Blue Point Pumpkin Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 368
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out a clear copper colored brew with a soapy white looking head. Some light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some decent spice aromas... Some pumpkiny aromas too. The taste is spicy too, a little sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall this pumpkin brew isnt too bad. Worth trying but not my favorite. (355 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

oured into a standard pint a clear deepr copper color with a nice tight one finger head atop,alot of lace was left behind as it settled into a frothy mass.Pumpkin pie spice was the main component in the aromas with cinnamon and orange-like cardamom sticking out most,I didnt get any pumpkin to speak of really.Light and sharp in the mouth wich I wasnt a big fan of.Spice and more spice on the palate,cinnamon being most prominent,a little clove as well.A pretty run of the mill pumpkin ale here,I wouldnt search out again. (522 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-copper body with a couple inches worth of foaming, near white head. Little splotches of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Moderate aroma of toasted pumpkin meats (and cautiously toasted malts) overlayed with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: Very little pumpkin flavor carrying over to the final flavor (not that it was simply oozing out in the nose). Lightly toasty malts, some powdered sugar embellishments. Scant estery hints. Cinnamon powder and a little early nutmeg. Sweetish, spicy through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: An acceptable, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale that's not particularly memorable. (768 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Notes of toasted grain and caramel.

T - Sweet malt up front with some toffee. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in the middle. A finish of toasted grain and dry caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a pretty standard pumpkin ale, pie spices and little else. Not bad, but not something I would want more than one of. (547 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of tight bright-white head (with maybe just the slightest off-white look to it). This retains with a rich ¾ finger, staying robust, and leaving back a foamy cascade that settles into thick swathes of lacing. The aroma has a fresh herbal feel to it, which is layered on top of notes of toasted pumpkin seeds and a moderate amount of spice. The spice in turn works nicely with the airiness of the hops in the nose, while malts sit in the background and compliments the slight sweetness of the pumpkin.

The taste has green vegetal character up front that then gives way to the slick fleshy sweetness of the pumpkin. This sticks to the lightly toasted malt presence here, while the hops add a tight and moderately earthy feeling bitterness to the profile that gives this some grit. This lingers into a relatively dry finish. Like the nose, there seems to be just the right amount of spice here, which hangs on the lips a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial light crispness giving way to more of a soft creaminess that then fills out the rest of the mouth. This drinks pretty easy overall.

This one just OK. That herbal and vegetal character controlled things just a bit too much at times but I will say that it did lend this a bit of a rustic crispness that I didn’t find unappealing. This one is kind of stuck in the middle of pack for me as far as pumpkin beers go. There’s nothing offensive here but there really isn’t anything that sets it apart either. I wouldn’t turn a glass away though. (1,614 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
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". (269 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale and light crystal malt scent along with lots of pumpkin flavor. It's dry with a moderate amount of spice character. The taste is decent as well. It has a very dry pale malt and pumpkin flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a pretty good helping of pumpkin spices. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average pumpkin ale. It's too dry for my liking, but a fine seasonal ale nonetheless. (592 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be gleaned from the label. (too bad, b/c this is a style that you definatly want to drink fresh)

Pours slightly darker almond amber, clear, decent looking light tan head, that goes to a fine film and decent scattered bits and strands of lace.

Faint nose of fall spices, with some honey tossed in.

Pleasant pumpkin ale, with the spices on the mild side, the malt in control with a sweet, honey infused under tone.

This is the first fall in my life that I'm actually developing a liking for and enjoying pumpkin ales.

This one is pretty safe in its approach. Tasty, smooth and quite enjoyable as a cool weather sessioner. (662 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blue Point : Mother Pumpkin Ale

Ontap. Pours copper in color, small off white head forms and fades away. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices. In the flavor, caramel malts, light toasted grains and a touch of pumpkin and spice. Some nutmeg, coriander, and all spice are detectable. Mild pumpkin flavor, though fairly one dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and thin, watery. Overall, a decent pumpkin ale and fairly drinkable. (422 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
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 tone77
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is rather mild compared to the smell, some pumpkin and nutmeg are present, not overly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (269 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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 tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
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)

Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +24%
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 thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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 OWSLEY069
2.67/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, hint of cinnamon and mellow spice. In the taste, spices, mostly cinnamon, and a small pumpkin and fruit back. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small spice to a clean aftertaste. A nice taste, but lacking everywhere else. (310 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,792 characters)

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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