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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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84
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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
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.

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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

08-01-2011 01:27:12 | More by mikereaser
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jettjon

Florida

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.

07-25-2011 22:23:56 | More by jettjon
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

07-15-2011 01:25:55 | More by Matt1516
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9InchNails

New Jersey

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.

07-01-2011 04:15:02 | More by 9InchNails
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shand

Florida

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!

05-26-2011 20:09:09 | More by shand
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rodney45

New York

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.

05-21-2011 15:36:29 | More by rodney45
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

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.

04-26-2011 16:26:02 | More by Wisconsinality
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

04-13-2011 04:40:17 | More by Gambrinus1184
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cjgator3

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

22oz bottle

A- Pours golden orangish color with an off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet and buttery malt with a good dose of fresh hops. 

T- The taste is nice and balanced. Sweet malt up front with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Blue Point American Pale Ale is a solid pale ale that is definitely worth a try.

04-11-2011 02:03:26 | More by cjgator3
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

03-20-2011 22:40:27 | More by BlackBearForge
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +7%

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.

03-08-2011 04:49:11 | More by PicoPapa
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

01-24-2011 02:03:38 | More by rdilauro
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robhunta

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

01-23-2011 19:17:54 | More by robhunta
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Single bomber-bottle... Assuming this is the correct one earlier identified... Green label sticker... 10th anniversary on the bottle cap... The word fresh definitely apparent on the label sticker... Overall a solid depiction of the style; nothing above and beyond but a decent rendition nonetheless... Piney aroma of hops present in the nose and on the tongue... bitter backbite apparent but well-balanced for a rather hoppy pale ale...
Not bad...

01-06-2011 02:13:01 | More by dsa7783
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-06-2011 01:14:09 | More by OatmattStout
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

A= Bright gold in color, lots of carbonation nice foamy white head.

S= Didn't really pick up that much on the nose just just get clean and crisp from this one.

T= To me didn't really get anything here either just really clean and crisp and just a hint of floral hops.

M= Light bodied, clean and crisp.

D= Drinkablity is high because it's not bad and has a low ABV.

12-19-2010 22:15:57 | More by LiquidBread219
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Ego

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%

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

eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

taste...
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.

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

12-15-2010 04:42:19 | More by Ego
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

On-cask at Tap and Table. Had a small glass and while the sharp citrus hops from dry hopping made for a great aroma, but the flavor couldn't match it. It was a sort of dirty bread and dulled citrus bite. I fear this cask may have been sitting around too long. There's been some fine dry hopping, but the rest of this beer isn't coming together.

12-03-2010 04:18:28 | More by tempest
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Thanks to shaebs99 for this extra. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. While this 22oz bottle says "American" in smaller text above the words Pale Ale, I'm pretty sure this is the correct listing, as the text on the bottle matches that of their website description.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that quickly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden color with a few bubbles racing upwards.

S - You can tell this is a fresh bottle, as it has nice zesty herbaceous, pine, earth, lemon, and dank hop character. This is over top of a cookie and bread malt backdrop.

T - The taste has some strong citrus bitterness, as well a bready malt backbone. The finish has nice notes of lemon and grapefruit. Could use a touch more malt sweetness to keep things in balance, although the bitter aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

M - Zesty, active carbonation that is a touch more tingly than I prefer. Body is medium, and pleasantly hefty and chewy for the style. Finish is pleasantly dry and clean.

D - It's a solid pale ale in the mold of Sierra Nevada. I'd gladly have multiple pints of this if it was my local brew. Probably not worth trading for if you've got a good local option (like Daisy Cutter in my case), but worth checking out if you're in Blue Point's distribution area.

11-27-2010 18:09:17 | More by MasterSki
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

11-03-2010 01:09:04 | More by mikesgroove
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

10-16-2010 15:21:34 | More by alcstradamus
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aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

New 22oz bottle.

A: Super clear golden color with 3 fingers of white head. Really nice looking beer. Almost looks more like a pilsner than a APA. Some nice lacing as well.

T: Smells nice and fresh. Fairly balanced in the nose with a little bit of forward American hop presence. The malt is nice and crisp as well. Plenty of two row.

T: Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada pale ale and anytime a beer of this style gets that it is a compliment. Really nice. The bitterness is even in check with a little bit of a more floral taste.

M: Spot on carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: This would make a nice sessionable beer. Tons of flavor without too much to think about. Well done blue point.

10-06-2010 21:55:43 | More by aerozeppl
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Kendo

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

10-03-2010 01:51:47 | More by Kendo
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jhtipton

Spain

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

09-27-2010 16:24:01 | More by jhtipton
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

Poured from a big bottle, slightly chilled, into a huge frosty crystal stein.

A: Pure golden orange with a nice frothy head. Lace down the glass.

S: Immediate waff of pine and a variety of citrus fruits (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit) outline the hop profile, complimented well by a balanced, sweet biscuit malt background. Notes of honey, clean rain, earth, kind bud and maple are detectable.

T: Refreshingly non-bitter. Almost sweet, and I say ALMOST because purely sweet would be not good, but this APA has just the right hint of honey in there. Of course the citrus hops and the pine hops are up front, followed by a wave of that sweet malt and a clean, wet finish. Probably the best APA I've had thus far.

D: I could see taking down a couple of these big boys.

Value: Yet another strong point of this beer, and the other Blue Point stuff I've had- very nice price at $3.99 for a big one.

I'll be buying this one again.

09-09-2010 14:37:01 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.