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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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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of rhoadsrage


2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear reddish-brown body with a lumpy light tan thin film on top that is supported by big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The soft smell of biscuit malt and toasted malt has a faint caramel malt quality and concludes with a faint green bitter note.

T-The taste of biscuit malt is dry with a soft note of stall cinnamon and finishes with a green noble hop hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a big fizz finish that enhances the hops note a bit.

D- This is not what I expected for a winter ale. I picture full bodied something to keep you warm brew, but instead it was a light beer with a darker color.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 17:31:41 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a rocky head that dots and webs the glass with lace

Smell: Caramel and nuts with a semblance of buttery diacetyl

Taste: Opens with a malty caramel flavor that pushes in a fruity direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a grassy, earthy bittering and some medicinal flavors peak through at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation but a somewhat watery finish

Drinkability: The sweet and bitter flavors don't come together well for me; still, it is easy to drink

Thanks, rpohagan, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:52:05 | More by brentk56
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Reddish brown with a nice head that didn't stick around. some lace.

smell - Smells of grains, malts, amd spices.

taste - Nice malt ans spicey taste, with some hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - amber ale huh? Very interesting taste, spicey-malty-winter warmer, with some bitterness. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:45:38 | More by auxiliary
Photo of davidt


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-brown with a persistent off-white head. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is vert faint, mostly grainy malt. The taste is lightly toasted malt with a nice balance of bitter hops. Mouthfeel is carbonated and drying. There's a light lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a quite decent amber amber, however there is neither a high enough (warming) ABV or winter-type spices to explain the "Winter" label.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 19:09:42 | More by davidt
Photo of mltobin


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack bought at local package store.

A - The beer is a deep auburn. The head is medium sized, nice and frothy.

S - The aroma is kinda malty, with traces of smoke, coffee, caramel and many hops.

T - This brew is very nice, kinda sweet but also balanced out by the different elements of hops.

M - Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, not overpowering by any means.

D - Very tasty, goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 05:15:20 | More by mltobin
Photo of Saunapoika


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark, amber with no sediment. The bottle I had was in the cooler for a while. Not agitated at all.

S: Heavy on the malt with some chocolate background.

T: Slight blueberry taste? Don't know where that came from. Slight caramel background as well? I'm a bit confused here. Might be from the cold I've been battling. Anyway, it's not a bad taste that I'm getting here. I'll have to get to this one again. No alcohol to deal with as shown with the 4.5% offering. Not warming for a winter ale. Should be kicked up a bit.

M: I like it. No dry at all which I expect from a winter ale. Pretty standard.

D: I could drink several of these playing cards with the guys. I didn't like shoveling out 8 bucks for a six pack though when I can brew a better winter ale for myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 02:35:06 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this beer from a 12oz bottle from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... As far as a Winter Ale is concerned, the weak 4.5% ABV hardly does justice for warming up during a cold winter night... the beer pours an off-color amber color with minimal lacing and no head... smell is full of grain, corn, and slight hops... taste is oily and not too appealing... rather bitter and somewhat medicinal that was uninviting and totally unappealing... not impressed at all, and a poor sample from a company that did good things with their Blueberry Ale and Toasted Lager... This is one that should be avoided...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 18:28:46 | More by dsa7783
Photo of iceball585

New York

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep reddish color, semi-transparent, very thin white layer head

S- Grains, some winter spices, earthy, hint of hops, slight metallic smell

T- Wood chips, caramel, dark fruits, grains, light malts, bitter hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly bitter, oily film left on the palate

D- Give it a try

Definatly not one of my favorite winter ales. I like some of Blue Point's other beers but I just don't feel the flavors blend well together in this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 22:58:42 | More by iceball585
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first cask beer. And during my first visit to Spuyten Duyvil (-1-16-2007) in Brooklyn as well.

Pours a slightly clouded dark ruby brown with a thick tan head. Nose is fruity sweet with a sugary presence. Taste is a firm hop presence, but not overpowering. Nice wood flavor that is easy going and not overdone. Feel is smooth and silky. Goes down oh so smooth. Highly drinkable off the cask and well worthy of losing my cask virginity to, apparently.

Serving type: cask

12-30-2007 21:39:56 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of tgbljb


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear, deep amber color with massive, slightly off-white creamy head.
Smell is summer fruity with notes of peaches detected.
Taste is strong on malt. Some caramel present. A nice balancing bitterness develops to balance the malt perfectly.
The dryness comes throught at the end, and is very enjoyable.
A good beer. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 21:12:54 | More by tgbljb
Photo of buzzworthy

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beff's in Delmar. My first Blue Point brew, the Winter Ale turns out to be a pleasantly quaffable red ale. It's an attractive reddish-amber with decent sized tan head as poured from the tap. There isn't much aroma. There is a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts that ordinarily would have me raving. The problem is that the taste and body are too thin. It's just not robust or flavorful enough to stand out as anything other than an occasional beer. One could drink a lot of these, but I just wouldn't want to - there so many better choices.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 20:44:31 | More by buzzworthy
Photo of lackenhauser


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber to reddish hue. Very slight off white head. Not much in the aroma department-slightly sweet with a touch of toasted malt. Somewhat nutty, minimal hop bite against a mellow malt flavor. Good mouthfeel for a lower abv. Pretty decent overall. A bit more umph in the flavor department and we have a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 01:05:24 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of PBoegel

New York

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mini tulip glass.

poured nice, a decent cream white head on top of an amber body with red and orange highlights.

aroma is subtle roast, clean some hints of wood, very little earthy hop presence. pleasant but not wowing.

taste is very similar to the aroma profile, again clean, some light roast with notes of bread and fresh grains, finishes medium dry with a pop of hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is medium light, nicely carbonated, very drinkable, nothing off putting at all.

Not a huge sensory beer, but a very nice session beer and certainly worth a pint if you come by it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:28:31 | More by PBoegel
Photo of geexploitation


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, toastish brown with amber highlights, but little to no head. Aromas are of intensely toasty grains, with fulsome warm tones and just a smattering of spice. It reminds me of a pumped-up American brown ale. On the palate, grainy first off, with some sourness/acidity at the mid-palate. Slightly unpleasant finish of plasticky notes. Mouthfeel is average, with nothing to recommend or take away. Overall, a decent beer that doesn't really scream "winter" to me, but is tasty enough to try again anyway.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 04:35:50 | More by geexploitation
Photo of tavernjef


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brightly dark ruby brown color that is brilliantly bold to view through. Capping is smallish and creamy tight of a light sandy tan hue. Keeps a firm skim present the whole consumption period. Packed in spotty lacing is stitched across the glass with good sticking power.

Aroma is soft of cocoa powdered fluff with a bit of whole grain breadyness thats a titch on the sweetened doughy side.

Taste is firm and round of some soft brown bread dough sweetness, some cocoa hints, perhaps a drip of maple. Semi soft and drying hoppy finish that's fresh and green with a hint of grass and grain.

Feel is about medium with fairly solid tone and firm carbonation that keeps a nice tight tang and smallish bite of action adding to the overall flavors.

A nice drinking Winter ale (Red/Brown ale) thats soft, firm, and just tasty enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:09:38 | More by tavernjef
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very tasty beer. Pours a medium amber color with a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is primarily of malt, and the taste follows suit. It has a good-high level of carbonation, but it is still very easy to drink. Has a nice mouthfeel. A good session beer for a cold fall/winter night.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 15:42:51 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark amber in color with white head that quickly fades.

S-decent warm malt/roasted smell to it.

T-nice sweet malt character with bitter hop taste. Nice blend of the two.

M-light carbonation with medium body.

D- average. I would try it again but I don't really want another right now.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 00:40:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of BuckSpin


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle (Best By ticking of 5/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Nice, sweet fruited nose. Cherry, currants, maybe some raisin and a echo of orange & honey. Strong, pleasing caramelized malts add to the sweet quality. Slight hops, little earthy. As it warms the malts get muddier, the caramel darker. Head was a finger of mixed blanched almond hued foam that crackled softly, then retreated to a thin film that piled at glass' edge, and (ironic its a Xmas ale) laced like icicles! Its a beautiful, brassy, deep cherry amber, qualities of a barreled spirit (these Xmas beers are always pretty) with a slow cascade of some very light carbonation rising thru it.

Light, semi-sweet, a little thin up front. Roasted malts, earthy, slightly bitter, the caramel qualities are darker, more burnt. It does not change much from tongue to palate as it warms, it just evens out, a little hop bitter rise and some faint creaminess. Its going down very easy, and finishes with a slight bitter sharpness, more of the same earthy malts & burnt caramels. The aftertaste is, given the rather brashness of it all, surprisingly clean, sweet with thin honey, slightly citrused (orange), coating...very pleasing, actually.

An odd choice for a Winter Ale genre in that it is more ESB like (and the native English style at that) than anything else. Its very easy to drink, and could be sessioned very easily. Could see this paring with a mild cheese or a simple sandwich, but anything remotely robust would overpower it. Its not bad at all, but nothing spectacular and rather two dimensional. I'd certainly drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it, and it could use some more meat on its backbone to be a really decent session. Enjoy it if the opportunity presents itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 01:05:54 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden red color with a small tan head that left some lacing. I didn't really pull much off of the nose, maybe toasted malt. The taste is of artifical butter (diacetyl), a little too much for my liking, some toasted flavor to help dry to balance the brew. The ale has a crisp mouthfeel, with moderate body, finishing a bit dry & bitter. The buttery taste is a bit of a turn off, though the bottle may be a bit old as I bought it at Penn Station.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 05:00:41 | More by Gmann
Photo of lehows

New York

4.72/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bellport last night, it poured a brownish-red amber color with a thick cream colored head. Amazing lacing that hung all the way down the glass. Nutty aromas with a malt backbone, some mild spice and hops. Wonderful flavors of nutty caramel, roasted malt bitterness, and a touch sweet spice round out the brew. Don't confuse this with a winter warmer style ale, as some have. It's a solid and highly drinkable red ale, goes well with food too.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 15:42:04 | More by lehows
Photo of Braudog


2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the cask at KClinger’s. The tender delivered a deep, dark red beer with an ice-creamy, frothy head. On the tongue, this has that silky cask feel. On reflection, this was oddly bitter, almost like an unripe pear. It had a bit of a caramel nectar as a base, but the woody bitterness doesn’t match well. Disappointing. (#2652, 1/14/07)

Serving type: cask

02-04-2007 21:31:10 | More by Braudog
Photo of ggaughan


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a winter mixed case from my local distributor. The beer poured a standard amber color with a slight white head. The aroma was malty sweet with a touch of caramel. The taste was malty sweet with some spice notes. No real hop taste to this one but still enjoyable. The body was pretty smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:45:26 | More by ggaughan
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served into nonic glass from a 12 oz. brown long neck bottle with crimp-on cap.

Brilliant, very clear, medium amber/copper deep reddish hue. 2" white head,good retention,a few tiny bubbles rising,nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Moderate nose,mostly spice, also fruity, slightly sweet carmell/toffee a bit of some tartness.

Spicy flavors dominate first taste,followed by a grassy tart taste,a dry,bitter finish. Nothing fancy here a plain ole winter beer.

Medium bodied,smooth, good drinkability,nothing here to make me want to drink more than one of these beers. A mediocre offering from Blue Point, usually enjoy most of their beers.
Nothing to really get excited about here. A bit of a dissapointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:53:02 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark copper body, excellent clarity, scattered carbonation streams, topped by an inch slab of white foam. Sticky bits cling but don't stretch.

Very mild bready/yeasty aroma, takes a deep inhale. Sweet candy aspect as well.

Taste has a strong caramel foundation. Nice hop nip. unannounced winter spice notes in the finish tingle, but aren't overly dusty.

Light (for a winter warmer) mouthfeel, but not overly so.

Good drinkability, might not want a six pack in one sitting, but two is nice.

Not a winter classic, but an acceptable "everyday" beer for winter. Spice quality is low, and easy to overlook when paired with food. Won't be closing my eyes and wishing for this come July, but it could be back in the fridge next December.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 07:36:34 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a one finger fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel candy sweetness with a hint of pepper.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruits, soft bitterness, and a hint of spiciness. There is also a mild bread-like quality to this beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Short-lived aftertaste of mainly caramel tones.

Drinkability: I found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer that doesn't blow your tastebuds out of the water. A simple session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 18:52:29 | More by Gavage
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.