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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
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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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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.

Kendo, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Bright, orangey amber with a slightly chilled haze beneath a two-finger head of sudsy white foam which leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Smack of fresh, zesty hop leaves with a peppery, hop oil resin and notes of citrus and toasted grains.

T: Nice, coating hop leaf flavor right up front with a balancing, mellow, buttery biscuit malt flavor soon after. Mid-palate is dominated by the fresh hop resins and fruity esters while the finish is bittersweet and herbal with a mild, lingering hop sting.

M: Medium bodied and quite drinkable with only a little cloying malt sweetness and hop resin to detract from the feel.

O: An overly hopped APA at 5% ABV with enough hop chops to be classified as an IPA has me thinking this brew is a sneaky choice for spring beer of the season. It's not outstanding, but to create essentially an IPA with the balance and light flavors an alcohol of an APA rightfully earns Blue Point some props.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed bright orange color with a thin ivory head. No lacing with this one.

Aroma of bready malts along with light floral and grassy notes. Found an almost-buttery aroma of microwave popcorn floating about as well.

The taste had a bitter bite to it. Not really from any hops, but just bitter.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with fair carbonation.

I fear I may have picked up an older bottle while in Michigan. I found none of the hoppy presence that others have mentioned. Bummer.

Monkeyknife, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of mentor
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz bottle obtained in a BA trade. Consumed July, 2004.
Crystal clear pale straw color. One finger head falls to a ring of bubbles around the glass with no lacing. Smells faintly of cirus hops with some biscuity hints. No fruit. Medium body, appropriate for a pale ale. Tastes mildly sweet followed by a hop bitter too strong for a pale ale. Save it for the IPAs. Citrusy, as an american ale should be. Little to say about the taste as it's kind of 'empty'. Diacetyl after the swallow is about the only thing interesting. A macro-beer drinker may be impressed, but this beer geek is not. An average beer that I deem not worthy of seeking out.

mentor, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale honied orange with streams of bubbles rising up to a thick and dimpled head of beige foam. Low aroma of pine sap and orange rind.

Flavor of piney hops, grapefruit rind, some butterscotch and inced tea. Understated maltiness rides beneath, assertive bitterness.

Tingly mouthfeel, dry, finishes crisp with some tannins. Seems odd for the style -- low maltiness for a pale ale, and the hops are more a bitter than a flavorful or aromatic hoppiness.

far333, May 31, 2010
Photo of david131
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
Photo of bum732
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Slight bready sweetness with a pleasant fruity hoppiness in the background.

L: Slight, hazy burnt orange. Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Great lacing.

T: Light bready sweetness with a slight resiny and fruity hop taste. Medium spicy bitterness with a fairly clean maltiness into the finish. Finishes semi-dry and hoppy.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Solid pale ale. Not much more needs to be said.

bum732, May 09, 2013
Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold color with bubbles racing up the middle and a giant fluffy/foamy white 2 finger head that faded slowly, leaving very nice foamy lacing clinging to the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus and floral hops up front, then a mix of light flowers, grains, sweet malt, grapefruit, biscuit, buttery crackers, herbs and some spices like pepper; not in your face hoppy, but a nice soft hoppy aroma that's well balanced by the malts and grains and very much American pale ale in the nose. It smells clean and refreshing.

Tastes like it smells, with citrus and floral hops up front, then a mix of light flowers, piney hops, grains, sweet malt, herbs, grapefruit, biscuit, buttery crackers, white bread, grass/hay, sour apple, earthy notes and some spices like pepper or tea leaf; flavor is also clean and refreshing, really damn easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery, yet smooth and easy flowing, with a very light body, very mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that's very dry.

A definite session beer, this is tasty, flows down like water and barely has any carbonation, and the price was insanely cheap at $2.95 for a bomber – wow, a damn tasty bargain that is worthy of going back for more. A solid pale ale that for the price should not be passed up.

CHickman, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jzlyo, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of shand
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of ThatsThatDude
1/5  rDev -73.1%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

htomsirveaux, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Noelito76, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3/5  rDev -19.4%

JTomczak, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

BigTrubble, May 13, 2012
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 beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

beer2day, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of white fluffy foam that slowly faded and left lots of lacing
S - light lemon and grassy hops with some caramel notes as well
T - very bitter up front, alot of floral and grassy hops
M - light bodied with some good carbonation.
D - I really don't like the flavor too much. Its not bad, but just not very drinkable for me.

mikereaser, Aug 01, 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 thebouch01
4/5  rDev +7.5%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

TasteTester, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden yellow with a medium sized and thick bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, then a bit of citrus-y hops followed by more earthy hops.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malt, then just like the nose has a very nice citrus-y hop and earthy hop finish to it. Really nice, smooth, easy drinking.
M: Very smooth, full flavored and medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, perfect mix of flavors and having it on cask was even better.

erosier, Jun 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 VonZipper
4/5  rDev +7.5%

VonZipper, Mar 27, 2012
Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.