly hazy with some noticeable bits of sediment in the glass, and a small frothy head that receded almost completely, leaving a thin trail of lacing behind. Basic aroma of pale malts and grains, lightly hoppy. Similar taste, light and crisp, grainy, toasty, bittersweet, with a grassy hop character. Not overly flavorful, but rather sessionable. A little bitter in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable in its simplicity.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2011 16:49:27 | More by Rifugium
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beerdrifter

Germany

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at the Mondial Bier Fest in Strasbourg, France. Clear yellow-orange pour with nice two finger head with good retention and lacing. Pretty bold, herbal nose for an APA with hints of fresh hops, grass, pine sap, and a touch of lemon. The taste follows suit nicely with some big, fresh, bitter, piney hops. Again, pretty intense for a pale ale. But as this warms, it really balances out and the malty sweetness really comes into the picture. The bitterness of the hops is still there, but much more balanced. Much like the taste, the mouthfeel is fizzy and sharp at first, but mellows to a medium body and is slightly chewy. The finish is really crisp and clean with a nice tangy, dry, bitter hop bite. This is my second beer from Blue Point, and I'm very impressed with these guys so far. Just wish that I had picked up a few more at the fest.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 16:51:59 | More by beerdrifter
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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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