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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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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of rgb2807
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark orange color. Not much of a smell, seems it will be very mild and light. And it is! There's no much a taste, an extremely mild, light taste. Nothing too distinctive, I understand it's a summer ale, and this would be nice when it's really hot, but it doesn't have much character. Mouthfeel is alright, nothing out special. Drinkability is good, I could definitely knock back quite a few of these.

Overall-would drink again, though I wouldn't seek it out.

rgb2807, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of rousee
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard gold amber color with a little more amber tint than I would normally expect. Very little head and not much lacing.

The aroma is of lemon zest with herbal notes like cut grass-some good malty breadiness in the scent also.

Taste is a malt front with a nice citrus back and some good balance to it. I like that this beer is not trying to be too much of anything. It doesnt overwhelm but it doesnt underwhelm either. Its very sessionable with a low abv and a good crisp finish and mouthfeel that is good for the warmer weather months.

rousee, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of albern
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The best word which comes to mind when describing this beer is insipid. Beyond that, I would say uninspired and inoffensive. The beer pours a clear golden, slightly copper color with a efforvescent to creamy white head that retains a bit, as does the lacing. The aroma is a bit musty, a touch of citrus, a touch of bready malts, not all that much going on, which is pretty much the taste as well. Lots of carbonation with this beer.

The taste of the beer is watery, light bodied, light overall, a slightly malty sweetness, some cooked vegetable notes in here, smooth, clean, and just not enough to really comment upon.

I'm going to go back for a second to see if anything else comes out. I'm on my second one, and maybe there is a cracked graininess that is coming through in the body. This beer is just ultra smooth and not much "there" there. The finish is just watery emptiness. The aftertaste is slightly soapy to non existent. The mouthfeel is watery, and a tad bit drying on the tongue. This is an entirely refreshing, empty, and forgettable beer not worth spending anymore words on.

albern, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
2.6/5  rDev -20%
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
2.13/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - Basically a clear yellow with a very small white head.

S - Not much going on here.

T - Taste here is a bit bland with some corn flakes flavor.

M - Watery and thin.

D - This one's just not working. Needs some carbonation or a pop of flavor to be a refreshing summer brew.

EStreet20, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap the Boru's Bar & Grille in Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a clear and deep golden yellow color with virtually no head and some lazy carbonation.

S: Smells of faint citrus and floral hops with a predominant grainy, corn husk aroma. The scents are light and lightly toasted smelling.

T: Taste is a mediocre blend of sweet corn and grainy malts, some light citrus flavors and a note of bitter floral hops. Slightly sweeter, citrusy and sunnier than a macro lager.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium and crisp, despite its sweetness.

D: Not an overwhelmingly tasty brew, but one that's clean and possibly one to be sessioned. Just not interesting or flavorful enough.

I would pass on this one again, as there are more interesting summer styles to be had out there. Not citrusy or hoppy enough to be an adventurous outing, but one that's satisfying no less.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Summer Ale..

Appearance-Pale golden color, really fizzy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell-grainy and toasted malt appears, nothing too crazy.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Watery feel to the beer, some grain and alcohol, hops and malt are present but don't really make much of an impression.

Drinkability-Refreshing on a hot summer day, other than that the thin feel dissapoints.

Overall-not offensively bad but not great. Blue Point based on my tastings makes good beer but this isn't great, really watery and nothing notable. Still, fine on a hot day.

TheDeuce, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Golden & Tanned and blond like a beach bum from Cali.
One inch head and foamy lace.
The aroma is very light malts followed by grains.
The taste is malts,light citrus hints and wheat. The flavor of this beer contains a lot of water. The taste is just average,maybe below. The feel is high carbonation,seltzer like,crisp,dry and yet so thin. Tastes better as it warms.

Notes: This lacks balance,flavor,and is too watery. In addition,I have to add that it was not difficult to drink and if I am at a barbecue and this is served I would gladly have it.
Pay for it again, I will not.

Lexluthor33, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

jwc215, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Biggness
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was drinking this out of the keg while fishing Saturday night. This beer pours darker than your average summer ale in my opinion with a slight white head. The smell is feint but what I get is citrus. The flavor is nice, I mean its a summer ale not a DIPA like I usually drink but it has nice flavor and is extremely drinkable. The flavor has a mild hint of nuts and citrus. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and its certainly something that can be drank all night

Biggness, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice yellow, nice lace from a reasonably ample head.

Aroma's of honey, grain, and sand?

Flavors hit the tongue, then are lifted just as quickly... tinges of honey, nice wheat grainy, bitterness... then a very light hop finish.

A summer beer... nothing incredibly out of the ordinary... easy drinking.

PBBC, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Hokies
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a nice white head that leaves a thin lace on the beer. Smells very grainy with a hint of citrus and malt. Their is more citrus appearance in the taste with the grain. Their is a slight taste of hops in the nose and finishes nice and dry. This is a nice summer time beer and easy to drink, I will probably look for this one again.

Hokies, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice summer session beer. Great on tap.

Pours a transparent gold. The aroma is grainy and intense, with a nice dose of flowery hopes. The flavor follows suits, with a nice grain, good flowery hop character and a sly bitterness that comes in on the back end. This has a thin, refreshing mouthfeel. Not a trail-blazer but a good summer-time drinker.

Seanibus, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of SUjunkie
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell: A light floral and slight citrus touch as well.

Taste: Light malt flavor with a hint of citrus.

The mouth feel is light, which is expected for a summer ale. This is on my list of "must haves" during the summer as it is light and refreshing. I really like that it doesn't have the heavy citrus flavor that a lot of summer brews have. It's a must try for those that like the summer seasonals.

SUjunkie, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of ByTor2112
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?

ByTor2112, Jun 30, 2008
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.

scottg, Jun 09, 2008
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.

tempest, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of BrewMaven
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.

BrewMaven, May 28, 2008
Photo of hopbar
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.

hopbar, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
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.

zerofear13, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of sleazo
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.

sleazo, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of new2craft
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.

new2craft, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Kendo
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.

Kendo, Jul 06, 2007
Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.