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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%


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:
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(Beer added by: Gmann on 09-11-2010)
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Fieldzy27

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:03:24 | More by Fieldzy27
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 11:08:28 | More by woodychandler
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:28:57 | More by Jeffreysan
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:22:37 | More by KTCamm
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

3.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:54:04 | More by Fergyx825
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mitch3114

New York

2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 20:09:07 | More by mitch3114
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:30:10 | More by stckhndlr
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:43:51 | More by Georgiabeer
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Kooz

New York

3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a nutty orange color with a white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Looks really appetizing.

Smells very nice. It's got an underlying pumpkin scent with some spices that pinch a little on first sniff.

Tastes good, but a little too bitter on the back end. The spices taste a bit burnt. But overall, it's just the right amount of sweetness up front, and there's a faint hint of pumpkin that's good.

The body is a bit weak. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired too.

This is an above average pumpkin. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Hopefully next year they work out the burnt spice issue.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:20:27 | More by Kooz
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plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 23:21:32 | More by plaid75
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is that time of year again, and I chase the seasonal pumpkin beer. This one is respectable, but not outstanding. Spicy smell...pie spice,neither some pumpkin scents as well. There is a little malt underneath, but the spice is dominant. The taste is semi-sweet. It has a medium heft, with a lingering pumpkin finish. Some vegetal favors. Solid, but not as intense as I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:01:19 | More by Suds
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spokeydonkey

New York

3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Doesn't have too much aroma. A bit of pumpkin spice: ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Tastes dry and spicy. Not a lot of malt backbone, but a little toastiness. Finishes bone dry with spice notes and a mild bitterness.

Overall, an easy drinking pumpkin beer that's heavy on the spice and finishes bone dry. Nothing spectacular, but easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:13:26 | More by spokeydonkey
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Boto

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a crystal clear amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head that didn’t linger too long or leave much lacing. Nose is OK: just a bit of pumpkin pie spices, malts in the background. Taste is a little thin. Some malts, some spices, but not too much of either. Pretty nondescript. OK, but not one of their better offerings. There are much better pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:02:43 | More by Boto
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CampusCrew

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not crazy about this pumpkin beer... looks amzing... lots of rich amber colors with fluffy white head.... weak aroma... some spice... taste is mild touch of spice and some pumpkin flavpr... atleast its not overdone.... the main issue i have it the off flavors and light body,.. this is made for intro beer drinkers and doesnt havr muvh complexity... decent... i can drink it but i wont havr again

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:37:38 | More by CampusCrew
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, and clove

Taste: pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, toasted malt, slight bittering earth, and clove

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: This is what I think of when I think of average pumpkin beer. It meets all of the basic requirements of a pumpkin beer. I could throw back several and it is pleasant to drink. That said, it really does not stand out in any way. I may pick this one up again or could just choose a more local favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 14:28:22 | More by tigg924
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alexgash

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear dark copper body. Small, gauzy, light beige head. Not much retention. Modest malt aroma with notes of caramel and maybe some faint pie filling. Not much spice action here, or pumpkin for that matter.

Astringent graininess up front. Notes of ginger and mineral water bitterness come in. Toasted grains and butterscotch fill in. Tangy, tannic edge to it all. Light spices (nutmeg, clove) in the finish. More pumpkin and pie like in the end, but it sure doesn't start out that way. Moderate body with a slightly overcarbonated feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 21:37:45 | More by alexgash
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear orange brown color, meringue white head at an inch dissipates slowly.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel.

Tastes of mild pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and gingerbread. Mild barley malts underneath.

Medium to full body with soft carbonation on the back of the tongue.

A pretty decent and tasty pumpkin ale. I've had better but I've also had a lot worse. This one has a good flavor and a nice body, thicker than the strength suggests. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:12:06 | More by Cylinsier
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light orange with a foamy two finger head. Dissipates to a nice cap and sticky lacing.

S - Scent of slightly sour pumpkin and allspice. A little sweet malts as well.

T - Sweet pumpkin followed by a slight sourness with some spice. Bit of bread on the swallow as well. Spice continues into the aftertaste, but it is very mild.

M - Medium body, a little heavy on the carbonation. Crisp though, not syrupy.

O - Overall not a bad pumpkin ale, but not one of the best. Has a decent aroma and flavor profile, it is just too subtle. Still, it doesn't have the nasty sourness that some of the worse ones have, it has the sourness you would expect from a ripe pumpkin. If you are looking for something lighter in this style, try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:31:09 | More by JustinAniello
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear orange with a two finger white head. Looks gorgeous, off to a great start here

S- slight bit of cinnamon and pumpkin, and nothing else. Very weak aroma

T- incredibly bland. Slight hints of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and by slight, I mean *slight*

M- the body of this one is actually kind of thick...not nearly as thin as I expected from past experience with pumpkin beers

O- swing and a miss. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers to begin with, but this one is so unbelievably boring

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:58:14 | More by bigfnjoe
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg per the website.
OG=1.061, 26 IBU, 6.0% ABV

Pours out to a sparkling clear bright orange, forming a thick creamy off-white head with superior retention and really nice sticky lacing. Carbonation is a touch sprightly, ~3.0 carbs. The aroma is nice...the cinnamon and nutmeg are abundant and there isn't any hop interference. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a pleasing acidity and a medium body. The taste is quite nice as well...the spices shine through nicely without being overbearing, a toasty malt character is pleasing, and the carbonation adds to it's drinkability. The bitterness is fairly modest, however, it's just a tad strong and a touch herbal for a pumpkin ale. IMO, it would be a bit more balanced in the 12-15IBU range. I'm not a big fan of Blue points yeast character, but the spices do a nice job of covering up the diacetyl.

A decent pumpkin beer in my pumpkin foray, but I still haven't had one that really stands out as outstanding. I've heard good things about Southern Tier Pumking, so I'm gonna go pick up a bottle of that ASAP. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 20:51:34 | More by Mitchster
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of pumpkin spices in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is sweet and is filled with flavors of nutmeg and other pumpkin spices. There are also some hints of early hops. Only some hints of pumpkins are detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This si a beer that is easy to drink and isn't overly sweet, but seems like it could use a little more pumpkins in the overall taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 03:15:13 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear orange/copper/brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a small thin patch with an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) along with some lighter notes of toasted malts. Very light amounts of earthy hops. There is some sweetness to the overall smell for this beer.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer features toasted malts and some toasted/roasted pumpkin with a light amount of sweetness. After that, there are mild flavors of pumpkin pie spices - primarily cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish features some earthy hops contributing some light to moderate bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with a decent balance between some sweetness upfront and bitterness in the finish. Not over the top with with pumpkin pie spices and a decent pumpkin flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 17:46:01 | More by dbrauneis
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear burnt amber hue with a good sized sticky off white head. smells of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, a little light.

light on body and flavor with brisk effervescence. Honestly tastes like water with cinnamon and nutmeg in it with an Oliver twist sized portion of pumpkin. Not good. The only respectable thing about this beer is that you can't detect the 6% abv despite how thin the flavors are.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:30:03 | More by jtierney89
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, toast, and graham cracker. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of biscuit, caramel, graham cracker, toast; with light amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and other spices. Lingering notes of caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, and spices on the finish for a short bit. Solid flavor balance with a decent amount of spices. Fairly dry on the finish with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pumpkin ale. Some well balanced flavors, but it definitely could use more pumpkin and spices in my opinion. They took the safe route on this one to make sure it wasn’t overly cloying on the spices. As a result, this is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:27:07 | More by superspak
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep bronzed with dark amber shade of light brown sugar with two finger band of cream and thick lace. The smell is herbal with light woodiness and hint of spice up front with mild vegetal note with slight fruity odor mixing with sweet malt and clove. The feel is spicy and dry with bitterness on the tip of the tongue with a sutble vegetal slick and oily texture with sweet glimpses but moderately high carbonation and bitter dominance with semi dry finish

The flavor is nicely spiced with some clove and cinnamon elements with a more herbal piney hop and vegetal taste with some woodiness in the middle of the palate with slight hop bitterness echoing the spice with peppery lingering quality and slight vegetal bellpepper green quality with some semisweet malt flavor w/ hints of ginger and toasted grain in the finish. Overall a fairly bitter spicy version of a fall seasonal seems like a pumpkin ale with an american pale ale that is pretty hoppy as the base which is interesting and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:06:51 | More by Slatetank
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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.