Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a Purchase by date of Jul 03. Tasted and rated on July 22nd, 03.

Poured a golden honey color with an inch thick white head. The head left spots and short ranges of lacing on the glass. There is also very visible carbonation, more than usual for a Pale Ale.

Aromas of fresh, green hops with a malt background. Mostly fresh, floral hops. Very floral and powerful aromas. Smells like fresh picked hops.

The taste started with slightly sweet malt, but is quickly covered by fresh hop bite. The transition is very smooth, but too much for a non-hophead. While I can truly appreciate the elevated level and how smoothly the taste does transition from the slightly sweet malt to the completely bitter hops, this is a little more hop than I am currently ready for.

The carbonation is very high for a Pale Ale and bubbles dancing and pop in your tongue and across the mouth. It goes down very easy and is very drinkable, but again a little more bitter than I currently regularly enjoy. Very nice change from my usual. Thanks for the sample, you know who you are.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the engine a pale light golden with some sediment setteling to the bottem a foamy thinner white head atop,nice big piney aromas the hops are very prevelant a touch of citrus as well just a touch of dryer biscuit malt in the nose.If you like hop tilted American versions of the style this will be to your liking,piney and quite resiny with underlying citrus notes not much of a malt presence to be had,a tad thin but a very sociable pint with all the hop goodness you would want,a nice APA on cask.

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

Fresh growler purchased about 20 mins from the brewery, consume before date of 9/28. Pours golden amber, clear, with a snow white head, showing good retention and leaving lovely lacing. Nose is full of lime, grapefruit and light malt. This is a tasty pale ale, perfect for hot summer days, its thirst quenching, crisp and pleasingly hoppy. Citric,floral and lightly oily. Nice job here by Blue Pt. Seek out their growlers, fine suds.

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

Mmmm, fresh hops! (It says so on the label.) Light golden orange with small but solid head, lace down the glass. Minimal aroma with hops and a pleasant salty beach sensation. A tart beer, light on the malts with tangy hops taking over but letting up at the last minute for a not-too-dry finish. It is nice to discover a beer that is solid and flavorful but not too heavy. This is even a fraction lighter than Sierra Nevada's pale ale. Good in every sense; makes me want to move to Patchogue and make the Blue Point tasting room my local. This beer really shines with food, a simple roasted chicken is ideal.

Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale honied orange with streams of bubbles rising up to a thick and dimpled head of beige foam. Low aroma of pine sap and orange rind.

Flavor of piney hops, grapefruit rind, some butterscotch and inced tea. Understated maltiness rides beneath, assertive bitterness.

Tingly mouthfeel, dry, finishes crisp with some tannins. Seems odd for the style -- low maltiness for a pale ale, and the hops are more a bitter than a flavorful or aromatic hoppiness.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light and somewhat cloudy, so my initial impression was this going to be a wheat beer? The aroma was nice strong hops, it came through loud and clear.
The head was pretty thick and almost like a typical American lager.
But no question, once you put it near your nose, you could 'feel' the hops. The bitterness of the hops came right out at the first sip. It hit all the right sensors of the tongue. My one complaint was that it did not finish as well as it started. I wanted that strong bitter hoppiness to finish right to the end.

Very drinkable, and almost chug gable.

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours golden orangish color with an off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet and buttery malt with a good dose of fresh hops. 

T- The taste is nice and balanced. Sweet malt up front with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Blue Point American Pale Ale is a solid pale ale that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-cask at Tap and Table. Had a small glass and while the sharp citrus hops from dry hopping made for a great aroma, but the flavor couldn't match it. It was a sort of dirty bread and dulled citrus bite. I fear this cask may have been sitting around too long. There's been some fine dry hopping, but the rest of this beer isn't coming together.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a thick white head that retains well. The aroma has some juicy hop character, biscuity malt, caramel, fruity esters and some breadiness. The flavor also starts out with piney and citrusy hops, some biscuit, fruity esters, caramel, a little hay, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and drinkability is good. A decent pale ale, but ends up tasting watery compared to better executions of the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked thia up in Brandon FL. Pours an effervescent straw/gold color with 2 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Bready with a touch of grassyness

T: Deep herbal bitterness followed by grapefruit & a touch of biscuitty malt hiding underneath the astrigency. Starts to get better as this warms, malt starts to balance this a bit, then woody & grapefruitty hops, plus grassyness. Finishes with a bit of toffee & then grassy & woody hops by the ton, plus much dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. Not balanced well at all

Drinks alright didn't really enjoy this one at first, hopheads may disagree, a bit more malt would've helped here. Let this one get at least up to cellar temp before trying

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear toasted straw color with plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The brew has a nice cream colored clingy head. The aroma is of a light floral and grassy hop, has that fresh hop aroma, though quite faint. The taste has a strong metallic flavor along with some rust. There is a sweet bready malt that is buried by the metallic notes. The hop profile is mainly grassy and bitter; perhaps this is where some of the metallic notes are coming from. Light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Despite the metallic flavors the brew drinks quite well and is refreshing. Would like to see more hop flavors.

Photo of bum732
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really fluffy meringue head with great retention. great looking golden pale color.

nice piney nose with toasted grain malts

taste starts with dry pine resin hops, pretty big for a pale ale but good. toasty malts show up and then are beat back by hop astringency. very bright citrus rind and fresh pine flavors dominate the profile.

mouthfeel is on the medium side but quite adequate for style. carbonation is a tad overdone and really gives the hops a bite.

drinkability is good but if you don't like a sharp hop bite in your beers than this one might not be great for a large session.

Overall very good but a little more on the hoppy side for a pale ale, actually has a very IPA profile.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium gold with orange highlights accompanied by a bright white foamy head that was modest in size while leaving a faint streaky lacing.

S: promising with big citrusy scents of oranges and lemons which was followed by a dry floral bitterness.

T: The flavor however did not live up to the promise of the aroma. There was semi-sweet malt which was only mildly accented by some fresh citrusy notes. The hopping was fairly light and a little coarse. Overall a typical WCH pale that left only a faint reminder of hoppiness behind.

M: nice, crisp, smooth with a solid carbonation bite.

D: A light drinking pale that was crisp, simple and moderate to throw back a few but wont impress in the meantime.

Photo of AaronRed
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful drinking brew. Nice rocky head that stick to the glass. Smooth, but with a ton of hops that almost makes this an IPA, but not. Great with all kinds of food

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.99/5  rDev +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.

Photo of rdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is ny first experience with Blue Point, and I'm confused. This beer on cask was nothing at all like the bottle of Blue Point that I had the night before. Now, I'm used to cask conditioned beers being different but this was way different in smell and taste.

The cask version, which is what I'm reviewing pours a pale gold color with an slightly off-white head that is small and short-lived. The taste was definitely hoppy with minimal carbonation and some citrus aroma and some hint of coriander. The taste very well-balanced between the hops and the malt. There were also some hints of citrus and a hint of spiciness. It was medim-bodied with a creamy texture that was very nice. I would have had a second or third but there were too many other beers to try.

Note: I had the same beer in a bottle (although I understand it is contract brewed) the next night. A completely different beer and one that I wasn't happy with. It was supposed to be a Pale Ale but the aroma and taste was very smoky. If I wanted a smoky beer, I would order one. It was also a little oily feeling in the mouth and had none of the balance of the draft beer.

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

Opened this one with dinner last night as I was in the mood for something light. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/01/2010.

The pour was a nice medium amber in color with a very clear body that really shows off the carbonation wonderfully. A nice head of white rises to the top and reaches to about two inches before settling back down with some nice lacing in the glass.

Aroma is light hops, lemon, grapefruit mixed in with a chewy and herbal note that brings some nice balance to the profile. Malts start to mix in quickly now as the profile turns more toward a well balanced pale ale. Crisp and very clean feel here as it should be with a very refreshing and light touch. Crisp hops make their presence known up front with a quick hit before they fall back and some nice bready and grain notes start to come to the surface and show themselves off quite nicely. Smooth and clean finish leaves a touch of buttery flavor and light pine on the palate.

Overall a very session able and well done pale. Nothing really out of the ordinary, just very nicely done.

Photo of samoblue
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of the cask at George Keeley in NYC on 5/27/09, while watching FC Barcelona bend Manchester United over the table in the UEFA Champion's League final.

Pours a light copper color with just less than a finger of light head. Was not expecting the beautful hop aroma that this beer threw off. My allergies were bothering me, so I didn't expect to smell much, but the flowery, citrusy aroma definitely came through. Just beautiful.

Very smooth taste, with a strong malt backbone backed up by a surprisingly bold hop flavor for a Pale Ale. I typically eschew American Pale Ales for something that will guarantee a bigger flavor, but hop heads would be wise to give this one a try. Not overpowering, but definitely present and very well-balanced.

All-in, a great session beer and one I will definitely be looking for again in the future.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came out of the gate in great form - bright and crisp with piney hops at the front, and then . . . well, nothign, actually. This was the beer analogy to cotton candy - you take a bite, then it dissolves and vanishes. When the beer hit the middle, it seemed to turn to water and lose all flavor, with just a mildly astringent aftertaste left in the wake. Odd - I can't say I've ever experienced this before.

Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden yellow with a half a finger of bubbly foam.

Smell: Subtle hints of grapefruity citrus, floral hoppiness, caramel malt towards the end of the nose.

Taste: Not an overly hoppy taste, but very "floral". Some hops and a malty bite. Tastes more like a pils than an APA.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer that would be enjoyable on a warm summer day while sitting by the pool.

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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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