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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: 116
Hads: 374
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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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: 116 | Hads: 374
Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev +6%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
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. (394 characters)

Photo of Boto
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. (403 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
2.94/5  rDev -12%
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 (396 characters)

Photo of tigg924
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. (611 characters)

Photo of jbierling
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

4.25 Original Rating - Nov 01, 2012

Cellared bottle on Sept 17, 2014

Struggling to pick up pumpkin... seems overpowered by hops.

Average to good, but not great any more. (172 characters)

Photo of alexgash
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
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. (745 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
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 (555 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of metter98
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. (733 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jtierney89
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. (399 characters)

Photo of superspak
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown with an orange tinge. It has a half-a-finger white head with little retention.

S: Pumpkin, earth, allspice, and nutmeg.

T: Pumpkin at the start and some spice in the finish (rather standard)

M: Medium and dry

O: Nothing exciting here, but nothing bad either. It is exceedingly average. A little pumpkin and a spice bite on the finish. The malt is present and demanding. (427 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)

Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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 SaCkErZ9
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this one for sale at Total Wine (I know, but it is all I have down here in South Fla!) so I took a chance and got a single of this one. Total Wine is notorious for having out of date product but since this one is a seasonal, and we are in season, it had to be fresh.

The beer pours typical pumpkin style in an amber color with little to no head that quickly recedes into the field. It reminded me of a 40oz of malt liquor I had a while ago: the head was almost soda like and not very appealing.

The aroma was okay. There was not much pumpkin stuff going on. The majority of the nose consisted of "beer"aromas like caramel and slightly roasted grains, huskiness and minimal cinnamon and nutmeg.

Flavor was a duplicate of the aroma sofaras there was not much going on. This wasnt a bad beer per se, but not in the top half for the style and nowhere near a great beer considering all of the other styles out there. Glad I only purchased the single. (956 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 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 jdcollens
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured on tap at Walker's Coffee & Pub in Athens, GA on 9/11/12

Appearance: Pours a clear orange/copper tint with a steady head that yields some good lacing.

Smell: Some pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves), but very mild overall. Not much actual pumpkin scent going on here.

Taste: Wow. First impression is a tin can. The other reviewers are spot on here. As it fades, it leaves a lingering pumpkin taste, but this is clearly poorly-canned pumpkin pulp, not the real stuff or even the "good" canned stuff. The slight spice notes come through in the immediate fading of the dominant tin flavor, but overall, the metallic flavors dominate. It's not overly flavorful at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, it leaves a light coating on the tongue that fades relatively quickly. Not overly impressive, but better than water, I suppose.

Overall: I was not impressed with this brew. It's got a decent smell (though it's faint) and leaves a remarkable lacing on the glass. Other than that, it's a disappointment - not much flavor, but what's there is dominated by a metallic foretaste that fades (slowly) to a slight pumpkin pie spice and then a very faint aftertaste of poor-quality canned pumpkin. I wouldn't seek this one out again. (1,246 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper penny color with a bit of orange. Massive two plus finger head that left heavy lacing.

S: Aroma of pumpkin spices, a dry powdery cinnamon stands out and seems to be most prominent. Maybe a bit of clove as well.

T: The taste starts off with a solid metallic taste, mostly cinnamon in flavor, brown malt flavors, but wow, cinnamon really takes over. In conclusion, too much cinnamon / apple pie spice. I get the sense that the base beer is probably not so bad, but is completely overwhelmed with spices.

M: Medium in body with a mild carbonation on the tongue.

O: Overall, this could do better. It has a decently built body, which is a hurdle I have found in the pumpkin ales I enjoy to get over. After that, slightly metallic and overspiced, but one of the middle of the pack pumpkin ales that I have had this year. (836 characters)

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