Blue Point Summer Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Summer AleBlue Point Summer Ale

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 368
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that quickly died down into lacy patterns. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a light aroma of grassy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and wheat along with some hints of lemon.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is somewhat refreshing and thirst quenching, although the taste isn't very interesting. It's not a bad choice if you're looking for a light beer on a hot summer day. (578 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very bright, and very light golden yellow. Very clear as well with lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass. Chains of bubbles stretching from the bottom all the way through and reaching the surface to replenish the ample amount of foam sitting on top. A huge four finger high head of lace formed on the top with lots of fizzy and bubbling carbonation rippling through it.

The first notes coming through were of the grain and bready like tones, cereal grains, which were present right away in front of you, were now taking center stage. Soon though some subtle hints would start to come out as well. A nice subtle touch of Banana was apparent, as was the slightest little bit of a hop note. It was hard to discern what kind as it was very subtle, but I would guess a little citrus or fresh grass flavor, not very heavy and just more of background lightness then anything else. Predictably, the first flavor that came through was the grain notes that were so prevalent in the aroma, but quickly these faded, or rather mingles in with some light fruit notes, some yeast showing their muscle. Giving me hints of Banana, some light lemon almost, very nice with a little bit of a kick. The kick probably coming from a little bit of the hops that were poking their head around in there. Light grass now mixing in. (1,332 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops with a light fruitiness and overall is a little pungent.

T: The taste is well-balanced but very faint with flavors of hops, citrus and a thin caramelized malt character. The hops flavor fades quickly and leaves a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: The tastiness is a little lacking, but it goes down easy, not-too-filling, I’ve definitely had better in the style and quite frankly I was a little disappointed based on what I’ve come to expect from Bluepoint Brewing. (777 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough

Light fizzy head, clear golden tan color.

Nose light, some toasted grainy blond malts, doughy, straw notes, pretty light, little cereal. Hint fruity yeast esters.

Taste brings light malts, seems watery, little toasted blond malt, touch straw mostly late. Little later like minerality and warm lager yeast ester profile which is weird for an ale but I'm sure there is an ale yeast for that. Finish brings more cracker bread flavours, little mineral and touch of hop bitterness. Mild skunky like unhappy yeast flavor in there too.

Mouth is thin and watery, then again a summer beer but this is too thin, decent carb.

Overall bland, watery, thin, ale version of a lager that didn't go as perfect as planned. (754 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear golden large white head rocky appearance light ueven specks of lacing with each sip. Aroma light citrus zestiness with a light toasted malt profile really pleasant and clean overall some would say bland but that's not really the case here. Flavors a clean drinking ale with some citrus and pine hop flavors with a clean malt sweetness again a refreshing clean malt profile with enough hop balls to keep most interested I'm really a fan definitely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is light bodied even carbonation even a bit watery but to hell with the texure this beer pulls of light beer with flavor presence. Drinkability is high I could down a few of these without overthinking it I'm a fan of Blue Point beers that I've tried this is no different great stuff for the summer visit to the Long Island brewery. (819 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.24/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow with a white head that thins and stays. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of cereal, some grain, some husk.

The taste is of cereal, some husk, a bit of wet cardboard. I'm thinking that they had the macro-lager drinkers in mind, because there's enough similarities to make me think of it.

Somewhat drinkable, as there is a crispness. But, it also has a watery thinness. Overall, it's too shallow. Not a fan of what's going on here. Better summer thirst-quenchers out there, IMO. (496 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts and grassy hops.

T: Flavors of pale malts along with some wheat upfront with some light hints of lemon citrus and some extremely light grassy hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing, very easy to drink, and quite sessionable. Not the most interesting flavored beer but it is very light and refreshing for a hot summer day. (708 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and dry, pale malt scent with some lemon zest. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit musty. There is a bit of lemon as well; not bad. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average summer brew. It's nothing special, but it drinks well on a hot day. (496 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a half inch head formation which dissipated quickly. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: Not much going on here, a bit of wheat and a slight lemon peel scent. I don't often say it, but macro smelling almost.

T: Nothing really sticks out for me on this one. Its not bad in any way, just doesn't much going for it. A slight floral taste in the middle which fades to a wheat flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a pass. (509 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My CANQuest (TM) inventory is finally dwindling back to the point that I will be doing some active tading in the very near future. For now, this was one that I picked up during my most recent visit to Pinocchio's and which I am anxious to try on this humid summer evening.

From the CAN: "A refreshing Golden Ale to be quaffed in the Summer sun."; "'Long Island's Brewery'"; "Craft Brewed Extremely Fresh".

The Crack rvealed yet another brimful craft CAN and the Glug initiaally filled my glass with foam until I backed off. The two-plus fingers of rocky, bone-white head were extremely fizzy, causing it to diminish in a hurry. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. A fizzy yellow beer and Mr. Koch may eat his heart out! Nose had a soft maltiness along with a lager-like honey scent. Interesting. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but the taste was lightly malty with a honey undertone on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and refreshing, but somehow, I felt as though it were lacking something. It was kind of an underwhelming beer. I would look for something else for the summer. (1,131 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pure gold with no head. Absolutely no smell. It's about now I'm concerned about beer quality...it's late summer and the bar seems to be pushing this beer hard. Taste is light crystal malt, a little wheat, and very mild hop character. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall this is a rather weak beer. Forgettable all around. (345 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours light and clear, suprise, bready nose, with maybe ahint of hoppyness. White head, decent retention and minimal lacing left behind. My favorite aspect of this light, summery quencher/quafer is the mouthfeel. it was soft, rounded and very smooth, not what I would expect from an everyday summer type brew. All together, decent stuff. Cant go too wrong here as long as its fresh and cold. (408 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Deep golden colored brew. Clarity is very nice. Fizzy head forms and has decent retention. No real lace to speak of.

SMELL: Mildly bready malts, flour, hop flower.

TASTE: Pale malt sweetness, a hint of wheat, and definitely some lemony citrus. Rather light but has a small peppery spice to it as well. Possibly some adjuncts, hop bitterness is light and pellet like.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, aggressive carbonation.

OVERALL: Pretty crisp little summer ale here. No frills, no thrills, but a decent light option for outdoor activities in the summer. (563 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by Oct 08

Pale gold with ashort tan head. The aroma gives off hints of creamy diacetyl (in a good way) and mellow bready grains. The flavor is pretty mild, but it has the same salty and astringent aftertaste that I didn't like with the toasted lager. It's almost chaulky in the aftertaste and that pretty much ruins this one for me. This one's headed for the drain. (371 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice straw color, well carbonated, with a finger's worth of head and decent retention and lacing.

The smell is a light and airy aroma. I detect an obvious hop presence, but also slight traces of lemon, coriander and grass.

The flavor is light and refreshing, but a bit spicy as well. Light hints of lemon and grass are detectable as well. Nicely balanced toward the hop side.

The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, yet full. The spices certainly leave a sensation on the tongue, but this ale washes down cleanly.

A very drinkable ale. Not as hoppy as your typical APA, but a perfect summer beer. (627 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Pours a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, grapefruit, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher. (348 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the crystal clear light golden (yellow?) brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is minimally "beery", the lightest of grains and hops. Taste is light as well, a twinge of sweetness "overpowered" by a quick shot of hops crispness. We'll assume they are aiming more at the light beer market, and not the APA market. Mouthfeel is okay, and drinkability is actually not bad, for a summer brew. Could be more cutting edge, but it'll do. (595 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow, clear, with a small white head, so-so retention and modest lace.

Aroma: Light graininess, faint grassy hops, lemon, sweet malt.

Taste: Thin and slightly lemony, touch of sweeter malty caramel flavor, reserved citrus and grassy hoppiness mostly noticeable in the finish. Subtle underlying bitterness. A little bland overall.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side with good carbonation. Crisp and clean, but there’s something a little lacking here that keeps it from being truly quenching.

Overall: An easy drinking but ultimately forgettable blonde. (573 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pale straw-orange with hardly any trace of head, only a slight fizzy layering that was quick to disappear.

S: The nose was faint sweet caramel and lemon grass.

T: The flavor was much the same as the aroma, lemon grass hopping against pale grains. Finishes dry with some herbal hopping. Overall typical flavor and nothing that really stands out.

M: crisp, but very light with some lemon-grass hopping .

D: Good drinkability, palate is thin but with a half-way decent flavor making for a good lawnmower beer. (525 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Light golden honey. Creamy, tightly bubbled head. Nice lace and great retention.

S – Fairly light. Light malt, touch of sour pear and tart apple. Washed lemons. Fresh grass.

T – Soft lemon acidity paves the way for a grassy center and a pine and peppery finish.

M – Medium light body. Ok carbonation. Light dryness on the backend.

O – Starts bright and ends relatively clean. (394 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Pete's Saloon in Elmsford, NY.

Appearance: clear light golden hue with a light effervescence and a finger of creamy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly spiced, floral, somewhat soapy aroma. Decent, middle of the road spiced summer ale.

Taste: starts off with a light hint of lemon; proceeds with a grainy blonde ale flavor with some floral notes. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a lightly refreshing fizz. Does what it needs to do.

Overall: a decent but unremarkable spiced summer blonde ale. (545 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the creator of the can quest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, sweet. Taste is very mild, some light malts, a touch of floral hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer. (291 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden a medium white head. Active carbonation is evident. And there are unique looking sediment chunks floating around. Almost like little shavings of clear plastic or gel-like substance. (According to their website their is a "special" indgredient in this brew. Maybe polyurethane gel is that "special indgredient.) Light smell of lemon and some noble hop character to the nose as well. The taste is pretty mild. Nothing special stands out. Slight lemon. Slight tartness. Slight hop bite. Slight maltiness. And a very slight soapy aftertaste. There are plenty of better summer brews available than this.

I'm not sure if this is a Kolsch or a Golden Ale. It might be Kolsch since some wheat is present, but I don't think true kolsch beers are allowed to have lemon and "special" indgredients thrown into the mix.

Thanks to Davo for the sample. (892 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear pale gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine layer. Some lacing.

The smell is very light with some corny notes and just a touch of hop bitterness reaching my nosebuds

The taste has that hop bitterness, slight citrus mostly just plain bitterness and some slight grain but mid palate on it becomes very watery and it has no flavour to it at all. Weird.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, the finish, again, to me tastes only of water and that's not going to make me want have another bottle, for sure. This one I cannot recomend. (627 characters)

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Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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