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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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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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BeerManDanNYC

New York

4.43/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

03-29-2011 01:40:29 | More by mikesgroove
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass a very clear reddish amber color with a frothy tan head that faded to a layer of bubbles. Good lacing on the glass as the beer goes down.

S: Caramel, toffee sweetness with a slight roasted malt aroma and some hints of vanilla and spiced rum. Some slight earthy hops fade in the back.

T: Sweet and roasty at first with toffee, brown bread, molasses, vanilla and caramel for the sweet notes and a slight roasted malt bitterness but not burnt tasting. Slight spice of maybe ginger and cinnamon and some bittering from earthy and slightly spicy hops. A touch of alcohol but hidden well.

M: Medium to full body with a crisp but smooth carbonation. A slight boozy alcohol warmth is hidden but detectable.

D: This beer keeps me very interested the whole way and has pleased me with each bottle. I am certainly glad I bought the case and feel it is a very approachable winter ale that can work to session or just have one or two to warm up. Thumbs up on this one!

03-23-2011 01:43:01 | More by scottbrew4u
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LukeK1231

New York

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Color: Dark caramel-red color, very nice really.

Aroma: Light spice-smell similar, to other winter seasonals.

Taste: The taste had a slight spice to it. Overall, a watery version of most winter beers, however the 7% was hidden decently.

Finsih: Taste-lacking

03-11-2011 20:11:04 | More by LukeK1231
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far333

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev 0%

Clear orangey copper colored with a thick and dimpled head of off-white froth that lingers long.

Aroma of doughey biscuit malt and low hop bitters. Flavors of toasty malt, notes of corn and light brown sugar, understated toffee, punctuated with hop bitterness, but low hop flavor and aroma. Could be more complex. Full and rich mouthfeel, average drinkability.

02-19-2011 01:36:34 | More by far333
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Full disclosure: I have swilled vats of BP Winter through the years but for some reason have never officially reviewed it. That ends in three, two, one...

Attractive dark amber with a reddish tinge. Plenty of creamy tan head and excellent early lacing as it recedes. The nose is malty and dark with medicinal, herbal hops around the edges.

Flavor is dominated by caramel hops and a slight smokiness. Hops are understated. Mouthfeel is thick and enables the sweetness. Good solid winter beer but better on tap.

12-29-2010 01:29:45 | More by daliandragon
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tchenery

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Very bright beer with a nice welcoming reddish amber hue. White head at the start that has dissipated since I started writing this review.

It has a subtle malt aroma that is fairly straightforward. There is a very very slight hop aroma, but not much at all.

The malts shine through the taste on this one all the way. It has that raisiny, almost dark grape flavor that has notes of subtle chocolate and toast. There are bittering hops in there but they don't add much to the aroma or flavor, mostly on the mouthfeel. There is a slight kick at the end, almost smacking as it leaves your mouth very dry.

I like it. It's not one that you would have too many of because the flavor is so forward, but for a cold weather beer with a
"lower" ABV, well done. I'm convinced Blue Point doesn't make a bad beer.

11-08-2010 22:11:58 | More by tchenery
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2009 date.

A-Mahogany red with filtered clarity and a nice light tan head that laces up very well. I'm a sucker for beers that look like this...A very pretty brew.

S-A light nose. Sweet caramel malts..perhaps a hint of spice, some fruits and nuts in the background. Subtle, but pleasing.

D-Nose carries through to the taste. Slightly sweet caramel malts with a hint of smoke and spice and a clean dry finish with a bit of hop tingle on the tongue.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, and one which I would definately buy again. Not sure why the reviews on this are not higher. I was really not expecting much from this based on the reviews, and was prepared to crack it, taste it, and move on, but I really like this one...

I generally like my winter beers big, but it is such a pleasure to see something come in at a sessionable ABV with a very pleasing profile. Is it unique? No, but it is a a real sweetheart of a winter session beer, and one that kicks the tail out of SA Winter Lager in all departments and whips out the old saw..."whats not to like?"

04-25-2010 21:24:13 | More by caddybuyer
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz bottle

Pours brown with a moderate but fine head, almost white. Retained well as lacing.

Smelled of malts and mild hops, with maybe some dark fruits. The malts were brown sugary.

Tasted similar. Very mild to non-existent bitterness. Molasses like malts. Perhaps a bit spiced.

Moderate body with mild carbonation. Goes down easy.

Pretty decent beer. Not fantastic but easy to enjoy.

04-25-2010 17:21:06 | More by Cylinsier
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olympuszymurgus

California

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

a lovely dark amber with, what appears to be, noble intentions.

I sip, I smell, nothing out of the ordinary here. On the lips it is slightly sweet but with enough unfermented sugars to give a nice spine to lick. There are hops, I'm sure, I just can't make them out through the crystal malt. Probably a touch of chocolate too. It's a nice beer. It's an amber ale. If I were in the City and saw a tap handle, I might have a pint. Probably I'd just get an IPA or a stout or whatever was in season since I'd be in the great land of Brooklyn, but let's just say this was a reasonable, and tasty beverage.

04-23-2010 07:41:12 | More by olympuszymurgus
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billab914

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured brown with a thin off-white head covering the top of the beer. The head faded but left some pretty good lacing.

Aroma has some caramel malty flavors, some spices, and a little hoppyness coming through. The flavors mix pretty nicely in the nose.

The taste is a lot like the nose in it's a nice mix of caramely malt flavors with the spices and subtle hops. I like the fact that the spices seem to take a backseat to the malt flavors. A lot of times the over use of spices kills beers for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a nice easy drinking good flavored winter beer.

03-19-2010 00:48:03 | More by billab914
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Andreji

Colombia

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Not much of a great beer but a decent one.

Pour is red hue perfectly translucent with a thin tan head, some lacing.

smell is predominantly and markedly hoppy, although some burnt malt seems perceivable- not a sweet feel at all, unusual.

taste is curious, it has the basics of a stout in terms of a dry roast malt flavour that is far from sweet. a buttery feel, obviously the body is nowhere near a stout, though. very bitter ending accompanied by a nice carbonation.

sessionable, not very wintery though.

03-07-2010 18:15:40 | More by Andreji
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2%

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is assorted spices.Taste is caramel,bread,and dark fruits.I think the flavor is decent but a little too light but otherwise it is pretty smooth.I would purchase this again and would recommend it to my buddies.

01-28-2010 15:20:02 | More by matty
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kenito799

New York

4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

01-03-2010 00:49:58 | More by Boto
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Ezone024

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

poured out a dark amber color. 2 finger long lasting head.
smells of sweet malts with a metallic nose.

not much of a traditional winter, more like an all year amber.
has some redeeming qualities as it's body has a nice full flavor.
sweet fruity malts with a little bit of spicy hopness to it, also kind of metallic.

drinks ok, wouldn't recommend it to a friend tho

12-29-2009 03:00:40 | More by Ezone024
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear amber, with two fingers of head that dissipates in a bout 60 seconds. Some mild lacing, and large bubbles rush to the surface.

The nose is uninspiring. A bit of floral hoppiness and some sweet malt aromas. The taste is equally uninspired. There is a little kick of unbalanced bitterness, some crystal malt sweetness, and not much else. Unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

All in all this is just a mediocre beer - nothing worth seeking out.

12-26-2009 03:30:06 | More by FickleBeast
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours amber/copper with a thick and fluffy head with good retention. Lacing is there throughout.

Aroma is of light hops, a breadyness, malts, caramel

Taste is the same...its got a little bitterness, but most of it is a bready malt backbone with a tad bit of bitterness from the minimal hops...not much else

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is fairly easy to drink. I could have a couple, but its not a special beer..just another winter offering. Good..but somewhat unmemorable

12-18-2009 09:22:07 | More by kshankar
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to jwc215 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a rich, burnt amber with a 2 inch cream head that leaves IPA like lacing all the way down the goblet. The aroma is rather muted. Caramel, yeasty biscuits, and just a bit of spice. Everything is a little more toned up in the flavor profile. Still the basic malty backbone consisting of caramel, toffee, and toast. There is a hint of spice that I cant put my finger on and it finishes with a lemon hop bite. Also at the tail, there is just a bit of a medicinal note. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, lightly carbonated but leaves a lingering flavor on the palate. This is a decent beer but there are other "Winter Ale's" that I would much rather drink.

12-09-2009 23:32:36 | More by hwwty4
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Mosstrooper

California

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark caramel color with a large off-white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with fruit and spices. Slight hints of nut.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing with balanced hop bitterness. Hints of apple and spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish, but also refreshing, fruity wateriness.

Drinkability: A solid beer and a good one for the style. Hoppier than many winter seasonals, and very drinkable and sessionable.

12-03-2009 23:56:21 | More by Mosstrooper
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TLove

District of Columbia

2.15/5  rDev -38.2%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours a dark amber caramel color with a two-finger, frothy cream-colored head. Thick lacing. Very pretty.

Smell: Picking up a lot of doughy, bready malt. No spice, which surprises me in a winter beer.

Taste: Toasted malt dominates up front, not quite as bready as the smell, but it's still there. A bit of dark fruity sweetness. There's also a solid earthy, piney hop bitterness, which I hadn't expected from the nose. No spices to speak of, nothing traditionally "wintery," but winter beer isn't my style anyway, so that's okay.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied. Gets a bit sticky as it warms.

Drinkability/Overall: Not too shabby. Nothing to write home about, but a better than average offering. As I said, winter ale is not my favorite, but if it were beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and I couldn't find any Souther Tier Old Man Winter, I'd give this another go.

12-02-2009 02:03:08 | More by CharlatanSin
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.