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Blue Point Spring Fling - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Spring FlingBlue Point Spring Fling

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Ratings: 225
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:
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(Beer added by: lehows on 03-25-2007)
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Brenden

Ohio

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

I enjoyed this at Nail Creek in Utica on 7/2/11.

This beer is amber in color with a very slight haze. A white head recedes to one finger and stays there, proceeding to drop lacing in pretty sticky patches.
The aroma offers pine, floral, and light citrus hops notes with a balance good caramel and toffee malts notes. Grains linger softly in the background.
The taste follows the aroma, but with a bit of tartness like green apple skin. Biterness is ample, biting without being bracing.
Carbonation is moderate. Crispness is up front and, while this gets fairly smooth, crisp is the word here.
I'm glad I got to try this while I was out east. A very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 17:42:31 | More by Brenden
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Coppery with a bright clarity showcases a moderately paced but light effervesce within. The head is spongy, a finger high, but quick to dissipate to a patchy covering before the eyes. Behind lies a thin ring of lace.

S: Dry pine and dried grapefruit is set against dry toasted grains. Freshly squeezed citrus juices chime through with a intermingle of flowery hops on the close. Decent level of aromatic appeal, enough to get your attention.

T: The flavor was bitter citrus and pine, a good level of dry hoppiness compliments the dry toasted grain base, perhaps munich, dry bready crust. Sweet upfront with some citrus juices the flavor proceeds to a dry offering of toasted grains and dry floral notes with a sour hopped citrus twang of grapefruit.

M: creamy with some signs of sour hop juices resting on the tongue with a light to medium consistency, Dry toasted feel of bread and grains. Could of used a bit more zip in the old carbonation department.

O: Overall adequate level of hops, complimented by a dry toasted grain base. A apa best suited as its name suggests, during the early spring months. Dry, toasted grains and citrus best sums things up here.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:34:37 | More by beerthulhu
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

The Spring Fling is a nice looking pale ale. The color is yellow with a thick looking white head. The lacing is pretty good down the glass. The smell of the beer has a good balance of malts and hops. The taste of this beer wasn't too bad, had a good malt back bone and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was very drinkable. Overall it's a pretty standard Pale Ale but it's worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 17:35:29 | More by Knapp85
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CHickman

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 4/23/11, on tap. Pours clear gold in color with a fluffy snow white head that faded slowly and left great spotty lacing.

Smells fruity like pear and apple, with sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, light grains, grapefruit, light spices and wheat or yeast; a nice mix for a nice aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, light grains, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, light spices like pepper, yeast and the slight funk that goes with it, grass and a slightly dry finish. Malty with just enough hop bite to make for a nice balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, silky smooth and refreshing, with a light body, high bubbly carbonation and an overall light fruity feel. The hops and malt are well balanced, and this is a great session beer and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 03:46:42 | More by CHickman
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

A very nice pale ale. Poured nut brown with a nice white head that stayed throughout, and left some beautiful lacing. Aroma was basically toasty malts. Taste of malts mostly, with some subtle, crisp hops in the background. A little bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel, and definitely easy drinkability. Tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 03:09:03 | More by Rifugium
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a copper amber color with a malty yeasty aroma. very small head, but clean looking.

Taste of a mild american pale ale. The hop presence is extremely light for what I would consider an 'American' pale ale. Different beers entirely of course from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and definitely not intending to do the same thing but I would prefer many other pale ales when given the option. Bottle says copper ale while style of this says APA. Still a nice caramel flavor and a nice dosing of different crystal malts mixed in.

Overall not bad, just not something I would seek out frequently.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:01:56 | More by alpinebryant
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cosmicevan

New York

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

Swung by the brewery after work to check things out and it was hopping. Beer had a nice amber color to it and smelled of sweaty sticky hops with a background of citric notes. Taste was like the nose but even more sweaty tasting (sweaty is a weird way to describe it, but if you tried it, you would understand what I am talking about. The malty sweetness is there but it is dominated by the hoppy bitterness. Overall pretty good, more ipa-ish than pale ale and a nice one from one of my fav local brewers

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 20:09:59 | More by cosmicevan
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Brianjames16

New York

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:49:45 | More by Brianjames16
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well carbonated beer with a light copper color and a pretty thick white head. The above average carbonation helps keep the head afloat for quite awhile.

Malty aroma

A good malty brew somewhat like a vienna style.
Some bread and toasted malts too.
A bit course or abrassive with a dry finish.
All in all a good pleasing brew

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:51:26 | More by micromaniac129
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Autumn brown tinted amber color and sports a white tufted head. Said tuft never diminishes and rides all the way down to glass bottom. Leaves lace lines like tiger stripes. Not all the bottles looked this great.

Balanced and inviting aroma: coppery, toasted malt with a subtle hop spice. Mildy citrus. Tastes like it smells and again has a perfect hop/malt balance. Bitter, lingering finish. Creamy body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

One of my favorite Blue Points. There's a lot of things that could be better or push the beer in one direction or the other but there's nothing flawed about it either. Just a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:39:51 | More by donkeyrunner
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shand

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very clear red-amber color with a massive head that sticks around quite well, leaving nice sheets of lacing down the glass. Carbonation is readily apparent. The aroma is fairly pleasant, it's reminiscent of an amped-up amber ale with a bit more hops than typically present. The taste is also pretty decent, smooth caramel malts and a hop kick that's also just a touch medicinal. Could use a bit of refining, but it's most of the way there.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well carbonated, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall, this is a pretty decent amber ale. I'd hesitate calling it an APA as the bottle itself just says a "copper ale".

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:35:32 | More by shand
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cjgator3

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The malty aroma features caramelized malts and citrusy hops. The aroma is definitely on the faint side, it's not bad just very subdued.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with more bitterness in the finish than expected from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Spring Fling is a pretty decent beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:49:38 | More by cjgator3
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light golden amber. A touch hazy with a rather large white head. This quickly faded and left behind just a thin film accross the top and a decent amount of lace. Nice carbonation visible streaming up from the bottom.

very light citrus hops were the most noticeable. A malty back was there, light grain and a touch of sugar. Wow, this was just awesome. It was like a light IPA, but not in the normal watered down bad way. Nice solid grain backround gave way to the light citrusy hops. Very nice. A touch of susgar made it just a bit sweet, really well put together. Super smooth. Not that much of the carbonation translated over, but enough to make this really nice. Went down well and was not too thin at all. Superb. They are not lying about creating a great session beer. This is the perfect session beer, could drink it forever.

Overall I was very much impressed here. It just was soo smooth and light you could drink it forever and not even know. If I was around it more it would stock my fridge constantly.Just a good, no, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:33:32 | More by mikesgroove
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bum732

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Herbal, slightly resiny, slightly spicy, clean caramel malt

L: Burnt orange, white head that dissipates

T: Fresh almost floral malt followed by a mild herbal bitterness and then some dry caramel. Finishes fairly dry with some residual hoppiness.

M: Medium-thin body, medium-low carbonation

Malty, with some herbal hoppiness, similar to a vienna lager but obviously an ale. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 04:39:58 | More by bum732
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown tinted amber, decent cream colored head, little lacing. Scent is dominated by sweet malt, with a muddled earthy and light citrus hop presence. Taste again controlled by a lightly sweet and nutty malt, some earthyness to the hops with limited citrus. Medium bodied, fairly creamy, decent carbonation. Like many of Blue Points beers, this tends to lean more towards an English influence than American.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 15:15:30 | More by rfgetz
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BeerBoss

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a bottle and poured into a chilled glass

A Has a nice amber color with a subtle creamy head.

S Slight malty aroma, not much else...I will wait a bit for this to warm up and see if there are any other notes.

T Has a sharp bitterness up front with a lingering bitter finish/ after taste. Not really to much to get excited about.

M A bit zinggy on the tounge

Overall this is an average beer. Spring ales are supposed to be too complex but I cant see myself drinking more than one or two of these. Probably more worth the try on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 21:15:36 | More by BeerBoss
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap 3/20/2011 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The malt character is hearty and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 20:14:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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albertjr21

New York

4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:15:38 | More by albertjr21
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Spring Fling

Pours a brownish copper, decent sized off white head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and hoppy with a bit of malt sweetness. In the taste, some pine, even bitterness and a firm malty backbone. Fairly hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall a nice hoppy pale ale, knows its place and is good at that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 04:56:52 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg in the mix-a-six area, poured chilled from the 12oz into my dfh shaped pint.

The color is as the label indicated a very clear copper, with an ample cap of cream -rocky and over three fingers from a vigorous pour. The bead is fine and carbonation rises visibly at a semi-fast pace indicating a well carbonated brew. The retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is of slight citrus scented hops with a sturdy malt backing -mild toasted and caramel notes with a gentle sweetness and light spice.

The flavor is very fresh and balanced with the hop flavor giving a vibrant effect of citrus up front with some general fruity elements which could be contributed by the yeast. The taste is very well integrated with the malt giving a subtle toasted character, yet not too dry with just enough caramel to accent and yet the beer is quenching with a semi-dry finish. I was very pleased to be able to try this fine Pale from Blue point. I would not hesitate to share it as it is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 14:15:00 | More by Slatetank
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JRed

New Jersey

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

Clear orange-with-a-tan topped by white bubbly that clears to lacing. Active carbonation while I look at it in the glass. Aroma of citrus peels, hops, slight lemon/grapefruit, and some dandelion. Starts bland citrus, hop leaves, then follows with hop resin, light fruit, some cereal background and a malty sweet note as the beer warms but hops remain in the forefront slick on the palate. The bitterness hits a high point toward the finish and sours the tongue. Light in body with medium carbonation. A pale ale that gives a nod to the West Coast but falls short of impersonation. Drinkable but a few hop notes that really hurt toward the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 23:42:15 | More by JRed
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musicforairports

New York

4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 03:50:59 | More by musicforairports
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techcommdood

New York

1.93/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:30:06 | More by techcommdood
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 13:53:26 | More by SkunkWorks
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afksports

New York

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When compared to a Bud Light, Blue Point Spring Fling American Pale Ale is fkking FANTASTIC! When compared to other APA's... It's about average.

A hazy copper pour with a sustaining head, the beer smells sort of indistinct for the hops and malt you'd expect. Sweet malts and water are what come through mostly. A bit of toasty biscuit comes through at the end of the nose and the. Throughout the taste. The hops aren't very present in the aroma but they do show up a bit in the drink. Citrus mostly says what's up, and then a smooth watery bitter finish clinches the taste.

Ultimately a drinkable brew that I'd love to see on a spring break over tons of other options. But this medium-body middle-of-the-road craft brew is pretty much just that: average but tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 00:26:24 | More by afksports
Blue Point Spring Fling from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.