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Blue Point Winter Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14%

01-16-2012 00:52:33 | More by PaBeerLover
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-12-2012 23:45:52 | More by AJD1201
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-08-2012 03:54:06 | More by 1p5v
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cosmicevan

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance with nice foam. Smell is nice with hops. Mouthfeel is good, this beer leaves the mouth nicely and leaves you wanting more. Taste, is very good, that is why you want more. This is a good beer, however we would not classify this as a winter. This is a great American Amber/ Red Ale. Will go well with what every you are eating. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 01:26:51 | More by barleyroad
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-01-2012 01:41:41 | More by Jamstone714
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14%

12-30-2011 01:01:35 | More by jpd7374
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iBeer16

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into pint glass. Pours dark amber but translucent. Pours with a lot of head with an cream hue. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Nothing too strong standing out in terms of smell, just malty. Could be me but I smell some slight vanilla.

T: strong malty flavor with some spices. Alcohol taste not making a huge presence in regards to bitterness but still present, more than a winter warmer. Sweet taste also.

M: makes mouth water, slight bitterness combined with sweet and spices makes this beer a great one to enjoy and tastes are continuously changing. Keeps mouth on its toes

Overall, I really like this winter ale. The combination of sweet, spice, and hoppy is well done. The taste is constantly changing which entices you to continue drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:12:27 | More by iBeer16
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was part of a mix-n-match 6pk picked up by my buddy, Pat. Thanks for the beers, brother!

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a mostly translucent amber/reddish color. A one finger head on the initial pour. A small amount of lacing left after enjoying.

S - Nothing great here. Just a faint malty smell.

T - Actually a decent tasting beer. A very malt forward brew. I'm getting a sweet, almost like a burnt sugar taste - almost toffee-like. Very faint taste of spices but not as much as I'd expect to taste in a winter ale. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A decently carbonated brew. Medium consistency.

O - A beer that is good but nothing really stands out. I enjoyed it but wouldn't necessarily seek out again. That being said, It would have no problem drinking it again. Thanks again, Pat for the beers!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 15:09:55 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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Skye1024

Indiana

3/5  rDev -14%

12-17-2011 21:59:31 | More by Skye1024
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JMD

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber colored brew with 2 inch off white head that fades slowly and leaves a light lacing on the glass.

S: Malt dominates this fairly mild aroma. Some molasses and bread, but not much else.

T: Nicely balanced. Malty with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Sourdough bread is prominant as well. Nice hoppy finish

M: Medium to full bodied. nicely carbonated.

D: this is a solid winter offering from Blue Point, but nothing exceptional. I enjoyed drinking this 6pk, but not sure i would go out of my way to get it again

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:22:43 | More by JMD
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Yagman3000

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Enjoyed while watching a tense Giants game.

Appears a burnt orange. There's actually a little creamy head that remains. Surprised by its liveliness.

Smell is way too understated. There's a little sting to the nostril from some booziness but that's about it.

Tastes of sweet maltiness. Some molasses. A littkecsweetborange too. Decently refreshing.

It's mouthfeel is marked by sharp effervescence which turns pretty dusty quickly into the experience.

Overall I would have liked a heavier flavor and mouthfeel experience for this beer given its genre. I imagined a lot more richness and dry fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:58:41 | More by Yagman3000
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber, this is almost a red ale in color. Nice frothy, beige head leaves behind decent lacing. The smell is strong with what smells like spicy German hops, but could very well be any kind of hops and the spicing that is in the beer, but they don't claim to spice this one. The aroma is a little off with a medicinal sense to it. The taste and mouthfeel pretty confirm the presence of German hops. I could be wrong here, but I get the same experience from Sam Adams Boston Lager and other German ales and lagers as I do this beer. Not that German hops are a bad thing, even though they're not my favorites, I just don't really like them here. The 7% alcohol is not very evident and the finish isn't all that clean. But the body is a nice crisp, medium.

I've pretty much loved everything this brewery has put out, but this one escapes me. I don't think the hops and malts are in very good balance, and it reminds me of a slightly sweeter version of Boston Lager. Even though there's a bunch of sweetness from the malts, you don't get much malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:14:09 | More by Naugros
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jeanphony

New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

12-07-2011 20:42:03 | More by jeanphony
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-07-2011 19:55:03 | More by nmann08
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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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AgingWarrior

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-02-2011 15:13:45 | More by AgingWarrior
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-26-2011 12:47:57 | More by Burt
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jrutigs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-22-2011 04:16:58 | More by jrutigs
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-18-2011 00:22:14 | More by tclapper
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Point shaker pint.

A: Pours pretty dark for an amber ale - light brown with some off-white head.

S: Not too much aroma. There is a dose of sweet and earthy maltiness with the suggestion of hops.

T: Not too much taste either...Again, malt is there first with brown sugar, nuttiness and dirt. Hops are herbal and heavier on the bitterness and lighter on the flavour; they are just kind of "there".

D: It goes down easy enough and the alcohol is covered, but the flavours are a bit boring and bland.

Overall: A weird beer. It lacks any punch or defining characteristics. It isn't syrupy and malty, it isn't hoppy, but it isn't really balanced either. Its just not too interesting of a beer. Not sure why this is their winter seasonal...it seems like the blander beers are better suited for warmer months when you just want some refreshment. Not a terrible beer, but BP can do MUCH better.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 15:00:19 | More by JohnnyChicago
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BeerManDanNYC

New York

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on May 13, 2011. It pours a nice looking amber with good clarity but little in the way of head. There is a bit of molasses malt scent with sugar sweetness and a slight hop background. The body is around medium. There is a slight bitterness to the taste but it tenjds to favor the malty sweetness instead. There's a wintery spice element too.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:30:35 | More by puboflyons
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.