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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 Swim424
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber in 1liter houfbrau mug
this has the fresh seal on it

A-orange gold in color. poured with a nice head leaving some residue on the glass. can see some carbonation bubbles.

S-definitely getting some nice hop aroma. as well as some caramel malt to it

T-Nice balance of hops and malt. Sort of like an Iced tea beer, but a bit sweeter with a nice hoppiness to it.

Mf-thin-medium. A bit creaminess to it. But very nice.

O-this is a very refreshing pale ale. I really enjoy this. Very smooth. everything is very well balanced.

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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 Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at the Trapp Door, Emmaus, PA

Served on cask, this beer poured a light golden brown color, slightly hazy with some noticeable bits of sediment in the glass, and a small frothy head that receded almost completely, leaving a thin trail of lacing behind. Basic aroma of pale malts and grains, lightly hoppy. Similar taste, light and crisp, grainy, toasty, bittersweet, with a grassy hop character. Not overly flavorful, but rather sessionable. A little bitter in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable in its simplicity.

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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 BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: finger white head, solid lacing

S: light pine + lemon grass

T: lemon grass, caramel/nutty malt,
hint of oily/semi-smooth finish

M: med/light body, smooth/
mild oily/sticky mouth

O: I was excited to pick this up, but
a little disappointed. Fine gateway APA,
but seasoned beer nerd may be disappointed.


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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came out of the gate in great form - bright and crisp with piney hops at the front, and then . . . well, nothign, actually. This was the beer analogy to cotton candy - you take a bite, then it dissolves and vanishes. When the beer hit the middle, it seemed to turn to water and lose all flavor, with just a mildly astringent aftertaste left in the wake. Odd - I can't say I've ever experienced this before.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange colored with a thin white cap. The aroma brings some light citrus with undertones of malt. The flavor offers biscuits, bread, toast, malt with citrus notes and a light dose of hops. The body is thin, but not too, with very low carbonation, due to the serving medium. Smooth and creamy, as is expected with a cask ale. Low alcohol and smooth feel on the palate makes for easy drinking. I have a soft spot for a good cask ale. This was pretty tasty.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle in NYC for $3.99, just looking for a simple pale ale (but hoping for a hoppy one). I got what I paid for, minus the hoppy aspirations.

Not a bad beer, just middle of the road in aroma and flavor, indistinguishable from hundreds of others available in brew pubs everywhere. Biscuity with hints of citrus, slightly sweet upfront and slightly bitter in the rear, OK but not amazing.

It's worth the low price and was about what I expected it would be.

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Photo of hmk22
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good, highly-hopped APA that doesn't go into too high an ABV range like some of its competitors. Kind of a busy unattractive label, which undersells its taste IMO, but they may be trying to stand out in a crowd. I snagged the last 22oz-er at DeCicco's in Ardsley; they sell at least 15 or so 22/24oz APAs / IPAs and cater to beer geeks, and it was a (relative) bargain @ $3.99. Great amber color, natural (non-fizzy) head, and a basket of hops at the first taste. Go for it -- you won't be sorry.

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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 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 Matt1516
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 9InchNails
2.13/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of shand
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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!

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Photo of rodney45
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 Gambrinus1184
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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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Photo of robhunta
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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