Blue Point Pumpkin Ale - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 52 | 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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Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 116
Photo of Jameski07
2.11/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The first thing that hit my mouth was a tin or metallic taste that lingered and I could not shake. I love a good pumpkin but this beer had nothing that reminds me of a pumpkin. No taste, smell or gravity to boot up in my mouth. I'm hoping I got a bad pour but as it stands I can't touch this beer again. I don't like drinking metal.

Photo of TCTrout
2.41/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A below-average pumpkin ale, with very little taste. Nothing notable here, especially with a 6% alcohol content (surprising for a malt).

The appearance is mildly desirable, but the "pumpkiny" smell is nearly nonexistent.

Overall, not a beer I would recommend to others.

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.

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt honey gold pour with dense 2-finger cream head. Good retention and fine strands of lace.

Raw pumpkin and cinnamon jump off the top of the glass. Light spice, but mainly pumpkin.

Taste is a bit lighter than expected, but good. Light pie spice, raw pumpkin underneath that, and a finish with cinnamon. Finish leaves a little to be desired, a little too sour.

Feel is refreshingly light.

Overall, worth a shot if this style appeals.

Photo of DapperGrowler
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at a Pumpkin beer night at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, DC along with other pumpkin beers.

A: The beer amber in color with a small head and light lacing.

S: Smelt like pumpkin pie (and not in an overpowering way) there was a balance of pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

T: More subtle then the smell; A light malt taste on the front and some pumpkin on the back.

M: did not have much of a body feel.

O: This was a good pumpkin beer, but I don’t know if it was one of my favorites.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Alucard4 for sharing

Look: Amber in color and translucent. 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Very little nose here but there is a bit of all spice cinnamon and pumpkin very weak

Taste: Copious amounts of pumpkin to the point where it is too much

Mouthfeel: Thin and mildly carbonated

Overall: Not a fan of this one much like most pumpkin beers but this one is just too much

Photo of BeefyMee
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: A medium to light copper body. Decent head and lacing.

S: Smells of both pumpkin and spices. A little too sweet for my liking. Some rustic grains also come through.

T: The actual pumpkin characteristics are diminished here. Upfront there's a brash maltiness followed by some nice pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The spice hangs around for the aftertaste but is accompanied by a crappy adjunct quality that reminds me of 9.99 30 packs. I wonder if the pumpkin is responsible.

M: Thin and astringent.

An ok pumpkin beer. Probably one I'll forget about.

Photo of JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color. It has a fluffy 2-figner white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with some bready malt. There is some pumpkin and fall spice aromas, like cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a small hop aroma and a bit of caramel.

T - The taste starts with some toasted malt and fall spices. There is some light pumpkin and mild hop flavor. There are also some notes of caramel and a bit of earthiness. The finish leaves some lingering spice and mild hop flavor.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some tingling from the spice and a mild hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. It is smooth and I could have a few of these over the course of an evening. Overall, I think this is a pretty good pumpkin ale. I would drink this again. It definitely isn't the best I have come across, but I still think it's worthy.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Point shaker pint.

A: Lively orange pour with sparkling bubbles forming a slowly fading off-white head.

S: So they're going for the pumpkin pie theme here. OK, well, its got the pumpkin and spice down. Hops are present as well and a bit of a greenish vegetal smell.

T: Spices are a little harsh and overwhelm the pumpkin flavour. Earthy hops jump in at the wrong moments and upset the balance.

D: Eh, its not undrinkable, but its balance is a bit off and the actual pumpkin flavour is minimal.

Overall: Straight average pumpkin beer. Its certainly not the worse, and not among the best either. I could have another of these, but I wouldn't if there were other options available.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Slightly cloudy golden pour with a finger of stark white foamy head.

S – Pumpkin spice all the way. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice aroma.

T – Taste is not nearly as robust as the smell would make you think. Pumpkin spices are not very strong and taste a bit canned. Its not unpleasant but I have had much better. Light allspice flavor with nutmeg.

M – Light to medium mouthfeel. Fairly crisp carbonation.

O – Its average at best and the flavors are much lighter then I expected. There are far better seek them out.

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.

Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may not be the "been everywhere and tasted the best there is" guy, but I know good beer. This one was pleasantly surprising! It has good balance and no real bitterness. The spices and pumpkin blend well. Just a slightly sweet aftertaste. Orange in color and medium heading. Very light lacing on glass. Very drinkable as a session beer! You don't feel like you drank a pumpkin pie or a plate of vegetables like some pumkin beers. I want more of this one!

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.

Photo of nimrod979
2.57/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slight hazy bronze color with a very small off white head.
Aroma is a decent dose of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and various pumpkin spices.
Taste however, is a bit odd. Not really picking up too many of the flavors i sensed in the aroma. It's a bit watery and any flavor just kinda gets lost in the mix. Nothing really exciting.
Not much to be said about the palate. A little rough on the palate, watery. Odd aftertaste. Didn't really enjoy this pumpkin ale.

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper brown with a nice half inch of white head. Very plain, but good for a beer in this category.

Smell: Nicely aroma of spice and malts. Also possible cinnamon?

Taste: Goes down a bit harsh, but has a nice combination of spices and caramel flavoring. Very interesting flavors and actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: has a nice body, but nothing that really jumps into my grill and makes me want more and more. Has a slight flavor of pumpkin, but the flavor seems overpowered by the spices added in.

Final Thought: Very good attempt at a pumpkin beer, but is actually just a mesh of different spices thrown in. Actually is harsh if you suffer from acid reflex. I would recommend a anti-acid before sipping this brew. Something I don't think I will try again by choice. If your getting into the pumpkin/octoberfest beers, I would let you try this. Cheers!

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into pint glass.

Pours with a decent, creamy off-white head over a fairly clear amber body. Touch of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas contain the traditional pumpkin and spice (both in muted form) but also accompanied by a tangy citrus hop quality. Clove may be the predominant spice.

Low to moderate body. Flavors include clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, and lemon rhind. As it warms, I picked up on some cinnamon, carrot, and flat 7-Up as well. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, with a nice level of carbonation... cleanses the palate pretty well, but not representative of the style.

Not one of my favorites, and strangely similar to Shock Top's Wheat Pumpkin.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-Tap....

A- Copper brew with a thin off white head, quickly dissipating. No lacing.
S- Your run of the mill pumpkin ale scents- cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg.
T- Bland. However, the pumpkin tastes fresh and is the star of the beer. Spice, malt, pumpkin. Watery at times.
M- Thin body. Very straightforward- nothing out of the box. It's a pumpkin ale for sure, but not great.
O- Not bad, just not impressed.

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.

Photo of Amalak
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a pumpkin ale, all the traditional tastes are there but there's a slight sour tartness that detracts from Blue Point's offering just a bit. To be honest, this verges a bit more on a marzen feel rather than a nice, spicy, flavorful pumpkin. It's not a bad beer, but when I get a pumpkin ale I expect to be punched in the mouth with flavor.

Photo of ujsplace
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear copper colored brew with a 2 finger foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove and pumpkin .

Tastes of spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove and pumpkin. Mild biscuty malt.

Light/medium mouthfeel descent carbonation.

Highly drinkable brew, but not enough punch for me. It's definitely a worthy brew in the sense that it is very approachable - I think I'm just used to the bolder flavors.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Light copper-orange with sterling clarity beneath a thin head of creamy, ivory foam that fades quickly but leaves a slick coating of bubbles and a bit of clingy lace.

S: Crunched up maple leaves, grassy hops and pumpkin rind with sweet cinnamon and clove in the mix.

T: Musty, fruity and spicy malt flavor up front with a rush of caramel and faint spices before a slick and buttery pumpkin flavor glides across mid-palate. Washes down a tad watery and metallic with those spicy hop and pumpkin pie flavors in the wake. Starts better than it finishes.

M: Thin-medium bodied pumpkin ale with a little bit of a watery character near the finish and metallic hops to dry up the aftertaste.

D: Not a bad pumpkin ale, but maybe I always hope they're going to be more robust than this. At 6% ABV its no slouch, but the malty backbone and true pumpkin flavor misses a bit for me. I've certainly had worse and would recommend it over, say, Pumpkin Head or Buffalo Bill's, perhaps.

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.

Photo of bum732
2.56/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

S: Classic pumpkin pie spices.

L: Crystal clear amber, creamy white head that dissipates to just a dusting.

T: Clean maltiness with just a touch of pumpkin spices. Fairly dry and clean overall, quite bland. Slightly spicy and dry finish with a touch of hops.

M: Medium thin body, medium carbonation.

Bland and boring.

Photo of travisnd
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good Pumpkin beer with lots of flavor and body. Pours a dark amber color and quite a nice drinking ale...not overwhelming with spice. The pumpkin pie taste is not very evident however its still a good pumpkin beer that is cheaper than most to drink.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with plenty of bubbly carbonation and a half inch of fluffy white head.

Nose is pumpkin pie spices, earthy sweet pumpkin, caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes like caramel, pie crust, browned butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Dry in the finish with lots of lingering spiciness.

Fairly straightforward American pumpkin ale. Nothing all that unique. Not bad, just run-of-the-mill for the style.

I don't really know what best sets a pumpkin ale apart as many taste very similiar (i.e. like this one). I tend to look to Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale as one of the better pumpkin ales and want something a little more akin to that.

Not a bad beer by any means but it certainly won't end up in the "wow" category.

Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.