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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: 125
Hads: 410
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 29.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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: 125 | Hads: 410
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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)!

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.62/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Drk93TT
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
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)

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of jdcollens
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Jameski07
2.11/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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Photo of TCTrout
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
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

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.