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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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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 138
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 arysssa
3/5  rDev -13.8%

arysssa, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a very minimal head. Lacing is minimal. Looks like an attractive amber ale. Very similar in presentation to Brooklyn's winter ale, but less head. Carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: This has a nice array of aromas, with dark fruits and some chocolate notes dominating. Hops are present and add a nice bite to a pretty malt-forward ale. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Some bread and toffee in the nose as well.

Taste: This is a good, straight-forward amber. It's another of these seasonals that sort of baffle me with why they are seasonal, because it's a pretty conventional interpretation of a familiar style. Could work for three seasons, maybe four. The flavors follow the nose - malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. Not wildly complex, but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer adds to its drinkablity. It's not watery-thin, but not overbearingly heavy either. "Accessible" is a good word for it.

Overall: A solid session amber. A good companion on a cold winter night on Long Island, like the one I'm in the middle of. Paired well with food (lentil sloppy Joes and Brussels sprouts). You do have to wonder what will happen to Blue Point in the wake of the A-B purchase.

illpass78, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -13.8%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of BourbonJersey
2/5  rDev -42.5%

BourbonJersey, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BrooklynPanch
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of banger7
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

banger7, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beverage is rust colored with amber highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - The aroma consists of toast, toffee, and floral hops.

T - The taste is caramel, toffee, and floral hops.

M - Moderate

O - It is slightly above average. It is a simple red ale.

buschbeer, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of potatojuice
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- dark amber in color.. thick khaki, cratered head that sticks to the glass..really nice appearance

S- quite malty, spice

T- taste is malty, mid palate I get that bright burst of sweetness like a burnt powdered sugar with nutmeg, cinnamon, candied ginger, also a somewhat unpleasant solvent, nail polish, plastic type taste tht hides in the back
this would b a great winter brew if it wasn't for the solventy taste..2.5/5

potatojuice, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

beernads, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of braedon_peluso
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

braedon_peluso, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Stidge77
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Stidge77, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of JTex
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

JTex, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of PSanger
4/5  rDev +14.9%

PSanger, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of mikehillman
3/5  rDev -13.8%

mikehillman, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of bshiban
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

bshiban, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of JohnFatAss
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice beer. It has a clear copper color. Thick off white head that left a impressive amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

Sweet and malty with a mild spicy finish.

Extremely easy to drink even though it weighs in a 7% abv.

An excellent choice for a cold winter night.

JohnFatAss, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of BeerMeister8
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BeerMeister8, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

nyyfanatic213, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Stofko1992
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Stofko1992, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

harsley, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of aengleman
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

aengleman, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of brandonkr
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

brandonkr, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice red ale with some holiday spicing. Pours a reddish copper color with a good size antique white head. Thick bands of lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready malt. Strong enough and pleasant.

Flavor is sweet bready malt as well with the sweetness cut by some holiday spices...nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Goes down easily. Not a bad beer.

JayQue, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Steved9mm
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Well Let me just start off by saying that this is an american red ale and I could definitely see how some people would love this beer. However it is not for me. I bought it because im a big fan of Blue Points toasted lager and hoptical illusion and I wanted to give their winter seasonal a try.

It pours a nice dark cola color with an offwhite head and nice retention all the way to the end. The nose is mostly roasted dark maltyness and sugary sweetness as well as some coffee and chocolate. The taste is overwhelmingly malty with a bit of chocolate/coffee coming through and very subtle hints of hops, dark fruit, and some kind of spice in the finish. Overall not what I was expecting and I'd say it was a bit unbalanced. If you're a big fan of red ales give it a try but as far as I'm concerned it was nothing special.

Steved9mm, Dec 15, 2013
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.