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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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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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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.

weeare138, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Does leave an OK lacing. Smell is malty with some toasted notes. Smell is very subdued. Taste is slightly toasted biscuits. Very full mouthfeal that goes down smothly. Very drinkable winter brew at a low ABV. This is probably the lowest ABV i've had in a while and i could drink quite a few of these in a sitting. Another solid offering from Blue Point. Nothing to blow you away but also nothing that dissapoints. Good possiblity for some non micro drinking guest over the holidays.

beermanbrian, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a brown-amber with an amber head of over two inches of big bubbles. Quite clear with streaming carbonation. Looks good and leaves quite a bit of lace in my pint glass.

Smell is predominantly a toasted maltiness and a small hoppiness with maybe a slight peach fruitiness in there. Kind of a muted scent, but pretty standard for the style and definitely no off notes.

Taste is solid: a toasty, slightly-sweet, biscuity malt flavor, a light, grassy hop bite, and a nice, lingering toasty finish that is reminiscent of baked bread and, to a slight extent, pretzels. Tiny twinge of alcohol sneaks through, which is surprising at the tiny ABV. Mouthfeel is crisp and appropriate.

Overall: I picked this one up with a slew of other winter brews thinking I'd get a winter warmer or some spiced dark ale. It's definitely not that.. However, I'd rather drink this than an over-spiced WW any day; it's a solid amber that you could pack away quite a few of in a session.

whartontallboy, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that is a bit breadlike and nutty with a faint hint of hops. The taste is good as well. It has a silky smooth malty flavor with a nice hoppy finish. It has a very bitter bite. I like the breadlike/bisquit taste along with the crystal malts. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent winter ale. I really don't understand what makes this a "winter ale." Oh well, it's still a good drinker.

WesWes, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is dark amber in color with a tall frothy off white head.
Its aroma is of toasted malt and spice.
The flavor starts out a bit malty, then the spice shows through and finishes mildly bitter.
High in carbonation and on the light side of medium bodied.

Not a bad brew.

Naes, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with fresness dating showing both the month and year it's best to consume by, yeah! Poured a reddish amber, clear, off white head, leaves some lacing. Nose is nutty, and grainy. Medium bodied ale, bready, nutty, fair amount of spicing noted as it warms. Nothing special, but this is a decent, middle of the road, lighter take on the winter warmer style. Good winter brew for newbies.

Billolick, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice medium red-amber with a little quickly dissipating head. Good lacing throughout. Smell is not very strong, notes of toasted malts with alcohol and a (very small) hint of spice. Wasn't too impressed by the nose. But, the taste was quite good! Medium-strong toasty malts with a moderate hoppiness, nothing too overpowering. Not much spice at all though. Creamy textures rounded out the brew. Was a pretty good choice, I was expecting worse.

aquatonex, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat dark coppery-golden hue, with a white head. Aroma has a slight spice to it, though I know it's not a spiced winter brew. The taste is at first full and somewhat rich, with toasty caramel malt, spicy hops and a bubbly presence on my tongue. There's a mild taste of the higher alcohol content, but not enough to be a distraction. While I do enjoyed spiced winter ales, this one is a nice alternative for when I tire of the cinnamon and cloves.

apintofknowledge, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark amber ale with an off white head. The aroma malty sweet with a slightly fruity aspect. The taste is a light malt at the begining with a slight fruitiness in the middle. That end witha smooth bitterness on the finish. The flavor was more subdued than the aroma let on, but very easy to drink.

ybnorml, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually from a growler bought at Bierkraft, Brooklyn. Deep reddish amber with an off-white to tan head, light to medium carbonation. Not much aroma, faint hops maybe. Quite smooth on the palate, with a moderate malty flavour balanced with subtle hoppiness; a bit more bitterness comes through late on and lingers nicely. Although a pleasant brew, it's quite lightweight for a winter seasonal beer compared to most other offerings around.

Imbiber, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of Weissenheimer
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I decide to start my night with the cask offering, and in the beginning it's quite an experience. The pint is a murky brown which transforms into a hazy, deep amber as I hold it up to the light. The big fawn head dimples in a distinctively uniform way that leaves no chance for chunks or hummocks to form. The scent is nicely spicy, with some cloves and nutmeg showing through. A strong current of hoppiness cuts straight through the smell, and although it is penetrating it seems to be perfectly balanced with the spices.

My reaction to the first mouthfull is a big "HOLY S**T!!!" It seems that a huge, round wave fills my mouth with an overwhelming array of tastes and sensations. As with the smell, there seems to be a duality in the hops; they're sharp yet not at all overbearing, and they contribute to an almost metallic yet pleasant astringency. As I eagerly drain the pint further a thick marshmallow-like sheet, too solid to be called lacing, coats the glass.

After my first few swallows the taste already begins to dwindle, but at this point I can still easily make out stages. First there's a smooth, creamy, mouth-filling wave which even now begins to seem watery. Then comes a frisson of bitterness at the back of my tongue which spreads out and informs the finish.

By the time I'm halfway through the glass this beer seems much weaker and I'm not getting all the flavors I got in the beginning. This causes the hop bite, similar to that of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, to show through a bit more. I'm still getting that wonderful creaminess that reminds me somewhat of Northampton 80 Shilling, but this doesn't save it from becoming less drinkable with each sip. Perhaps all the spices were floating on top? In any event, it's disappointing that my interest waned during the course of the pint, but it was still an interesting experience that makes me want to explore more cask ales.

Weissenheimer, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a very nice amber ale. I knew it wasn't going to be a brut, but this beer had lots of flavor. I especially like the way it looked- crisp amber tone with a nice head that stayed though until the end. Not much in the way of smell- but a good deal of flavor. Malty and chewy with a touch of caramel sweetness, but with enough hops to balance it out. A good winter beer without the spice- not too powerful. Just right.

AaronRed, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear deep ruby red; the head is considerable in size with fine lace that clings in sheets to the glass. Nose is sweet, fruity, hints of caramel, and malts. Start is sweet; the top is middling in mouth feel. The finish is pleasantly hopped, moderate carbonation, dry aftertaste that is long lasting. Quite quaffable is this beer and well worth your time and effort to sample.

Gusler, Nov 12, 2002
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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.