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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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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -13.8%

kaelingirl, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of AlbanyIPA
4/5  rDev +14.9%

AlbanyIPA, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

tpauer, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Dizbro21
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Dizbro21, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently at BuyRite in Jersey City since I had never had this before. I hadn't had any of their offerings in a while and I wasn't sure what to expect with this. Although it's a fairly strong beer and kept me warm, the taste and mouthfeel just weren't here. This could be sold year-round, but only because there wasn't any spice or notable flavors in this like in so many of the other seasonal beers that I've had.

The pour was the best aspect of this, with a nice copper hue and accompanying frothy head. Not much of an aroma to this either and the mouthfeel was quite thin. I knew that this was an ale, but it wasn't full at all this reminded me of the Blue Point Toasted Lager or Yuengling, because of the creamy taste. Just a hint of vanilla could be found here as well but the aftertaste was that of a slight burn, without any spice, hops, or other notes that could have livened things up.

There was enough alcohol here but I couldn't detect that either until I finished off the contents of my pint glass. I don't expect winter beers too blow me away but if all they can do is keep me warm, then I'll just have some bourbon and ginger ale. This was certainly not Blue Point's best.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of shand
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a deep red color with a large head that retains very well. Aroma is grainy, sweet malts, with a bit of spicing. The taste is pretty good, it still has a bit of that graininess from the aroma, but everything's a lot more well-rounded with some nice caramel textures and light spices to round the brew out. The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is good. It's a solid winter brew for sure.

shand, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev -13.8%

PaBeerLover, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of AJD1201
4/5  rDev +14.9%

AJD1201, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of 1p5v
4/5  rDev +14.9%

1p5v, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

cosmicevan, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of barleyroad
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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

barleyroad, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Jamstone714, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jpd7374, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of iBeer16
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

iBeer16, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

BuxMontBeerLover, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of JMD
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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

JMD, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Yagman3000, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Naugros
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Naugros, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jeanphony
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

jeanphony, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +14.9%

AgingWarrior, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Burt, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +14.9%

jrutigs, Nov 22, 2011
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.