Blue Point Pale Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of monstermanhbf
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of Mattitude13
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of samoblue
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of the cask at George Keeley in NYC on 5/27/09, while watching FC Barcelona bend Manchester United over the table in the UEFA Champion's League final.

Pours a light copper color with just less than a finger of light head. Was not expecting the beautful hop aroma that this beer threw off. My allergies were bothering me, so I didn't expect to smell much, but the flowery, citrusy aroma definitely came through. Just beautiful.

Very smooth taste, with a strong malt backbone backed up by a surprisingly bold hop flavor for a Pale Ale. I typically eschew American Pale Ales for something that will guarantee a bigger flavor, but hop heads would be wise to give this one a try. Not overpowering, but definitely present and very well-balanced.

All-in, a great session beer and one I will definitely be looking for again in the future.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64 oz growler, best if consumed by 8/24, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that eventually settled down to a layer, leaving sticky lace.

S - hops, sour citrus & hops

T - very good tasting beer here, the flavor is full of hops, I nicknamed it 'Hoptical Illusion Jr.'

M - medium bodied, creamy feel, good carbonation.

D - at 5% abv, quite a bit of this beer can be had over a few hours with food and friends.
Very Good Beer!

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bottle, slightly chilled, into a huge frosty crystal stein.

A: Pure golden orange with a nice frothy head. Lace down the glass.

S: Immediate waff of pine and a variety of citrus fruits (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit) outline the hop profile, complimented well by a balanced, sweet biscuit malt background. Notes of honey, clean rain, earth, kind bud and maple are detectable.

T: Refreshingly non-bitter. Almost sweet, and I say ALMOST because purely sweet would be not good, but this APA has just the right hint of honey in there. Of course the citrus hops and the pine hops are up front, followed by a wave of that sweet malt and a clean, wet finish. Probably the best APA I've had thus far.

D: I could see taking down a couple of these big boys.

Value: Yet another strong point of this beer, and the other Blue Point stuff I've had- very nice price at $3.99 for a big one.

I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with some golden highlights, mild white foam head, hazy. Aroma is hoppy and malty, very well balanced. Taste is right for the style, malty and hoppy, balanced and friendly. Medium body with medium carbonation. Excellent APA.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask at the gingerman in NYC. What an awesome pale ale. Light orange with a nice fluffy head of white that left nice lacing. Very carbonated and a bit cool for a cask offering, but it worked with this brew. The aromas are of fresh citrusy hops and freshly baked bread. The taste is very hoppy up front with a lovely hit of malt sweetness in the middle and a bready finish that was a little dry. The mouthfeel was awesome, as most cask beers are, and the drinkability was damn good as well. I'm glad that this comes in a 23oz glass!

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper/golden color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Mint, pine resin and some buttery malt make up the aromas that greet the thy nose.

Pine resin and buttery malt upfront. Tantalizing. They play games with the tongue, bringing out chewy dough.

The right amount of hops for the styel. Lingering chewy bread dough texture. I love it.

Very nice! I would recommend it.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour shows a crystal clear, gold color with a big fluffy, two finger head. Great retention with an overall livley appearance.

The aroma is very typical for an APA, but with above average strength. There is a nice floral, citrus quality that takes on an interesting lime/tangerine smell.

The flavor is based on simple, rounded juicy sweetness that still retains a light and crisp mouthfeel. It feels like just a bit more body would help. The finish is clean with a nice grassy, citrus hop flavor and moederate bitteress.

This was one of the better pale ales I've had, and probably the best at this gravity. It's priced well in bombers too, so I'll likley be getting this again.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first from this brewery and will surely lead me to try some more of their brews. It is a good golden color with a nice creamy head. The smell is of hops with some hints of fruitiness. This is one of the better Pale Ales I have tried recently. The taste was hoppy but had a sweet fruitiness as well. This is a real good and drinkable brew.

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Photo of lehows
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask this beer poured considerably darker than on regular draught. Huge beige head with cascading effect. Nice aromas of floral hops bouquet, spicy notes, as well as a sweet citrus zest. Amazingly smooth and rounded taste, quite complex with a citric hop bite, floral bouquet, sweet spice, and a mild malt quality. Creamy and slick mouthfeel, great drinkability as well. Overall, a great brew to be on the lookout for on cask.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: It has a heavily sweet smell of citrus, with the hops in the background. Despite the intense sweetness, the malt character seemed a bit subdued.

T: The citrus sweetness dominates the taste, just as it does the smell and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste, however, is a good blend of the two flavors.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, very easy drinking, not filling at all because it’s so light for the style. This is type of beer that could start someone down the craft brew path.

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Photo of Albertv05
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

I was craving a good cask beer and this hit the spot!

Poured a beautiful light golden orange with a nice looking white head. The head didn't last too long but I wasn't surprised since it was so low in carbonation. This really was a pretty looking beer.

The smell was a nice floral & citrus aroma backed by a little caramel malt sweetness. The hop aroma smelled very fresh. Definitely a nice surprise!

The brew tasted just like it should based on the aroma. Nice hop flavors that are well balanced with the malt. The beer had a nice finish as well. It was clean but with just enough lingering hop flavor to make you want more. This was a very smooth, clean, easy drinking beer. It went very well with my Broiled Haddock with welsh rarebit. I'll have this again if it's on cask when I go back.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the third of the Blue Point bottled varieties that I've tried and I continue to be very impressed with what this company is producing. Although the bottled brands are now contracted at Clipper City in Baltimore, I'm informed by the brewer that they are brewed to very specific recipes furnished by Blue Point. If a lot of craft lovers try these products, I would hope they might eventually open their own full scale brewery.

If blindfolded, I suspect I would have said that this product was an IPA. It's unusually hoppy for a mere Pale Ale but that merits no complaints from me. Nice color, nice smell, nice head and very, very drinkable. As an added advantage, the bottles are freshness dated. Also, in my opinion, it has a very attractive yet basic label which might help sales somewhat.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful drinking brew. Nice rocky head that stick to the glass. Smooth, but with a ton of hops that almost makes this an IPA, but not. Great with all kinds of food

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Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold color with bubbles racing up the middle and a giant fluffy/foamy white 2 finger head that faded slowly, leaving very nice foamy lacing clinging to the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of citrus and floral hops up front, then a mix of light flowers, grains, sweet malt, grapefruit, biscuit, buttery crackers, herbs and some spices like pepper; not in your face hoppy, but a nice soft hoppy aroma that's well balanced by the malts and grains and very much American pale ale in the nose. It smells clean and refreshing.

Tastes like it smells, with citrus and floral hops up front, then a mix of light flowers, piney hops, grains, sweet malt, herbs, grapefruit, biscuit, buttery crackers, white bread, grass/hay, sour apple, earthy notes and some spices like pepper or tea leaf; flavor is also clean and refreshing, really damn easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery, yet smooth and easy flowing, with a very light body, very mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that's very dry.

A definite session beer, this is tasty, flows down like water and barely has any carbonation, and the price was insanely cheap at $2.95 for a bomber – wow, a damn tasty bargain that is worthy of going back for more. A solid pale ale that for the price should not be passed up.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light yellow/gold. Had a nice white head...
Aroma was floral...mybe some metal and citrus...
Taste was GOOD...Hoppy all the way through...started off soft then got big and ended smoothly...
Mouthfeel was medium...
Drinkability is good...a great refreshing summer brew

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Photo of TeddyBrew
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I visited the Brewery the other day--highly recommended.

I sampled just about everything they had on tap (leaving aside the one's I had before or styles I didn't care for too much). This was the one I wanted to take home in a growler.

A fine copper appearance with a healthy head and plenty of lacing. Balanced and drinkable with nice malts all the way through and enough hops to please an IPA hound.

Here in NYC, I see the Toasted Lager around all the time and the Hoptical Illusion can be found on tap or cask pretty often. But this I have never seen on tap around the City. If it was I'd be sure to go for it.

Maybe a little too hoppy to meet the definition of a Pale Ale (hence the lower drinkability score) but I wouldn't change a thing!

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Photo of Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm, fresh hops! (It says so on the label.) Light golden orange with small but solid head, lace down the glass. Minimal aroma with hops and a pleasant salty beach sensation. A tart beer, light on the malts with tangy hops taking over but letting up at the last minute for a not-too-dry finish. It is nice to discover a beer that is solid and flavorful but not too heavy. This is even a fraction lighter than Sierra Nevada's pale ale. Good in every sense; makes me want to move to Patchogue and make the Blue Point tasting room my local. This beer really shines with food, a simple roasted chicken is ideal.

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Photo of disruptor32
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper hue with a foamy two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

The nose had a big spicy hop presence. A mix of grapefruit and orange dominated.. Exaggerated hop backbone. There was a distinct pepper aroma that I attribute to the cask serving.

The flavor very complex. A nice dry hop presence, with a clean grapefruit flavor. Well balanced.

The mouthfeel was very good. It was clean and finished very dry.

Very drinkable. An entirely different experience on cask.

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Photo of adam42381
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light gold/caramel color with a 1-2 finger frothy eggshell white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Nice blend of bitter citrus and malt.

Taste: Sweet earthy malt up front followed by bitter citrus in the middle before ending with a very light and smooth finish. Aftertaste is bitter lemon zest and a touch of earthy malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. One of the better American Pale Ales on the market.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Dude. This smells like dirty gym clothes? And trust me I know what that smells like. I washed my gym clothes about 3 or 4 times from 7th grade on. Okay, so it's more along the lines of musty. Flavor is nice a nice pine and earthy hoppy. Not over the top, but not mild by any means. It has a nice robust enough flavor. Smooth feel. A bit doughy on the liquid and the carbonation is good. It's nice. Diggin' it.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is ny first experience with Blue Point, and I'm confused. This beer on cask was nothing at all like the bottle of Blue Point that I had the night before. Now, I'm used to cask conditioned beers being different but this was way different in smell and taste.

The cask version, which is what I'm reviewing pours a pale gold color with an slightly off-white head that is small and short-lived. The taste was definitely hoppy with minimal carbonation and some citrus aroma and some hint of coriander. The taste very well-balanced between the hops and the malt. There were also some hints of citrus and a hint of spiciness. It was medim-bodied with a creamy texture that was very nice. I would have had a second or third but there were too many other beers to try.

Note: I had the same beer in a bottle (although I understand it is contract brewed) the next night. A completely different beer and one that I wasn't happy with. It was supposed to be a Pale Ale but the aroma and taste was very smoky. If I wanted a smoky beer, I would order one. It was also a little oily feeling in the mouth and had none of the balance of the draft beer.

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Photo of hmk22
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good, highly-hopped APA that doesn't go into too high an ABV range like some of its competitors. Kind of a busy unattractive label, which undersells its taste IMO, but they may be trying to stand out in a crowd. I snagged the last 22oz-er at DeCicco's in Ardsley; they sell at least 15 or so 22/24oz APAs / IPAs and cater to beer geeks, and it was a (relative) bargain @ $3.99. Great amber color, natural (non-fizzy) head, and a basket of hops at the first taste. Go for it -- you won't be sorry.

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