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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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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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1/5  rDev -73.1%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

MJsGhost, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of 9InchNails
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%

I'm not too sure what happened but my bottle erupted like a volcano. I popped the cap and it shot all over the place. I know it wasn't shaken, it was sitting on the table for about ten minutes. Anyway, sad and what a waste of beer.
A golden hazy color with a lot of sediment in the body. A white head that vanished quickly into a film leaving a frothy lacing on the glass.

I get some citrus, pine, grain and a bready malt. Also a sugary smell as well. I don't know not really enjoying it, smells a little off.

I taste stale bread, metal and seltzer water. Yuck! I wonder if this is expired; I hope so, that way it has an excuse. No date, I can't tell.

Carbonation is prickly... I'm cringing from the taste... I can't give it a fair mouth feel since I'm overwhelmed by nasty taste.

Pretty self explanatory. I'm pissed, it was a waste of money. I had to pour it out. I think all bottles that aren't meant to be aged should have a best by date on it.

9InchNails, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.42/5  rDev -34.9%

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of bitter hops. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops...where is the malt?? Very unbalanced and the hops are too bitter for me. Yuck.
Aroma: 4/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 10/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of getalife2k5
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%

update: 2-13-09 Unfortunately, the people in charge at Blue Point made an executive decision to sell out which meant tearing down their direct fire brick kettle (i think it was limiting their production.) Their trademark toasty taste is gone forever, leaving only average beers to be guzzled by trendy college folk. The Pale Ale now has a funky cheesy aroma and sour flavor with only hints of grass and caramel. virtually no hop aroma and very little profile. It's sad. It was one of my favorites.
serving type: on tap at brewery

6-18-08 pours a nice coppery amber with a light foamy head that rings the glass nicely. smells floral and hoppy and very bright. tastes like fresh grassy flowery hops with some nice malt backbone that balances it nearly perfectly. certainly a little piney citrus hoppiness, like fresh hops straight off the vine. has that signature Blue Point toastiness from the direct fire kettle that just makes me want to keep on drinking. in my opinion, this is the epitome of Pale Ales. Note: you have to get it from the brewery on Long Island, otherwise, it's not the same.

getalife2k5, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of John
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%

Pale straw color. Minimal head even after a vigorous pour. Faint hop and light biscuits aroma only after fierce agitation. Barely average pale ale flavor. Metallic notes jump out to the forefront...very astringent in nature. Also an unpleasant organic yeastiness is present. No fruity or ester notes that typical yeasts impart. Hops are present in a sort of burnt tea sense. Mouthfeel is average - carbonation steady and at appropriate level. Drinkability - no thanks. A subpar pale I did not enjoy.

John, Apr 09, 2004
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2.68/5  rDev -28%

The beer pours a light amber in color with a thin head. A thin lace formed around the glass that slides back into the beer. The beer is slightly hoppy, but the finish overwhelms the hops to make the beer almost unappealling. The finish is odd. I can best describe as tasting what driftwood smells like. It reminds me of the ocean, but it almost stale and sour. I was not fond of the finish and almost struggled through my one pint.

MuddyFeet, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of Wisconsinality
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%

Thanks to the one and only beerwolf77.

A- Pours a hazy golden with a nice pillowy head, about two fingers worth. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Minor pine hops with a fair malt background. There also happens to be a slight soapiness in the lingering in there as well.

T- Big hops and an equal amount of malts but there is still that soapy presence. There is a small amount of grassy field with it but not a lot more going on.

M- Medium to lighter bodied which can be expected. Good carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O- When will a pale ale differentiate itself from the rest? Whether it be hop aroma, flavor or other? Run of the mill and that is all.

Wisconsinality, Apr 26, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

I've tended to stay away from this brew because even if it claims it's "EXTREMELY FRESH CRAFT BREWED" several times on the label. A store I frequent finally got some of it in that's actually fresh, so it's finally worth a try. This one pours a hazy orange-amber with a finger and a half of head. Retention is poor, but lacing is alright. Aroma is full of piney hops and candied citrus. A bit of sweet caramel malt makes up the backbone. A touch of diacetyl. A bit too sweet-smelling for my tastes, but still good. The taste has some sweet malts, citrus and a bit of hop presence, also with a noticeable touch of diacetyl that tries to ruin the show. It's kept in check enough to keep this from being terrible, but it still could be much better with good QC.

The mouthfeel is a little too smooth and slippery, which can probably also be blamed in the diacetyl. The drinkability is pretty good, all things considered. Overall, this could be a good beer, but again diacetyl rears it's ugly head and ruins it all. QC your beers!

shand, May 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

Brent, Oct 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

JTomczak, Aug 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

I picked up a bottle in NYC for $3.99, just looking for a simple pale ale (but hoping for a hoppy one). I got what I paid for, minus the hoppy aspirations.

Not a bad beer, just middle of the road in aroma and flavor, indistinguishable from hundreds of others available in brew pubs everywhere. Biscuity with hints of citrus, slightly sweet upfront and slightly bitter in the rear, OK but not amazing.

It's worth the low price and was about what I expected it would be.

TurdFurgison, Aug 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Lob, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Mark5252, May 08, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%

thanks to dan the man for hooking em up with this one.

2 full fingers of craggy white head rise up, carbonation flows keeping the head alive on this one... it has a slight audible crackle as it settles down, honey golden hue with a touch of haze to it. solid looking brew.

very herbal and clean smelling, the type of hop smell that makes you drool with no astringent notes whatsoever, honey caramel malts just nestled into that herbal basket, nice.

hmm.. this drinks a little more bitter than expected... once I got used to the bitterness I am still looking for some thicker caramel malt.... er, can't find it. it's not that this is bad.. it is some what underwhelming, the beer is easy drinking enough but lacks character.

put the pale in pale... this is pretty weak, looks great, smells great, but doesn't deliver.

Ego, Dec 15, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -14%

From a 22 oz. bomber, no freshness date in evidence. Into a pint glass, a coppery clear color with moderate carbonation fueling a solid, two-finger head of thick milky-white foam. Good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Nose is sweet-hoppy, leaning toward piney hops and a bit soapy. In the mouth, biting hops surge out front. Citrus, tart, almost too hoppy flavor reminiscent of alum. No real malt balance. Mouth is crisp, quenching, refreshing. Overall, not too bad; a fairly decent pale ale. Overly bitter; I guess OK for hopheads but not my mug of beer.

jettjon, Jul 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

andant, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

MallyOMight, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

ejimhof, Jun 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

mrfreakybig, Apr 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

A: The bottle says that it is supposed to look like a copper blush. Well, I think it looks more like the infield dirt at the old shea stadium... Quickly dissipating head.

S: It smells kinda like the smell when you first turn on a home vacuum... I know its weird, but it isnt awful. Smells a tad hoppy and a little bit like turkey... idk, but def check it out.

T: The hop character is underwhelming, and candid. The malt characteristics are generic and not impressive in my opinion. Maybe im jaded, and have been jived by the intense depth of some of the more recent craft brews ive been trying... but this is lacking something, and i think the something is character. Taste wise, its a good representation of the style and i will score it as such.

M: Smooth, east to drink. Has a slight craft feel, but no substance. Its a light brew, and very sessionable.

O: A decent average sample of the style at best.

rodney45, May 21, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

swtchuck, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

BigTrubble, May 13, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

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

russpowell, Jun 18, 2010
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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.