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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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92
outstanding

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 22
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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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

on cask at the Brazen head, BKLYN NY. Poured cloudy, orangy almond, off white minimal head, tiny bubbles and leaving lacing. Fresh hoppy nose. Nicely balanced ale, Malt in place, Floral, fresh piney hops come through loud and clear. Tasty and enjoyable. Freshness is the word here. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Well done!, Classy and tasty ESB. This is the best I've had from Blue point

Billolick, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Blue Point ESB

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- Dark majogany brown with a decent a little moderate lacing head.
Smell- Strong caramel, brown sugar, and molasses malt.
Taste- Big, HUGE, molasses/ caramel malt slight dryness in the end.
Mouthfeel- Big and flavorful throughout. Slight dryness in the end.

Overall- Man this was good. I ended up drinking 2 pints of this. Highly recommended!!! I want more!!!

NJpadreFan, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%

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 metter98
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

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 cestlavie
4.75/5  rDev +12%

cestlavie, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

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
Photo of lehows
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

This is one my favorite offerings from Blue Point. Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Big aromas of malt, caramel, and citrusy hops. Taste is so smooth with perfect bitterness. Good hop presence as well with malt hitting you in the drying finish. Very crisp and refreshing. An awesome ESB that everyone should try. I wish they bottled this next!

lehows, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

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 daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Brought a growler of this over to my buddy's for a few cold ones in his backyard this afternoon. We poured a pair into some nice goblets he had, told a few stories, and enjoyed this excellent, fresh brew from Blue Point.

Beautiful, deep brown cloudy burst of color with respectable head that holds up well before fading. Nose is caramel and malt with some backing hops.

English hops are at the forefront here, more so than with most ESBs. Caramel and dark malt sugars blend seamlessly in a crisp, dry finish that makes this a joy to sip in the sun, or anywhere presumably. Highly drinkable, this growler was gone before we knew it.

daliandragon, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

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 edthered413
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Had this on tap at the Blue Point brewery.

A - Nice dark copper color. Creamy head although not much of one.

S - Sweet Hoppy aroma. Quite Pleasant.

T - Kind of citrusy, very hoppy and a little bitter. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Nice feel. Really makes the tastebuds come alive.

D - Very drinkable beer. Can drink this beer easily and with pleasure.

This is my favorite beer from Blue Point.

edthered413, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of stegmakk
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

I was a little nervous after trying BP's toasted Lager (very dissapointing), but those fears were put to rest as soon as I caught a whiff of this beer.
Dark amber color with a nice off-white head.
Aroma was sweet floral, earthy. The flavor was great. A load of hops. Finish slightly more bitter but not overpowering.
Great brew...a must have from Bluepoint.

stegmakk, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

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
Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +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 kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

kaelingirl, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of shaebs99
4.45/5  rDev +5%

I was extremely tempted to put up a couple of 5's for this beer(especially taste), but I am praying that I can find another high quality ESB that can match or beat this.

Pours a nice deep brown with a white good sized head that leads to quality lacing throughout.
Aroma is of toasted and sweet malts with some good hop aroma. A nice balance.
Taste is also well balanced, but I think the hops get the win. Very malty backed up by nice hop character. Very enjoyable
My favorite ESB. Which has lead me to purchase many other ESB's to find something as good. At 5% a nice session beer with great flavor. If I had a kegerator I would try and get some of this as often as possible. However, I do not, so I am left trying to purchase as many growlers as I find

shaebs99, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -5.7%

lupercmda, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

fresh growler, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, reddish/brown color with a beige head that lasted for the entire glass leaving good, sticky lacing.

S - bitter citrusy/hoppy aroma with faint smell of malt.

T - bitter / sweet malt / bitter, very good, very balanced beer.

F - light/medium bodied, good carbonation, head is creamy.

D - very good, real easy drinking brew.

Final Note: I ♥ this beer!

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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
Photo of Loco_Joe
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Loco_Joe, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

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 mfigueroa713
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

mfigueroa713, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Fresh 1/2 Gallon Growler purchased at Bierkraft in Park Slope for $12. Not bad. This is a bright red/copper colour with a nice fluffy head of white foam that stays around and leaves nice lace on my pint glass. The aromas are toasty, buttery, and very malty with a fresh floral hop bite on the nose as well. The taste is very malty up front with the hops in the middle and a lovely blend of the two in the finish. This is a very good English ESB here! The mouthfeel is smooth and very "cask-like" and the drinkability is excellent. A great version!

francisweizen, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

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
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Blue Point Extra Special Bitter from Blue Point Brewing Company
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