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Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 187
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 187
Photo of rdilauro
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of david131
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (685 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (481 characters)

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of robhunta
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of cavedave
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a nice fluffy, rocky, creamy white looking head and loads of carbonation. Nice clear, bright gold color.

S - Not much aroma, smells grainy and crisp with cracker-like malt and mild lemon rind. Honestly, this smells more like a lager to me. (I must be missing something somewhere.)

T - Crackery malt, light caramel, delicate floral and pine hopping in the nose. Has a light lemon aftertaste with floral character that coats the mouth.

M - Light body, crisp, and finishes semi-dry.

D - Session beer. (516 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of Swim424
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a very competitively priced pale ale with a little more hops than some pale ales. My bomber looks a little different than the picture as it says "Extremely FRESH craft brewed" and "American." It pours a dark golden into my tasting pilsner galss with some quickly dissipating head leaving some lacing on side. It has the citrusy piney nose that one would expect from a pale ale. It tastes good, a little bitter, not tooo complex, but hints of malts not overpowered by the hops. Slight fruity taste but can't pin the flavour on any particular fruit. The beer is very light tasting and a bit fizzy. I could drink some more of these-I might as well-I bought 3 bombers. Good craft beer for the price! (700 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (496 characters)

Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.