Blue Point Winter Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 359
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 359
Photo of shand
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
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 (351 characters)

Photo of iBeer16
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (839 characters)

Photo of JMD
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (525 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Naugros
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of BeerManDanNYC
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (996 characters)

Photo of LukeK1231
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (302 characters)

Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (361 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (398 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (512 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (803 characters)

Photo of caddybuyer
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?" (1,132 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (394 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (601 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (678 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (510 characters)

Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.