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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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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

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Photo of mfigueroa713
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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)

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.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Photo of edthered413
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of maltedmilk
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a couple of Blue Point Brews. I like the HOPTICAL ILLUSION but I was too thrilled with the lager. This ESB is pretty damn tasty.

This beer pours a clear copper with a nice head and good carbonation.

Nice bitter taste with citrus notes . The malt is way in the background

Excellent..Clean and crisp. I would definitely get this beer again. However, I don’t live in the area . This growler was a gift and it was a good one.

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.

Photo of albertjr21
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of MikeConklin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of stegmakk
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This ESB is clear dark copper color. It pours with a massive, uneven, craggy, light tan head.

s: English hop smells dominate, biscuity and floral.

t: This is not a style I know well, but I can't help but think this is spot on. The hops take center stage. They are slightly tart, perfumed, and have a bready quality.

m: The carbonation has a creamy feel that reminded me of a casked beer.

d: Thanks to plaid75 for sending my growler back filled with this outstanding brew. I wish Blue Point was local so I could try more from them.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of shaebs99
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Blue Point Extra Special Bitter from Blue Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.