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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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Reviews: 141
Hads: 360
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 360
Photo of Andreji
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a great beer but a decent one.

Pour is red hue perfectly translucent with a thin tan head, some lacing.

smell is predominantly and markedly hoppy, although some burnt malt seems perceivable- not a sweet feel at all, unusual.

taste is curious, it has the basics of a stout in terms of a dry roast malt flavour that is far from sweet. a buttery feel, obviously the body is nowhere near a stout, though. very bitter ending accompanied by a nice carbonation.

sessionable, not very wintery though.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I have swilled vats of BP Winter through the years but for some reason have never officially reviewed it. That ends in three, two, one...

Attractive dark amber with a reddish tinge. Plenty of creamy tan head and excellent early lacing as it recedes. The nose is malty and dark with medicinal, herbal hops around the edges.

Flavor is dominated by caramel hops and a slight smokiness. Hops are understated. Mouthfeel is thick and enables the sweetness. Good solid winter beer but better on tap.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a lovely dark amber with, what appears to be, noble intentions.

I sip, I smell, nothing out of the ordinary here. On the lips it is slightly sweet but with enough unfermented sugars to give a nice spine to lick. There are hops, I'm sure, I just can't make them out through the crystal malt. Probably a touch of chocolate too. It's a nice beer. It's an amber ale. If I were in the City and saw a tap handle, I might have a pint. Probably I'd just get an IPA or a stout or whatever was in season since I'd be in the great land of Brooklyn, but let's just say this was a reasonable, and tasty beverage.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a very minimal head. Lacing is minimal. Looks like an attractive amber ale. Very similar in presentation to Brooklyn's winter ale, but less head. Carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: This has a nice array of aromas, with dark fruits and some chocolate notes dominating. Hops are present and add a nice bite to a pretty malt-forward ale. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Some bread and toffee in the nose as well.

Taste: This is a good, straight-forward amber. It's another of these seasonals that sort of baffle me with why they are seasonal, because it's a pretty conventional interpretation of a familiar style. Could work for three seasons, maybe four. The flavors follow the nose - malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. Not wildly complex, but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer adds to its drinkablity. It's not watery-thin, but not overbearingly heavy either. "Accessible" is a good word for it.

Overall: A solid session amber. A good companion on a cold winter night on Long Island, like the one I'm in the middle of. Paired well with food (lentil sloppy Joes and Brussels sprouts). You do have to wonder what will happen to Blue Point in the wake of the A-B purchase.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours light copper color with a thick two finger off white head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel sweetness and a moderately strong toasted malt smell. Mixed with these aromas is a bit of a nutty and alcohol smell, producing a rather warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of a caramel sweetness mixed with toasted malt. As the taste moves forward, it sweetness further with toffee like flavors hitting the tongue as well as a bit of nuttiness. About this time some flavors of a light bitter hop of a more herbal/grassy nature meet the tongue. The mainly sweeter and toasted malty flavors take the taste to its end where they are joined by flavors of a light alcohol, some oak, and as well as a light spice of nutmeg and cinnamon. In the end with the advent of the spice, oak, alcohol and hop, the tongue is left with a warmingly sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly creamier then average with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the lower carbonation and thicker body suit well the warming, light nut, hop, and spice flavors of the brew quite well and make for a nice slow drinker.

Overall – A somewhat complex winter warmer style with a rather nice blend of spice, nut/oak, hop, and sweet malty flavors. It is a rather enjoyable brew to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a Trois Pistoles snifter.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with some fine looking carbonation bubbles, all covered by a good sized off-white head. The head reduces to a lasting partial coat and ring, and plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The aroma features sweet malts, with a good bit of caramel, some alcohol esters and traces of hops. Some light floral and smoke notes.

T: The taste is a step towards an imperial amber, with flavors of darker roasted malts than usual, Some coffee and smoke in the finish and aftertaste. Hops are obvious in the finish and lend a very good sweet/bitter balance. The alcohol very well hidden.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Light in body and ABV for a winter seasonal, it’ is darker and richer than average for an amber ale.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass a very clear reddish amber color with a frothy tan head that faded to a layer of bubbles. Good lacing on the glass as the beer goes down.

S: Caramel, toffee sweetness with a slight roasted malt aroma and some hints of vanilla and spiced rum. Some slight earthy hops fade in the back.

T: Sweet and roasty at first with toffee, brown bread, molasses, vanilla and caramel for the sweet notes and a slight roasted malt bitterness but not burnt tasting. Slight spice of maybe ginger and cinnamon and some bittering from earthy and slightly spicy hops. A touch of alcohol but hidden well.

M: Medium to full body with a crisp but smooth carbonation. A slight boozy alcohol warmth is hidden but detectable.

D: This beer keeps me very interested the whole way and has pleased me with each bottle. I am certainly glad I bought the case and feel it is a very approachable winter ale that can work to session or just have one or two to warm up. Thumbs up on this one!

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

swung by the brewery after work to try the french oak cask of this so got a regular for comparison. nice amber color with thin head that fizzled away leaving an oil slick of head. smells like an amber should, malty and barley like, veey earthy. taste is the same but even more earthy. the malt bomb is nice and the brown sugar is there, but in an amount that is bearable (not my fav style). mouth was stamdard with good carb. overall a good amber and worth a try as the weather grows colder, however if you are local run to try the cask french oak as it is amazing how different it is.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark caramel color with a large off-white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with fruit and spices. Slight hints of nut.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing with balanced hop bitterness. Hints of apple and spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish, but also refreshing, fruity wateriness.

Drinkability: A solid beer and a good one for the style. Hoppier than many winter seasonals, and very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Enjoyed while watching a tense Giants game.

Appears a burnt orange. There's actually a little creamy head that remains. Surprised by its liveliness.

Smell is way too understated. There's a little sting to the nostril from some booziness but that's about it.

Tastes of sweet maltiness. Some molasses. A littkecsweetborange too. Decently refreshing.

It's mouthfeel is marked by sharp effervescence which turns pretty dusty quickly into the experience.

Overall I would have liked a heavier flavor and mouthfeel experience for this beer given its genre. I imagined a lot more richness and dry fruit flavors.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of tchenery
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very bright beer with a nice welcoming reddish amber hue. White head at the start that has dissipated since I started writing this review.

It has a subtle malt aroma that is fairly straightforward. There is a very very slight hop aroma, but not much at all.

The malts shine through the taste on this one all the way. It has that raisiny, almost dark grape flavor that has notes of subtle chocolate and toast. There are bittering hops in there but they don't add much to the aroma or flavor, mostly on the mouthfeel. There is a slight kick at the end, almost smacking as it leaves your mouth very dry.

I like it. It's not one that you would have too many of because the flavor is so forward, but for a cold weather beer with a
"lower" ABV, well done. I'm convinced Blue Point doesn't make a bad beer.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.71/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/17/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English amber ale, more of a winter warmer in my opinion. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. The head is tight and foamy and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of toasty malts with hints of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Starts off with a surprising hoppy bitterness. Finishes grassy and a little sweet. The malts give it a toasty/bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied, yet crisp and refreshing. Appropriate for a winter beer, in my opinion.

Drinkability: A decent winter ale and a decent amber ale. Surprisingly good and definitely worth a try.

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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.