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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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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 375
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

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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 375
Photo of a74gent
2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received this one as a nice extra in a recent trade.

The appearance is not impressive at all with not much more than a typical medium amber color. The head appears briefly and disappears to nothing quickly.

The smell has slight spiciness, but nothing overly noteworthy.

The taste is as underwhelming as everything else. A slight pumpkin taste on top of a very mediocre macro beer base. This is not anything to note.

Mouthfeel is a misnomer because there isn't much with this one. Better than your average BMC, but very empty and has nothing filling.

You can drink a bunch of these, but you won't know it and you won't care that you did. (641 characters)

Photo of samoblue
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dear Steve:

I tried another beer this evening. This one was by a Long Island brewery called "Blue Point," and this purported to be an ale brewed with...get this...PUMPKINS. Have you ever heard of such a thing? What's next, beer with blueberries? Anyway, it was poured from the bottle into a wine glass, which is the only thing they have on hand at this house I'm housesitting in for the next few days.

The pour was a deep copper, like you might expect a beer brewed with pumpkins to appear. It looked a lot like those amber ales you're so fond of, Steve. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. This is definitely a beer brewed for autumn, for reals.

I'd be hard-pressed to say it SMELLED like pumpkins, but then again, I carved one with your sister this weekend and actual raw pumpkin smells more like garbage. This had some notes of cinnamon and maybe one of those other spices your mom uses too much of at Thanksgiving. Nutmeg? Cardamom? I'm just spitballing here.

As far as the beer tastes? Well, it doesn't taste anything like pumpkin, by any discernible measure save for the label's own say-so. It's sweet...so sweet it makes my teeth hurt...but it's not a "pumpkin-pie, frolic-gaily-around-in-the-fallen-leaves" type of autumnal sweet. More like a "I've-had-three-of-these-and-now-my-heart-hurts" type of cloying sweet. Jesus Tapdancing Christ, the longer I sit here at my typewriter, the more I feel the need to brush my teeth right out of my head after drinking this.

Steve, I had high hopes for this beer, I really did. I've been a fan of Blue Point in the past...just read my other reviews. But this beer is really only worth it if it's the only craft option available in the bodega, just like it was for me. And is that the type of life that ANY of us want to live? I'm sorry, Steve, but this beer is only average, and since this beer is only available on the East Coast where there are pumpkin beers a-plenty, you have a number of other options.

Your friend,

Samoblue. (2,002 characters)

Photo of gskitt
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured copper/orange shade with no lacing, and a thin cream-colored head that was barely noticeable.
S- Thinly veiled pumpkin scent. Scent was more reminiscent of cloves and orange spice.
T- Pumpkin flavor does not stand up well. Tasted more like a copper ale should taste. It's as if Blue point made it a point to brew this with subtlety, and unfortunately succeeded.
M- Not bad mouthfeel,beer does not linger and is not bad.
D- not terrible, maybe having slightly less carbonation would be better.

Not terrible but doesn't belong with the powerhouses of the style. (571 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 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 philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly less than a fingers worth of fizzy off-white colored head that quickly fades leaving only a splotchy lace and a slight collar... Loaded with vibrant medium to quick paced carbonation that bursts through the surface... A deep rich amberish orange color...

S - Spices are at the forefront with nutmeg and especially cinnamon taking the center stage... There are undertones of sweet pumpkin pie... Additional notes of ginger snaps and caramel...

T - Caramel... Bread pudding... A subtle cinnamon spiciness... Mild notes of store bought pumpkin pie... A touch of nuttiness... A slightly medicinal finish and aftertaste...

M - Mellow... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Sturdy... Loaded with prickly carbonated fizz... Dense and slightly heavy... An ever so faint stickiness...

D - A rather standard pumpkin ale... I have nothing to say about this Blue Point offering, but it is rather unremarkable and not quite memorable... I wouldn't dissuade any one from trying, but I also wouldn't recommend... (1,021 characters)

Photo of whisperjet
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a rich amber color, almost like cider. Has a thick off-white head that sticks around and leaves a sticky lace behind.

s: Holy spices. There is a ton of cinnamon in this beer, probably a bit too much. Smells spicy and bready. Once you get past the first cinnamon blast, smell is inviting

t: The taste is a bit odd. Very strong cinnamon flavor. The hoppy flavors are a mismatch with the cinnamon in my opinion; this is like a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass but it doesn't do it for me. I think the alcohol taste is a bit too prominent and clashes with what could have otherwise been fairly balanced flavors.

m: Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinks like an ale should

d: Fairly decent, but I think off mark attempt at a pumpkin ale. If you really like cinnamon this is probably a good pick for you (811 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to SpeedwayJim for the box'o'ticks. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear copper color with a sliver of head.

The aroma is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and most of all fresh pumkin pie. The spices do not overwhelm at all, they are a nice accompanying note to the pie aroma.

The flavor is a bit of a step back from the nose. The pumpkin loses its luster here and is replaced by some musty caramel maltiness. In the finish, that fresh pie I found in the smell returns a little bit. Some lip gloss notes.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but not stinging. Overall this beer showed a lot of promise based on the aroma, but that mustiness sort of killed the momentum. (686 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber in color.

S - Oddly not that much scent. Wished it had a little more here.

T - Enough notes of pumpkin spice and nutmeg & cinnamon. It certainly is consistent with the style, and is quite pleasant.

M - Light bodied, but too much carbonation for my liking.

D - Drinkable but after a second one I was ready to move on.

Not a bad pumpkin ale by any stretch, but there are much better ones to have. (443 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 JRed
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear, not quite red in body with white head. Spice, pie crust, and pumpkin in the nose. Tastes of spice, pumpkin, a pumpkin pie crust to finish the drink. The ale's downfall mainly comes from the overcarbonation. There is some fine flavor here but it's hard to get to with the barrage of bubbles that zap the tongue. As the drink warms a bit, the carbonation subsides but the memory of it doesn't relinquish. (415 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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 RavenBrew
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Nice deep amber color with a light brown head and decent lacing

Smell- Average malty smell, but not picking up any spices of pumpkin.

Taste- Good for an amber ale, again can't find the pumpkin spice or pumpkin taste

The beer by no means is bad, actually a really nice flavor for an amber ale, but I'm really having a hard time tasting the pumpkin or related spices. (380 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that stayed as a thin layer.

S - spiced up aroma, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - light spiced flavors, pumpkin taste is very light.

F - light bodied with decent carbonation.

D - this beer goes down easy enough but it lacks much of a pumpkin pie/fall flare. (341 characters)

Photo of jrc64
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice amber and the initial aromas make this brew seem very promising. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill after the first sip! No flavor whatsoever. No pumpkin taste. No spices. Nothing! very, very dissapointing pumpkin beer. Quite honestly, the worst pumpkin beer I've had to this point. (296 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a fairly dense white head that dissipates into a light cap leaving some spot lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy, seems to be big on the allspice and nutmeg. Some pepper and cinnamon are found as well. I am a little worried this is going to be all spice and no pumpkin. The taste is not what I expected. It is quite light, perhaps a touch grainy, it has a noticable grassy bitterness. There is some caramel sweetness and subtle pumpkin spice; cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. I was really expecting this to be overly spicy and it wasn't; it was actually on the more mild side of pumpkin beers. Not bad but a bit disappointed. The feel is light and fizzy, almost crisp. It is actually very lager like. I would like to see a bit more of a malt presence. I was expecting a spice bomb from the aroma and got an extremly mild pumpkin ale. Its not bad, no off flavors but its boring. Just keep traveling east and you will find a better Pumpkin ale at Southampton Brew House. (1,008 characters)

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.