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Blue Point Winter Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale

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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%


Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Calypso

Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear, copper color with one finger of off-white head and no lacing.
S - Little to no aroma. I couldn't determine any distinctive characteristics.
T - Grainy, bready malts, light sweetness. Lingering citrus hops. A well-balanced flavor.
M - Medium body, wet, with medium carbonation.
O - Well balanced, complex, and enjoyable. The lack of any aromas was a bit of a letdown.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 17:36:55 | More by Calypso
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a amber/copper body. Lacing is sticky and soapy. Aroma includes caramel malts, some spicing (maybe white pepperish), light hop bitterness. Taste is more sweet than bitter, slightly brown sugarish, certainly caramel, faint bitterness. I suppose this can be described as a wintery amber. Easy to drink and pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 06:29:31 | More by KickbacksSteve
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cosmicevan

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

swung by the brewery after work to try the french oak cask of this so got a regular for comparison. nice amber color with thin head that fizzled away leaving an oil slick of head. smells like an amber should, malty and barley like, veey earthy. taste is the same but even more earthy. the malt bomb is nice and the brown sugar is there, but in an amount that is bearable (not my fav style). mouth was stamdard with good carb. overall a good amber and worth a try as the weather grows colder, however if you are local run to try the cask french oak as it is amazing how different it is.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 23:03:48 | More by cosmicevan
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Winter Ale was served, on tap, in a shaker pint. The beer had a deep mahogany color with just a wisp of foam. Caramel is strong in the nose. Similar on the palate, but after the caramel fades little remains. A dash of spice at the end brightens up the taste buds following a distinct hollowness in the center. Overall, fine and drinkable, but I would prefer more complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 23:56:57 | More by BeardedBoffin
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BeerManDanNYC

New York

4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best winter beer I've been able to find consistently the last couple of years. A full, rich flavor with just a hint of spice and a surprisingly easy finish for a winter ale. The kind of beer you want after a long day on the slopes. Once again, Blue Point delivers on the seasonal brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 20:16:38 | More by BeerManDanNYC
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured tap to pint glass. Nice ruby/copper color with persistent, sticky tan head. Body is clear with some lazy bubble trails. Aroma is extremely malty, biscuits and caramel. Nice and bright. Flavor is full malt body with finish of light, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is active and completely helps the flavors develop. Head remains a nice cap the whole time, sticking to the glass, revealing every sip.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 21:11:35 | More by clickpush
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was slight malt, but not much there. The taste was sweet malts with slight caramel and decent hops with slight spice. The beer was light and smooth with slight carbonation. This one was decent, but not likely one I'd have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 21:11:09 | More by atsprings
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kenito799

New York

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, Queens, NY

The dark amber ale looks nice enough, small head, pretty lacing.

Nice aroma of malt with warm nutmeg and cinnamon spice. On teh palate a pleasant balance of malt, not too sweet, with definite undertones of cinnamon. Christmas-y. Wintry and warm, yet light on the palate, low ABV, great session beer for winter. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 03:11:16 | More by kenito799
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TLove

District of Columbia

2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Windsor, CT.

Really light and weak for a winter. Surprising lack of spice and, despite its nice amber-brown color and 1/2 finger head, the beer is more dry and hoppy than I expected. Grainy and parsing.

Its something different, but I won't go for this one again. The taste is unbalanced and the body too thin. Lacks the wintry flavors and substantive malts and complexity of a winter brew.

Aptly categorized as an amber/red ale. It claims, however, to be a winter ale and I have rated it accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 03:51:40 | More by TLove
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david18

New York

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's not much I can say about this beer. I don't like Winter Beers but it was the only new beer at my local beer bar so I tried it. It was on the good side of what I like, meaning it was more like a red ale than a winter ale. Not too much spice, good dark color and decent malt color and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 21:30:53 | More by david18
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA.

A: The ale is a dark nutty brown color, highlighted with orange and red tones. No head unfortunately.

S: The nose is malty, loaded with nutty notes and caramel sweetness.

T: The ale doesn't deviate from the amber formula at all. Caramel and nutty malts suppprt a light hop profile. As many others have noted, there is nothing special about the ale; the name alone made me expect more.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, a decent amber ale with the necessary caramel and hop flavors.

D: The ale would work in a pinch but to make it a full-time option, I'd want to see a spicy profile.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2009 18:43:23 | More by akorsak
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erosier

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice dark amber-brown color with a short white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some vanilla, spices - nutmeg and cinnamon, and a faint hops characteristic at the end.
T: A nice roasted malty base then some layers of cinnamon and vanilla, I really didn't taste the nutmeg I smelled, but then it ended with a slight hop finish that didn't make it too hoppy.
M: Very smooth, fresh, refreshing, and a bit warming.
D: Very drinkable beer. I don't believe it should be categorized as an American Amber/Red, I would call it more of a winter warmer from how it tasted and smelled. Regardless, it was still good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 11:38:58 | More by erosier
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buzzworthy

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beff's in Delmar. My first Blue Point brew, the Winter Ale turns out to be a pleasantly quaffable red ale. It's an attractive reddish-amber with decent sized tan head as poured from the tap. There isn't much aroma. There is a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts that ordinarily would have me raving. The problem is that the taste and body are too thin. It's just not robust or flavorful enough to stand out as anything other than an occasional beer. One could drink a lot of these, but I just wouldn't want to - there so many better choices.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 20:44:31 | More by buzzworthy
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lehows

New York

4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bellport last night, it poured a brownish-red amber color with a thick cream colored head. Amazing lacing that hung all the way down the glass. Nutty aromas with a malt backbone, some mild spice and hops. Wonderful flavors of nutty caramel, roasted malt bitterness, and a touch sweet spice round out the brew. Don't confuse this with a winter warmer style ale, as some have. It's a solid and highly drinkable red ale, goes well with food too.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 15:42:04 | More by lehows
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 deep reddish brown color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very malty, with traces of tea, smoke, coffee, caramel and some hops.

T: The taste is robust and very smoky, with flavors of roasted coffee, caramelized malt and a bit of hops. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very quickly and is very light for a winter seasonal, it’s an excellent beer to stick with for a whole evening.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 23:17:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass, the waitress tells me that I kicked the keg, to which I'd usually be proud. However, this was my first beer of the night, so it wasn't my doing really!

It pours a very white sudsy head (2") atop of an amber with ruby hue body. The head was much more than usualy probably due to the fact that the head was spitting a bit into the glass.

Aroma was mostly of caramel along with an overall cream soda aroma which was quite pleasant but odd. I also get some florals in there from the hops but the malt dominates the aroma.

Very sweet carmael with some slight spice comes through on the sip. It actually reminds me a bit of a pils with some souring hops (floral and a bit citrus) coming through to help balance out the sweetness of it.

Feel was nice. Smooth on my palate with just a slight bitter puckering at the finish. Overall, nicely done with mouthfeel.

Overall, the sweetness for the style was a bit too much for me. I had hoped that I'd get a bit more warming from this one, but the fact that it was the last brew in the keg could amount for my error in judgement. I can't slam this one considering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2006 23:40:36 | More by Fish113d
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plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice alternative to the typical winter beer offering. The beer has the characteristic winter beer dark hue and less than foamy head, but is not as malty as the rest. It has a nice crisp hop character and a lighter than most mouthfeel. Personally, I cannot drink pint after pint of your typical malty winter brew. This is a nice and unique change.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2006 20:09:58 | More by plaid75
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark amber ale with an off white head. The aroma malty sweet with a slightly fruity aspect. The taste is a light malt at the begining with a slight fruitiness in the middle. That end witha smooth bitterness on the finish. The flavor was more subdued than the aroma let on, but very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 00:11:27 | More by ybnorml
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illpass78

Maine

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a very minimal head. Lacing is minimal. Looks like an attractive amber ale. Very similar in presentation to Brooklyn's winter ale, but less head. Carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: This has a nice array of aromas, with dark fruits and some chocolate notes dominating. Hops are present and add a nice bite to a pretty malt-forward ale. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Some bread and toffee in the nose as well.

Taste: This is a good, straight-forward amber. It's another of these seasonals that sort of baffle me with why they are seasonal, because it's a pretty conventional interpretation of a familiar style. Could work for three seasons, maybe four. The flavors follow the nose - malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. Not wildly complex, but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer adds to its drinkablity. It's not watery-thin, but not overbearingly heavy either. "Accessible" is a good word for it.

Overall: A solid session amber. A good companion on a cold winter night on Long Island, like the one I'm in the middle of. Paired well with food (lentil sloppy Joes and Brussels sprouts). You do have to wonder what will happen to Blue Point in the wake of the A-B purchase.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 23:31:43 | More by illpass78
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beverage is rust colored with amber highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - The aroma consists of toast, toffee, and floral hops.

T - The taste is caramel, toffee, and floral hops.

M - Moderate

O - It is slightly above average. It is a simple red ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:16:08 | More by buschbeer
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potatojuice

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- dark amber in color.. thick khaki, cratered head that sticks to the glass..really nice appearance

S- quite malty, spice

T- taste is malty, mid palate I get that bright burst of sweetness like a burnt powdered sugar with nutmeg, cinnamon, candied ginger, also a somewhat unpleasant solvent, nail polish, plastic type taste tht hides in the back
this would b a great winter brew if it wasn't for the solventy taste..2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:01:50 | More by potatojuice
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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice beer. It has a clear copper color. Thick off white head that left a impressive amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

Sweet and malty with a mild spicy finish.

Extremely easy to drink even though it weighs in a 7% abv.

An excellent choice for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:27:18 | More by JohnFatAss
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JayQue

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice red ale with some holiday spicing. Pours a reddish copper color with a good size antique white head. Thick bands of lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready malt. Strong enough and pleasant.

Flavor is sweet bready malt as well with the sweetness cut by some holiday spices...nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Goes down easily. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:32:32 | More by JayQue
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Steved9mm

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Well Let me just start off by saying that this is an american red ale and I could definitely see how some people would love this beer. However it is not for me. I bought it because im a big fan of Blue Points toasted lager and hoptical illusion and I wanted to give their winter seasonal a try.

It pours a nice dark cola color with an offwhite head and nice retention all the way to the end. The nose is mostly roasted dark maltyness and sugary sweetness as well as some coffee and chocolate. The taste is overwhelmingly malty with a bit of chocolate/coffee coming through and very subtle hints of hops, dark fruit, and some kind of spice in the finish. Overall not what I was expecting and I'd say it was a bit unbalanced. If you're a big fan of red ales give it a try but as far as I'm concerned it was nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 18:11:18 | More by Steved9mm
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diverdownrick

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting for a winter beer from a smaller brewery. No hint of spices or aroma typically found in winter ales.

First impression - would have classified this as an Octoberfest in a blind taste test. Drinkable but nothing noteworthy. Kind of beer that you need to take several sips of before you can start to pick up the characteristics.

Smell - minimal aroma to the nose.

Appearance - mix of traditional red ale and an Octoberfest. Good consistency and caramel/red color with a nice yet petite head

Taste - Very minimal hops noted. Medium to weak body, nothing overpowering or substantial. Again, feels like the love child of a red ale and an Octoberfest.

Aftertaste - minimal if any. Savor meter is very low which is OK for a summer beer that you drink when it's 90 degrees and you are parched but for a winter beer I want something more substantial to carry me though a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 20:37:27 | More by diverdownrick
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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.