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Blue Point Spring Fling - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Spring FlingBlue Point Spring Fling

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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
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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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
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nick76

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is pretty average for a pale ale with a decent balance of hops and malt. The appearance is light amber with a foamy head that fades to nothing. The taste is like the aroma with a hoppy finish. The palate is smooth. Overall its a very good beer but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:04:46 | More by nick76
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:43:49 | More by cooch69
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Mosstrooper

California

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Light copper in color with a large, slightly orange-tinted head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves behind a lot of spots of lace.

Smell: Smells a lot like a pilsner- it has some sweet grain/malt aromas with citrus and a bit of a piney aroma.

Taste: Begins sweet and somewhat citrusy, rounding out to a fairly strong hop bitterness backed up by bready flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A good beer that definitely seems like it would fit well with the spring. This is something I wouldn't get excited about, but it is a good beer to drink during the springtime.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 21:49:55 | More by Mosstrooper
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear copper in color with a thin off white head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of pale malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and the finish has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate. It is also very well carbonated.
D: This beer is rather drinkable, quite refreshing and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 17:48:45 | More by metter98
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I am back on the island for a few weeks and trying to catch up on the latest the isle and its environs have to offer. This is a little outdated but I don't get back much in the spring.

Pours a deep bronze color with a mighty fluffy head that falls down fast. Nice leftover lace though. The nose is hoppy with a bready, grassy tinge to it.

Plenty of flavor to this one. The hops are there with a citrus base and the malt counters with some biscuit and yeast notes. The mouthfeel lets me down a little bit with a thin texture that seems lore like a lager than an ale.

Solid, but probably better in March or April.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 03:09:32 | More by daliandragon
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a small white head that left little to no lacing.
Smell is slightly malty and some grass.
Taste is much better than I expected for something called a Spring Ale. I was expecting something light. This has a nice balance of malt and hops. Makes for a nice drinkable pale ale.

This one makes for a good session beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 00:00:32 | More by FLBeerGuy
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dgthompson

New York

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit I am a fan of most of Blue Point's beers. I picked up a six pack of this on the way to a friends house the other night, along with a couple of other random six packs. I was expecting to like the beer, I love Ales and I love Blue Point. I was really blown away, I loved this beer!

A great copper Ale. Perfectly Hoppy, sping ales usually lack enough hops for me. I'd love if they rebranded this and kept it all year round. It is a nice beer in their lineup, less hoppy than their Hoptical Illusion (which is in my top 10 beers), but more hoppy than their Pale Ale.

I will be buying much more of it!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 22:37:43 | More by dgthompson
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Dark amber with an inch of head. Nice.
S - Wheat malts and slight grassy lager smell
T - Slight bitter with hops and malts present.
M - Bitter yet not unpleasant. Good pale ale.
D - Meh I really can't buy this other than the variety so if PA six packs laws don't change I may see another variety case in the future. Pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:35:19 | More by DrDemento456
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travduke

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 15:56:03 | More by travduke
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david18

New York

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

This was described to me as a "spring beer" and I'm never really sure what that means. What stood out to me was that it was very dark (particularly for a "pale ale") and it didn't have as much flavor and aroma as I wanted it to. Even for how dark it was i hoped it would taste maltier.

This brewery makes a lot of beers but non are real stand outs for me. The fact that it's local makes it more appealing, however.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 16:22:54 | More by david18
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 22:27:41 | More by Thads324
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steelerguy

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:47:57 | More by steelerguy
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:43:43 | More by CharlatanSin
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear copper color with about two fingers of beige head. Keeps a pretty full, nice looking lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smells of toasted malt and a bit of caramel. Hops are very feint; only a bit of earthiness and a hint of citrus.

Taste also consists of primarily toasted malt and caramel, with a bit more hop flavor than the nose let on. It's primarily earthy like the nose, with a leafy, slightly herbal quality as well. Very minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Slightly dry in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

This is decent but it's really nothing to get excited about. Pretty basic pale ale that's pretty light on the hop character actually. The toasted malt is the dominant quality. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:34:12 | More by number1bum
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dewalt

New York

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 01:42:41 | More by dewalt
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toastiness with some caramel. Tastes of the same toastiness and caramel. Not too much to this one. Body on the weaker side.

Notes from and tasted on: 6/13/09

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:22:56 | More by hopdog
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a copper color with orange highlights. The head rises 1/4" and is off-white. No retention at all, it goes away rather quickly. No lace either.

Smell: Cereal grain, toasted barley, and an earthy mushroom aroma.

Taste: Pinchy alcohol and carbonation. More cereal grain and maybe a tad bit of hops. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Lots of active carbonation in the mouth. A bite of alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: A straightforward bock style beer. Pretty refreshing and solid, worth consuming in repetition.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 17:36:22 | More by Risser09
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cavedave

New York

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

Half inch just-off-white head, diminishes quickly, leaves spots of lace. Nice light amber color.

Bouquet is a not very strong perfume of herbs and flowers with a yeast and bitter edge.

Taste is subdued also, even for the style. It is an underwhelming, but pleasing and nicely balanced, delivery of the flavors the nose foretold, ending in a finish which fades overly quickly to thin bitter and mild citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is nicely dextrinous, good for the style, but with more carbonation than many of the English pales I've tried, (possibly right in step with many American pales I haven't tried), and less flavor to combine.

Drinkability I rank only as average, it isn't as complex or delicious as I would have hoped from other Blue Point offerings I've enjoyed. Not sure I will buy this again, it isn't outstanding or memorable in any way.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 22:52:58 | More by cavedave
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WesWes

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pale and crystal malt scent along with a light hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a dry, "amber" ale taste with a moderate bitterness. It's basically a copper colored APA. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with too much carbonation. This beer really isn't much to get excited about. It's overly carbonated and isn't all that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:48:03 | More by WesWes
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a thick head of good foam and sticky lace. Nose is malty with a soft fruity tone. Flavour is quite dry with a big grainy presence with barely a hint of toasted grain. Light hop bitterness in the back with a barely there herbal touch. Very clean and fairly light. Extremely drinkable, session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 18:09:05 | More by allergictomacros
Blue Point Spring Fling from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.