Blue Point White IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 29.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cosmicevan on 09-11-2011

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Photo of vfgccp
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A – Bright and stormy straw gold. Beautiful, almost saison-like, white head. Nice lace and great retention.

S – Sweet honey, chamomile, soft yeast, banana, and a stellar mango note.

T – Opens soft and malty for a moment befoe exploding with juicy mango and orange. A floral bitterness rounds out the backend and keeps the sweetness in check.

M – Pillowy with a smooth, fully body. Nice carbonation livens the profile.

O – . Incredibly drinkable with stellar balance and a great flavor profile, this is definitely my surprise beer of 2011. Imho this is the best beer BluePoint has ever put out, and the style is a totally new direction for them

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Photo of jzauder
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On top at Proof Brewing Co. in Tallahassee on 6/29/12

A very piney-hops aroma. Looks like an American Light Lager, not as hazy as one would expect from a Belgian-style IPA. Head quickly dissipates. Tastes of tangerine and juniper with a little bit of licorice. It has a slightly thick mouthfeel, but in a pleasant way. It coats your tongue and gives you a depth of flavors. Very little carbonation.

I'm not sure what makes it a White IPA, I suppose I have some research to do. However, this was a wonderful, complex beer that would be great in the summer, or really anytime. This beer really lets you appreciate the hops as an IPA should, but balancing that with the yeast. My favorite Belgian IPA, I hope this becomes a year-round offering.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a light hazy orange-yellow with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and nice retention.
smells of orange peel, coriander, pepper, bready yeast, grassy hops (very saison - like)

spicy bitterness up front balanced up immediately with a sweet orange/coriander taste. bready, spicy yeasty flavor in the back. a very delicious offering from blue point - probably their best tasting beer in my opinion (so far).

light-medium body, moderate with carbonation.. a spicy/creamy feel on the lips.

a very refreshing ale, very tasty, and as far as the brewery's releases go - this is one of their best.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/30/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, clove, wheat, pepper, floral, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of fruity and spicy notes. Taste of lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, coriander, clove, wheat, pepper, floral, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus peel, light fruits, coriander, clove, wheat, pepper, floral, herbal, and earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Fantastic balance of fruitiness with spices, with very nice complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent white IPA! Great balance and complexity of nicely robust flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed bright yellow with a white head that thinned to a ring leaving just a few spots behind.

S - lemon flower with a mix of spices and wheat.

T - tart yeast and spices with light bittering on the finish.

F - crisp and light with lively carbonation.

O - a good tasting, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Bottom of the can says JUL 14 2012 which I assume is a production date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before slowly meandering down to an 1/8 inch head and sudsy, trickly lacing.

S- Vibrant hops with a nice kick of Belgian yeast to create that classic BIPA aroma. Some grapefruit and lemon notes along with fresh grass and spice.

T- Well-balanced citrus flavor surrounded by a Belgian template with the yeast providing just enough spice and richness to compliment the hops. Drinkability is high as I take multiple sips easily and enjoyably. Notes of orange, coriander and lemongrass. Mildly bitter.

M- Smooth, almost too smooth as it tends to be a bit watery. Medium carbonation and a lightish body since it's not heavy on the malt.

O- A great melding of citrusy IPA and yeasty, spicy Belgian. Easy to drink, hence the choice of a can container making it possible to down a sixer in one sitting, but still flavorful enough to know you're drinking a BIPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If memory serves (and it may not, so feel free to correct me), this was part of a major score from a Pinocchio's visit a few weeks ago. I love visiting that place as they always have some new CANs for me.

Not much on the CAN itself: "Malt Beverage brewed with spices", but the design is meant to look like the mosaics in each of the NYC subway stations. Hee hee.

The Crack and inverted Glug came off without a hitch and I was off and running. The thick, dense, massive head had an odd shade to it, slightly yellow, but not enough to qualify it as many shades of white to which I usually allude. Let's call it "eggshell white" with great retention and move on. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy golden-yellow. The nose had a peppery spiciness to it and following my last such beer, I literally began to sneeze. I was glad that this one was to be tonight's finale as I am getting my fill. In this case, it was more the spice than the yeast driving everything. Mouthfeel was medium and while it had a definite spicy bite on the tongue, I did not sense it in the same way as the coriander of the previous beer. Was my palate becoming desensitized? Did they use less coriander than Upslope? I do not know, but this was more Baby Bear-style in my estimation (just right) as opposed to Papa Bear-style (too much) in the Upslope. Or I could be mis-identifying the spice in this altogether. No matter. I was really enjoying this one and when the spice coupled with the hops, I was in ecstasy. To say that this was dry would be to do it an injustice. This was the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert dry and I was all for it! I am not sure how it would be at the beach, but on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually), it would be fantastic.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BLUE POINT WHITE IPA: 6.0% ABV. BELGIAN-STYLE WIT/ AMERICAN IPA HYBRID. White IPA is brewed with wheat for a Belgian twist that is balanced perfectly by well rounded hops character. Brewed specifically for the 13th Anniversary of the brewery and debuted at their celebration. Saw this locally so nabbed a 32 oz fill yesterday.

a - through the growler looks of a honey/orange. poured into my capt lawrence taster tulip. settled into the glass much more yellow with a finger of frothy white head. very honey, rich looking.

s - bubblegum belgian bpa style. soft and sweet. you can definitely pick out the wit characteristics...a bit orange peel and clove. the american ipa seems to be more in the background with some comes across more sweet and bubblegum like which makes me thing BPA.

t - the bitterness from the ipa shows itself in the taste, but again some orange peel and banana which mixes to give an almost bubblegum vibe and dominate any significant ipa characteristics. sugar sweet and not piny hop.

m - medium to full bodied with a touch of bitterness on the finish. overall this comes across as a belgian pale ale or belgian ipa. a bit tingly.

o - overall this is pretty solid. very refreshing and great for the warm weather. i was fairly impressed with this beer. seems to fit best in the BA category of Belgian IPA or Belgian Pale Ale, but the description at the growler station listed it as a wit / ipa hybrid.

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Photo of AlTrombley
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer a lot. I am not a real hop head but this beer was in the breakage room at work ( I am a beer salesman ). It smells GREAT!!! Taste is really good. I am guessing the ibu are around 75... Overall a very good beer I will be looking for more of this in the breakage room. I LOVE BEING A BEER SALESMAN!!!

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY

Pour is clouded medium honey/yellowed amber, lifts a rather huge and active off white head. Head stays and stays, leaves plenty of residual froth, and more then ample irregular bands of lace.

Fresh smelling and pungent nose of flowery goodness, infused with some spicy hop notes.

Flavorful , complex and tasty brew. The "Belgian" character/influence here comes in the form of the wit/white beer style. Some slight bubblegum picked up as well as the wit influenced creamsicle character. Hops are evident, but only moderatly biting. More for balance rather then assault. Nicely done, sort of a wit on hop steroids.

Sure this one would be great with some peppery salads, mussels, and all manner of quality cheeses.

Nice new brew from Blue Point, I hope this one is widely available come summer time

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack at EuroMarket, the cans were stamped July, but the beer tastes plenty fresh. This is a lighter-bodied IPA with a lot of the same earthy spice you're used to in other Belgian IPAs. The hops bring a juicy mix of apricot, tangerine, and mild pine. Mmmm. A mighty fine pale ale here—drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left a thin layer of bubbles that nearly completely covered the entire surface.
S: There are light aromas of peppery spices in the finish.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by spices and has a very light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good selection if you can’t decide on an IPA or something lighter.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. The beer arrived in a tapered pint glass, and glowed a deep golden honey color. This showed a one finger head of white foam, leaving splotchy lacing as it slowly descended. Carbonation appeared mild, and a light haze, with little flecks of sediment permeated the liquid. The nose was hugely complex, with wheat and clove as the grain bill, alongside juicy citric hops of grapefruit, bubblegum esters, huge plastics and medicinal phenols, robust strawberry and mango fruitiness, and the distant sweetness of birch beer. Our first impression was that it tasted just like Juicyfruit bubblegum. As we sipped, a flavoring much like the aroma unfolded. We started with wheat up front, with sweeter tropical fruits, and spicy grapefruit bitterness. Bubblegum esters and soft juicy, floral hops pulled us to the peak, where more esters and the fruit from the nose hit hard. The hops also persisted, with an additional cutting bite of phenolic plastics. The end was with more clove, spicy alcohol, and that sweeter fruit from the nose to, here, refreshingly cut the bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of mango, bitter hop freshness, wet wheat, and dirty minerals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The latter was prickling and wetting. There was nice slurp and froth to each sip, and the mouth is left satiated and watering. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the insanely robust, super complex nose. There was huge fruit, fresh, juicy hops, bold plastics, and bright clovey phenols. The flavoring was almost as robust, with equally as deep complexity. This is not an everyday beer, but it was great for the style. If we had one complaint it is the look, as we always like to see that massive Belgian IPA head of foam, which was sadly absent here.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 8/31/12.

A - orangish gold with no head when it arrived

S - huge herbal and spicy hop notes, a bit floral, peppery

T - floral, big herbal hops again, pepper, rye maybe, faint citrus, bitter finish; this is all hops, they're bold and intense.

M - medium bodied, crisp, smooth, well carbonated

What a hop bomb! The hops were exploding everywhere! I thought the choice of herbal, spicy hops complimented the peppery yeast notes. The only real downside to this beer is palate fatigue. The hops are intense, and they will quickly mess with your taste buds. Even so, this beer is definitely worth a try!

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy yellow gold color with a very healthy white foam on top and luscious lacing. The aroma brings a pleasant vinegar citrus, kind of a neat skunky hop. The flavor comes on with an oaky citrus bite and yeasty lemon bread. It's got a light body but offers a smooth, well carbonated feel. A tasty easy hop drinker with a bit of a bite. Well worth trying, one of the best white IPA's I've had so far.

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Photo of Sjorge3442
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I would first like to note that I have been searching for this beer since the beginning of June. After two long months, I finally found it on draft and went and filled my growler.

A - Looks like a slightly cloudy coors light. About a quarter inch of head retention with minimal lacing.

S - citrus and lemon grass here. Very clean and smooth. Almost smells like a Allagash White.

T - clean. A nice sweet malt taste backed up with a very faint hop presence. Lots of citrus, again with the lemon grass.

M - Light and clean. Shortly after sipping, the flavors dissipate and leave you wanting more.

O - This is exactly what I was hoping this beer would taste like. Nothing too over the top, but a very solid beer. This and the toasted lager are the two first beers Bluepoint canned, and I cannot wait to find this in a can, as I think it will taste much better than it already does.

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Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to woodychandler for keeping me in canned beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, and spice. Taste is the same, citrus and spices, hoppy and bitter, a touch of malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. Well done.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy medium brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured peppery and piney hops mingled with a bright yeast ester.

The taste was spicy on several levels with pepper coming from both hops and yeast. Nice lingering earthy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice hop forward example of the style.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side for a while. I was very impressed with this beer and even more so when I saw that it was a belgian IPA, which I typically don't love.

The color was orange/amber, a bit cloudy with a nice white fully head.

Aroma was a great combination of hops and summer fruits, I guess from the yeast. Very inviting.

Flavor was also very complex and also great. Bitterness upfront with plenty of hop flavor and other spices and fruits.

A great beer that I will look forward to having a bunch of times in the future.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw colored, crisp IPA with a modicum of sweetness and a nice balance between citrus bitterness and tangy Belgian notes. I'd say this is more of a highly hopped Wit or white IPA than strictly Belgian IPA. Very clean, and mostly dry and refreshing overall. The fact that it comes in a can is great for summer activities. In fact, this was one of my go-to beers over this last summer. Hits just the right notes on a hot summer day while not being too light or bland. A well made beer.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy gold with a nice head and good retention. Some lace on the sides and some light carbonation to go with a thin covering. Smell is is quite full of pine and a Belgian yeast doughiness with some big sweet dinner rolls. A touch of pepper and citrus. Taste has a malt body that is reminiscent of a tripel with a nice pine hoppiness on top. Sweet pearl and crystal malt with a healthy wheat component makes this super easy on the tongue. Nice compliment of Belgian spice in the mix. Clean, dry, hoppy finish with a touch of hop oil lingering. Feel is crisp and dry with a lovely quenching character. Carbonation is spot on and weight is on the lighter side of medium giving this brew high sessionability. An artful interpretation of the style and I will be looking for this one near me. Great brew to have around the house. Much love to my good friend Harry Smith for bringing me a few cans of this good stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy (almost clear) pale to medium golden yellow in color with very light gentle visible carbonation at the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and peppery spices.

T: Light amounts of pale malts upfront with some peppery spices and light hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Light and refreshing, very easy to drink and enjoyable. This is a nice hot weather beer and is very sessionable.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a peach-like color with a 1/2 finger white head atop.Fresh floral hop aromas with some citric edge as well,mild spice wich was more pronounced on the palate.Spiced notes along with citric hop flavors,the spice might be a bit much but it's still got a good hop profile.I really like the aromas of this beer and the big use of American hops,maybe just tone down the yeasty/spiced notes a tad.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a moderately cloudy honey/golden color. Head is smaller than anticipated. A thin white layer that dies off. Head does leave consistent lacing strings.

S-Light clove and coriander gives way to some nice tropical fruity hops. Bubblegum notes too. Also some cracker and noticeable grain.

T-Taste is a bit less interesting. Hops are not resounding. The spiced notes of coriander, clove and bubblegum are still there. Hops are lightly floral but stress more citrus than anything else. Low bitterness level.Fairly complex, but not intense in any one area. Grains and cracker with considerable sweetness.

M-A bit syrupy but pleasing.Not very dry or bitter. Vibrating carbonation. Decently sessionable.

O/D-Was expecting a bit more muscularity with the hops. This beer is complex and unique but balanced between all the beer's aspects. A nice take on the White IPA. Not a bad price tag either.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger white foam head with nice retention on a cloudy pale golden with brownish hues body. scattered lacing.

S: lots of aroma even through the head with pineapple, banana, belgian yeast and clove. A lot of saison qualities here with the hops more earthy also providing hints of grapefruit.

T: club soda provides a dryness and mustiness. Flavor moves to mild fruitness and some yeast finishing with herbal and slightly bitter floral hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation and semi dry finish.

Overall: Had higher expectations after the aroma. The beer isnt bad, just has a lot of the musty, dry soda flavor. I will say that for the "white IPAs" out there, this is one of the better ones.

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Blue Point White IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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