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Blue Point Winter Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale

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293 Ratings
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Hoppy and initially tasty and drinkable. Body on the thin side. A bit of spice not much. Low alcohol a plus..I can get another beer in. Average beer overall, easy to drink. OK to have once. Balance of bitterness and sweetness on the latter. Expiry June 2006.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 04:24:12 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep amber color with a good billowing two inch plus head gracing over the top of it. Really nice retention left the frothy white pillow on top for a good long while with a nice strong concentric ring of lace

A good well balanced aroma is what greeted me here right away. Very nice piney sort of hoppiness right up front and it was nice and light not too bitter, behind that was a good deal of bready malts, and I mean a good deal of them. It was a very well balanced aroma. Lots of earthen grain here as well. Overall very nice and a good solid amber ale type of smell. It had a very nice hopped up front but then fell back right into the trap of deep roasted malts and a touch of sweet caramel. Very complex for a session ale, but very very good. I really think I oculd have enjoyed this one again and again on this night, it was just that good. Like liquid gold. So smooth it just floated down when you sipped and you could not even think about trying to not go for some more. Great dry finish and an awesome amount of carbonation. This was really a winner and something that was totally worth the price of admission here.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:40:29 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a rocky head that dots and webs the glass with lace

Smell: Caramel and nuts with a semblance of buttery diacetyl

Taste: Opens with a malty caramel flavor that pushes in a fruity direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a grassy, earthy bittering and some medicinal flavors peak through at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation but a somewhat watery finish

Drinkability: The sweet and bitter flavors don't come together well for me; still, it is easy to drink

Thanks, rpohagan, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:52:05 | More by brentk56
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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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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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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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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that is a bit breadlike and nutty with a faint hint of hops. The taste is good as well. It has a silky smooth malty flavor with a nice hoppy finish. It has a very bitter bite. I like the breadlike/bisquit taste along with the crystal malts. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent winter ale. I really don't understand what makes this a "winter ale." Oh well, it's still a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 03:07:26 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a reddish color with a white head. Ther head fizzles away and doesn't leave too much lacing or rentention. The smell of the beer has a sweet malt base with some light winter spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was a little weaker than I hoped for. The flavors are average to me. The mouthfeel was also pretty much average. Overall I thought this beer should have beem a little stronger and thicker.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:07:13 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours light-to-medium brown with a ruby hue. Small, champagne-like bubbles rise vigorously to the top, forming a thin frothy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of toast (slightly burnt edges), caramel and a vague medium-to-dark fruitiness.

The taste is sweet - almost sticky sweet. Caramel and grain. There is something seltzery/tonic water-like mixed in. Not too fond of flat (? - for lack of better term - tough to describe - aftertaste that lingers). There is a slightly burnt brown sugar taste mixed in, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Light for a winter brew. Carbonation adds smoothness, but detracts from the body, here.

I suppose the sweetness (and hint of alcohol, though if the abv of 4.5 is correct here, don't know that it should be present at all), makes it a "winter" amber, but it comes across as imbalanced, as there is little depth to it. It does drink quickly and smoothly enough, but the bland-ish graininess detracts. It's mediocre-ish, IMO. Okay for a sweet, but smooth drink, I suppose, but nothing particularly special at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 15:06:41 | More by jwc215
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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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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a one finger fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel candy sweetness with a hint of pepper.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruits, soft bitterness, and a hint of spiciness. There is also a mild bread-like quality to this beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Short-lived aftertaste of mainly caramel tones.

Drinkability: I found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer that doesn't blow your tastebuds out of the water. A simple session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 18:52:29 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a single from Liberty St. Tavern. I don't know what's wintery about this other than it's the same color as a winter warmer. It reminds me of Summit's winter ale and its a clear ruby-brown color and kind of bland. This at least has a spicy hop bite at the end, but the caramel malts take some searching to find. The aroma at least has a nice mix of fruity strawberry esters with creamy vanilla once the beer's about at room temperature. Now that's it warm I'm also pulling a citrus rind tangy hops flavor and a bit of toffee. I guess the story here is to go for room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 23:27:09 | More by tempest
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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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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with fresness dating showing both the month and year it's best to consume by, yeah! Poured a reddish amber, clear, off white head, leaves some lacing. Nose is nutty, and grainy. Medium bodied ale, bready, nutty, fair amount of spicing noted as it warms. Nothing special, but this is a decent, middle of the road, lighter take on the winter warmer style. Good winter brew for newbies.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:13:23 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear reddish-brown body with a lumpy light tan thin film on top that is supported by big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft smell of biscuit malt and toasted malt has a faint caramel malt quality and concludes with a faint green bitter note.

T-The taste of biscuit malt is dry with a soft note of stall cinnamon and finishes with a green noble hop hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a big fizz finish that enhances the hops note a bit.

D- This is not what I expected for a winter ale. I picture full bodied something to keep you warm brew, but instead it was a light beer with a darker color.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 17:31:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears an amber color with a small off white head that leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of cardboardy typical red ale with some sweet malt and some citrusy hops.
Taste is of the same aromas that are slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Nothing special jumping out.
Mouthfeel is again slightly sweet and bitter with no balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 00:00:05 | More by weeare138
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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper with a khaki head, lots of bubbles streaming to the surface. The frothy head sticks around for the duration and casts a web of lace. I must say that overall this is a sexy looking beer.

S. Sweet malts and apple pie in the nose. Buttery toffee and caramel as well.

T. A nice malty body. Caramel malt comes through with a nice robust roasted finish. Earthy hops drop a line of pine residue. Overall very well balanced, with a slight lingering bitter finish.

M. This is a full bodied beer. Good level of carbonation and a very good and quaffable drinker.

D. A bit filling, but a delight to imbibe. This one caught me off guard. Bought it as part of a mix six pack. A fine session beer and one of the best examples of this style I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:48:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer pours a nice clear deep ruby red; the head is considerable in size with fine lace that clings in sheets to the glass. Nose is sweet, fruity, hints of caramel, and malts. Start is sweet; the top is middling in mouth feel. The finish is pleasantly hopped, moderate carbonation, dry aftertaste that is long lasting. Quite quaffable is this beer and well worth your time and effort to sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 10:34:01 | More by Gusler
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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brightly dark ruby brown color that is brilliantly bold to view through. Capping is smallish and creamy tight of a light sandy tan hue. Keeps a firm skim present the whole consumption period. Packed in spotty lacing is stitched across the glass with good sticking power.

Aroma is soft of cocoa powdered fluff with a bit of whole grain breadyness thats a titch on the sweetened doughy side.

Taste is firm and round of some soft brown bread dough sweetness, some cocoa hints, perhaps a drip of maple. Semi soft and drying hoppy finish that's fresh and green with a hint of grass and grain.

Feel is about medium with fairly solid tone and firm carbonation that keeps a nice tight tang and smallish bite of action adding to the overall flavors.

A nice drinking Winter ale (Red/Brown ale) thats soft, firm, and just tasty enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:09:38 | More by tavernjef
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with rpohagan. Thanks Ryan!

It pours a clear amber brown with a good 2 finger head of foam. Good head retention and there's some lacing.

The smell is malty with notes of caramel and some grain. There's also something spicy there that I can't really figure out. Maybe the taste will help.

The taste starts off with some good caramel malt character folowed by some grainy notes and some spice, maybe corriander? Hard to identify as it's very light. There's some hop bitterness here that's not quite agreeable to my tastebuds. In fact, after further sips, I find the finish is less of a hoppy flavour and more of a salty one and it's really affecting the drinkability factor for me.

It's light bodied and the carbonation is medium.

I'm glad I was given the opportunity to try this Ale but...it's not up *my* alley.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 23:12:38 | More by Bitterbill
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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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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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/22/08. Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a very small ring of tan head. Aroma of general spices (peppery?) and sweet malt. Flavor of an amber ale with spiced caramel malt. Definite spicy/peppery notes. Spicy burn in the finish. This is an ok beer, but nothing I would seek out again. More like a S/H/V than an amber ale. Decent.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:24:11 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.