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Blue Point Spring Fling - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 281
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: lehows on 03-25-2007

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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 281
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh (just hit the shelves), 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: copper, amber color with two fingers of white head that recedes fairly quickly and doesn't leave lacing behind. Big carbonation bubbles are probably the visual highlight, racing towards the top of the beer.

Smell: some floral hops, bits of citrus, and a bit of pale malt aroma. Very faint aroma and not as pungent as I would want.

Taste: bready malt with a good amount of floral hops and bits of citrus hops. Its balanced nicely but its also a a bit quiet in terms of flavor.

Feel: medium tending towards light, crisp, refreshing beer.

Drink: a good sessionable brew if you think 6% beers are good to session with. Not a whole lot is going on to fatigue your palate so this is something you could enjoy a few rounds of.

Overall, not particularly impressed. At 6%, this beer doesn't have the flavor to match, I'm afraid. Still, its a good, sessionable pale ale and that's clearly the intent. Give it a try if that's what you're after and its available to you. Cheers! (1,048 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange body with a thin white head, which does not last. Spotting not lacing the glass. Aroma of citrusy malt. Taste is citrusy with a good hop bite. Very acidic aftertaste that lingers a bit too long. Not in line to be one of my favorites! (253 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holmes and Watson in Troy.

Pours a dark amber color, with a big head that leaves some nice lacing. Seems like a pretty vicious pour at the bar, as no bubbles are really evident.

Smells like citrus hops, crisp, with caramel, bready malt beneath.

Taste is much better than I was expecting. Starts and ends with crisp, citrus hops that dominate, but in between the malt flavors do their thing and take control, as they should in a good pale ale. I was pretty surprised here.

Hits the palate with the appropriate feel and makes for an easy one to drink. Crisp, refreshing and flavorful enough. I hope I encounter this again before its season is up. (658 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : darker golden to light copper color, good head, retained well with laces.

S : faint bitterness to the smell of this ale, with a good malt mixed in, both light.

T : this beer starts light, then quickly turns to a good medium malt and finishes with a very slight bitterness from the hops. Nice, clean, smooth finish.

M : For a spring ale it sticks with you quite nicely. The hops linger on the palate very slightly.

D : An easy drinking beer with just enough malt and just enough hop. A few of these will do just fine!

Overall I am impressed with this one. Blue Point is always fresh, which I am sure adds to this beers character. It is easy drinking but still imparts great flavor. Progressively less bitter with each sip due to the lingering of the first hop taste. Great work BPBC! (792 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't seen this one on the shelf before. It sure doesn't feel like Spring today, but I'm always happy to try a new local. Blue Point, in my experience, tends to run above average but not excellent (with a couple of exceptions on the excellent side).

A: Pours a crystal clear copper. Looks calm and still. Pour leaves a half inch white head that settles into a persistent cap. Light lacing.

S: Not much. Mainly a generic pale malt smell. Maybe a tiny bit toasted.

T: Caramel sweetness with a definite toasted quality. The hops are floral and a little piney. Not quite bitter enough, which throws the balance off a bit. Again, nothing special going on, but nothing's too wrong with it either.

M/D: Carbonation's a bit high, but not that bad. It's all pretty much par for the course for an APA. Nothing special or particularly interesting, but nothing wrong with it. Don't think I'll go for it again. Now, off to find some Rastafa-rye. (937 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today is the first day of Spring 2011...It's time to try this! Into a pint glass it pours a bright, clear, and carbonated copper color under a nicely sustained medium foam head. Aroma carries a solid flowery hop nose and balancing sweet malt note. A sharp hop bitterness upfront moves across the palate into a smooth yet full flavored toasted biscuity malt feel. Earthy flavored citrus hops are nicely noted throughout. Refreshing yet robust. A nice Spring offering from Blue Point that I'll be happy to grab more of this Spring... (531 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden approaching amber color. Not a great head, which faded to lacing pretty quickly

S - Malty aroma with a good bit of lighter crystal malt in there.

T - Bready flavor to go along with the pale malts, a definite toastiness to it. Some earthy hops. This does not taste like an APA to me, much more English.

M - Nice clean refreshing finish. Would say it is a bit heavy for an American pale, but this seems right on for English style.

D - Goes down clean and easy, will appeal to a wide range of people. (512 characters)

Photo of psinderson
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber color with a medium off-white head.

Smell: Mild roastiness with some peppery undertones from the rye.

Taste: Definite rye spiciness. Some caramel and roasty notes in the middle. Decently smooth with a lingering mild hop and roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Some resinous hops on the tongue.

Drinkability: Goes down well, mild hops and carbonation presence. (441 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name implies this ale is a deep semi cloudy copper with a tight white lacing.

It is subtle on the nose. Sweet and floral.

Taste shows off a little floral hops up front which are quickly taken over by a rich biscuity maltiness. This beer is nice rich and creamy in the mouth. Becoming really easy to throw back. This beer is exellent now and would be better as a sessioner in the warmer months with friends and family. (426 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slow pouredInto a challis with an an awesome Amber color, a ton of carbonation, and a head that sticks to the edges of the glass. Smell is sweet and full of wheat; very enjoyable. Taste is good pale ale meets summer ale with some wheat influence. Not what I expected but very good. (284 characters)

Photo of Avryle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (339 characters)

Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Farmer Bar in Cutchogue, LI. Poured an amber color with a small white head, and left some good lacing on the glass. Nice aromas of lemony hops and some mild grain, very clean smelling. Taste was much of the same with a refreshing tart hoppiness dominating the palate and a decent display of mild malt too. Very drinkable and a good spring beer, refreshing enough to quench the thirst but just enough malt in there to remind you its not yet summer. Paired well with some chopped BBQ bisket. Get it while it lasts! (522 characters)

Photo of shabbtastic
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a growler with friends while BBQ over the weekend.

A - Poured a light copper with a decent sized white fluffy head into an imperial pint glass.

S - A bouquet of floral and piney hops, with an earthy malt nose to complement.

T - A solid APA with great balance and a bready finish.

M - A great light / medium body, semi creamy and very balanced.

D - A highly drinkable APA, solid for the category. Blue Point makes some pretty good beer and this is no exception. Recommended. (485 characters)

Photo of travduke
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper body, one finger head with great retention. Lacing is right on.

Aroma: Sweet malt mostly. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Mild hops and sweet malt. Pretty low-key taste but easy drinking.

Feel/Drink: Nice crisp mouthfeel, great drinkability. (269 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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). (394 characters)

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty deep crystal clear reddish amber with a thick fluffy head and plenty of lacing.

S - Very sweet smelling for a pale ale. You get alot of the maltiness with a bit of the grapefruit on top. Very thick smelling, but a little refreshing.

T/M - The malt definately hits you first. Smooth rich malty flavor. For a pale ale though, the hops come on top not too strongly, not cutting the malt enough. Mouthfeel is good, not too thick, nice and smooth, but not crisp.

D - Nothing getting in the way of drinking a few of these. (540 characters)

Photo of akokandy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the opportunity.

A- 12oz brown bottle poured into an American Pint. Pours orange-copper with a smallish head. Poor head retention and very little lacing.

S- Very mild aroma of grassy hops.

T- Some biscuit flavor from the malt up front, but not sweetness. Hops in the finish, but a more grassy, spicy hop flavor reminiscent of an English brew. Good balance, maybe leaning a little bit toward hops.

M- Low carbonation and a light, crisp body. Could benefit from a little more active carbonation.

D- It would be easy to put a few of these away on a hot day. More of a daytime beer than a nightcap, but very drinkable. I don't know if I'd buy this beer, but if offered I wouldn't turn it down. (722 characters)

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I put my Brooklyn Pennant Ale back on the shelf and bought this on a whim. Then my wife yelled at me because she was waiting at the register.

The beer has a nice copper color with good lacing and an off white head.

The smell is malty with some new car hops thrown in. Biscuity vinyl hops.

Taste: Round malt is offset and broken by a sharp, slightly sour hop finish. The final taste is a sour flash and slight puckering bitterness

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slightly peppery carbonation. The vinyl taste hinders drinkability. (527 characters)

Photo of dewalt
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Long Island's Brewery" calls this copper ale, really just colorful American pale. Amber hue, tight bubbles, thin head. Dry aroma, some caramel malt. Tastes like wheat toast, rye, brown sugar. Creamy feel, drinkable. Like a nice day at a baseball park watching two teams you don't care about. (292 characters)

Photo of Brianjames16
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice translucent copper color with a finger width white head. Some thin lacing sticks to the glass.

S- I'm getting some slight citrus hop aromas with some bread like malts in the back. Aroma is very faint to me right now.

T- Decent hop bitterness with some citrus like flavors carrying threw. Also getting a decent malt character.Good balanced flavors create an easy drinking beer.

M- Body is on the lighter side with clean refreshing taste. Good beer choice for the warmer weather coming.

O - Solid beer with easy drinkabilty. Would definitely pick this one up again. Cheers! (593 characters)

Photo of techcommdood
1.97/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decent color and good head retention. Nice clear dark golden or light copper color. Reasonably mild characteristics, though a bit heavy for something associated with a "spring fling". I can't get around a metallic smell and taste I'm getting from it. I don't know if it's hydrolysis from bad grain, something from the brewing equipment or just poor water quality going into it. Whatever the case, nickel on the nose and on the tongue. I think it'd be a decent brew otherwise. (475 characters)

Photo of madmanjf
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (1,756 characters)

Photo of omokoro
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (264 characters)

Blue Point Spring Fling from Blue Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.