Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste also has flavors of caramel and grapefruit and has a good balance between the malts and hops. It shares some characteristics with the flavors you would expect in a barleywine, except for the alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste, it is very smooth and there is also a good balance between the malts and hops.
07-17-2011 11:35:24 | More by metter98
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
A pretty intense IPA, and not just from the hop-side either. Aromas bring up a lot of syrup-type malts -- similar to English Barleywines, but with a hop boquet that soon dominates the glass. A phenolic twang comes through right before the first sip. Tastes very sweet initially with maple syrup flavors, right before the intense centinneal hops claim the palate. Fruity with oranges, apples, peaches, and appricots. Grapefruits and lemongrass set the tone for the bittering agents which hit hard in the mouthfeel. Again a plastic / soapy note rides in on the hops and provides the only deterant. The feel is quite heavy and syrupy, shy of cloying because of the hop dryness and alchohol kick. Finishes piney and sticky sweet and alcoholic and phenolic. It's kinda like 120 Minutes little brother.
10-25-2007 21:54:19 | More by BEERchitect
4.06/5 rDev +6.3%
Large head with nice lacing and head retention on a clear a light amber golden body. Aroma is very citrusy with mostly tangerine, fresh vegetables, earthy hops and hint if pine resin. Little on the malt side. Flavors are more malty and piney with notes of candy sugar and candied citrus, mostly orange. Medium body and moderate carbonation, a little oily. I really liked this one. It's not very complex but no bad flavors here. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice one to try.
03-03-2013 01:22:50 | More by kylehay2004
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a goblet a deep slight hazed burnt orange-like color a thinner but well retained head atop.Not really DIPA in my mind in the nose or the palate for that matter,big caramel amd brown sugar malt with hints of cherry and apricot with just a noticable bit of peppery hop.A real noticable alcohol burn shows thru right away cutting thru the big caramel,sweet cherry and citrus fruit, the hops wich give off a slight apricot and peach flavor do not stand out much at least not enough for the style...in my opinion.I really thought this was gonna be better I almost bought a growler last week honestly Iam glad I didnt.
03-30-2007 21:58:42 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Appears a copper amber hue with a large off whtie headleaves fine even lacing around my sampling glass. Aroma has some grapefruit, citrus mixed with mild floral tones really hoppy upfront with a bit of discernable malt caramel sweetness. Flavor wise more hoppiness iwth grapfefruit peels and floral mustiness colliding quite a hop kick with a touch of caramel malt sweetness and biscuit flavors attempting to balance this out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly cabonated clings to the palate quite well with the oily hops remaining on the palate long after each sip and during the course of a pint this has a cumulative effect. Drinkability is decent a solid all around DIPA although with so many better examples flowing beside this one it would be hard to return here. Those other beers flowing beside you ask well Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and Nugget Nectar those are no brainers.
05-29-2007 19:43:50 | More by WVbeergeek
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
A - Brilliant amber with a neverending rocky tan head that provides lasting lace.
S - Silky rich and mildy warming spicy and citrusy with gentle increasing bitterness into the finish.
T - Sweet and sour cherry like fruitiness blends with cedar and vanilla earthy flavors. Herbal, piney and lemony hops attack with a huge presence.
An overall sugary bordering on syrupy and oiliness from an abundance flavoring and aroma hops. A prickly grapefruitiness is taste with bitterness that is anything but shy - a hop head's dream.
D - Welcome smoothness with a bite that is only evident at the very last tastes. Sweet enough to balance all the huge hop flavor that is offered here. Wonderful balance for such a big beer and excellent texture to make it worth tasting again.
05-14-2007 10:59:13 | More by Slatetank
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice hop scent that is accompanied by a solid crystal and bisquit malt aroma. It's not over the top hoppy, but it's well balanced. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop flavor as well as a jacked up malt presence. It's full of caramel flavor that goes down easy and warm in the finish. The alcohol warmth is noticable, but what do you expect at 10% abv. It's got great hop character that resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking DIPA. It could use a bit more body, but it drinks well regardless. A bit more caramel or other specialty malt might have hidden the alcohol burn a little better, but it's a fine beer nevertheless
11-20-2007 18:04:18 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Had on tap today at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Blue Point Steal the Pint night. Served in a tulip.
a - Pours a deep reddish-copper color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pine hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Maltier than I thought it would be.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine hops, fruity malts, and light floral hops. More hops in the taste, and some medium bitterness.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth with no alcohol; doesn't feel like 10%.
o - Overall a pretty nice DIPA. The nose is decent and malty, but the taste is much better and full of fresh hops and fruity. Would have it again.
03-27-2012 23:06:30 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +4.7%
On-tap at The Gingerman, NYC:
Pours hazy amber/copper with a thick, white head that thins and lasts. Dotted lacing sticks to the glass.
Odd smell, but a nice one. Smoky notes with dried tobacco leaf, fried banana and other tropical fruitiness (mango?)
The taste is sweetish - tropical fruits, leaning towards banana/plantain. Herbal notes, though not too bitter (just enough to give some balance to the sweetness, and to add some spicing to the finish.
Fuller side of medium-bodied. Smooth. Alcohol pretty well covered.
A nice, unique, fruity sweetish DIPA.
05-18-2008 12:28:44 | More by jwc215
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
On-tap at The Pony Bar in New York.
Pours a deep, orangey copper colour, with a beautiful, fine head of cream-coloured bubbles. Lacing is rich, languid and full—it sticks to much that as the beer goes down it looks as though the head just falls into a cavern. Body is surprisingly light, but I forgive that; everything else is awesome.
Nose is big. Resiny, pungent hops with big, sticky, gooey caramel mix together to form a slightly savoury salted toffee kind of character. It's a big brew and a pungent one; not redolent and fruity and tropical like a big West Coast example. It's almost roasty-astringent with hop bitterness. Potent at least.
Taste is biting and bitter, with enough malty, grainy sweetness to drag it back into the realms of decency. But the bitterness is all earth, and roast and bite and astringency. Phew. It's something to wrap your lips around. The thin feel doesn't help the palate overall, making it a bit weak, and lacking the cushion to soften the blow of the hops.
No one's disputing the strength of this. This is a big IPA, full of booze and bitterness. I'd love it to use more of the palate, but there's certainly no complaints at this end about the strength.
I know what they'd say if I complained, anyway.
08-05-2011 03:33:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Cask at the Brazen Head (Bklyn NY) as part of their tri annual cask fest, poured pretty hazy, almond amber with a typical tan head and slight lacing. Herbal, citrusy hop crunch, not overpowering. Ample malt to provide balance...in a world thankfully awash with quality DIPAs, this one is somewhere in the middle of the pack, certaintly worth a try, but nothing all too special
05-13-2007 13:28:38 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +4.7%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of mango, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; with a good malt balance that is not overwhelming. Taste of pineapple, orange zest, mango, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, honey, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruits, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice hop flavor complexity; with a nice malt balance that isn’t overwhelming; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; but still definitely a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. Very nice hop complexity and balance with malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
04-03-2013 04:01:43 | More by superspak
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
A. Poured on-tap into a pint glass. Brownish in color with a large off white head that documents every sip.
Smells of hops and caramel.
This beer drinks smoothly and has a earthy, mineral hop taste. Caramel malt lays the foundation for balance. Dark fruits are brought out as the chill dies out.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, not as stinging to the palate as some D.I.P.A's tend to be.. The smoothness made drinking very enjoyable.
The balance in this beer was most surprising. Piney, fruity hops played with the malt sweetness and everything was balanced very well. Worthy.
06-07-2009 21:38:46 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Had this on tap at Max's the other night.
The beer pours an orange amber color, with decent head retention and good lacing. On the nose one gets a nice wash of citrus from the hops, with a hint of underlying sweetness from the malt. On the palate one gets a sweet cherry cough drop taste, but with a balancing blast of citrus from the hops. This beer is quite well balanced, with neither the hops nor the malt out of proportion. The beer is quite drinkable, and I would never guess this beer had an abv. of 10%. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, and has a long, soft, lingering finish. This is a very nice beer, though not as hoppy as I normally expect from a DIPA.
05-22-2007 19:52:57 | More by John_M
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured a deep murky copper hue with a finger and a half pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a heavy resiny hop with a good piney and peppery element.
The taste consisted of an upfront sweet caramel malt, a bit of tofee and lively citrusy, herbal and pepery hop. Some hints of apricot present as well. Very little alcohol presence.
The mouthfeel was full with a suprising dryness.
Overall a solid DIPA. Another good complex and big beer from Blue Point.
03-25-2007 14:09:58 | More by plaid75
4.48/5 rDev +17.3%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one
A - amber with an orange haze; 1/4" of white head; little retention
S - bread, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol
T - bread, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, candy sugar, dark fruit
M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated
Delicious. It's malty and hoppy and very well balanced. Some characteristics tend toward a barleywine. I very much enjoyed this beer through and through.
06-08-2012 22:14:11 | More by tdm168
Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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