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Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
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: 107 | Hads: 188
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; < 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: a little skunky; earthy; citrusy;

T: a metallic grapefruit flavor all the way through with some caramel in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: this was a fresh keg poured through clean lines, so I'm not sure why there was a skunky aroma; the metallic character in the flavor was also a minus for me;

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of adam42381
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light gold/caramel color with a 1-2 finger frothy eggshell white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Nice blend of bitter citrus and malt.

Taste: Sweet earthy malt up front followed by bitter citrus in the middle before ending with a very light and smooth finish. Aftertaste is bitter lemon zest and a touch of earthy malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. One of the better American Pale Ales on the market.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of John
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to SpeedwayJim for the box'o'ticks. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a monsterous tower of head that engulfs much of the glass and one of the thickest walls of lacing I have ever seen. Perfect pale ale appearance, probably the best I've ever seen for the style.

The aroma is well balanced, perhaps leaning a bit to the malty side. The hops are onion and grassy, the malt is like rye bread.

The flavor starts out with a wave a caramel/bready maltiness and a touch of grassy hops in the finish. Easy drinking and no off-flavors.

The body is medium and carbonation is low, which is appropriate for the style for me. Overall this beer is a nice easy drinking that I would sip on at a brewpub along with a heaping plate of burgers and fries, but as a stand alone beer it is closer to average for the style.

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Photo of jettjon
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ego
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli. Second review for this brand new beer.

A: Poured a light golden color with a one finger off white head. Full lasting glass lacing all over.

S: Ah, fresh hops. Smells of light citrus with grassy tones and some slight caramel malt notes. Not overly aromatic.

T: Follow the nose. Fresh fruit hoppy flavors hit hard with lemon, pineapple, a hint of apple and a fairly big grassy hop flavor. The caramel malt comes in play briefly only to be edged out at the end by the grassy hop finish. Nice an bitter, but very clean finishing with a hint of sweetness to quell the hops.

M: Fairly light, but very crisp and clean. No alcohol and not many lingering flavors.

D: High, real high. Very enjoyable and very drinkable beer. Real nice.

Overall a very good fresh hop pale ale that is a perfect example of such. Nice and light in the mouth, but still nice and hoppy. The crisp clean finish is real nice that just reminds you of a crisp fall morning. Overall a very good pale ale that I will seek out each year at this time. Blue Point, keep making this gem, you have a winner here.

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Photo of cavedave
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a thick white head that retains well. The aroma has some juicy hop character, biscuity malt, caramel, fruity esters and some breadiness. The flavor also starts out with piney and citrusy hops, some biscuit, fruity esters, caramel, a little hay, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and drinkability is good. A decent pale ale, but ends up tasting watery compared to better executions of the style.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm, fresh hops! (It says so on the label.) Light golden orange with small but solid head, lace down the glass. Minimal aroma with hops and a pleasant salty beach sensation. A tart beer, light on the malts with tangy hops taking over but letting up at the last minute for a not-too-dry finish. It is nice to discover a beer that is solid and flavorful but not too heavy. This is even a fraction lighter than Sierra Nevada's pale ale. Good in every sense; makes me want to move to Patchogue and make the Blue Point tasting room my local. This beer really shines with food, a simple roasted chicken is ideal.

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Photo of Huffs
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of orfeu
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pouts a pale golden color with a white head.

S- citrus orange peel hop aroma with a floral note. Dry biscuity malt on the back end.

T- sharp hop bitterness up front with notes of orange peel and pine. Biscuity pale malt with a touch of wheat on the finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel light body. Average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability

Overall an ok pale

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.