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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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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
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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Photo of TLove
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.

TLove, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of CharlatanSin
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.

CharlatanSin, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. The head is tight and foamy and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of toasty malts with hints of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Starts off with a surprising hoppy bitterness. Finishes grassy and a little sweet. The malts give it a toasty/bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied, yet crisp and refreshing. Appropriate for a winter beer, in my opinion.

Drinkability: A decent winter ale and a decent amber ale. Surprisingly good and definitely worth a try.

wahhmaster, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of david18
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

There's not much I can say about this beer. I don't like Winter Beers but it was the only new beer at my local beer bar so I tried it. It was on the good side of what I like, meaning it was more like a red ale than a winter ale. Not too much spice, good dark color and decent malt color and flavor.

david18, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.55/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear dark amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted bready grains, a touch of caramel, some light chocolate and raisin notes. Lighter in body than I was expecting, but adequately carbonated. Not too bad, and the price is right.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of magine
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

Never had anything from this brewery before - here goes.

Poured this brew into a pint glass.

The beer pours a nice dark red amber - dark copper in the lower part of the glass. Has a nice light tan head, some minimal lacing - the head goes away quickly.

The beer has a bubbly mouthfeel, has a sweet taste of fruit, caramel hints, malts - dry finish. The taste is not balanced enough for me - almost is missing something.

This beer is good for a change up brew for me - not sure I like the finish to much with this one. I could enjoy a few, but then I would move on. It is a decent winter brew but I have had better.

The beer smells of

magine, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of jculler82
3.48/5  rDev 0%

Aged bottle, 3 to 4 years old. Poured to a pint glass.

Pours a clear brown with a one finger off white head. Lacing is decent. Smell is faint, caramel malts mostly. Taste is malty as expected, biscuit at first with a sweet finish. Didn't detect any hops at all, but I didn't expect to at almost 4 years old. Nice medium mouthfeel.

Reminds me more of a brown ale or nut brown than an amber/red. All in all a good beer, it isn't bad, but it doesn't stand out.

jculler82, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

jwc215, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a roasted chestnut body with a small tan head that disappears very quickly with little lacing. Slight orange hints on the edges of the glass.

Smell is of roasted nuts mostly with hints of sweet malts and caramel. Kind of spicy. Simple, yet pretty nice.

Taste is of caramel malts, roasted nuts, with a little spice/hop towards the finish. Very malty though, as they dominate any other aspect you might detect. Again, a little simple. Mouthfeel is grainy but smooth. Medium bodied. It's easy to drink, but I don't know if I'd want more than or two bottles of this... a little bit sweet for me. Not a bad winter/amber ale though.

TMB0424, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.2/5  rDev -8%

A - pours a nice amber color with with 1/4 inch of foam

S - Malty aroma with nutty and caramel hints

T - caramel and nut flavor with just a bit of hops to round it out. Nothing too overpowering or memorable

M/D - Overall not very impressive. As a winter ale its not very memorable and there are alot better choices in this category.

mikereaser, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev 0%

I had out of the bottle, it was dark brown, though completely see through, in color with a decent head that left a good lace around the glass. Very distinct scent to it, has a hint of fruit and spice to it.

The taste was very dry, again with a hint of fruit. To be honest there was a flatness to this beer. While not too bad, I would take a Sam Adams Winter Ale over this offering, since both are of a similar breed. Not bad at all, but there are far better winter ales out there, even of the generic kind.

Amalak, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with faint ruby red highlights and a 2" tall, light tan head. Great retention and plenty of coating on the glass from the lace. A pretty beer.

Smell: Malty, nutty and full of cereal grain.

Taste: Similar tastes, full barley flavor and lots of cereal. Nuttiness is pecan and hazelnut. The flavor is deep and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and easy to approach. Mild sweetness with little alcohol presence.

Drinkability: Not bad. A mediocre winter ale and a basic beer altogether. Smooth drinking. Not worth seeking out.

Risser09, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.48/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Nice finger of head but it goes away quickly. Nice amber color.

Smell: Really sweet aroma with a hint of hops. You can really smell the malt.

Taste: Medium bodied beer with a nice balance between the hops and malt. You can taste a tiny bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a little bit of an oily feel.

Drinkability: It is very drinkable but it doesn't quite reach session beer status.

OnThenIn, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%

Walnut brown body exudes a quickly developing and generous fluffy white head, lasting throughout the beer that leaves a trail of lacing.

Generous aroma of malt and seasonal spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon accompany hints of nut.

Aroma has hints of caramel malt, but primarily spices, malt, and slight hop bitterness in the finish, but also a bit metallic in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel offers medium carbonation, medium to full body, and a decent palate, but nothing remarkable.

A decent winter warmer overall, somewhere in the middle of the style grade. Comes together ok, I may revisit this again.

CHADMC3, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of NoahSYGG
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%

I agree with Lbkornlb14. This beer is boring. It tastes like a darker oktoberfest. I don't like any christmasy spices in my beer, but c'mon guys a little something. The flavor was boring. The color was ok and also being a fellow Long Islander i am very dissatisfied with blue point. I had a hoptical illusion the other day and it was atrocious. blue point is on their way out.

NoahSYGG, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%

An average brew head to toe.
Amber color,small head and a patchy lace.

The aroma was just malts and grains.
The taste was basically malts and a touch of caramel.

The feel was medium to high carbonation,smooth but with grains in the finish.

Notes: This is not what I want to have when I feel a chill or have friends over. I just felt this beer was a let down.

Lexluthor33, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of lbkornlb14
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%

You cant get much more boring then the Blue Point Winter. It pours and smells descent enough, but I guess even the nose is a little boring. Its a malt bomb, all you taste is malt, and its so boring I had trouble choking down just a single pint. On that note, Besides the Blueberry and Toasted Lager, I feel that Bluepoints quality has really let me down, and being a long islander it is kind of sad. Im to the point where I wont even recommend this brewery or its beers if im out and someone hasnt tried it. Anyone else feel the same? Anyway the bluepoint winter is one of the most boring, uninspired, borderline undrinkable beers of the year.

lbkornlb14, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

tempest, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle shared thanks to weeare138. Bottle notched best before April 06.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel and light cardboard. Tastes of citrus and caramel.

Notes from 1/12/06

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%

Good hard pour in to a standard pint glass from a fresh brewery filled growler.

L - clear deep amber color with a huge foamy sand colored head that left sheets of sticky lacing.

S - roasted malt, nuts and some spices in the smell.

T - roasted malt sweetness and spiced flavors lead to a lightly bitter dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a mild carbonation feel.

D - extemely easy to drink, a winter session beer for me.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of aibkstaff
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours with a deep rich mahogany color and thick creamy head. The smell is rich and malty with hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet and malty with a fizzy carbonation. It reminds me of a vienna lager. Very light in body. Drinkability is easy. This one is kinda boring, but makes a decent winter.

aibkstaff, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Deep brown/ almost black in color, a minimal head that disaapated quickly, little lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt elements, toasted bread with a hint of nutmeg and other spices. The nose is a little floored yet it's appeasing. A nice touch of caramel & toffee elements as well.

Taste: A good blast of maltiness paired with a roasted nut flavor, holiday spice and a bit of milk chocoalte. Carmelization bleeds through the malt yet get's drowned out by dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, this one is medium bodied that loses its complexity on the tongue but still holds up smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: This is by far a very simple, yet enjoyable winter brew, alot of the elements have been done better from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery or even Samuel Adams for that matter, but this is still a good introductory beer into the winter styling and a sure bet to please any existing malt lover.

thespaceman, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +14.9%

L: Pours a nice dark amber-brown color with a short white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some vanilla, spices - nutmeg and cinnamon, and a faint hops characteristic at the end.
T: A nice roasted malty base then some layers of cinnamon and vanilla, I really didn't taste the nutmeg I smelled, but then it ended with a slight hop finish that didn't make it too hoppy.
M: Very smooth, fresh, refreshing, and a bit warming.
D: Very drinkable beer. I don't believe it should be categorized as an American Amber/Red, I would call it more of a winter warmer from how it tasted and smelled. Regardless, it was still good.

erosier, Nov 26, 2008
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.