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Blue Point Summer Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Summer AleBlue Point Summer Ale

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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 ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me fresh from Long Island-thank you Chad and Jaclyn!
Pours up a darker golden color. Small thin head.
Smells like a fresh summer brew, slightly lager-ish. Very faint citrus aromas and a little hop-nose.
Mouthfeel- I really like this. Starts off like a light ale but the hops come back for the finish. Almost like a pale ale that is weak or a summer brew that got a heavier dose of hops. Thirst quenching and I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppier flavors. The growler claimed this bew has another un-named ingredient aside from the lemon citrus-cardamom maybe?

Serving type: growler

06-30-2008 18:15:09 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of scottg


3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with little bubbles going up the glass. There is a one finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Wheat, malt and lemon aromas are well balanced. Up front flavors of toasted malt with the wheat and lemon following up. Not very complex flavors but well balanced. Light body, medium carbonation, this is a smooth, easy drinking summer ale. Not to much to it but enough to let you know you are drinking a craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 20:46:57 | More by scottg
Photo of tempest


2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:35:15 | More by tempest
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of many purchases for my Memorial day Weekend food&beerathon.

Poures a nice clear gold with a massive rocky white head. The head settled down but the glass was laced for the duration.

Had a clean light grassy aroma.

Taste was lightly grainy but clean with a hint of hops. Smooth quenching finish and light carbonation. Light mouthfeel.

I'm not usually a big buyer/drinker of summer style brews but when I get the urge for one this wouldn't be a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 00:47:53 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of hopbar

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point Brewing Company
12 oz. Bottle
Pint Glass

A: Golden, clear summer brew with a small head but nice streaky lacing.

S: Not much to smell; some sweet yet subtle undertones of something citrus.

T: Sweet, somewhat malty, with hints of citrus and even a little cinnamon.

M: Crisp, refreshing and bubbly.

D: Overall, a refreshing and enjoyable summer brew that is good all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 01:09:11 | More by hopbar
Photo of zerofear13

New York

3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again was able to pick this up at Community Beverage in Queens, which has a wonderful selection of Blue Point brews. Very light, summery drink with not much flavor to it. It’s far from being watered down, but if it’s going to be called a summer ale, you would expect more citrus kick to it. Very small citrus hints with a crisp, clean feel. Not that the lack of citrus was its downfall, but it was a bit surprising to read the label and then taste it. Overall, smooth and refreshing, but not spectacular in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 22:56:36 | More by zerofear13
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a very light tan with almost no head and hence no lacing

S-Toasted biscuity aroma with some minor hop presence.

T-This tastes pretty good. Nicely toasted buttered biscuits with a floral hop presence coming through in the follow through. Not too complex but good for the summer.

MLight bodied but not thin with a medium level of medium bubbled carbonation.

D-Very drinkable on a summer day, the biscuits dominate the pallate. I prefer the Brooklyn summer to this.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 02:25:31 | More by sleazo
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler, served in a Pilsner glass

A - clear, golden color with a big white head that thinned out but left nice sheets of sticky lacing.

S - pilsner beer style aroma.

T - smooth, refreshing good tasting beer, nice balance of malt and hops.

M - light bodied, mild carbonation

D - at less than 4.5% abv this is one heck of a summer session beer!

Serving type: growler

07-08-2007 03:33:59 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of new2craft

New York

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Smell: Clean aroma of freshly toasted bread and light caramel candy. The malts make their presence known in the aroma of this ale. A light floral and slight citrus touch as well.

Taste:Malts really shine through on the palate. I get a bready caramel taste with a floral citrusy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light which is expected for a summer ale.

This ale is quite refreshing for a hot summer day. It has just enough flavor "without that heavy citrusy" taste to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 21:18:16 | More by new2craft
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a nonic-style pint glass, the result is a very light, clear golden color that borders on yellow. A small whitish head vanishes immediately. Plenty of bubbles rise to the surface throughout.

S: At first blush it's all cereals and grains, but then there's something musty and sweet that's not altogether pleasant, along with a slightly floral or perfumey scent.

T: Light. Not a lot going on, flavor-wise. There's some grain and some sweetness early in the sip, but a slightly lemony lingering bitterness at the end, on the back of the roof of the mouth. Finished clean at first, but after a few sips it became a little sticky on the mouth.

M: Light in heft; a little thin or watery in the body, actually, but the spritzy feel in the mouth is nice and I think is responsible for that early clean finish.

D: This is easily quaffable as it's light, but also somewhat flavorless and thus boring.

Notes: I see this is considered an American Pale Ale but it seems to be more of a wheat beer in a lot of ways, or maybe like that Magic Hat offering (I forget offhand which it is) that they bill as a "lighter shade of pale." Scored against the APA style, this is way light.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 20:42:14 | More by Kendo
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped-on cap. Best by Nov 07.

Clean aroma,light carmell,toasty,nutty,good malty nose. slightly fruity with a delicate citrus aroma.

Very good malty taste.on the light side,carmalized,toasty with a slight metallic/burnt taste. Nice crisp citrusy finishes out the beer very nicely.

Light mouthfeel with a pleasing,tangy,juicyness. Refreshing summer beer,staying light with enough taste to make you want to keep drinking

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 15:37:43 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid summer ale. Poured a bottle of it into a glass mug. The beer poured a light gold colored body with a very small head and poor retention. Decent lacing afterwards. The smell was fairly malty with a sweet undertone. The taste was very smooth. It was a nice mix of sweet and bitter tastes with a sweet aftertaste that was honey-like. The mouthfeel was pretty thin, but that is expected of a summer ale. The beer was very drinkable. Tasted good, had a light body, and was very refreshing. A pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 23:29:47 | More by maddogruss
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 13:16:25 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BBM

New York

3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a golden yellow color with a nice, tight white head. Aroma is faint, but grassy and slightly sweet.

Taste is somewhat sweet, with biting earthy hops and very subtle hints of citrus. I'd think they would want to expose the citrus element more, since this is a summer ale. Still this is a quality ale from Blue Point, something I would have again and would recommend to anyone looking for a solid session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2007 15:58:54 | More by BBM
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 04:50:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 22:05:19 | More by ppoitras
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass right out of the fridge on a hot, summer day at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a long-lasting head. Smells of citrus and wheat...wouldn't doubt if this were actually a wheat brew. Goes down very crisp and it finishes with a little bite of lemon. Very enjoyable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 19:58:55 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of bjohnson


3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with hues of peach. Half finger head to start, but dissipates quickly leaving spots on top and hugging the glass. good looking lace.
S: Floral and fruity hop notes are very subdued, but they're in there. Nice malty backbone.
T/M: Fruity and floral notes cross the palate quite quickly as this is a smooth drinking pale ale. A bit of lemon and orange peel are noticeable. Nice sweet fruity aftertaste with hints of bitterness and malt. A very well balanced pale ale in my opinion. A bit of a light weight body and very easy drinking. The lightness of this beer doesn't mean watery as there are flavors through.
D: Worth a try if you're on the deck sitting in the sun with some friends. Possibly a good one to bring to a party for variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 00:25:10 | More by bjohnson
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3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light goldencolor with small receding head. After a moment, no head left. Very little carbonation detected.

Aroma: Malty with slight hop profile in the background. Fresh toasty sort of aroma...

Taste: Mostly malt dominates the flavor with slight hints of hops. Lemony hints apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & fresh. Clean on the palette. Effervescent...

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Smooth & clean. Very refreshing for a summer evening so it lives up to its name...

Comments: Nice summer ale from Blue Point. I drank a fresh bottle & was enjoyable. I would buy this again when in the NY area.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 20:18:31 | More by JMD71
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very light orange-tan with good carbonation, slight swirls of head. Nose has light wheats, not much citrus (was expecting more), and a hint of hops. Taste is a little fuller, more hops and light wheat, was expecting some citrus but not really there. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. All in all, easy drinker but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 02:00:59 | More by aquatonex
Photo of Schwarzbart


3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear, bright yellow color. Poured a foamy finger high head that retained nicely and created some nice lacing.
Smell: Clean malt aroma with a faint hop bitterness, but not much smell in general.
Taste: A decent balance of malts and hops. The hops are slightly bitter, but mostly mild tasting.
Mouthfeel: Course texture, but refreshing. I think the texture is what mostly brings this beer back into the APA genre. If I didn't know before drinking I probably wouldn't of guessed an APA.
Drinkability: Easy going, but not what I expected from Blue Point.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:21:30 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, you know summer is finally on its way when six packs of Blue Point summer start showing up in local supermarkets. I wasn't shopping for brew but was inspired enough to pick up a sixer for today's NFL draft. A little disappointed to see that this was actually brewed in Baltimore. I guess Mark and Pete ran out of room in that little brewroom of theirs on River Road.
Two things stick out immediately about this beer's appearance, one good, one bad. Outstanding head retention, still a solid half inch after fifteen minutes. Also, tons of carbonation bubbles, which are usually flavor thieves and distorters in my opinion. Nose is faint and airy with a hint of bitterness. Pleasant if boring golden color almost reminds me more of a Kolsch than an APA.
Wow. Interesting, mellow taste. It has lots of hop flavor but almost none of the coresponding bitterness. Somewhat gritty in texture but a clean, fresh, finish. Extremely drinkable but not for any hard core hopheads, since at least as far as taste this more like an APA light, although the body is full enough. Carbonation isn't much of a problem.
This goes down sinfully easily. Has summer barbecue written all over it. Liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 03:03:51 | More by daliandragon
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2006 20:20:55 | More by plaid75
Photo of chOAKbarrell


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather pale color with a little life to it, but not much. Small thin head that sticks around.

Alcohol & grain in the nose. Kind of the same "yard clippings" scent that a lot of macros have.

The only other Blue Point product I've had is the Toasted lager, which didnt taste very "toasted" at all. This one has the same amount of toasty flavor as that. Very little, but its there in the finish. Strange.

All in all, this beer is a lot like a macro, really. It tastes like a micro brewery's attempt to clone a BMC product. It's just not as harsh. A bit smoother in the mouth and finish.

I dont see any reason to purchase or drink this beer, other than curiosity, or getting it for very cheap (both of the reasons I bought & drank it).

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 22:45:26 | More by chOAKbarrell
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1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Shudder...wretch, hold nose, chug.

Well this started off good. The beer was looking fine a nice golden ale with a fluffy dense head that dropped back and even left some lacing. Then I smelled it and everything came to an end. I almost poured it out right there, but I thought well if I can eat stinking bishop cheese I can try some of this beer. Well to give you an idea it smelled of cheap macro swill and had some corny DMS thing mixed with a lemon citrus and covering the glass to really get a good smell almost made me pass out. Well the smell carried over into the taste but thankfully it was cold enough to muted the wost of it. Suprisingly I was able to finish the whole bottle despite the smell and I opened a second one to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle, that one mostly fed the drain. Best part was the nice balanced carbonation and decent body.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 12:56:45 | More by Higravity
Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.