Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Blue Point Pumpkin Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

116 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 116
Hads: 376
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gmann on 09-11-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 116 | Hads: 376
Photo of Willweidemann
5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Smell, taste, look, you name it. Not just a beer for Autumn, it's early August and I'd prefer this beer over any summer ale. Drink this beer, you will not be disappointed. (193 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may not be the "been everywhere and tasted the best there is" guy, but I know good beer. This one was pleasantly surprising! It has good balance and no real bitterness. The spices and pumpkin blend well. Just a slightly sweet aftertaste. Orange in color and medium heading. Very light lacing on glass. Very drinkable as a session beer! You don't feel like you drank a pumpkin pie or a plate of vegetables like some pumkin beers. I want more of this one! (455 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a nice amber golden color with a robust foamy white head.
S: There is a nice maltiness that blend with the hops to give you a nice bitterness and a good honey scent. The pumpkin and cinnamon really dominates the aroma.
T: The pumpkin is the first thing you taste right away. Its really natural and fleshy without any artificial sweetness so you just get a nice hint of cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. The hoppy finish brings out a nice spiciness to the beer.
M/O: Crisp and drinkable. the foamy head really brings out the aromas. Not too heavy but the flavor is very full and rich. (593 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lively pour from a fresh chilled growler this seasonal shows a clear iced tea color with a big light tan colored head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a nice yeasty vanilla and sweet pumpkin pie. So much better than what I experienced on tap recently. The flavor brings much the same along with cinnamon apple crisp for a decided Fall taste that says pumpkin without overdoing it. It's tangy with fine but tasteful carbonation. It's medium bodied at most and highly drinkable for this sort of specialty brew. The yeast comes out on the edges with a hint of cedar. Very tasty stuff and one I could easily session. One of the best pumpkins I've had. (649 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the wine palace... just to try out what they can do with a pumpkin ale.

A: Light brown- transparent orange with a pretty solid head.. very bubbly looking at frothy at the top.. impressive. Fades quickly though.. leaves little lacing

S: Right away hit with pumpkin and can smell the alcohol in there too

T: Taste the nutmeg and cinnamon right off the bat, a very sticky sweet flavor that comes in the beginning of the sip.

M: Surprisingly a crisp taste for the style, not overpowering at all.. which I actually like! A very solid feel.. sticky and has great carbonation

O: Very good indeed. Tastes like an ale with a splash of pumpkin and spice.. just like its supposed to! awesome. Its actually refreshing.. definitely the most refreshing pumpkin brew Ive had to date. Could even session this stuff ! haha.

Another Home-Run for an already impressive brewery with a nice balance of flavor in this one... definitely will pick up a sixer before the season ends. Great brew for fall porch chillin. ( ++ Picked up a six pack a couple days later) (1,069 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper body with a small head; little to no lacing.

S: This one is not one whose aroma is too "pumkin-y". Loads of pumpkin spices with a hint of sweet pumpkin. Some caramel and bready malts are faint, but a nice back ground.

T: To me, there are two basic types of pumpkin ales... ones that focus mostly on the spices, and ones that focus more on the pumpkin flavor. This one is more on the spice side (nutmeg, clove, and allspice), although it's not too overwhelming and is nicely balanced with the pumpkin and some caramel. There is also some bready malts in there to tone things down, making it extremely drinkable.

M: Smooth mouthfeel that borderline thin; mild-light carbonation; medium-light body.

O: For a pumpkin ale, I like this one. It's not too much on either side of the pumpkin spectrum. The bready malts are a nice touch toning down what could be an overwhelming spicy flavor. I would get this again, and recommend this to a pumpkin ale lover. (976 characters)

Photo of Ezone024
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber borderline brown color, thin white foam head, short lasting no lacing. smell is sugar,pumpkin and spice.

taste like a modestly spiced, light drinking brown ale.
just enough pumpkin to accompany a buttery brown ale..hops and spice make for a crisp brew.

mouthfeel is very nice, very clean and crisp with the right amount of pumpkin not overwhelming.

drinks better than any other specialty beer i've had..
Best thing blue point has put out in my opinion..
recommend drinking with a roast chicken with gravy and buttery green beans (551 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I seen an actual different Pumpkin ale on the shelf's! Threw it in my mix and match sixer!

A - A nice dark amber in color with an inch of fluffy head that turns to a lace.

S - Well you get a nice cinnamon and pumpkin and slight nutmeg. What more could you ask for?

T - Starts off great. A nice blast of spices but falls flat with carbonation (which others blamed it on) but does come off pretty smooth and balanced and dare I say I pretty decent pumpkin ale.

M - Light to medium body. Who the heck knows the real ABV?

D - Well I only found this at my main shop, with a mix and match tag of red, which means the case would be over 35 dollars which means...

Regardless its a passable pumpkin ales and a good rep of the style. Like Michigan's Screaming jack more BTW. (781 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stopped by the brewery after work to grab a brew or a few. nice reddish orange color. smells like subtle pumokin and fall smells. cinamon spice.the pumokin flavor is nice, subtle but present abd not dominating. the beer does have a lagery feel which us a but weird but overall a good pumpkin brew and one to try of you aren't into the pumpkin assault of many in the style. (372 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottled into large weiss beer glass - about an inch of off-white head with modest outgassing from the bottom of the glass. Very nice amber color, tinted by contact with pumpkin puree?

Fantastic first whiff of nutmeg and all spice and pumpkin puree when first cracked open. Aroma starts to mellow to a more nutmeg/barley scent.

Sweet on the pallete followed by hint of peppery nutmeg flavoring. The spices linger on the tongue long after the sweetness.

Makes a decent dessert beer to be enjoyed with a nice slice of carrot cake or pumpkin pie. Maybe even a pumpkin whoopie pie (my favorite!) (605 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a hazy orange body with a 1"white head, that sticks around for a while. The aroma is of sweet malts, clove and pumpkin and a hint of nutmeg. The taste is like the smell, malt, clove pumpkin and nutmeg. The mouth feel is nice and carbonated and is smooth off the tongue. Overall this is a good pumpkin beer. (356 characters)

Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper with small frothy white head that fades slowly. Light lacing down the glass.

S: Nice aroma of pumkin and fall spices. Cinnimon and nutmeg with light hints of clove.

T: Taste matches the aroma. Pumkin upfront with some bready and carmel malt. All the spices you would expect are present. Cinnimon, nutmeg, clove. Light hops as it finishes to balance it out.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: This is a suprisingly good pumpkin ale. Nice pumpkin and spice flavor. This one doesn't compare to the imperial pumpkins like Weyerbacher, Dogfishhead or ST Pumking, but it's the best of all the rest. Solid offering from Blue Point. (657 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue point pumpkin ale is a crystal clear, coppery amber ale with a soft, yellowish off-white foam on top. The head has outstanding retention and it leaves thick lacing. It smells spicy with aromas of mostly nutmeg with some pumpkin and hay in there. It's medium-light bodied; pretty soft and smooth. The finish is a little chalky. It's a mellow flavor overall. The pumpkin is evident at the start of the taste, then the spice rolls in, followed by the hops. The bitterness is grassy and lasts through the finish. I like that the hops are more assertive than most pumpkin ales. This is really tasty and would be a great session ale. (632 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a brewery rep for giving me this one a long time back. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a three and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, and clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, clove, pumpkin, and brown sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The pumpkin and spice presence for the style was definitely present on this one. Just a really nice example of the style. If you are a Pumpkin brew fan, you have got to try this one. (668 characters)

Photo of travisnd
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good Pumpkin beer with lots of flavor and body. Pours a dark amber color and quite a nice drinking ale...not overwhelming with spice. The pumpkin pie taste is not very evident however its still a good pumpkin beer that is cheaper than most to drink. (256 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass 10/18

Pours light amber, thick patchy white foam. Stikcy. Pumpkin nose, nutmeg. Light malt taste, pumpkin in the background. Clean and smooth. Light cinnamon creeps in. Creamy. tasty malt. Very nice. I seemed to like this better than the average rater. (299 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pale amber with a thick, bubble layer of white head that has decent retention

S - nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin; the pumpkin is a bit faint with the spices taking the forefront

T - pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon; pretty typical pumpkin beer with a decent balance

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

This is a pretty decent yet typical pumpkin ale. The spices are a little more forward than the pumpkin. It's easy to drink and goes down nicely. It's worth a try. (481 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light caramel amber in color, very very clear, with a decent white head that fades quickly leaving modest amounts of slippery lacing.

The aroma is of cooked pumpkin, faint pumpkin pie spiciness and lightly sweet malts.

This is one of the most balanced pumpkin beers I believe I have tried. The cooked pumpkin blends nicely with the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, allspice and clove. Fortunatley the clove is on the mild side and the spices in general accentuate rather than overpower this ale. The malts are moderately sweet, lightly toasted and also balanced by a pleasant spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, smooth and a bit creamy.

I do believe after Dogfish Head Pumpkin this has become one of my favorite pumpkins. Pumpkin ales in general are very hit and miss but Blue Point has managed to brew a very balanced and tasty ale. I believe my scores will be higher than most but this pumpkin ale managed to hit the right buttons with me. (972 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty aroma has an overtone of cinnamon and subtle pumpkin and earthy notes. Pours a dark orange amber with a thick, fluffy, persistent pale tan head. Flavor has malty and caramel notes with hints of pumpkin, cloves and cinnamon. Smooth texture has firm body and good fizz. If you like pumpkin beers, pick this one from the patch. (330 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt honey gold pour with dense 2-finger cream head. Good retention and fine strands of lace.

Raw pumpkin and cinnamon jump off the top of the glass. Light spice, but mainly pumpkin.

Taste is a bit lighter than expected, but good. Light pie spice, raw pumpkin underneath that, and a finish with cinnamon. Finish leaves a little to be desired, a little too sour.

Feel is refreshingly light.

Overall, worth a shot if this style appeals. (439 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured moderate caramel, spice and a bit of rindiness.

The taste consisted of a smooth crystal malt with moderate spice and a residual pumpkin flesh.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty pumpkin ale. (336 characters)

Photo of BeerManDanNYC
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pumpkin offerings this year, this beer will definitely complement mom's turkey dinner!! Like all pumpkin ales, in my opinion, this one is best sipped and enjoyed...not your typical "put on the game and tie one on" beer. A lot of my non-beer loving friends (I do know a few) can agree this is a good beer. (322 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I walked into the craft beer store this afternoon (Saveon) and I saw several pumpkin ales. That can only mean time for college football! I had heard that the Browns were coming back for more punishment, but they said the same about the Indians and they didn't show up. But the Buckeyes will show!. O H. IO

Anyhow, this stuff looks good. Light brown. A little fizz. It smells a little pumpkin like and less so spice like, and that's good.

The aftertaste is clean. For the style. So as the first pumpkin ale of the year for me, it leaves me wanting a more American style pumpkin ale. Imperial, kill all the aboriginal peoples, no flag, no country, pumpkin ale. I will seek out only the biggest of the style the rest of this season.

Sorry for such a trivial review for my first for this brewer (I'm pretty sure). Hopefully there will be other good beers. This one is really OK and recommended. (906 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber-orange color with a little head and some good lacing.

S - The pumpkin spices dominate the aroma, with just a bit of pumpkin smell and some maltiness mixed in.

T - Initially very sweet, which is then followed by the pumpkin spices and the pumpkin flavors. The hops and the malt flavors add in to the mix to give the taste some depth.

M - Little carbonation, and medium-light bodied. Could have used a bit body to match the flavors. However, the beer still felt crisp.

D - Very smooth and very drinkable beer. Very crisp and refreshing. (553 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three Nick's in Dearborn, MI. Pours a copper/orange, dark amber color with a moderate head that remained along the rim of the beer for a while. The smell was very nice: pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon - reminds me of a nice Thanksgiving desert. Tastes of slight yeast, lots of malts, and lovely pumpkin and nutmeg spices that really start to come out as the beer gets warmer. Moderate amount of carbonation and a thin-medium body give this beer a decent mouthfeel, nothing too special.

I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but this is definitely one of my personal favorites. It's one of the few that I can drink more than one of (and have)! (652 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.