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Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Cluker, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

rd242, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Antonius08
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Antonius08, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jzlyo, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Phigg1102
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Phigg1102, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of MikeConklin
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

MikeConklin, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of JamesGWittel
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JamesGWittel, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of marshmeli
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

marshmeli, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jeanphony, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a golden amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of wheat and bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose; bready malts, wheat, and smooth caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok pale ale that is very easy to drink. Mostly pale bready malts. Probably wouldn't buy again.

mdfb79, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of JAFoley
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers of off-white head, somewhat large bubbles, over a cloudy pale amber body. The head recedes fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S - Lots of citrus and pine.

T - Nice big citrus, pine and floral hops as the smell suggests, followed by toasted malts.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Somewhat thin, this starts to border on soda-like.

O - Not a bad pale ale, very drinkable. I'd love to get this in cans but it's not bold enough for me to buy in bombers. The flavors are good but not so complex and the mouthfeel is a bit thin and soda-like. If I see this in cans I'd definitely pick it up again.

JAFoley, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intense herbal hop character talks IPA but the malty balance and moderate alcohol says pale ale. It's easy to get seduced into gauging Blue Point's pale ale as a stronger and hoppier version.

Bright caramel and orange in color, the beer shows the clarity of filtered beer or that which wouldn't employ the dry hopped haze that's common in IPAs. Strongly headed with semi-creamy, semi-froathy cottony white foam, the beer delivers solid staying power and adherence of foam lace.

Strong herbal aromas of hops swirl around citrus and grassy notes in a very strong IPA kinda way. Mild caramel scents give a round honey-soaked character to the strong herbal grasses, grapefruit, and oranges that round out the beer. Herbal actually puts it politely- this beer is down-right marijuana-like in scent.

The balanced flavor also favor the hops as the strong pungent taste of fresh cut grass, hop matter, orange pulp and pith, white grapefruit juice, mulled tea leaves, chives, near-catty and wet marijuana deliver a fresh vegital character with citrus fruit to taste. Medium sweetness of caramel and honey give a juicy taste to the citrus component and balances the softly resiny pine-like bitterness. Finishing hop-balanced, the beer takes on IPA proportions but in the strength and intensity of flavor in American pale ales.

Creamy and fluffy from pillowy carbonation, the beer's mouth feel releases at mid palate and allows for a quickly drying texture that favors mild alcohol warmth, citrusy dryness, and malt memory.

With it's nearly 'dank' scent, this pale ale reminds us of how close the hop plant relates to cannabis plant.

BEERchitect, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Shiredave
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, highly carbonated, nice pocked white head.
Inviting citrusy hop aroma, slightly astringent, metalic phenol notes, more tinniness in the flavor, light sugary flavor and thin body, I didnt enjoy the hop flavor/ combination that had a thin, biscuity malt base backing it up. The finish was clean and nicely hoppy. The freshness date is 4/03 so it was a fresh bottle, but its filtered, ie:no yeast trub traces were in the bottle so Im not sure how much ageing would mellow it. A decent, interestingly hopped little pale ale.

Shiredave, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of OatmattStout
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

OatmattStout, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

BucannonXC5, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Mancer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Mancer, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Seanibus, Aug 30, 2010
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.

Gmann, May 15, 2010
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.

Axic10, May 13, 2010
Photo of orfeu
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

orfeu, Sep 12, 2006
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ChrisL24481, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of ajz132
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ajz132, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of twizzbeatz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

twizzbeatz, May 22, 2012
Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.