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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: 307
Reviews: 137
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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Brushkanna, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of GnomeKing
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

GnomeKing, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

plaid75, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of thespaceman
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Deep brown/ almost black in color, a minimal head that disaapated quickly, little lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt elements, toasted bread with a hint of nutmeg and other spices. The nose is a little floored yet it's appeasing. A nice touch of caramel & toffee elements as well.

Taste: A good blast of maltiness paired with a roasted nut flavor, holiday spice and a bit of milk chocoalte. Carmelization bleeds through the malt yet get's drowned out by dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, this one is medium bodied that loses its complexity on the tongue but still holds up smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: This is by far a very simple, yet enjoyable winter brew, alot of the elements have been done better from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery or even Samuel Adams for that matter, but this is still a good introductory beer into the winter styling and a sure bet to please any existing malt lover.

thespaceman, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

auxiliary, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Gavage, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 15, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask version @ Cambridge House: This one pours a dark, amber-brown color. There was almost no head and no lacing on this one. The aroma contains notes of spices, caramel malts and some fruits. The taste is good. Fairly malty, with some spices. Chocolate and fruits in the background. A nice winter brew.

Boto, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of AaronRed
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

daliandragon, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Andreji
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Andreji, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

mltobin, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

olympuszymurgus, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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 apintofknowledge
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Darkmagus82, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of beermanbrian
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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 illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

illpass78, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

chinchill, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

scottbrew4u, Mar 23, 2011
Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.