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Blue Point Summer Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Summer AleBlue Point Summer Ale

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.24%

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

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

[Suggested glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear light yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white foamy head that diminished quickly, down to a thin puddled film and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild with a light bread malt, light grassy hops and a sweaty yeast with a mild adjunct (corn) odor and just a hint of citrus (lemon).

The taste was very lightly sweet and just a tad malty, which pretty much was the case throughout, with the finish having a mild citrus presence and a adjunct taste towards the end. The flavor was average in duration, with a lightly tart citrusy adjunct taste left behind on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty basic light American Blonde Ale with a slight citrus tartness at the end...


Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 14:38:57 | More by KajII
Photo of jamesg60

New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love seasonal beers Blue point Summer ale is not bad pours golden a taste of lemon in the back ground. Not a bad tasting Summer ale there seems to be many beer companies going seasonal.

I consider Blue Point to be local beer company and I am a big east coast beer drinker..

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:48:40 | More by jamesg60
Photo of jsisko01


4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Sweet, very malty, and grains.

Taste - Has a subtle sweetness, pale malts, very grainy, bready, and has somewhat of a metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a good beer. Nice and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:37:57 | More by jsisko01
Photo of mnrider


2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. No Freshness date. Twist off.

A: Pours a very nice straw yellow. A nice white head
forms and lasts till the end. Strong carbonation with
minimal lacing.

S: Sweet and lite. Mixture of malts, spices and hops.

T/M: Hops are lite and malts are sweet. A small lemon
flavor comes in but its not enough to save the beer
from being too bland. Goes down smooth with a clean

O: This Summer Blonde is easy to drink but needs to
be crisper and more refreshing. Flavors are subdued
which hurts its potential.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 22:45:46 | More by mnrider
Photo of washburnkid

New York

2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No more than one finger white froth of head over light golden body, very bubbly. Nose is slightly buttery, and it's hard to pull much else out. Flavor deals very little to the palate. Grainy and a minor smack of fresh grass if I focus hard enough. Good carbonation, but what's that without some flavor?

Overall, the neutral flavor and mouthfeel make this for an easy beverage to down immediately in 90+ degree heat. Other than that, I wouldn't reach for this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 20:08:23 | More by washburnkid
Photo of scootny

New York

3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold with a sizeable head and good retention. Light malt aroma with mild lemony hops. Taste follows nose with a decent dry bitterness in the finish. Good overall malt backbone. Light feel with a refreshing carbonation and quenching character. A nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:35:22 | More by scootny
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 30, 2012. The pour was golden yellow with a thin, fizzy white head, slow moving carbonation, and a slight chill haze. The aroma was your basic toasted pale malts with a clean and crisp hop note in the background. The body was summer light. While the taste had a pleasant enough pale malt character I was expecting more of a citrus zest in there as well. Low bitterness. It was drinkable on the 87 degree day on which I tried it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 18:18:03 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Mitchster


3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack. Brewed with barley malt and wheat malts. 1.044 OG, 16 IBU, 4.39% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium golden, forming a tall creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Medium-brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs. The nose is interesting...although not mentioned as an ingredient on their website, I distinctly smell coriander, and it's not subtle. Mouthfeel is watery, crisp, clean with a light body. The taste is very mild...a delicate pale malt base with some table cracker wheat and the coriander. Their yeast strain is peculiar...I've noticed this odd-fruitiness in 3 of their beers...I'm guessing it's Nottingham. Definitely not Cali ale yeast. Medium light bitterness. Powdery finish.

A decent summer thirst quencher, but I'm not inclined to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 19:23:26 | More by Mitchster
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.63/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale crystal clear yellow with full white long lasting head. Nice scent of citrus and sweetgrass. Taste is clean and crisp , just what I want in a summer brew. Really refreshing. No hoppy aftertaste or bitterness; a great more than one choice!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 23:03:41 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of DMXLOX22


2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this brew at a local deli/take-out joint. Hopefully this will go down, Haven't had an Ale in a while.

Appearance: Light yellow, almost crisp like that actually had about an inch of head that dissipated quickly. Quicker than I thought.

Smell: Grassy, pale hops with a snap of caramel, but not easily noticeable.

Taste: At first it seemed well-balanced, but this wasn't really impressing me at all. I was hoping for more of a bite, but all I really got out of this beer was some thick hops, somewhat sweet but nothing too impressive. In fact, this is a somewhat boring beer.

Mouthfeel: Mediocre carbonation, not too bad on the way down I must say. Just something too bland.

Overall: At first glance, I wasn't expecting much out of this beer, and sorry to say Blue Point, I was right. Very bland flavor and nothing shot out at me with anything new. A beer I maybe might recommend to someone who is just starting out drinking new and exciting beers, but something I can't drink all around, let alone in the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 02:32:59 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of JaredKent

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden in color, go figure. Fits perfectly in the Golden Ale category. The head was a full inch tall, with decent, not great, staying power.

Scent: Very light malt. Basic malts, nothing to special. A bit of biscuit, nuttiness. A tiny touch of hops in the background.

Taste: Very clean, not much going on. Once again I get the malt with a hint of nut. Again a very minimal amount of hops. The taste is similar to a pilsner, though I guess that’s not too far off from a Golden Ale.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. Doesn’t linger on the palate at all.

Overall: Quaffability is key here. This is definitely something I could drink throughout a warm summer’s day. Not much going on, which I’ve come to expect from Summer Ales but this is as flat, flavor-wise, as they come. Nothing stands out. I will forget about this beer by tomorrow. If you want an easy drinking, take to the beach/cookout, warm day playing frisbee beer this will definitely fit the bill.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 17:44:47 | More by JaredKent
Photo of DrDemento456


3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very good summer ale.

A - Pours the same as most summer ales. Clear yellow with about a 1/2 inch of head that actually sticks around for a while.

S - Smell actually has some pronounced wheat and hops next to your typical lemon wedge and grain.

T - I like it for it's simplicity. The taste starts off with a light lemon not too sour or sweet mixed in with some wheat base and hops in the finish give it a nice bitter twang. They dialed down the harsh grainy flavors so it was very enjoyable.

M - Light and bubbly very easy to get down on a hot fishing day.

Overall this is really just a seasonal purchase and the price was right (mix and match of 9.99) but if I ever need a summer ale this one would be purchased again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:50:00 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Brad007


3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very much a blonde ale.

Light and refreshing with a limited hop bite (accurate for the style).

Ditto for the taste. Simple, sweet malt with a touch of hops. Nothing more, nothing less. Will appeal to those used to light lagers.

Lingering flavors are nothing out of the usual.

Worth a shot if you're not big on microbrews.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:49:09 | More by Brad007
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a warm yellow-orange color with a thin cream-colored head. The aroma features a faint combination of light, lemony wheat characteristics and a slight citric tartness. The flavor is likewise light, with a mild fruitiness that seems like some combination of banana and orange. The texture is light and fizzy, which works with the mild flavors. Overall, this one is a pleasant, easy beer that is appropriate for the heat of summer, but there is nothing that stands out among other mild summer offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 19:25:49 | More by devilben02
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a nice little head.

The smell is sweet, like a ncie German pilsner with a bit of honey added. Fresh grain is also present.

Lots of honey is present to start with a light grain further on with a finish of sweet malt and lingering honey.

Thee feel is full-bodied with a nice refreshing quality.

This is a great summer brew and was a very pelasant surprise. I really like the honey aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 16:27:43 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of mummbearsfan


3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Golden color reminder more of a lager feel not of an ale.

s: Smelled very much like a malty I didn't get to much of a hoppy/floral taste

t: Not very carbonated so if you want to drink a few at a party it will not what I call "fill you up." to me this tended to be more of a ale and lager fusion.

m: very light on the pallet for a hot summer day.

o: Overall I found this beer to be something to bring to a party to add to the beer selection. It's not too heavy so it won't "fill you" and it will satisfy a lager drinker becuase it doesn't have that heavy ale feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:14:54 | More by mummbearsfan
Photo of matty


3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is dominated by bread.Taste is bread and florals.Overall a decent beer that will not wow you or sicken you kind of a run of the mill flavor.I personally would not buy again but would recommend to try once.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 13:28:38 | More by matty
Photo of bum732


3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Doughy wheatiness up front, followed by some soft floral notes, daisies and light lavender mostly.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, tight white creamy head with 1/4 inch retention and ok lacing.

T: Soft malty sweetness followed by a bitter orange rind. Finishes quite clean with more light malty sweetness. Some grainy grassiness as it warms.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, nothing special though, much better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:43:02 | More by bum732
Photo of Preismj


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

a: thin and water appearance with tons of carbonation. Huge white head that settles unevenly. Golden/water hue.

s: light chewy malt smell. Not overly sweet or citrusy as I'd hope. funky water smell in the back.

t: malty malty. light nutty malts on the open and the close. Not a bad flavor, but not the overall flavor i wanted from this. very simple in the taste profile. possible hints of lemon and grass in here.

m: too thin, not as much fizz as it looks but that is okay on this one. very very thin. that lack of fizz makes it pleasantly creamy though, especially in the aftertaste.

o: glad I tried, but don't need it again. not a fan of overly malty beers and that is what this is...too much so at a lowly 4.4%.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:26:40 | More by Preismj
Photo of Mypintishalffull

New York

3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tis the season for summer ales. Got this one at my local bottle store. Only $9 on special that's a good deal. Poured out into glass and head vanished. Aroma faint but sweet. Hop flavor not there and overall flavor rather lacking. Yet still enough to be interesting. Very session able. I like this beer. Good beer overall. I would buy this again.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:24:29 | More by Mypintishalffull
Photo of Kooz

New York

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. Golden wheat colored, a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing in its wake.

Smells wheaty and slightly lemony. Neither one particularly strong. Meh.

Light and refreshing flavor. Subtle hoppiness, and a stronger wheat taste. Hints at citrus but never really comes into focus. Slightly sour aftertaste. Could be better, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is very good. Just a little bit of bite from the hops, foamy/creamy on a swish, smooth going down.

Overall it's a pretty good beer. Nothing too special, but nice when thirsty on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:15:55 | More by Kooz
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas begin with notes of the grain and bready malt tones, some cereal graininess. A nice subtle bit of hop notes are also present; subtle citrus or fresh grass.

The tastes begin predictably with the grainy malt flavors and some subtle light fruit notes, some yeast on the backend but you have to stretch to taste it. Some light lemon hops, very nice with a little bit of a kick.

Mouthfeel is average with average carbonation. Overall this is a decent summer offering but there are many other which a much more flavorful profile which are just as readily available and just as sessionable. No need to revist here.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 14:23:30 | More by claspada
Photo of nickfl


3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a deep golden body with perfect clarity. The head settles down in short order, leaving light lace in its wake.

S - Grainy, bready malt with some herbal hops and a hint of grassy character.

T - Light, husky sweetness up front with a hint of honey. Some grassy hop flavor in the middle as the malt starts to fade out. A little bit of herbal character and a glancing note of honey as the beer finishes out.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A pretty standard light ale that could double for just about any yellow fizzy beer. The aroma is pretty nice with a light note of malt and some pleasant, herbal hop characteristics that are together reminiscent of the better international light lagers. The flavor is considerably more bland as it possess only shadows of the character hinted at by the aroma and there is very little to taste by the finish. Not bad in any specific way, just very bland and unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:39:28 | More by nickfl
Photo of rdilauro


3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light pour which I did expect. Not really much to report about the bouquet, color, head, hop, malt, etc....
Just everything was low key and not much of anything.
The Taste was very light but enjoyable.
I have found myself moving more and more into the summer and lighter beers as the climate warms up here in the Northeast.
I still miss my full fall and winter beers.
But for the summer, I can enjoy this one without a problem.
Not over the top, not a top rated one, but good and enjoyable, and at this time of the year, thats pretty good

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:36:40 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Dodo2step


3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A- pale clear golden yellow with a finger hand half head. Minimal lacing but ok.

S- lemon zest and coriander and malts. Thats it, pretty basic.

T- a malty and grainy taste. The lemon in the nose is not there in the mouth.

M- carbonated a tad much but not bac. light bodied and fairly smooth.

O- not bad but i like my summer ale's with a little more wheatish flavor and dry feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 21:45:08 | More by Dodo2step
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Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.