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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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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that took a long time to died down, settling to a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of toffee malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has lots of flavors of toasted malts and toffee along with notes of sweetness and spices—nutmeg stands out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty, but the high amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel makes it seem to be a little lighter and helps with the drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste. I'm not sure if I could drink more than one of these at a time because it is rather sweet and malty.

metter98, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on May 13, 2011. It pours a nice looking amber with good clarity but little in the way of head. There is a bit of molasses malt scent with sugar sweetness and a slight hop background. The body is around medium. There is a slight bitterness to the taste but it tenjds to favor the malty sweetness instead. There's a wintery spice element too.

puboflyons, May 14, 2011
Photo of matty
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is assorted spices.Taste is caramel,bread,and dark fruits.I think the flavor is decent but a little too light but otherwise it is pretty smooth.I would purchase this again and would recommend it to my buddies.

matty, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear dark amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted bready grains, a touch of caramel, some light chocolate and raisin notes. Lighter in body than I was expecting, but adequately carbonated. Not too bad, and the price is right.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

oberon, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA.

A: The ale is a dark nutty brown color, highlighted with orange and red tones. No head unfortunately.

S: The nose is malty, loaded with nutty notes and caramel sweetness.

T: The ale doesn't deviate from the amber formula at all. Caramel and nutty malts suppprt a light hop profile. As many others have noted, there is nothing special about the ale; the name alone made me expect more.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, a decent amber ale with the necessary caramel and hop flavors.

D: The ale would work in a pinch but to make it a full-time option, I'd want to see a spicy profile.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2009
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.

BuckSpin, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Point shaker pint.

A: Pours pretty dark for an amber ale - light brown with some off-white head.

S: Not too much aroma. There is a dose of sweet and earthy maltiness with the suggestion of hops.

T: Not too much taste either...Again, malt is there first with brown sugar, nuttiness and dirt. Hops are herbal and heavier on the bitterness and lighter on the flavour; they are just kind of "there".

D: It goes down easy enough and the alcohol is covered, but the flavours are a bit boring and bland.

Overall: A weird beer. It lacks any punch or defining characteristics. It isn't syrupy and malty, it isn't hoppy, but it isn't really balanced either. Its just not too interesting of a beer. Not sure why this is their winter seasonal...it seems like the blander beers are better suited for warmer months when you just want some refreshment. Not a terrible beer, but BP can do MUCH better.

JohnnyChicago, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Weissenheimer
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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 kshankar
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/copper with a thick and fluffy head with good retention. Lacing is there throughout.

Aroma is of light hops, a breadyness, malts, caramel

Taste is the same...its got a little bitterness, but most of it is a bready malt backbone with a tad bit of bitterness from the minimal hops...not much else

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is fairly easy to drink. I could have a couple, but its not a special beer..just another winter offering. Good..but somewhat unmemorable

kshankar, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Coppery burnt sienna body. Clean and clear. Finger of dense, padded, bright light khaki head. Some lacing. Toasted sweet bread, brown sugar, caramel, figs, and fruity sweetness on the nose. Hints of vague festive spices, but not much.

Toasted, nutty malt up front. Becomes fruitier with some caramel and cookie dough sweetness. Modest herbal and citrus hop bitterness in the latter half. Caramel and cookie dough linger into and through the finish. Some cooked veggie, bock-like flavors, and black tea as well. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel. Not bad, but definitely not my go to winter beer.

alexgash, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured brown with a thin off-white head covering the top of the beer. The head faded but left some pretty good lacing.

Aroma has some caramel malty flavors, some spices, and a little hoppyness coming through. The flavors mix pretty nicely in the nose.

The taste is a lot like the nose in it's a nice mix of caramely malt flavors with the spices and subtle hops. I like the fact that the spices seem to take a backseat to the malt flavors. A lot of times the over use of spices kills beers for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a nice easy drinking good flavored winter beer.

billab914, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

RonfromJersey, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice red ale with some holiday spicing. Pours a reddish copper color with a good size antique white head. Thick bands of lacing.

Aroma is sweet bready malt. Strong enough and pleasant.

Flavor is sweet bready malt as well with the sweetness cut by some holiday spices...nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Goes down easily. Not a bad beer.

JayQue, Dec 18, 2013
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.

ggaughan, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

DerekP, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of egoinski
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

egoinski, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of zero_signal
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

zero_signal, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Dodo2step, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

tjcamm, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Chugs13, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Noelito76, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of CrispyFL
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

CrispyFL, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of dmmcgove
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dmmcgove, Dec 22, 2012
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.