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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 29.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Gmann on 09-11-2010

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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 388
Photo of FrothFanatic
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very creamy taste like pumpkin pie. Didn't think I would enjoy this brew as much as I did, also considering the heavy cinnamon notes and I am not a big fan of cinnamon, but this beer was delightful.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A fairly pedestrian - underwhelming offering from Blue Point, that aside from perhaps a faint upfront cinnamon or apple note, doesn't really suggest anything regarding an autumnal or speciality beer. Presents decently in the glass, with a translucent light copper colored body and white head. Nothing very distinguishable in the nose or taste. Meh....could have a bottle of this with pizza or the like. Not much to see here.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An amber/orange pour with major clarity. Faint fall spices on the nose but not overly floral at all.
Initial taste yields a crisp and clean start with a rush of pumpkin and spice notes on the finish. Pretty decent tones of pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. The mouth feel is a bit light and even slightly watery.

Overall, a pretty average beer for the style at best. A good easy drinker that is neither horrible or great.

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Photo of Willweidemann
5/5  rDev +48.8%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 3 fingers of khaki over a transparent body of orange amber, medium/high amount of visible carbonation, decent web of lace

S - malty and sweet with a strong aroma of pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice); par for the style

T - caramel-sweet malts, pumpkin spices, pumpkin

M - smooth medium body, moderate/high carbonation, slightly boozy finish

O - Not a bad brew, but nothing spectacular compared to other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of thedoubler55
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

A: Pours a light copper in color with a transparent body, slight off white head at the top that left some lacing around the glass.

S: The aroma up front is spicy, bread, and nutmeg and some cinnamon coming through as well, lots of stuff going on here not to much balance.

T: Slightly like the nose, more malts than pumpkin flavors, nothing pronounced on the tongue, but not a terrible flavor.
M:Medium mouthful feel, slight carbonation and a slight tingle.

Overall: Simple beer, no crazy flavors coming through, refreshing, not terrible tasting.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear bright golden color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- sweet brown sugar aroma up front with notes of wet grain, cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg. Also picking aromas of wet leaves & earth

T- slightly sweet & malty base with notes of caramel, subtle notes of cinnamon and nutmeg kick in, leading to a dry finish with just a hint of cinnamon on the finish

M- medium body & carbonation lead to a big creamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- this drinks more like a pale ale flavored with cinnamon, rather than a pumpkin ale. It does have high drinkability though, but the avid pumpkin fan will be left looking for more flavor

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Basically it's ale with a bit of pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor. I liked that you could still taste the ale, but it wasn't the best tasting of ales. The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation was enjoyable.

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Photo of dahlen22
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Got this one for 1.50.

Aroma: Nothing spectacular.

Taste: Tastes like an Oktoberfest with some small amounts of the usual pumpkin flavors. Finishes with bread, a slight zest, and dry.

Overall: Nothing special, but nothing terrible either. To me, it tastes more like an Oktoberfest than a pumpkin ale, but it was cheap and easy to drink. Would not seek out again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and clear. Small head. Nearly no lace--a couple of spots.

Pumpkin pie spices dominate the smell. Otherwise the aroma is quite light.

The flavor features a hop kick to an otherwise sweet offering. Neutral body and carbonation. Aftertaste is "pumpkiny".

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Photo of hophugger
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours a beautiful clear pumpkin pie color with average to liitle head and some nice lacing. Aroma is light with the typical pumpkin pie spice. Taste is rather lighter than I expected with the spices a little too much and slightly overpowering the true pumpkin flavor I was looking for

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Photo of CKav
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

A- Frothy white head fades with some lacing on the glass. Reddish brown tea color
S- Spice smell, mostly cinnamon, but not very strong
T- Spicy taste; cinnamon, clove. More pronounced than nose. Drinkable and tasty
M- Smooth, medium feel. Some lingering taste here
O- A solid beer of the style. Not great but an above average example. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -10.7%

I picked up a bottle of Blue Point's Pumpkin Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. Since it's the first week of September and I've already been getting into the Oktoberfest beers for a couple a weeks now I thought it was about time to start digging into some of this years Pumpkin Ale and I Thought out I would start off with one I've never had, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple yet nice design to it, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a a fairly clear amber color that took one more of a darker amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white/light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy and spotty lacing behind, this was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it with the pumpkin being the first to show up and it imparts a nice natural pumpkin aroma that had just a slight creamy aroma to it. Up next comes the spice which imparts a nice mixture of those typical pumpkin pie spies with nutmeg and allspice seeming to stick out the most and towards the end there's a light grainy malt aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's a good deal lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the pumpkin still being the first to show up and it imparts a natural pumpkin flavor, but it's much more lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next comes a grainy and slightly watery flavor that leads right into the spices with the nutmeg and allspice still sticking out the most, but this time they are much lighter. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a grainy, slightly watery and light spices like aftertaste. This was a ok tasting Pumpkin Ale, but the flavors were a little lighter than I wanted them to be.

M- Smooth, a little clean, crisp, a little fizzy, a little watery, on the slightly thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I wish it wasn't so thin and fizzy.

Overall I thought this was an Ok beer and I thought it was a very average example of a Pumpkin Ale, it was going in the right direction, but once it got to the taste and mouthfee things starts to fall apart a little and it just didn't live up to the nice aroma. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, a little clean, crisp, a little fizzy, a little watery, not filling at all and the taste didn't do a good job of holding my attention, one is enough for me, any more than that and I would get bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both nice and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were both rough around the edges and could use some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's pretty easy to find a better a Pumpkin Ale and I can't say I would recommend it as a good example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, but I did like the aroma and in the end I just wish that the taste was on the same level that aroma was on. This falls right in the middle as far as Pumpkin Ales go and it's now my least favorite beer from Blue Point. Better luck next time guys, this one was just a little rough rough around the edges. This review marks 1300 beers that I've rated so far.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

One of my local favorite coffee shops started carying craft beer , so in light of the season decided to review one of blue points seasonal options.

Poured from 12oz bottle to a pint glass

A- pours a pale tangerine and is very very clear. No cloudiness or sediment in the glass at all. Standard pour gave rise to a white large bubbled head that declare fairly quickly and left no lacing, after 1 minute a thin layer of foam remains covering the surface and clinging slightly to the sides of the glass. Nothing special here, seen far worse though.

S- aroma is dominated by pumpkin and allspice, hits of clove and maybe a little biscuit like. Mainly lots of pumpkin! Smells dead on here.

T- taste is an exact copy of the smell, lots of pumpkin and spices. No hops to speak of which is acceptable for this beer, but also no malt to carry the flavor. The overall flavor of the beer is a flash in the pan followed by a hint of chemically aftertaste. The aftertaste subsides after a number of sips and doesn't really detract from the beer. The pumpkin does seem more like artificial flavoring than real pumpkin but again I have had far worse pumpkin beers.

M- mothfeel is thin and fizzy but its got more viscosity to it than your standard macro light lager. Could be better.

O-overall not a bad beer, very session able pumpkin beer if you wanted to make a fall evening of it. Not up to the par of punkin or pumking or my personal favorite weyerbacher imperial pumpkin but it has its place in anyone's harvest season lineup.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I loaded up on pumpkin beers, mostly bottles, at The Friendly Greek when they began putting them out so that I would have enough to last me this year. Yay, Fall!

My pour created two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity, of which any self-respecting pumpkin would be proud. Nose was redolent with cinnamon, especially. There were undoubtedly other spices lingering, but cinnamon was prevalent. Mouthfeel was creamy, but the taste was a little heavy-handed on the cinnamon. I felt like I had a stick of Big Red gum in my mouth! I want more than just cinnamon from my pumpkin. As I drank, great lacing began to appear, but I was still being overwhelmed by cinnamon. Finish was dry, but I just wasn't feeling this pumpkin. Sorry, fellas.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Surprising. It’s more malty than spicy. The predominate aroma is malt and freshly baked bread, not spices like I’m used to in pumpkin beers. The spices are there, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and clove, but the aroma is much more malty than anything else.

Taste: A lot like the aroma, this pumpkin beer tastes much more malty than pumpkin-ey or spicy. There pumpkin is there, as are spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and clove, but this beer is much more malt forward than other pumpkin beers that I’ve had.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer, just a little week as a pumpkin beer. As stated above, its is much more malt forward than other pumpkin beers that I’ve had and because of that I’m a little disappointed in it as a pumpkin beer. As an amber and/or brown ale, it’s quite delicious.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: a amber lager with some head on the pour, which isn't going away too quickly. This is pretty much what i'd expect from a pumpkin ale.

Smell: bits of spice and pumpkin on the smell, but this smells more like a beer than a flavored beer. But you cannot ignore the pumpkin and spices.

Taste: This is a very neutral tasting beer. You taste the spices right off the bat and a bitter pumpkin taste towards the end. But this doesn't have much to it, sort of bland.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a light thickness beer. I can't complain about this.

Overall: Everything about this beer is okay, but nothing really stands out to me.

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Photo of Calypso
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear copper, two fingers of bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.
S - Nutmeg, cloves, allspice. It smells like pumpkin pie.
T - Cloves, cloves, cloves. Too much cloves. Once you get past the overwhelming spiciness of the cloves, there's hints of malt and pumpkin. Did I mention cloves?
M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Pleasant.
O - An interesting beer, but they went too over the top with the spices and not enough with the pumpkin. I would not order this again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep copper orange color with a tiny just off white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite light overall. It consists of smells of a roasted pumpkin with notes of pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) mixed within. Along with these aromas there are some smells of a caramel nature as well as a tiny amount of a bready smell with all the aromas producing a light pumpkin pie smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter roasted pumpkin taste with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg upfront. From the start, the taste has a decent level of brown sugar and caramel sweetness as well as some light bready tastes. The sweeter flavors begin fading a bit more toward the middle with the taste with the pumpkin becoming slightly stronger and more roasted as the taste moves on. While the roasted flavors increase, so too do the spice flavors with more cinnamon and nutmeg coming to the tongue and a newly tasted clove flavor joining the other spices. In the end the mix of flavors produces a very cinnimony and nutmegy but lightly roasted pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of it’s thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation may have been better for the roasted pumpkin flavors, but with that said, the medium body and higher carbonation did help calm the already big cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, so overall the feel fit the flavor profile alright.

Overall – An alright pumpkin beer but a little too spice heavy for the sweet and pumpkin flavors. Ok, but nothing super exceptional.

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Photo of mitch3114
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured bottle into glass

A- golden amber with a bit of a darker orange hue. Very little off-white head that didnt stick around very long. Doesn't seem to be much carbonation.

S- some brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices (allspice, clove, cinnamon) ginger. I am picking up a faint floral smell, probably from the spices.

T- a bit of malt and a faint hint of spices...in fact, all the flavors are just faint hints. This almost tastes like it's old. Perhaps this is last years batch that somehow made it this long without getting purchased.

M- This also makes me think this has been sitting around for awhile. It has very little carbonation and it's really light bodied and thin.

O- I have had some very good pumpkin ales this season, but this is simply not one of them. I think it's the worst. However, like I said, I think this may be old. If I see this again next year I may give it another chance.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark amber color. Thick foamy head, a good 2 inches of it. Nice carbonation in this one too. Really looks good.

S- Sweet pumpkin flavor and malt. Good cinnamon spice in there. Subtle but really inviting.

T- Malty pumpkin and spice. The spice combined with a bit of hops makes for a slightly bitter finish.

M- Not as rounded as others but not too strong. A bit too carbonated but not too bad.

O- The feel of it could be a bit smoother and could have a bit more malt but the flavors are good and it’s definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable pumpkin ale, but this is mostly pumpkin pie spice and no pumpkin. A little flaccid and tame in body, and needs a bit more oomph in the flavor department as well. It's certainly inoffensive, but it just seems to be lacking a bit. I finished my sixpack, but I won't be stocking up. On to something else.

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.