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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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80
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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of lehows
4.72/5  rDev +36%
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.

Photo of Braudog
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
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)

Photo of ggaughan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Winter Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched on the side label for April 2007
Served in a Rudolph's Revenge tulip glass

* Christmas 2006 *

Pours an amber-crimson brown color with ruby highlights. A decent sized head forms on top and leaves random trails of sticky lacings all over the glass. The head vanishes to a thin circular lace rather quickly.

The nose is faint with some whiffs of caramel malts and spicy hops.

Juicy malt backbone with strong caramel & toffee flavors. A little fruity with a spicy hop snap on the finish.

A better than average wintertime offering, but nothing overly exciting.

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bronze beer with a frothy white head. Pretty tufts of lace cling to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramelized malts. Although it gives the impression of a dry beer, the caramel and bread-crust aroma give a fleetingly luxurious sensation. Modest hop presence in the smell. The taste begins with a dry malt flavor. Bitterness begins in the mid-taste. Moderate carbonation, and relatively full bodied. The finish is sweeter than expected, and has relatively more flavor than the foretaste. Caramel is present throughout the brew. Enjoyable and quite drinkable, but not as rich as a lot of other winter beers.

Photo of PEBKAC
1.98/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Freshly stocked six-pack, right off the shelf. BB:4/07

Nestea in color
A thick scratchy head, but nothing last forever.

A sharp, acidic malt rushes my senses.
I almost feel like I just ran through the fragrance department at Macy's, but nowhere as unique. The inside of my nose actually feels more like I just sprayed & subsequently walked into a mist of Lysol. A bubbly, alcoholic burn runs through my sinuses.
Where is it coming from? This is medicinal. I'm awake.

Creamy, with a bit more carbonation then I was expecting. Edgy going down. The alcohol climbs back up your nose.
A bit of a hop tone underneath that saves it from an Aunt Jemima finish.

This isn't a winter ale, & that that didn't help my initial opinion.
I struggled through this bottle when I really shouldn't have. It struck my notes in a way that I didn't enjoy. I would be able to drink a fairly decent amount of this had the its scent not made me queasy.

I'll see what happens when the last bottles go down around Christmas.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very malty, with traces of tea, smoke, coffee, caramel and some hops.

T: The taste is robust and very smoky, with flavors of roasted coffee, caramelized malt and a bit of hops. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very quickly and is very light for a winter seasonal, it’s an excellent beer to stick with for a whole evening.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cak at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured from the engine a clear deep amber a tight formed creamy one finger head atop.Real muted aromas almost nothing going on a touch of caramel and biscuit but not a whole lot really much to say here, a noticable drying hop profile to go with a decent caramel sweetness but I think Blue Point strives for a gentle quaffing amber more than big bolder flavored style.Its ok it blow your socks off but its sessionable and has nice subtle flavors.

Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass, the waitress tells me that I kicked the keg, to which I'd usually be proud. However, this was my first beer of the night, so it wasn't my doing really!

It pours a very white sudsy head (2") atop of an amber with ruby hue body. The head was much more than usualy probably due to the fact that the head was spitting a bit into the glass.

Aroma was mostly of caramel along with an overall cream soda aroma which was quite pleasant but odd. I also get some florals in there from the hops but the malt dominates the aroma.

Very sweet carmael with some slight spice comes through on the sip. It actually reminds me a bit of a pils with some souring hops (floral and a bit citrus) coming through to help balance out the sweetness of it.

Feel was nice. Smooth on my palate with just a slight bitter puckering at the finish. Overall, nicely done with mouthfeel.

Overall, the sweetness for the style was a bit too much for me. I had hoped that I'd get a bit more warming from this one, but the fact that it was the last brew in the keg could amount for my error in judgement. I can't slam this one considering.

Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice alternative to the typical winter beer offering. The beer has the characteristic winter beer dark hue and less than foamy head, but is not as malty as the rest. It has a nice crisp hop character and a lighter than most mouthfeel. Personally, I cannot drink pint after pint of your typical malty winter brew. This is a nice and unique change.

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

Hoppy and initially tasty and drinkable. Body on the thin side. A bit of spice not much. Low alcohol a plus..I can get another beer in. Average beer overall, easy to drink. OK to have once. Balance of bitterness and sweetness on the latter. Expiry June 2006.

Photo of riversider76
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours redish brown. Tan head with good retention,and lacing. Smell is of malt,and carmel,with some hops.I wish the smell was stronger. Body is light with a bit of carbonation. Taste is sweet up front, with a bitter finish. Worth try, but nothing special.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a few of these while at Another Liquor Store...one of the best places to shop in the area thanks to Beerguy.
Dark mahogany in color with a half a finger of tan head...most of it recedes, but leaves behind some very attractive lacing.
Pleasant malty aroma, caramel, fig and some floral hop.
The taste is decent...less sweet than I was expecting and a bit of a smoky flavor until it really warms up. Not overly hoppy in the flavor, but quite dry and bitter in the finish with some lingering roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin and the carbonation is nice.
Not my favorite take on the style, but worth trying.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping for more from this one... things didn't turn out as I'd hope.
Started out well enough (purchased at B & B Beverage Distributors in Queens) with a pretty pour; a deep red/crimson color.
Things go downhill from there. Not very much of anything in the nose; a bit of sweetness, a splash of smokeyness.
The taste is that of improperly brewed coffee. Overly bitter and watered down, this becomes more pronounced in the mouthfeel/finish of the sip.
Some of these things might be forgiven if there was more alcohol in this or something (which I'd assume from something with 'winter ale' on the label) ... I suppose I don't really care for amber ales and marketing this as a winter ale, in my opinion, is a mistake.
On the bright side, I revisited Southern Tier's Old Man Winter ale after trying the Blue Point winter and the Southern Tier was much, much better by comparison.

Photo of babydoc
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from shippos in Secret Santa 05. POured at about 50 degrees from a 12 oz bottle notched "purchase before Apr.06."

Pours clear dark copper, with a generous stiff ecru head that left bands and spots of lace on the pint glass. Nose is malt and flowery hops, with just a hint of gingerbread as it warmed. That being said, this more an amber ale than a winter warmer.

Taste is malts that step forward, balanced nicely with hops that linger on the tongue afterwards. Once again, I thought I found a bit of gingerbread as it warmed. Mouthfeel is a bit diminuative in carbonation, a bit creamy, thinning towards the finish, but leaving a nice hop taste and feel on the tongue and palate. Drinkable? you bet. I enjoyed it. Wish I had another!

Thanks, shippos, for the opportunity.

Photo of GnomeKing
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a nice hops bit and moderate spiciness, but this is more of a hoppy amber or even a regular pale than a winter warmer. Don't expect the dark coloring and wide range of spices you get in other members of this style. Enough about what it isn't...

The beer is a rich amber in color, with moderate head and lacing. While the hops do have a kick upfront, the overwhelming characteristics are smoothness and balance. The finish is on the dry side, but there are some hints of fruit in it too--faintly detectable cherries and raspberries. The aftertaste lingers on the tongue for a while; you'll pucker after each sip, which is good in this case.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber with an eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a caramel maltiness with some hops woven in. Smells like an amber or a red ale.

Sweet malt taste upfront with a touch of hops and finishes sweet. Slightly cloying.

Body is nothing special. Carbonation is adequate.

I'll drink this one down, and then instantly forget it...

Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears an amber color with a small off white head that leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of cardboardy typical red ale with some sweet malt and some citrusy hops.
Taste is of the same aromas that are slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Nothing special jumping out.
Mouthfeel is again slightly sweet and bitter with no balance.

Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.