Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 106
Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of david131
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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 cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is light honey-amber in color with a 1-finger whitish head that settles pretty quickly. Small bubbles of carbonation were present, but barely. No real lace other than the occasional bit of splotchy "legs" on the glass.

S: Pleasant nose: citrusy (definitely grapefruit) hops and pine.

T: First impression is actually focused on the feel, not taste: carbonation is too agressive. "Sharp prickly" rather than "fine prickly." Anyhow, as for flavor, hops are in charge of this show: citrusy, piney hops with a slight earthiness. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

M: Aggressive carbonation detracts from this beer. It's also a bit thin in heft - call it light+ in body.

D: Nose is good, flavors are good, but the feel detracts from the drinkability. Smoother in feel and this one would be better.

Photo of Huffs
3.79/5  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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bomber-bottle... Assuming this is the correct one earlier identified... Green label sticker... 10th anniversary on the bottle cap... The word fresh definitely apparent on the label sticker... Overall a solid depiction of the style; nothing above and beyond but a decent rendition nonetheless... Piney aroma of hops present in the nose and on the tongue... bitter backbite apparent but well-balanced for a rather hoppy pale ale...
Not bad...

Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with towering two-finger head. Decent retention and wispy fingers of lace.

Bready, yeasty nose. Slight biscuit, lots of malt.

Hits with a slight sour fruit taste. Bread builds, and yields to a nice string of hops. Very nice dry, arid finish for an APA. The transition from a slightly fruity beginning to an arid finish is very nice.

Feel is very appropriate for the style. Just the right degree of chewy.

Very easy to drink. A little more malt in the body than is optimal for my, though.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Bright gold in color, lots of carbonation nice foamy white head.

S= Didn't really pick up that much on the nose just just get clean and crisp from this one.

T= To me didn't really get anything here either just really clean and crisp and just a hint of floral hops.

M= Light bodied, clean and crisp.

D= Drinkablity is high because it's not bad and has a low ABV.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 30 May 2010. Thanks to K for bringing this back from Buffalo.

Served in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large thick off white/yellowish head. Medium carbonation. Bright clear golden color. Aroma of hay, touch of resin and earthy. A hoppy punch upfront which mellows to a sweeter malty middle. Earthy bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium light body. Ethanol noticeable but not too strong.

Could easily drink a few of these.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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 AChamberlain
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a cask at Stout NYC, served too cold of course. Brown with about a quarter inch off white head. Strong malt and hop aromas. Caskish dirty hop flavor, yum. Soft, yet fizzy going down. Overall smooth. Very drinkable, sessionable for sure.

Photo of orfeu
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand-pulled pint at Pizza Plant Walker Center. Arrived a hazy golden amber with a bright white, densely packed and creamy 1/2" head. If nothing else, Pizza Plant's hand pump pours a nice-looking pint. Anyway, the nose is all about grapefruit rind and slightly earthy spruce sap. Apparently Blue Point has made a genuine "American" pale ale here, with the hops all up in your face. The taste confirms as much, because all I perceive are bitter pithy citrus flavors and a softly mineral bitter finish. Hops and nothing but in this pale ale. Struggle as I did, I could not detect any malt character that showed enough to be describable. The hops were tasty, but if I'd known that's all this beer was about, I would've ordered a Titan or a Maharaja, or any other IPA. So, suffice it to say, I was a bit let down by the flavor profile skewed as it was toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. Medium thin body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, nothing wrong there. Decently drinkable, but as mentioned above, caveat for any emptor that may seek a pale ale that has a bit of malt in it.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Mancer
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cold color with a lovely 2 finger high off-white head. Lacing was visible on the glass. The initial smell of this beer was that of light hops, grains and some floral characteristics. The initial taste of the beer was that of grains,citrus and even an earthy flavor. This brew had a light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a nice APA. I don't think it's my favorite of the style, but it is rather unique in its blend of flavors. Definitely worth a try, and the price is decent for a bomber.

Photo of Seanibus
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much to say on this one. It is decent and tatsy, perhaps a trifle too delicate, but refreshing.

Pours clear golden with a dense fluffy head - just gorgeous. Aroma is light and citrusy. The flavor is delicate, grainy, with a light hop flavor, herby and citrusy. Mouthfeel is light.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent two-finger head. The liquid is mildly hazy with a light gold color. Fluffy ring lace after the first sip. Afterward, plenty of streaks on the glass.

Traditional pale ale aroma--neutral pale malt and relatively mild, balancing hop to the nose.

Pleasant start to the flavor with soft, lighter malt. The hop is quite strong for the style, although it isn't complicated. The body and carbonation is fairly predictable.

Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.