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Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002)
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point Pale Ale is quite a nice looking beer in the glass, crystal clear coppery yellow, very light in color, with a dense two finger head that leaves a thick creamy coating of dense curtains on the side of the glass. After it falls it maintains a layer about a 1/16" on the surface for the entire time in the glass.

The aroma is very fresh with a nice grassy hoppiness, somewhat lemony citrus in character.

The flavor is bright and very hoppy, being lemon and grapefruit with a fresh baked bready pale malt hanging out in the background. Bitterness is present up front but fades a tad in the finish with the malt bringing up a nice balance with a bit of sweetness. Warming takes the edge off the initial bitterness and blends the hop and malt flavors nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the medium end of light, very smooth and cripsly carbonated with the carbonation lending a nice touch of creaminess as well.

Overall a very crisp and drinkable pale ale, definitely American in character with a slew of American style hops.

BlackBearForge, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +7.5%

VonZipper, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of HopGrazer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

HopGrazer, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +7.5%

lupercmda, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +7.5%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange colored with a thin white cap. The aroma brings some light citrus with undertones of malt. The flavor offers biscuits, bread, toast, malt with citrus notes and a light dose of hops. The body is thin, but not too, with very low carbonation, due to the serving medium. Smooth and creamy, as is expected with a cask ale. Low alcohol and smooth feel on the palate makes for easy drinking. I have a soft spot for a good cask ale. This was pretty tasty.

Huhzubendah, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of discdueler
4/5  rDev +7.5%

discdueler, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ceberly, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

neil2me, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

GFD400, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Jen-P
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jen-P, May 02, 2014
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.98/5  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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is hoppy. Citrusy and floral. Taste is a nice mix of bitterness and floral hops. Not as much citrus as I thought there would be. Bitter aftertaste. This is one crisp and refreshing hoppy beer. A bit thin, but it is a perfect summer brew. For $3.99 you get a full flavor, nice amount of hops and great drinkability. I'll be on the lookout for this one again when summer hits.

PicoPapa, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of cavedave
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, almost clear pale gold, topped briefly by a one finger head of off-white foam. Decent lace on glass.

Nice nose. I like citrus forward, and this is nicely effervescent orange/grapefruit, joined by a lighter complement of neutral sweet, hints of yeast tart and floral hop, really delicious. Though it is citrus forward it is a well balanced medium aroma.

This is a nice attempt at being very hoppy, like many other boundary pushers nowadays, yet with more pale malty flavors, yet with a different taste profile. This translates to a beer that has a tart in the sweet, nice actually, and a different sort of herbal feel to the bitter which comes in at finish. Add a sort of lemony lasting resinous flavor, and you have the picture. A couple ounces in I had felt it didn't work, but ten ounces in my palate is starting to enjoy this different take on a pale. As it warms the flavors begin to work even more.

Low carb. for a pale, which I like, nice resinous feel, light/medium bodied, and above average finish. Could stand a bit more body.

Drinkabillity is merely near average when compared to other more interesting, more delicious, and more complex PA's Americans are blessed to easily be able to get.

Impression: Glad I tried this. Though I scored it B+ it is a good, cost effective PA, a victim of comparison with even better ones, scoring-wise. Will certainly get again.

cavedave, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Litterbean
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy, fluffy head. Good amount of lace sticking to the glass.

Real fruity smell. A wonderful bouquet of fruits (orange and lemon) and some sweeter, syrupy aromas from the malts.

Taste is very hoppy. Oranges and other citrus fruits are prominent. It isn't overhopped though, as this is a relatively smooth and still sweet brew. Very smooth on the intake, medium body, and highly drinkable.

Litterbean, May 29, 2005
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer i was surprised to see not on Beer Advocate. It had that label type that many fresh hop beers have; very green, very new looking, very inviting. Color is similar to a lager and, like a lager, it is very clear. There's a very clean bitterness to this. Hits hard on the tongue but doesn't stick around for too long. Aroma is a little light but overall this is a very good beer.

david18, Jun 17, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

macrosmatic, Aug 29, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a nonic. The "extremely fresh" label worried me because my American buddy took some time getting this to me.

Pours up cloudy golden (not quite the copper-blush" advertised on label. Full of yeasty hop smell and sudsy head.

Medium malts. Lots of floral and citrus notes (esp. grapefruit) with pine resin - beautifully hopped too I might add.

A bit puckering and astringent on the finish. Very sessionable.

Matt1516, Jul 15, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange with 1 finger of thick head. Head retention is great.

S - citrusy hops, very nice hops aromas, not much malt scents.

T - pale malt and citrus and bitter hops are the basic flavors.

M - crisp, clean, refreshing, a bit dry.

D - Highly drinkable, not terribly complex, but a great pale ale.

robhunta, Jan 23, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

metter98, Jul 31, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

david131, Feb 05, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Unusual aroma, almost smells like a pilsner with a noble hop component

Taste: Starts out rather biscuity and slightly sweet; after the swallow a piney, but sweet bitterness kicks in and both flavors accelerate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Just a bit light of medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very enjoyable; a terrific session beer

Thanks, plaid75

brentk56, Dec 14, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

BlurryVisi0n, May 19, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 26, 2012
Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.