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Blue Point Extra Special Bitter - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Extra Special Bitter
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002)
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cestlavie, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear mahogany in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with notes of butter, caramel and toffee plus hints of citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down effortlessly. It pairs especially well with food.

metter98, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed amber color with a finger of white head.

S: A very interesting aroma. It's got a touch of juniper berries, herbal hops, and pine to go with a solid amount of bready hops and a touch of banana. Very mild yeast notes.

T: There is a good balance of bitterness and maltiness. Sweet bread and toffee malts with a light bitterness to go with the grassy and herbal hops. Some more juniper berry flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A more interesting ESB than I'm accustomed to. Not bad.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a shaker pint

A - Deep copper, little head, decent lacing

S - A bit metallic, earthy malts, some roasted corn and caramel

T - Very malty, English hops bitter up the beer for a nice dry finish

M - Just a tad creamy, but not to heavy at all medium to light bodied

O - A great session ale, Would have no problem knocking back a few of these

DrewSnyc667, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This was the perfect summer beer. Plenty of flavor, great balance, not too strong. Overall: great.

The appearance was a dark amber with a smallish head and very cloudy.

Aroma combined the bready malt with some english hops and toffee.

Flavor was mostly malt but not too heavy or cloying. Overall, a very balanced flavor.

This beer is a very easy drinker and one I hope to see more often.

david18, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long hiatus, the ESB resurfaces! A fine beverage!

Clear red, a little lace, and overall sexiness. Some toast, some fruitiness, caramel, a little grassy hop.
A delicious beverage, smooth, slight bitterness followed by a lingering caramel bread. Finishes clean and a little sweet. Probably the finest beer from this brewery.

dragonWhale, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Bierkraft courtesy of gory4d! Thanks for helping me try this longtime want. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Two-plus fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind small splotches of lace. Transparent caramel amber color.

S - Toasted malts, toffee, fruity English ale yeast, dry roasted nuts, earthy and slightly lemony hops, and perhaps an herbal note as well. It's spot on for the style.

T - Taste is predominantly toasted bread, nuts, a hint of yeast, light brown sugar and milk chocolate, and a pleasant herbaceous finish that imparts some moderate bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Perhaps a faint soapy note as well.

M - Feel is quite nice, with some light dry roast to the texture, lower cask-like carbonation. Surprisingly viscous and chewy medium body, with a dry finish and some surprising resinous hop character as well.

D - Absolutely crushable stuff. I was forced to open a growler on my own due to unusual circumstances, but I should have no problems finishing 64oz of this stuff over the course of any evening. If you put this on hand-pump in London no one would think it was made in the colonies.

MasterSki, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass on 7-24-11:

A: Settles a very clear gold color that borders on amber under a persistent dense creamy suds head.

S: Aroma is a mild yet noteworthy one with a crisp note of toasted sweet malt and light wild berry fruit ester.

M: Overall palate feel delivers a solid and steady flowery hop bitterness that gently finds its way around my taste buds on the back of a creamy biscuity malt balance. A relatively low abv really preserves the palate from alcohol related fatigue and I feel I am truly able to detect and appreciate the flavors offered here long after my first sip. Session brew anyone?

T: Toasted sweet biscuit malt harmonizes with waves of earthy, flowery, and maybe even some grapefruit accented citrus hops.

albertjr21, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I managed to try this both on cask and out of the growler. Admittedly, the growler was consumed 15 minutes after it was filled, so this probably qualifies as an on-tap review, but oh well.

Pouring a burnished copper, this growler pour of the Blue Point ESB has a fantastic off-white head and with excellent retention and lacing.The nose is excellent. A blend of a fresh, herbal, green and grassy hop notes and a complex malt profile with oats, nuts, toffee and brown sugar, this smells wonderful. The moderate carbonation makes this pop a lot more, bringing to the forefront more of a fruity yeast character, especially with plums and fruit.
The palate opens mildly bitter with a pronounced hop character with an herbal hop character. Toffee, brown sugar and nuts with a strong toasted malt character. Really, this is a beautiful showcase for Marris Otter and all its nutty complexity. This beer is medium in body with moderate carbonation. The yeast is a little more active, with a moderate fruitiness. There's an oat-like fullness to the mouthfeel that is quite enjoyable. Fantastic balance and drinkability, I drank half a growler with no problems and could have gone for more. Highly recommended, this is one of those few English beers I enjoyed more on tap than out of a cask.

DefenCorps, Jul 24, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden, almost russet. Not much of a head - just a few bubbles on top. No lacing. The smell is stone fruit, caramel, maybe tea, some hibiscus, rising bread. The taste is similar, but with an emphasis on the tannic and bready qualities, with a round bitter finish. It's very mildly carbonated, medium-bodied. Great even in this 100-degree heat. A marvelous beer, even better on cask.

gory4d, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to cosmicevan for getting me a growler of this. Finally, the 2-plus-year wait is finally over. Currently the #1 ESB. Served in a Mikasa tulip at our Christmas in July tasting.

Pours a dark copper color with a great, great off-white head with loads of lacing on the way down. Nice cap and collar throughout. The nose brings some caramel and bready malt and actually a bit of light roastiness, which is a bit strange. Light nuttiness there as well along with some earthy and herbal hops.

The flavor takes down the malt a touch and focuses slightly more on the hops. Good blend of hop flavor and bready malt. Light toast as well. Medium body with good carbonation and a very nice bitterness in the finish. Not quite the best ESB that I've ever had -- that honor goes to FFF Lord Admiral Nelson -- but this is a good beer, albeit not one worth a several-year wait.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Currently the #1 ESB.

The beer is slightly hazy and a light brown color, with nearly an inch of tan head that leaves ample lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is malty, with some dank hop scents, almost rubbery smelling. The flavor is pleasant and the beer is quite easy to drink. Moderate hop bitterness emerges in the finish. The beer concludes fairly dry. Overall, a nice brew, and one I would have again.

Huhzubendah, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #1 ESB on beeradvocate.com best of lists. Another number 1 shared by Thorpe429 in this sprint to the finish line. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is dark amber to copper and clear with a nice head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation, looking good (especially for a growler).

Aroma is mildly caramel and some hoppiness to it. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice moderately bitter finish. The lead off is malty with a mild sweetness to it. The entire beer is pretty good. I go back to it that night several times. I'd have it again in 3 years when they release it.

drabmuh, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When a fellow BA put out the call for this beer on the trade forum, I headed out to the brewery to see what the hub bub was about (as well as to nab a growler). Beer arrived in a sample pour cup with a surprising head (these small pours usually don't have any head). Nice deep rich amber color. Really nicely balanced in the smell dept. Great malt presence. Taste was even better. Smooth grassy malt finishes subtley bitter. Very bready and feels more like a pale ale to me. Nice one from the locals, very glad I caught wind of this while available.

cosmicevan, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Biggness for sending me down this growler of a long sought after beer. Served from my growler, this one was consumed on 02/25/2009.

The pour was very nice, a rich looking amber color with a nice amount of cloudiness to it, this one was definitly a very solid beer to behold. Nice head of white coming up over the top and settled down quickly leaving behind no lacing at all. The aroma was loaded with piney hops. Lots of depth here, and amazingly full bodied in the aroma for the style. This one drank like an IPA for sure. Rich, bitter, lots of piney hops, hints of deep, seet notes of malt and an almost sticky, resin like feel. As it warms some nice touches of bready malts and hints of grains start to come through. A little undercarbonated or it would have been dead on for the style, but it was easily the most drinkable beer I have had in a long time and the growler went down quickly to say the least.

mikesgroove, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/17/08. Growler. Pours a clear copper with a huge, thick, creamy and expanding tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, toast, with flowery hops hiding in the background. Aroma of roasted malts, bitterness. Refreshing. Pretty good, more so if you like that toast/roast taste in your ESB.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery.

Poured a dark copper hue, with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The aromas jumped out of the glass and featured an ufront piney and earthy hop followed by a clean, yet sweet malt.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a nice biscuity malt and multi tiered hop. Good toasted element.

The mouthfeel superior on cask. Smooth and creamy.

The best ESB on the face of the planet. Absolutely amazing on cask.

plaid75, Oct 15, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Mahar's

A: Just about perfect hazy copper appearance. A half finger of white head and great lacing especially for a cask beer.

S: Really nice nose. Hints of malt, toffee, and caramel. Even picked up a hint of burnt espresso beans. Hops as well but the nose really did blend everything together so nicely.

T: Nice bitterness up front. Then comes the malt and caramel. Hints of coffee beans follow which was nice and different. Very well balanced beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. Dead on for a British real ale.

D: This would make a damn fine session beer. ESBs really are not my favorite style but this was a really nice beer.

aerozeppl, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to plaid75 for this growler in the Secret Bunny '08!

Pours basically crystal clear, a copper color with ruby highlights. Nice billowy off-white head rises up, leaving some good sticky lacing down the glass. Low to moderate carbonation.

Smell is lovely. I think it's mainly malty for sure (I'm a hophead). You get sweet nutty malt scents, along with light caramel. An excellent toasted, buttery bread comes through and it's freaking great! Light citrus hop presence underneath, otherwise this is all about the malt.

Hops come through a little more in the taste, starting off with a bitterness but that is quickly overtaken by malts. Again, nutty, I think I notice some oat like flavors. The bready character in this beer is wonderful and I can't get enough of it. Adds a great depth to the flavor and smell. How is there so much flavor in such a small beer?!

Mouthfeel is pretty light with a perfect amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky smoothness on the tongue. Utterly refreshing and satisfying.

I could drink this over and over again. In fact, I have. Three pints deep and I'm thinking my pictures for Secret Bunny will include an empty growler. Quite delicious, indeed! Thanks again to plaid75 for the chance to try this great brew, it's almost time to look for another growler. :-)

ncvbc, Mar 16, 2008
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Blue Point Extra Special Bitter from Blue Point Brewing Company
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