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Blue Point Pale Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of alcstradamus


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 14:37:01 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of Seanibus


3.65/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 15:37:35 | More by Seanibus
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a nice fluffy, rocky, creamy white looking head and loads of carbonation. Nice clear, bright gold color.

S - Not much aroma, smells grainy and crisp with cracker-like malt and mild lemon rind. Honestly, this smells more like a lager to me. (I must be missing something somewhere.)

T - Crackery malt, light caramel, delicate floral and pine hopping in the nose. Has a light lemon aftertaste with floral character that coats the mouth.

M - Light body, crisp, and finishes semi-dry.

D - Session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 04:56:52 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Kadonny


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 18:59:10 | More by Kadonny
Photo of Mancer

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cold color with a lovely 2 finger high off-white head. Lacing was visible on the glass. The initial smell of this beer was that of light hops, grains and some floral characteristics. The initial taste of the beer was that of grains,citrus and even an earthy flavor. This brew had a light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a nice APA. I don't think it's my favorite of the style, but it is rather unique in its blend of flavors. Definitely worth a try, and the price is decent for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 23:07:15 | More by Mancer
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 22:45:44 | More by cavedave
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour shows a crystal clear, gold color with a big fluffy, two finger head. Great retention with an overall livley appearance.

The aroma is very typical for an APA, but with above average strength. There is a nice floral, citrus quality that takes on an interesting lime/tangerine smell.

The flavor is based on simple, rounded juicy sweetness that still retains a light and crisp mouthfeel. It feels like just a bit more body would help. The finish is clean with a nice grassy, citrus hop flavor and moederate bitteress.

This was one of the better pale ales I've had, and probably the best at this gravity. It's priced well in bombers too, so I'll likley be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:07:39 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:22:46 | More by beer2day
Photo of russpowell


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked thia up in Brandon FL. Pours an effervescent straw/gold color with 2 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Bready with a touch of grassyness

T: Deep herbal bitterness followed by grapefruit & a touch of biscuitty malt hiding underneath the astrigency. Starts to get better as this warms, malt starts to balance this a bit, then woody & grapefruitty hops, plus grassyness. Finishes with a bit of toffee & then grassy & woody hops by the ton, plus much dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. Not balanced well at all

Drinks alright didn't really enjoy this one at first, hopheads may disagree, a bit more malt would've helped here. Let this one get at least up to cellar temp before trying

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:44:38 | More by russpowell
Photo of david18

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer i was surprised to see not on Beer Advocate. It had that label type that many fresh hop beers have; very green, very new looking, very inviting. Color is similar to a lager and, like a lager, it is very clear. There's a very clean bitterness to this. Hits hard on the tongue but doesn't stick around for too long. Aroma is a little light but overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:42:22 | More by david18
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a golden amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of wheat and bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose; bready malts, wheat, and smooth caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok pale ale that is very easy to drink. Mostly pale bready malts. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:23:18 | More by mdfb79
Photo of erosier


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-10-2010 11:28:06 | More by erosier
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 05:18:22 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of far333


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 12:28:46 | More by far333
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:11:05 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear toasted straw color with plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The brew has a nice cream colored clingy head. The aroma is of a light floral and grassy hop, has that fresh hop aroma, though quite faint. The taste has a strong metallic flavor along with some rust. There is a sweet bready malt that is buried by the metallic notes. The hop profile is mainly grassy and bitter; perhaps this is where some of the metallic notes are coming from. Light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Despite the metallic flavors the brew drinks quite well and is refreshing. Would like to see more hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 20:55:08 | More by Gmann
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:11:59 | More by Axic10
Photo of samoblue


4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of the cask at George Keeley in NYC on 5/27/09, while watching FC Barcelona bend Manchester United over the table in the UEFA Champion's League final.

Pours a light copper color with just less than a finger of light head. Was not expecting the beautful hop aroma that this beer threw off. My allergies were bothering me, so I didn't expect to smell much, but the flowery, citrusy aroma definitely came through. Just beautiful.

Very smooth taste, with a strong malt backbone backed up by a surprisingly bold hop flavor for a Pale Ale. I typically eschew American Pale Ales for something that will guarantee a bigger flavor, but hop heads would be wise to give this one a try. Not overpowering, but definitely present and very well-balanced.

All-in, a great session beer and one I will definitely be looking for again in the future.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2009 14:30:02 | More by samoblue
Photo of TeddyBrew

New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I visited the Brewery the other day--highly recommended.

I sampled just about everything they had on tap (leaving aside the one's I had before or styles I didn't care for too much). This was the one I wanted to take home in a growler.

A fine copper appearance with a healthy head and plenty of lacing. Balanced and drinkable with nice malts all the way through and enough hops to please an IPA hound.

Here in NYC, I see the Toasted Lager around all the time and the Hoptical Illusion can be found on tap or cask pretty often. But this I have never seen on tap around the City. If it was I'd be sure to go for it.

Maybe a little too hoppy to meet the definition of a Pale Ale (hence the lower drinkability score) but I wouldn't change a thing!

Serving type: growler

05-26-2009 03:11:40 | More by TeddyBrew
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of bitter hops. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops...where is the malt?? Very unbalanced and the hops are too bitter for me. Yuck.
Aroma: 4/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 10/20

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 16:33:19 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium gold with orange highlights accompanied by a bright white foamy head that was modest in size while leaving a faint streaky lacing.

S: promising with big citrusy scents of oranges and lemons which was followed by a dry floral bitterness.

T: The flavor however did not live up to the promise of the aroma. There was semi-sweet malt which was only mildly accented by some fresh citrusy notes. The hopping was fairly light and a little coarse. Overall a typical WCH pale that left only a faint reminder of hoppiness behind.

M: nice, crisp, smooth with a solid carbonation bite.

D: A light drinking pale that was crisp, simple and moderate to throw back a few but wont impress in the meantime.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:21:26 | More by beerthulhu
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84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.