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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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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of AChamberlain
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a cask at Stout NYC, served too cold of course. Brown with about a quarter inch off white head. Strong malt and hop aromas. Caskish dirty hop flavor, yum. Soft, yet fizzy going down. Overall smooth. Very drinkable, sessionable for sure.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64 oz growler, best if consumed by 8/24, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that eventually settled down to a layer, leaving sticky lace.

S - hops, sour citrus & hops

T - very good tasting beer here, the flavor is full of hops, I nicknamed it 'Hoptical Illusion Jr.'

M - medium bodied, creamy feel, good carbonation.

D - at 5% abv, quite a bit of this beer can be had over a few hours with food and friends.
Very Good Beer!

Photo of Albertv05
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

I was craving a good cask beer and this hit the spot!

Poured a beautiful light golden orange with a nice looking white head. The head didn't last too long but I wasn't surprised since it was so low in carbonation. This really was a pretty looking beer.

The smell was a nice floral & citrus aroma backed by a little caramel malt sweetness. The hop aroma smelled very fresh. Definitely a nice surprise!

The brew tasted just like it should based on the aroma. Nice hop flavors that are well balanced with the malt. The beer had a nice finish as well. It was clean but with just enough lingering hop flavor to make you want more. This was a very smooth, clean, easy drinking beer. It went very well with my Broiled Haddock with welsh rarebit. I'll have this again if it's on cask when I go back.

Photo of lehows
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask this beer poured considerably darker than on regular draught. Huge beige head with cascading effect. Nice aromas of floral hops bouquet, spicy notes, as well as a sweet citrus zest. Amazingly smooth and rounded taste, quite complex with a citric hop bite, floral bouquet, sweet spice, and a mild malt quality. Creamy and slick mouthfeel, great drinkability as well. Overall, a great brew to be on the lookout for on cask.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: It has a heavily sweet smell of citrus, with the hops in the background. Despite the intense sweetness, the malt character seemed a bit subdued.

T: The citrus sweetness dominates the taste, just as it does the smell and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste, however, is a good blend of the two flavors.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, very easy drinking, not filling at all because it’s so light for the style. This is type of beer that could start someone down the craft brew path.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the engine a pale light golden with some sediment setteling to the bottem a foamy thinner white head atop,nice big piney aromas the hops are very prevelant a touch of citrus as well just a touch of dryer biscuit malt in the nose.If you like hop tilted American versions of the style this will be to your liking,piney and quite resiny with underlying citrus notes not much of a malt presence to be had,a tad thin but a very sociable pint with all the hop goodness you would want,a nice APA on cask.

Photo of orfeu
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper hue with a foamy two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

The nose had a big spicy hop presence. A mix of grapefruit and orange dominated.. Exaggerated hop backbone. There was a distinct pepper aroma that I attribute to the cask serving.

The flavor very complex. A nice dry hop presence, with a clean grapefruit flavor. Well balanced.

The mouthfeel was very good. It was clean and finished very dry.

Very drinkable. An entirely different experience on cask.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Litterbean
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask at the gingerman in NYC. What an awesome pale ale. Light orange with a nice fluffy head of white that left nice lacing. Very carbonated and a bit cool for a cask offering, but it worked with this brew. The aromas are of fresh citrusy hops and freshly baked bread. The taste is very hoppy up front with a lovely hit of malt sweetness in the middle and a bready finish that was a little dry. The mouthfeel was awesome, as most cask beers are, and the drinkability was damn good as well. I'm glad that this comes in a 23oz glass!

Photo of rdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is ny first experience with Blue Point, and I'm confused. This beer on cask was nothing at all like the bottle of Blue Point that I had the night before. Now, I'm used to cask conditioned beers being different but this was way different in smell and taste.

The cask version, which is what I'm reviewing pours a pale gold color with an slightly off-white head that is small and short-lived. The taste was definitely hoppy with minimal carbonation and some citrus aroma and some hint of coriander. The taste very well-balanced between the hops and the malt. There were also some hints of citrus and a hint of spiciness. It was medim-bodied with a creamy texture that was very nice. I would have had a second or third but there were too many other beers to try.

Note: I had the same beer in a bottle (although I understand it is contract brewed) the next night. A completely different beer and one that I wasn't happy with. It was supposed to be a Pale Ale but the aroma and taste was very smoky. If I wanted a smoky beer, I would order one. It was also a little oily feeling in the mouth and had none of the balance of the draft beer.

Photo of mentor
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a thin head that has large bubbles. Some lacing developed during the drink. The aroma is a nice combination of floral tones and citrus. The flavor has a nice bitter quality, more so than the usual pale ales. Oranges are also evident.

This has a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly dry aftertaste. The bitterness lingers for a bit on the tongue. Very drinkable and an enjoyable higher-hopped pale ale.

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some of this at the SUNY-Stony Brook (my wife went there for her BA) Homecoming, and found it in a store on the way home the next day. The labelhad a Purchase Before Date of Feb. 04.

It poured a pale golden orange, with an off-white head. The aroma was faint, mild grapefruit. The taste was malt, grapefruit, and leather. The mouthfeel was light and creamy, with medium carbonation, and it finished with grapefruit and leather.

This is not a complex beer, but it IS tasty and refreshing. The hops are not smack-you-in-the-face, but have a nice balance. This might be a good beer for introducing newbies and macro drinkers to micro pale ales. Don't scare them off with Victory Hop Devil...

Photo of Greenlabel
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the third of the Blue Point bottled varieties that I've tried and I continue to be very impressed with what this company is producing. Although the bottled brands are now contracted at Clipper City in Baltimore, I'm informed by the brewer that they are brewed to very specific recipes furnished by Blue Point. If a lot of craft lovers try these products, I would hope they might eventually open their own full scale brewery.

If blindfolded, I suspect I would have said that this product was an IPA. It's unusually hoppy for a mere Pale Ale but that merits no complaints from me. Nice color, nice smell, nice head and very, very drinkable. As an added advantage, the bottles are freshness dated. Also, in my opinion, it has a very attractive yet basic label which might help sales somewhat.

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

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a Purchase by date of Jul 03. Tasted and rated on July 22nd, 03.

Poured a golden honey color with an inch thick white head. The head left spots and short ranges of lacing on the glass. There is also very visible carbonation, more than usual for a Pale Ale.

Aromas of fresh, green hops with a malt background. Mostly fresh, floral hops. Very floral and powerful aromas. Smells like fresh picked hops.

The taste started with slightly sweet malt, but is quickly covered by fresh hop bite. The transition is very smooth, but too much for a non-hophead. While I can truly appreciate the elevated level and how smoothly the taste does transition from the slightly sweet malt to the completely bitter hops, this is a little more hop than I am currently ready for.

The carbonation is very high for a Pale Ale and bubbles dancing and pop in your tongue and across the mouth. It goes down very easy and is very drinkable, but again a little more bitter than I currently regularly enjoy. Very nice change from my usual. Thanks for the sample, you know who you are.

Photo of stegmakk
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light yellow/gold. Had a nice white head...
Aroma was floral...mybe some metal and citrus...
Taste was GOOD...Hoppy all the way through...started off soft then got big and ended smoothly...
Mouthfeel was medium...
Drinkability is good...a great refreshing summer brew

Photo of Thrasher
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of doho95fu
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first from this brewery and will surely lead me to try some more of their brews. It is a good golden color with a nice creamy head. The smell is of hops with some hints of fruitiness. This is one of the better Pale Ales I have tried recently. The taste was hoppy but had a sweet fruitiness as well. This is a real good and drinkable brew.

Photo of Shiredave
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of AaronRed
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful drinking brew. Nice rocky head that stick to the glass. Smooth, but with a ton of hops that almost makes this an IPA, but not. Great with all kinds of food

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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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