Blue Point Winter Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of aibkstaff
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of thespaceman
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little offering from a New York brewery.

For a winter ale I figured it'd be a little heartier and a higher ABV but whatever, it was good with dinner. Pours a beautiful red color. Taste is a bit subdued... a little caramel can be tasted and some decent hoppiness. Not one of the best winter ales I've had but I've had much worse.. worth a try.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours a a dark chestnut brown color with amber highlites. A light head but leaves a decent lacing on my glass.

S- toffee and roasted caramel malts. Spices of apple, coriander and cinnamon come to the nose.

T- a piney and earthy metallic hop taste. Roasted malts and coriander are also present. Somewhat sweet and dry like a wine.

M- dry and somewhat hoppy. Sweet and robust on the roast part as well. Feels like dry coffee in the mouth.

D- Not bad and light ABV make it easy to put down but very piney knocks it down on my scale.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark amber color with ruby and hazel highlights with a two-finger head of tan foam. Carbonation is rather lively and the head retention and lacing is adequate.

S: Smells a bit soft, with notes of cinnamon, vanilla ginger, coriander and a good dose of roasted caramel malt.

T: A very smooth blend of sweet roasted caramel malt, a bit of coffee and toffee robustness and a nice dose of brown sugar intensity. The mouthfeel and flavor are made up to be more than a session brew, but the ABV and dark, sweet flavors beg otherwise.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, full of sweet, brown sugar and crystal malts, with a dose of coffee, toffee and bittersweet cocoa.

D: Despite a rather rich mouthfeel and flavor, the sessionable ABV and modest finish make this winter ale an exceptional, albeit filling brew.

Really, a disappointing style for the brewery and it's potential, but a good brew nonetheless. Nothing spectacular here, but a nice solution to a sessionable winter ale. Move on for better spiced porters, stouts, ales and lagers, but stop here for a a steady drinking ale with a mouthfeel and drinkability worthy of the cold winter months.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper with a khaki head, lots of bubbles streaming to the surface. The frothy head sticks around for the duration and casts a web of lace. I must say that overall this is a sexy looking beer.

S. Sweet malts and apple pie in the nose. Buttery toffee and caramel as well.

T. A nice malty body. Caramel malt comes through with a nice robust roasted finish. Earthy hops drop a line of pine residue. Overall very well balanced, with a slight lingering bitter finish.

M. This is a full bodied beer. Good level of carbonation and a very good and quaffable drinker.

D. A bit filling, but a delight to imbibe. This one caught me off guard. Bought it as part of a mix six pack. A fine session beer and one of the best examples of this style I have had.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with rpohagan. Thanks Ryan!

It pours a clear amber brown with a good 2 finger head of foam. Good head retention and there's some lacing.

The smell is malty with notes of caramel and some grain. There's also something spicy there that I can't really figure out. Maybe the taste will help.

The taste starts off with some good caramel malt character folowed by some grainy notes and some spice, maybe corriander? Hard to identify as it's very light. There's some hop bitterness here that's not quite agreeable to my tastebuds. In fact, after further sips, I find the finish is less of a hoppy flavour and more of a salty one and it's really affecting the drinkability factor for me.

It's light bodied and the carbonation is medium.

I'm glad I was given the opportunity to try this Ale but...it's not up *my* alley.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of auxiliary
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of davidt
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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.

Photo of dsa7783
2.5/5  rDev -28%
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...

Photo of iceball585
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.13/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of buzzworthy
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

Photo of PBoegel
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.