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Blue Point Summer Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Summer AleBlue Point Summer Ale

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284 Ratings
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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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Fratstar

New York

2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My first sip of this beer was too reminiscent of mass produced American beers. I felt that though this is a blonde ale it should have been a bit more substantial. The flavor notes of hops was apparent but not as strong as I would like. Maybe this isn't the style for me, but overall I did not believe it was very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 17:30:49 | More by Fratstar
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear light golden body with a two finger offwhite head. Retention is average and there are some curtains of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma has hints of twangy wheat malt and lemon zest but mostly biscuity scents. Just a faint note of grassy hops. Light body is nicely carbonated. Taste has a subdued sweetness that goes well with the biscuity pale maltiness. Lemon zest, a faint note of grassy hop bitterness and an aspirin note comprise most of the flavor profile. Finishes clean and crisp. Not bad, but far from my favorite for a summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:33:57 | More by merlin48
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ryssiepoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty crowd-pleasing summer ale. It's refreshing enough to drink on its own on a summer afternoon. But it's also light enough to pair well with a flavorful summer meal. I don't think you can really go wrong with this beer, and I would definitely get it for a BBQ or dinner party.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 15:52:45 | More by ryssiepoo
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a fizzy straw color with 2 fingers of foam that dissipate quickly. Aroma is husky, grainy, bland.

First sip has no distinct impression other than a lingering metallic, and then stale malt aftertaste. The dry, crisp, refreshing finish I desire never materializes. Detect a little fruitiness also. Carbonation is high.

Disappointing. Just kind of bland, with a few off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:48:18 | More by FickleBeast
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Simple and uncomplicated, a very good alternate summer beer than traditional BMC. Clear golden color, touch of white foam, lemony smell. All very light.

Taste is clean, crisp, with a touch of hop. Mellow but with flavor. Balanced carbonation.

Easy to drink and worth your time. Good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:23:29 | More by KTCamm
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metter98

New York

3.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:43:29 | More by metter98
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OrangeCharlie

Oregon

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

Looking at other reviews, I don't think this beer was given a fair chance by several BA's. It's a blonde ale...the style is simple and straightforward. And I think this beer has given me exactly what I would expect and want from such a style.

A: I didn't see the beer pour, but it was a nice golden color. Can't say much about head as the beer was served without one.

S: Not a whole lot on the nose...maybe a slight citrus character.

T: Dry and crisp with a touch of biscuit; definitely an all-pilsner malt brew. Citrusy overtones lead me to believe that this was fermented with a Kolsch yeast - a nice choice. Very lightly hopped, but well-balanced.

M: Very good. Thinner body appropriate for the style.

D: Very easy drinking brew that is great for the heat of summer.

I think this beer is a solid example of a quality blonde ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 13:44:10 | More by OrangeCharlie
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dontcostnuthin

Indiana

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent cornfield yellow. It has a good two fingers of head that dissipate quickly. Limited lacing present as the beer is appreciatively quaffed. Not a whole lot comming through in the nose. Faint hop present and slight lemon citrus. Taste is frankly watery. There is as in the nose a slight bitter finish. Malt presence equally subtle. The beer is well carbonated and it suits its mild taste. This beer is very drinkable. Could have several of these without problem. However, there isn't enough going on for me to reach for it over other excellent summer beers. Really only slightly better than many bmc products. Fine to have on a hot summer day to quench ones thirst, but beyond that, simply average.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:24:29 | More by dontcostnuthin
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my gifts from Mr Miller's Cellar. Thanks Bad Brian.
It pours a bright clear yellow. It looks like a a nice German Pilsener. Head fades to a ring.
The smell is light clean and wheaty.
The taste is fruity almost like lemonade with a dull wheat finish.
For a summer ale I would expect a lighter feel with more carbonation. This might be past its best by date so some carbonation may have been lost. Overall it would make a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 19:43:49 | More by confer
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus and malt, but not much else.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt and a little hops. Very watery in the finish. Not much complexity or character - even for a Blonde Ale.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation and a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not offensively bad and undrinkable, but just terribly average.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 13:41:20 | More by avalon07
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light yellow with good carbonation and almost no head. Aside from some VERY subtle herbs, the nose had nothing. Ditto the taste. I understand that 'lawnmower beers' are supposed to be light, but this one was almost begging me to add some flavor in the form of a citrus slice. The mouthfeel was slightly above average, given the carbonation. Overall, I was sincerely disappointed with this specimen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 06:01:02 | More by donniecuffs
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deereless

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color of wet straw, thin layer of tightly packed head - 3.25, S: A light malt build adds some bready aromas, there is an herbal hop smell as well, some soft bubble gum on the nose - 4.00, T: Slightest bit of bitterness on the very tail end of the beer, otherwise the malt is what steps forward leaving a somewhat sweet doughy taste, flavors are somewhat muted, very smooth and inoffensive - 3.00, M: Medium bodied and on the creamy side - 3.50, D: A decent, very drinkable beer - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 23:58:50 | More by deereless
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m1ked

California

3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear bright brassy orange with a good inch and a half white craggy head. Receded slowly leaving behind patchy lacing. Few lazy streamers.

S- Grainy, astringent. alcoholly.

T- Grainy with some light biscuity malt. A little citric acidity gives a final touch of hoppy brightness.

M - Crisp carbonation with a mild body. 4

D- Not a bad beer at all, just nothing wow wee about it and there are other session beers I would reach for first.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 18:59:07 | More by m1ked
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goblet

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured and served in a pint glass .

a pale golden ale with a fluffy white frothy head that disapeares in a few minute leaving little speckes of lace going down the glass.

the aroma isn't strong some subtle caramel malt and small amounts of fresh hops ,also a bit of grains and sweet yeast are swimming around in the mix.

the taste is very mild and sublime,malt,grains and yeast are blended together to create a very lite,tasty summer ale.the hops take a step back with this brew but the taste is all there.

mild sweet malt and yeast with a superbly smooth feel on the palette even the after taste is very ease to handle .

a great summer brew!!i can and will have this beer again ,very refreshing in the hot humid summer days.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 23:26:54 | More by goblet
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droomyster

Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bubbly clear gold with an initially billowing head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. Sweet graininess on the nose. Taste is ordinary, unimpressive but not offensive - lightly sweet malts without much in the way of hops to back them up. Watery body is its biggest drawback. Blue Point has better beers in its lineup...I'll not have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 06:22:40 | More by droomyster
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear pale straw hue with a two finger bright white head that settles to a razor thin and even cap, leaving behind some stringy lacing.

Very light and delicate bready malts, with a very light fruity esters.

The fruit notes repeat in the flavor, on top of a very lightly toasted and biscuity base. Reminiscent of a lager. Light bodied.

An okay blonde ale, probably good for outdoors in a bar-b-que.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 18:49:54 | More by BeerSox
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden straw color with a soapy, 3-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin cap. Not much carbonation noticeable once the head settles.

S: Yeasty, lager like qualities. A clean floral hop presence. Not much else.

T/M: Clean, easy-drinking, with a decent hop crispness. A little on the thin side. Slight bit of underlying sweetness from the pale malt. Soft carbonation tingles during the sip, but leaves as quickly as the short, dry finish.

D/O: A decent summertime refresher, but nothing too terribly interesting going on. Would work well with a variety of summer foods. Probably good at parties with non-craft beer drinkers, but there are better options out there in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 19:01:24 | More by Phillyduke
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

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

A - a bright golden color with a 1 finger head. Fades quick and leaves little lacing.

S - Corn and bread aroma prominent. No lemon or grass detected as with other reviewers.

T/M - Smooth going in and down, but a bite on the tongue at the finish. Bright flavor with bit of lemon and hearty bread flavors.

D - Not bad. Goes down nicely with little aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:56:21 | More by drcarver
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JMD

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow with peachy tones. Small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Light aroma of lemon, and citrus hops. Some grass and faint sweet cereal.

T: Mild flavor as well, some citrus and lemon. Sweet bread and lightly toasted grains. There is something in this that gives a subtle sweetness that I just can't pinpoint.

M: Mild carbonation and light, almost watery. Not as crisp as it should be.

D: This beer goes down very easy, and hits the spot on a hot summer day. Nothing really stands out, but it all works well.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 20:47:11 | More by JMD
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice foam head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Nice citrus lemon grass and grain nose with some pale malt and a touch of floral hops.

T- Slight hoppy bitterness upfront with a bunch of cereal and citrus flavors. A very sweet malt flavor halts the hop bite and finishes long and sugary.

M- Light and crisp with nice carbonation.

D- One of the easiest drinking beers I've had this year. Not loaded with flavor and aromas but a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 05:20:56 | More by projectflam86
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point's Summer Ale pours a clear golden and is topped by a thick, bright white head, which fades fairly quickly to a film. The aroma is fairly light. There's a hint of citrus and a mild graininess.

There's a mild sweetness as he beer first hits the palate with some neutral graininess as well. Fruity esters make a brief appearance in the center, and are met by a mild peppery character and mild bitterness in the finish. This beer is light-bodied and moderately carbonated, but feels a tad watery.

I was pretty disappointed with this beer. I know summer beers tend to be lighter, but this one was bland and lacked the crispness that makes a beer like this refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 04:01:59 | More by EPICAC
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mjd83goblue

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the BIF package!

Pours a perfectly clear straw with a small head. Its exactly what it intends to be: a light, easy-drinking ale for hot summer days. Lemon is present in both the nose and taste. Slight cooked corn/veggie in the aftertaste. Pretty clean and crisp. Would make a great session on a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 04:07:15 | More by mjd83goblue
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ATPete

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

Pours with small fizzy white head that bubbles down to nothing making the glass appear to be filled with apple juice. Fruity, malty sweet nose, sugary with a little bit of mint aroma. Tangy in flavor and slightly alive with small bubbles that coat the tongue, the fruit flavors are pretty refreshing at first but become boring, over done and far too sweet. I'd like some bitterness, some crispness, this is almost juice-like in body, syrupy and coating, one dimensional in flavor. I dont necessarily care for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:23:30 | More by ATPete
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emsroth

New York

2.13/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: true gold with a small head.

Smell: Sweet fruit like blueberries. A light wheat scent. Hints of alcohol hide underneath.

taste: Sweet caramel apple taste that concentrates itself on the tongue. Maybe a hint of honey. Tastes very much like a honey wheat sans wheat. Hardly any hops. I'm not a hop head but I want more in this beer.

Slight bit of body from the wheat. But the bad taste seems to dominate any positive mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 04:31:23 | More by emsroth
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of corn, butter, and wheat. Flavor of initial spices with a stale wheat finish. Some light sweet malt creeps through as the beer warms. Pretty bad...
5/3/6/3/11 (2.8/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 16:31:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.