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Blue Point Winter Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale

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Ratings: 293
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Boto

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask version @ Cambridge House: This one pours a dark, amber-brown color. There was almost no head and no lacing on this one. The aroma contains notes of spices, caramel malts and some fruits. The taste is good. Fairly malty, with some spices. Chocolate and fruits in the background. A nice winter brew.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2010 00:49:58 | More by Boto
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first cask beer. And during my first visit to Spuyten Duyvil (-1-16-2007) in Brooklyn as well.

Pours a slightly clouded dark ruby brown with a thick tan head. Nose is fruity sweet with a sugary presence. Taste is a firm hop presence, but not overpowering. Nice wood flavor that is easy going and not overdone. Feel is smooth and silky. Goes down oh so smooth. Highly drinkable off the cask and well worthy of losing my cask virginity to, apparently.

Serving type: cask

12-30-2007 21:39:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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Braudog

Virginia

2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the cask at KClinger’s. The tender delivered a deep, dark red beer with an ice-creamy, frothy head. On the tongue, this has that silky cask feel. On reflection, this was oddly bitter, almost like an unripe pear. It had a bit of a caramel nectar as a base, but the woody bitterness doesn’t match well. Disappointing. (#2652, 1/14/07)

Serving type: cask

02-04-2007 21:31:10 | More by Braudog
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cak at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured from the engine a clear deep amber a tight formed creamy one finger head atop.Real muted aromas almost nothing going on a touch of caramel and biscuit but not a whole lot really much to say here, a noticable drying hop profile to go with a decent caramel sweetness but I think Blue Point strives for a gentle quaffing amber more than big bolder flavored style.Its ok it blow your socks off but its sessionable and has nice subtle flavors.

Serving type: cask

11-10-2006 22:58:20 | More by oberon
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I decide to start my night with the cask offering, and in the beginning it's quite an experience. The pint is a murky brown which transforms into a hazy, deep amber as I hold it up to the light. The big fawn head dimples in a distinctively uniform way that leaves no chance for chunks or hummocks to form. The scent is nicely spicy, with some cloves and nutmeg showing through. A strong current of hoppiness cuts straight through the smell, and although it is penetrating it seems to be perfectly balanced with the spices.

My reaction to the first mouthfull is a big "HOLY S**T!!!" It seems that a huge, round wave fills my mouth with an overwhelming array of tastes and sensations. As with the smell, there seems to be a duality in the hops; they're sharp yet not at all overbearing, and they contribute to an almost metallic yet pleasant astringency. As I eagerly drain the pint further a thick marshmallow-like sheet, too solid to be called lacing, coats the glass.

After my first few swallows the taste already begins to dwindle, but at this point I can still easily make out stages. First there's a smooth, creamy, mouth-filling wave which even now begins to seem watery. Then comes a frisson of bitterness at the back of my tongue which spreads out and informs the finish.

By the time I'm halfway through the glass this beer seems much weaker and I'm not getting all the flavors I got in the beginning. This causes the hop bite, similar to that of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, to show through a bit more. I'm still getting that wonderful creaminess that reminds me somewhat of Northampton 80 Shilling, but this doesn't save it from becoming less drinkable with each sip. Perhaps all the spices were floating on top? In any event, it's disappointing that my interest waned during the course of the pint, but it was still an interesting experience that makes me want to explore more cask ales.

Serving type: cask

12-04-2003 21:08:33 | More by Weissenheimer
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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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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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - amber with a thick, off white head with good retention

S - caramel, grains, sweet

T - caramel, apple, mild bitterness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an incredibly disappointing beer. It's super-simplistic with esters and caramel dominating, but there is also an off-putting graininess throughout. I'll pass this is up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:20:29 | More by tdm168
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours light copper color with a thick two finger off white head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel sweetness and a moderately strong toasted malt smell. Mixed with these aromas is a bit of a nutty and alcohol smell, producing a rather warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of a caramel sweetness mixed with toasted malt. As the taste moves forward, it sweetness further with toffee like flavors hitting the tongue as well as a bit of nuttiness. About this time some flavors of a light bitter hop of a more herbal/grassy nature meet the tongue. The mainly sweeter and toasted malty flavors take the taste to its end where they are joined by flavors of a light alcohol, some oak, and as well as a light spice of nutmeg and cinnamon. In the end with the advent of the spice, oak, alcohol and hop, the tongue is left with a warmingly sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly creamier then average with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the lower carbonation and thicker body suit well the warming, light nut, hop, and spice flavors of the brew quite well and make for a nice slow drinker.

Overall – A somewhat complex winter warmer style with a rather nice blend of spice, nut/oak, hop, and sweet malty flavors. It is a rather enjoyable brew to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:21:58 | More by Darkmagus82
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a Trois Pistoles snifter.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with some fine looking carbonation bubbles, all covered by a good sized off-white head. The head reduces to a lasting partial coat and ring, and plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The aroma features sweet malts, with a good bit of caramel, some alcohol esters and traces of hops. Some light floral and smoke notes.

T: The taste is a step towards an imperial amber, with flavors of darker roasted malts than usual, Some coffee and smoke in the finish and aftertaste. Hops are obvious in the finish and lend a very good sweet/bitter balance. The alcohol very well hidden.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Light in body and ABV for a winter seasonal, it’ is darker and richer than average for an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:26:41 | More by chinchill
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metter98

New York

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that took a long time to died down, settling to a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of toffee malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has lots of flavors of toasted malts and toffee along with notes of sweetness and spices—nutmeg stands out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty, but the high amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel makes it seem to be a little lighter and helps with the drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste. I'm not sure if I could drink more than one of these at a time because it is rather sweet and malty.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:46:43 | More by metter98
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow/orange when pouring, clear amber in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Lots of malt, some nutty notes, even a tad bit of cinnamon.

T-Starts extremely malty, good deal of nuts along with a tad bit of grass. No bitterness, caramel and molasses as well.

M-Light and no carbonation.

O-A boring, bland not that good from Blue Point. Guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:21:05 | More by rlee1390
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review copied from my notes. Was poured from a 12oz into a standard pint a few hours ago.

Appearance: Amber in color. Nice off-white head that sticks around and covers the glass pretty well.

Smell: Not picking up much. Slightly sweet smell, a little bit of malt.

Taste: This is a pretty great ale. It is not trying to do anything special, but it hits the mark and is something I would certainly go back to. Malts with a nice spiciness that hits the end for an ale that fits the season but would be appropriate any time.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly carbonated but not bad. Appropriate medium body that goes down easy.

I'd buy this year round if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:31:10 | More by ColdWaffles
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown, fast foam. Some layer remains. Fruity cherry smell. Malty caramel. Taste is a fruity sweet red malt and a mild hop bite close. Nice blend. Maybe a hint of whisky lurking in the back? Good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 12:13:39 | More by KTCamm
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brother_rat

New York

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent dark copper, with a gray, thick head of uneven bubbles that faded pretty quick. Not a lot of lacing. Looks perfectly fine to me, nothing bad but nothing to write home about. 3/5

S: Opening florals of corn and wet cereals, sweetish. Not the most inviting. 2/5

T: Bright and light, with muted hops up front, toasted and a bit malty, fading to a more of a malty finish; sweet. Seems to leave an ever-sweetening aftertaste, which is actually pleasant. Notes of corn & cereal & grapefruit up front, but more caramel, almost dark chocolate or chocolate biscuits, at the finish. 3.5/5

M: There's a bit of body to the beer, despite the initial lightness, and you do feel the warming ABV. Very drinkable, and I enjoyed the beer more as I continued drinking. 3.5/5

O: Not a bad beer, and perhaps my favorite offering from Blue Point (I'm not a fan of the Toasted Lager or some of their other beers, which is hard to say as I'm from LI and Blue Point is everywhere around me). But this is one of those beers where the initial impressions turned out to be pretty deceptive. From unimpressive first sniffs and tastes, I continued to like the beer more and more. They dialed down the hops, thankfully, and made a pretty solid beer that ends well. Nice. 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:01:17 | More by brother_rat
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

12 oz. bottle.

Coppery burnt sienna body. Clean and clear. Finger of dense, padded, bright light khaki head. Some lacing. Toasted sweet bread, brown sugar, caramel, figs, and fruity sweetness on the nose. Hints of vague festive spices, but not much.

Toasted, nutty malt up front. Becomes fruitier with some caramel and cookie dough sweetness. Modest herbal and citrus hop bitterness in the latter half. Caramel and cookie dough linger into and through the finish. Some cooked veggie, bock-like flavors, and black tea as well. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel. Not bad, but definitely not my go to winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:41:43 | More by alexgash
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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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kylehay2004

Florida

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

A: two finger thick off white head with nice retention and lacing on a brown with garnet hues hazy body.

S: lots of sweet caramel and toffee and even a chocolate note.

T: sweet caramel malt and spices up front with a chocolate and semi dry coffee note to the finish. Fairly complex for the style.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This one is actually very good and surprisingly complex. The semi dry finish hurts the mouthfeel but a nice brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 23:06:17 | More by kylehay2004
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice deep brown hue with slight ruby highlights and a slightly opaque head. Pretty sticky lacing is a nice looking winter warmer.

S - No real spices just some caramel malts, sweet sugars, and toffee.

T - I had no idea this was a red ale but as a winter ale it was very malt forward with sweet toffee and caramel aspects. Not too overly sweet and the hops take a back seat.

M - Medium it drank pretty much around it's ABV.

Overall a pretty sweet red ale, much bigger and bolder than Yuengling but noting that really stands out amongst other winter warmers. Decent beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:20:27 | More by DrDemento456
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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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