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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: 355
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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 -15.8%
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%
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
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -28.2%
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
2.75/5  rDev -21%
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 +29.3%
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 +18.7%
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
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.21/5  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
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +1.4%
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 -7.2%
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
4.68/5  rDev +34.5%
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
2.32/5  rDev -33.3%
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 +0.6%
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.

Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.