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Surge Protector (Sandy Relief Ale) - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Surge Protector (Sandy Relief Ale)
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85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sandy Relief Beer is a collaborative relief effort by eight local breweries after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island and destroyed Barrier Brewing Company in Oceanside.

The participants gathered at Blue Point Brewing Company on December 4, 2012 and brewed Surge Protector IPA to raise proceeds for victims of Hurricane Sandy and the recovering brewery.

Each brewery donated an ingredient for Surge Protector IPA, exhibiting the solidarity of Long Island’s beer community.

Thanks for helping us rebuild Long Island…with beer.

Barrier Brewing Company
Blind Bat Brewery
Blue Point Brewing Company
Great South Bay Brewery
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Long Ireland Beer Company
Port Jeff Brewing Company
Spider Bite Beer Company

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 01-24-2013)
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onehoppybitch


5/5  rDev +31.6%

A- copper color. pours with a nice head.

S- light citrus, grapefruit, floral, with a pineyness.

T- traditional "session IPA". Citrus fruits, piney bitterness, really no malt character.

M- Crisp, refreshing. dry finish.

O- great collaboration on an awesome Session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:51:19 | More by onehoppybitch
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cestlavie

New York

4.99/5  rDev +31.3%

A- medium copper, pour with a nice, billowy head. nice lacing to the glass, considering the abv.

S- light citrus fruits, grapefruit, with a piney/sprucey punch layered on top. smells incredible- again, unexpected with the lower abv

T- Citrus, mango, pineapple, PINE, PINE, and bitterness. Expected much more malt from this beer given the color, but there is almost no malt character (seems like all Pils malt, but color proves this to be wrong). High bitterness and pithy notes, citrus fruit skin. Loved the flavor and wanted to drink more.

M- Crisp, refreshing. Nicely carbonated, mid/high attenuation, leaves palate dry and wanting another sip. Little bit of bitterness stays on the back end of the tongue.

O- Great project, by a wonderful group of breweries. 2013's version of "Super Friends IPA", but a session IPA version for Charity by Long Island breweries. Kudos to everyone who helped make this beer happen!!

** My high ratings are based on what this is... a "SESSION IPA". Although there is no category on BA for Session IPA yet, I'm sure there will be soon. This cannot be compared to other "American IPA's" due to the body and abv that this beer lacks in comparison to others in this category. **

01-26-2013 20:48:26 | More by cestlavie
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.79/5  rDev +26.1%

From 22 ounce bottle, just released on 1/22/13 $16 per bottle proceeds to benefit Long Island Cares & Barrier Brewing Company.

Aroma is light citrusy. Pours amber with large beige head, very full. Nice lacing of glass.Taste is crisply citrus up front, very light acid aftertaste. On the mild side for an I.P.A. Certainly one of the best in the style I have tried so far!

01-25-2013 23:56:29 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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nyyfanatic213

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-03-2013 19:14:49 | More by nyyfanatic213
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GFD400

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-28-2013 01:04:45 | More by GFD400
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palma

New York

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%

Apparently this beer would be extremely hard to find. I heard some places only got 1 case, if anything.

Beautiful caramel colored body. Excellent clarity. Decent lace.

Floral american hops in the nose. English style malty whiffs as the beer warms.

Piney hops upfront. Slight citrus. Followed by a very tasty, slighty roasty malt backbone. Lingering bread, charcoal in the aftertaste mixed with left over hop bitterness. Very complex for such a low abv beer. Different. This is an excellent american IPA. One that has a formidable malt profile. I like malty ipas like this. Great balance too. Makes it easy drinking and the complexity gets you coming back as well.

I paid 16 bucks for the bottle. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Such a large collaboration and they nailed it.

01-31-2013 03:15:32 | More by palma
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bsm80x

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

10-24-2013 16:51:56 | More by bsm80x
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Bought to help rebuild my native Long Island after Sandy.

Appearance: Amber with a small white head that quickly recedes to the perimeter.

Smell: Sweet malts, piney hops, caramel, mango.

Smell: Piney hops and sweet malt blend nicely and fade subtly into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: A decent IPA for a good cause. Glad that I could contribute to help the island on which I live.

03-03-2013 04:32:31 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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CHickman

New York

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%

Had it on tap at the Lark in East Northport last night (1/28/13): pours clear copper color with a small 1 finger off white head that faded quickly and left basically no lacing, but rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh piney hops, floral hops, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, lemon zest, coriander, orange peel, herbs and light spices; really nice, soft hoppy nose that is pretty well balanced and just smells like a crisp fall evening...good stuff.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, citrus hops, piney hops, biscuit, floral hops, toasted grains, caramel, wheat breadtoast, light brown sugar, grass, herbs, tea leaf and light spices like pepper and coriander; nice crisp hoppy flavor, that tasted fresh and like dry hops were added in the mix. The malts and grains provided excellent balance to make flow down easy.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost so light it's watery, but it has enough body to be smooth, tasty and enjoyable, with light carbonation and just an overall easy way about it; it's almost too easy to put down, and with the low ABV it is a definite session beer. This is how a session IPA should feel, to me.

Overall it was very easy to drink, smooth and light enough to drink all night. A great collaboration for a great cause, I recommend this beer. It was definitely a session IPA and light but still had a nice hoppy flavor and nose that both seemed very fresh; it was almost in the range of being as good as the Lagunitas DayTime IPA. Go Long Island brewing, this is what it's all about.

01-30-2013 05:07:59 | More by CHickman
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clay23

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-19-2013 23:47:17 | More by clay23
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Loco_Joe

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-15-2014 23:40:50 | More by Loco_Joe
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BltByKrmn

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-24-2013 19:20:19 | More by BltByKrmn
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Dust22

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-25-2013 06:39:51 | More by Dust22
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nitro0292

New York

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked up a bomber of this for the (cash only) price w/ tax of $18.49. I don't paying to help support LI breweries, especially helping fellow LI residents and the very nearby Barrier Brewing Co.

Served @ room temp in a nonic.

A - Bright white head with ample lacing and good retention. Brilliantly-clear gold color. Very appetizing.

Ar - Hops are the showcase. Aroma is all american hops - pine, grapefruit and a touch of earthy pepper. Reminds me of cascade, simcoe and amarillo, but I am guessing. Very resinous. Malts do balance somewhat, but are subdued even @ room temp.

T - Hops dominate again, as they should - this is an IPA despite the (relatively) low ABV. Pine up front, followed by a well-balanced sweet malt/hop bitterness that makes this beer highly drinkable and quite good. Not a hop bomb, but hop forward for a non-west-coast style IPA. A good example of a well thought out IPA brewed to style (ABV excluded). Dries out slightly on the finish leaving a touch of lingering bitterness, but still appealing.

M - Fairly substantial body given the hop-forward nature. Definitely medium-body. Carbonation is touch light for my tastes, but it does not take anything away from the quality and enjoyability.

Overall this is a terrific collaboration. I must admit that I'm not overly familiar with a few of the breweries participating since I have not tried their normal offerings, but I'm now a believer. If you can get your hands on it and stomach donating to a worthy cause, give it a whirl.

01-31-2013 18:03:49 | More by nitro0292
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Tianjoja

New York

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%

Serving was a 22oz bomber poured in a pint glass

A - Copper in color. Small white head that didn't stick around too long. Some lacing which was nice.

S - I didn't get much on the nose. Pine and some Grapefruit. A bit of Floral character as well.

T - Pine. Bitterness up front. The bitterness doesn't stick around long. Dry/Clean finish. Not a lot of malt backbone.

M - Light to Medium/Light. Nice carbonation.

O - I'm on Long Island. Been following the progress of the beer since it was announced. Love every brewery that was a part of this beer. I almost just want to rate straight 5s for the meaning alone but I'm going to rate it for what it is to stay honest. It's a good sessionable low abv IPA. If I were to give it a letter grade I would probably say B to B+ but my heart wants to say A+++

01-27-2013 01:56:19 | More by Tianjoja
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socon67

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at Horace & Sylvia's in Babylon

A - Amber pour with a tan foam the settled quick. Rings of lacing left on the glass. Some carbonation is visible.

S - Strong scent of fresh hops. A distinct fragrance of mandarin oranges gives this a nice citrusy kick. Fresh herbal aroma as it lingers.

T - Initial sweetness is followed by a pungent bitterness of hop oil. A tad harsh but has a very fresh taste. Some herbal notes are in the finish. I swear I picked up oregano, though I did have htis with dinner.

M - Good sessionable IPA that feels heavier than it actually is. Slightly carbonated. The hoppy vibe takes hold of your taste buds.

O - Nice beer and really for a good cause, which is why the craft beer fraternity is full of stand up people. I think its represents well and I'd gladly continue to support by buying more.

01-31-2013 01:52:59 | More by socon67
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plaid75

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a predominantly piney hop with some grapefruit and a light crackery malt.

The taste was certainly hop forward with waves of pine a dry citrus atop a thin and grainy pale malt. There was a full prickly residual hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was clean and a touch thin with ample carbonation.

Overall a light sessionable pale ale. I know it is for a very good cause but I feel that the beer was nonetheless overhyped.

01-30-2013 00:42:32 | More by plaid75
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that settled to a thin layer leaving streaks of lacing.

S - tropical and citrus fruit, nice aroma.

T - good amount of citrus hops upfront with a touch of malt before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - a fine example of the style.

01-24-2013 00:18:38 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Brewman123

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-24-2013 17:11:30 | More by Brewman123
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VonZipper

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-24-2013 01:31:20 | More by VonZipper
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tuka

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-11-2013 23:49:10 | More by tuka
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dextermcgurk

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-07-2014 02:16:30 | More by dextermcgurk
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-27-2013 04:02:35 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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Stumpy29er

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-31-2013 00:42:51 | More by Stumpy29er
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element223

New York

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%

I live on Long Island, and as far as the craft brewery offerings here, I am proud of it. I am a huge fan of Blue Point brewery, and when I heard they and a slew of Long Island breweries were coming together for a cause, I couldn't help but swell up with a sense of pride I did not think possible.

Got to try it on tap first, which I had enjoyed, but I might have perhaps enjoyed the bottle just a tad more. Unfortunately, I am doing this review from memory... here goes.

Poured a nice honey-ish gold/copper. Had a about a finger's worth of head.

The smell was hoppy, but not in the least bit overbearing. What one would expect an IPA to smell like.

Taste however, was not your traditional IPA offering. It had a bit of the bitters, a nice hoppy bite to it, but it lacked an overbearing strength, which I suppose earns it its title of "session IPA." The thing I thought interesting was that it was quite reminiscent of Blue Point's White IPA. Not a bad thing in the slightest.

Was pleasant in the mouth. Danced around the tongue. Had a feeling and consistency that was partially watery but with a tiny bit of viscosity to it.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The 17 dollar price tag was steep, but it is for a good cause, and I had a giftcard to burn. If you can get your hands on it, I'd say it is worth the try.

01-27-2013 06:53:08 | More by element223
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Surge Protector (Sandy Relief Ale) from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.