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Blue Point Spring Fling - Blue Point Brewing Company

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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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Photo of albern
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly inoffensive uni-dimensional beer that is drinkable but not overly memorable. It is light to medium bodied, amber, clear, some lacing. the nose is very mild, some undefined maltiness. The head is off white and fairly creamy. The beer has some hop substance but is a bit tinny in the finish. There is a touch of roasted malts and amber type crystal malts. The problem is that this was sampled out of a plastic cup, so I will need to re-review it at a later point. For now, it is a slightly better than average beer.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $2. Poured into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a crystal clear copper color with about a sixteenth of an inch of off white foam. Minimal lacing is left on the inside of my glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells and tastes of bready grains, caramel malts, mild spiciness, light flowery hops, citrus fruits such as lemon. Pretty tasty, slightly bitter and dry. Medium in body with medium to moderate carbonation. I'd buy it again.

Photo of Seanibus
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a slight fizzy head. The aroma is slight and malty. The flavor is malty and slightly woody, with a little hit of floral hops and a sneaky bitterness. A little bitter lemon sneaks through. The mouthfeel is spritzy and fluffy. but ultimately rather thin.

Photo of mikereaser
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear reddish orange color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly gave way to just a ring of bubbles on the surface

S - very sublte aroma, a little bit of grassiness and malts

T - mostly malts up front with the grassiness coming through midway to finish with a malty taste in the back of your mouth

M/D - nice carbonation and mouthfeel. overall not a bad tasting brew, probably not my first choice, but thats more the style than anything else

Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. bottle at cellar temp into pint glass. pours a crystal clear bronze copper color. small white head that lasted fairly long, pretty decent retention. a little bit of lacing. BA claims this as a pale ale, but it clearly says on the bottle copper ale and it tastes more like a copper/amber ale than a pale ale.

the smell is of some nice grainy malts and some citrus from the hops. not a whole lot going on in the aroma, but not too bad.

the taste is some delicious maltiness followed by a nice citrus bitter finish from the hops. very crisp and smooth, refreshing brew. very sessionable. light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, NY.

Medium amber with minor head (due to pouring method, no doubt, to fill the pint glass), leaves beautiful inticate lacing.

Fresh slightly citrusy nose, not a lot going on. The palate is just super clean and refreshing, with a really excellent balance of citrus, apple, very mild bitterness yet robust hoppy flavor. The finish is clean and refreshing. Excellent drinkability, well made brew.

Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Torches On The Hudson Restaurant in Newburgh, NY. It's a pretty true amber color with a healthy fluffy white head and very good lacing to go with it. The aroma is solid but not too heavy, a bit of grassy citrus but more caramel malt I think. Pretty good. The flavor is similar with bready brown sugar malt dominating a hint of citrus but I pick up a nice smidgen of cherry fruitiness as well. It's sweet but the grassy quality cuts that with the addition of good carbonation in a mid to thin bodied brew. Certainly quite drinkable and not bad for an pale ale, but I would prefer a touch more body and less grassy bite. This is likable but not very memorable.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A honey,golden color with a two inch head and good looking lace.
The aroma is subtle. Malts,grassy hops and bread.
The taste starts off with malts,hops with an added mild bitterness that lingers for only a moment.Some very mild citrus hints in the back.
The feel is light body,medium carbonation and a very easy beer to have many of.

Notes: Good for family outings where people mainly drink Coors or Buds and a good beer for warm weather.

Photo of akokandy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know this beer existed. Pours an exceptionally clear copper color, with an average white head. Mild hops in the aroma and a bready malt. Glad that there wasn't a buttery aroma like their other brews. The taste is of a slightly bitter hop, not floral or citrus, just a tad bitter. A healthy malt body to balance out any hop bitterness, perhaps a touch of caramel malt. A fairly light brew, good carbonation, leans on the bitter side. A decent APA, could use a bit more of a floral hop presence. The bitterness is there but not that nice grassy flavor.

Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber in color with a 2" head that slowly fades to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: loads of floral hops and citrus rise easily from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: bready malt profile with loads of floral hop bitterness, some lemon zest, golden apples, and some mild grassy tones.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very brief. More refreshing than other ales too.

Drinkability: extremely quaffable and a definite session ale for me. The freshness of the beer really showed a nice flavor profile with a focus on floral hops.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version is brand new for Spring '09
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a layer which left some spotty lacing.

S - balanced aroma of malt and grassy hops.

T - once again the balance of sweet malt and bitter hops is fairly well maintained throughout.

F - light/medium bodied with a clean, crisp feel.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours orange with a small light tan head. Aroma of bitter rye seed. Flavor of rye and parmesean cheese with a bitter hops finish. Too bitter for me.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 12/20
3.1/5

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden amber color. It was served to me with a small white head that quickly faded.

s: Some sweet caramel malts and a nice blast of lemony/pine forest hops.

t: The hops had the strongest lemon flavor I've found in a beer. They had a peppery quality as well. Some mild malt sweetness provided some balance.

m: Crisp and well carbonated.

d: This was perfect after a long hot bike ride. If I see it again I'll certainly have another.

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Light copper/amber with plenty of small bubbles. Light beige 1-finger head that retains well, leaving a decent amount of lace.

S: At first, almost all hops -- citrus/grapefruit -- with just a hint of fruit. As it warms I get a little more grain in the nose.

T: Again, first impression is the hop kick at the end -- citrus and pine coats the mouth but doesn't destroy the palate. As it warms I get a little bit of the rye and grain in general up front. Good balance, nice bitter but tasty finish.

M: Decent creaminess, let's call the heft a little bit lighter than medium.

D: Very good; went down pretty easily.

Notes: A solid IPA-style Rye Ale. My only complaint is that the hops overwhelmed the rye a bit too much. Still, definitely worth checking out, just think of it as a hoppy rye ale or a Rye IPA.

Photo of sleazo
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A_pours a hazy orange with a frothy nice looking white head. Halos of white lace cling together like rock strata here. Real nice looking

S_smell is mild. Slighlty malty

T_the taste is not what I was quite expecting. Tastes kind of like grape juice but not sweet. Nice citric/grassy hop buzz behind it and a faint black pepper spice in the aftertaste.

M_moderately creamy in feel.

D_I had this not knowing what it is and I thought it was an ale brewed with grapes. Very distinct taste here. Not quite sure if I like it or not.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of psinderson
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point- Spring Fling

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Solid golden copper brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Light caramel malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- True to its aroma, sweet creamy caramel malt with a subtle but nice rising pine hop flavor.
M- Heavy carbonation with a smooth solid body. A touch of bitterness in the end.

Overall- A solid session beer. Easy to drink and at 6% these could quickly add up!

Photo of HopDerek
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Union Jack's Manatawny

Poured a clear golden amber with a nice cream colored head, good retention, and good sticky lacing. Smells of rye malts and a grassy/citrus hop combo. Tastes of lite grapefruit with a nice sweet malty backbone and a fresh cut grass finish. Medium in body with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish. A good balance of flavors though pushing a little more towards the hops end of the spectrum. A good Spring brew, easy to drink.

Photo of Avryle
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of madmanjf
4.4/5  rDev +25%
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.

Blue Point Spring Fling from Blue Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.