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Blue Point Spring Fling - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Spring FlingBlue Point Spring Fling

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%


Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lehows on 03-25-2007)
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Avryle

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on cask at Mahar's...

A- Poured a clear red-gold with a one finger of foamy white head. Good retention throughout session.

S- Heavy on the floral hops with a woody scent coming through.

T- Sweet malt with herbal/floral hops. Slight bitter finish.

M- Medium bodided with some creaminess.

D- Very drinkable- here come the spring ales!

Serving type: cask

03-29-2008 01:35:25 | More by Avryle
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aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Mahars

A: Nice copper color with expected cask head. Quite a bit of lacing.

S: Not too much of a nose. Some citrus from the hops and a few notes of malt.

T: Very much a cask beer. Notes of wood from the cask as well as the hops. The malt is there but it compliments the beer in a weird way.

M: Cask carb. Nice solid light to med body.

D: Great session beer on cask. One of the better Blue Point cask offerings I have had.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2008 01:20:21 | More by aerozeppl
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madmanjf

New York

4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask, gravity keg, same day as being opened.

This beer poured an orange-tan color that was lightly cloudy. Head wasn't too large and laced like foamy milk down to minimal bubbling which did not completely disappear.

The smell from this cask was not overpowering. Roasted Malt aroma was present along with a pine and citrus smell from the hops.

First sip was completely smooth and impressive. Toasted grains hit the tongue immediately followed by a pleasant and proud hop bitterness that was not strong. This beer is brewed with rye but it's difficult to taste perhaps due to it mingling well with the hops.

As I just stated, the first sip was extremely smooth which is to say there was absolutely nothing harsh in the experience. The carbonation sensation was missing but this is to be expected from a cask-conditioned ale. The middle tastes that were apparent, for me, came from the malt. This was really the best opportunity to get a sense of the rye that was used. The finish had a mild hop bite typical for a pale ale along with some sweetness from the roasted malt. The two were very well balanced. Over time, some slight mild citrus flavors come through at the very end.

I had three imperial pints ... the first went down extremely fast and the second didn't take much longer. The third required some disciplined nursing on my part because I could've easily drank it fast as well. Overall, I'd have to say this is an excellent session beer for those that are fond of Pales and/or IPAs.

On a final note, I think the name of this beer is very misleading. Spring Fling suggests a seasonal style much lighter than what this beer is. I would argue that instead of being a spring seasonal, this could easily be a year-round offering as a Pale Ale.

Serving type: cask

03-13-2008 14:22:31 | More by madmanjf
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Stimack

New York

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was able to try this on cask last evening, which was a bonus in my book! The brew was pulled to a golden color with amber highlights and possessed a fair sized white head that had good retention which was surprising, but think that the cask was very fresh. The aroma had a nice hop scent which was by no means overpowering while having a backbone of light malt which gave it a slight grain smell. The taste is quite light, at first I noticed a perceived hop taste but as I continued to drink this beer it seemed to lessen and just became a part of the whole. The malts seem to give off a slight sweet flavor with a biscuit like taste. Overall this is a good brew, nothing to write home about but with it being on cask I could not resist. Easy drinking.

Serving type: cask

05-02-2007 16:32:46 | More by Stimack
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illpass78

Maine

3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chilled mug at Smashburger in Wantagh, N.Y.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold/copper color with a one-inch white head that recedes to film gradually. Lacing is low to moderate.

Aromas: This has an attractive nose with notes of citrus, grapefruit, some faint caramel and a nice amount of floral hops. Alcohol not noticeable.

Taste: This is a good, sturdy pale ale that is well above average. Flavors follow the nose. Very crisp, clean and easy drinking. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Leans towards light of body, but it doesn't come across as a flaw.

Overall: Another Blue Point seasonal that is mighty good but leaves me wondering, "Why is this a seasonal?" It's pretty much a straight pale ale that would work for any season. I expect slightly wackier, more experimental things out of seasonal beers (spices, weird flavors, more obscure styles, etc.). That said, this is really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:46:22 | More by illpass78
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Spring fling pours a clear copper colored body with a moderate sized, really light beige, yellow tinted head with average retention and lacing. Smells of light toasted bready malts and... thats it, maybe a hint of floral hops but I may be fooling myself.

Taste starts with bready and toasty malts, moving to light floral hops in the middle, with a caramel malt finish. Has a touch of a metallic aftertaste. Body is a bit heavier than average, carbonation is moderate, nice crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:48:35 | More by JG-90
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Givemebeer

Vermont

2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper, as stated on the bottle. Thin head and thin lacing. No haziness.

S: Smells like hops. Wasn't really expecting a pale ale since it's called a copper ale - which can also mean a malty beer. Anyways, floral and citrus hops mostly.

T: Spicy with a definite earthy tone. A tiny bit of a metallic taste on the back end.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

O: The initial taste was pretty nice but the finish killed it for me. Slightly like a macro with the metallic taste. Fix the finish on this and its a nice brew. Definitely will not buy this again combined with the fact that InBev is taking over Blue Point.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 21:15:06 | More by Givemebeer
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian Snifter.

Pours a clear, deep amber; a shade darker than average for style.

Flavor: good balance, if a bit higher in the malt/hop ration than usual for style.

Feel: crisp, near medium body with a semi-dry finish.

O: well balanced, slightly mild version of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:19:38 | More by chinchill
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass. My mom just picked this up for me, so I know its not fresh. Close to a year old I bet. But not bad. Copper in color, true to title, and crystal clear. I dont know what a copper ale is supposed to be like, but I think I like this beer. I'd give it another try fresh, and rated it higher here to reflect that (not the brewers fault Trader Joe's don't move their inventory).

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:07:45 | More by Johnny_Muir
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lighter copper kind of orange color with a nice big and thick just off white two finger head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is lighter overall but consists of a nice blend of caramel, cracker malt and a decent hop profile. The hop is rather complex in nature consisting of floral, citrus, grassy and some pine notes.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker and bready malt taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. The caramel leaves quickly leaving the taste quite dry. The hop flavors then start coming to the tongue. At first a light citrus greets the tongue, remaining rather light through the taste. Other hop flavors of an earthy and grassy nature come to the tongue soon after though giving the brew a rather hoppy taste overall. Toward the end a little bit of a floral hop taste comes to the tongue, which, in the end, with the loss of the sweet and the presence of all the hop a rather crisp and diversely hopped taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lower side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. A bit more body may have been nicer for supporting the hop and would have balanced the brews flavors slightly more appropriately.

Overall – A rather decent brew, although not quite what I was expecting for a “copper ale” (as described by brewer as I was expecting something maltier and sweeter). As an APA though it is very appropriate in flavor and a nice one to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:59:21 | More by Darkmagus82
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bamafan

Georgia

3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of standard pint glass. I love me some carbonation, so this beer is great. fizzy and awesome. copper color just like stated on label! smell is pretty neutral. very close to the right amount of hops/malt ratio for this to be a great session beer. a little malt heavy though for serious work. anyways, this is a great beer and I will gladly drink more of it!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:35:38 | More by bamafan
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Boto

Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a crystal clear, golden color. There was just a wisp of a white head on it. There was no lacing. The nose is lighter yet nice. Grassy and earthy hops, some malts. The taste is good. It is slightly bitter and dry. Earthy hops, some malts in background. Pretty good!

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 18:57:56 | More by Boto
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Act25

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long live APAs!

A: Great looking, accessible, coppery beer. Nice carbonation, head, with solid lacing.

S: I enjoy the pine and dried grapefruit is atop toasted grains. lovely aroma.

T: The flavor is citrus, pine,& dry hops which balance the toasted grain base. Sweet upfront, then nicely balanced. Excellent and accessible. A great food beer. Sessionable.

M: creamy, tingly, refreshing. Easy to drink back to back. Will definitely have this again.

O: Spring APA. Great APA. Excellent level of hops, complimented by grain base. Delicious balance. Accessible craft .

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:42:24 | More by Act25
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a large foamy white head. Pretty good retention
and lacing.

S: Sweet malts and some dry floral hops. Overall pretty clean and crisp.

T/M: Starts with sweet malts and light floral hops. Good balance, might be a little
malt heavy. Chewy caramel, medium bodied with an easy crisp feel and a dry hoppy
aftertaste.

O: Not much to say other than it is a good ale. Tastes more like a British Pale Ale, than
an American one. Easy to drink but with little standing out in the taste. Still enjoyable,
but nothing I'd get again.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 18:38:36 | More by mnrider
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours clear with an apropos copper hued and a medium-small, receding, white head.

Smell: Honey nut, toasted grain-flecked bread, faintest light brown sugar. Hops throw off some modest notes of citrus peel, mild resin and a light grassiness.

Taste: Malts tasting of toasted grain, toasted bread with a light whisper of brown sugar and honey sweetness. Lightly nutty. Zesty, slightly grassy hops with enough bitterness to balance it out. Drying finish, with a lingering, gentle fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation with a pleasant, sudsy texture to it.

Overall: An easy-drinking ale, not overly hoppy nor particularly malty.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:30:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer looks really nice. Malty earthy nose. Pretty bitter on the profile. Kind of mellow, with a bit of a bite on the back. Carbonation is quite aggressive and strikes the tongue quite a bit. A pretty standard kind of pale ale that doesn't really stand out but is well made.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:05:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/22/12 notes. On tap at Amity Hall down on W 3rd St. in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one finger of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, and bready malts. Nose isn't bad but pretty bland and average.

t - Tastes of floral notes, light fruity malts, wheat, grains, and bready malts. Much better than the nose and mroe going on here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent APA. The nose is pretty bland but it is easy to dirnk and the taste has some nice light fruits and hops to it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 15:28:24 | More by mdfb79
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yesyouam

New York

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Spring Fling Ale is a very clear amber ale with a thin white head that quickly fades to a film and leaves decent lacing. It smells sweet like malt with a little grassiness. It's pretty light bodied and reasonably smooth with a very dry finish. It's hoppier than I expected after smelling it. It's pretty resiny and bitter without any noticeable sweetness. It tastes pretty wooden overall. This kind of seems like an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:34:24 | More by yesyouam
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ouncer poured into a pint glass. Grabbed in a mixed six offering.

Pours medium amber, mostly light, with touches of foam. Malty rich caramel smell, some toffee. Hearty malt taste with a good firm hop. Nice bite at close, really pops the flavor.

Overall another good one from BP.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 12:14:30 | More by KTCamm
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 4/28/12

A - orangish amber; thin lacing of white head; little retention

S - very little is anything in the nose; faintly metallic

T - citrusy, caramel, faint chocolate, fruity

M - medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated

This was a bit disappointing. It didn't have much flavor-wise that stood out, but it had some characteristics that lead me more towards an amber ale. In the end it was boring, unbalanced, and not specifically stylistic.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 03:33:54 | More by tdm168
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep copper color. Lacy head.

S: Soft hop aroma (citrus).

T: Balanced taste, easy to drink. Finish stays in your mouth for a few beats with mild bitterness.

M: Medium body for the style, a little thin overall. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Certainly nothing exciting, but decent. An easy beer to grab out of the fridge on a warm afternoon when it's available.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 00:42:58 | More by macrosmatic
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear deep copper with a tightly formed 1/2 finger white head that held well.toasty bread and nutty maltiness mixed with some leafy/herbal hops,a nice combo.The feel was prickly in the mouth and I couldnt get over that,it really took away alot from the flavors for me.Nutty and toasted on the palate upfront with a decent shot of earthy,leafy hops in the finish,not bad at all.The beer has alot going for it it has good balance but the mouthfeel for me kept my score a little lower than it should have been.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 12:04:36 | More by oberon
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear golden color with a ¼” white head that recedes to leave bits of lacing on the side. Eventually the head recedes to a ring around the glass. For about the first 1/3 of the beer sipping leaves some modest speckles of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is mostly from the malt so there’s some caramel and bready character. The hops are well in the background and there seem to be bits of pine and citrus, and the whole is quite plesant.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much as predicted by the nose. There is a nice malty character tinged with gentle citric and pine notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation is there but not particularly active. The finis is medium long and begins in the malt. It then tapers gently off into some dry hop bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed this one and also found it went well the food I had ordered. There is nothing “in your face” about this beer and a gentle balance between the malts and the hopes is the order of the day. My overall impression is that this is a nice, well made beer that I’d be happy to have again. In addition I think it would be a great beer to have during an evening of dining and good conversation with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 15:11:09 | More by drtth
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omokoro

New York

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle from Trader Joe's. Poured into a ikea glass. Poured a nice copper color with a quickly dissipating white head, left not lacing. Not much at all on the nose. Taste is average, mainly pine. Overall, there is nothing compelling about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:41:08 | More by omokoro
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a copper color with one finger of head. This pale ale from Blue Point has a nose with grain, malts, bread dough and some caramel. It has a taste of nuts, toffee and spice. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly bitter finish. A pretty easy drinking beer, appropriate for a mild Spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:32:46 | More by mltobin
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Blue Point Spring Fling from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.