Blue Point Pale Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
197
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came out of the gate in great form - bright and crisp with piney hops at the front, and then . . . well, nothign, actually. This was the beer analogy to cotton candy - you take a bite, then it dissolves and vanishes. When the beer hit the middle, it seemed to turn to water and lose all flavor, with just a mildly astringent aftertaste left in the wake. Odd - I can't say I've ever experienced this before.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Got it from one my buddies, which was a pleasant surprise. Color was a hazy orange copper. About a finger of head. Healthy amount of white bubbly lacing that lasted throughout the pour. Frothy wet film on the sides.

Good whiff of citrus hops up front. Smelled more like an IPA than a pale ale. Seemed to mainly be tangerine and mandarin. Very refreshing.

Didn’t taste as much as the smell as I would have liked. Citrus hops, more lemon than the smell.

Lighter body. Thin, oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish with some light bitterness. Somewhat refreshing though.

Not a bad beer overall. It seems to be more in the middle of a pale ale and an IPA. That’s probably the intention. This would go down great in the summer.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer i was surprised to see not on Beer Advocate. It had that label type that many fresh hop beers have; very green, very new looking, very inviting. Color is similar to a lager and, like a lager, it is very clear. There's a very clean bitterness to this. Hits hard on the tongue but doesn't stick around for too long. Aroma is a little light but overall this is a very good beer.

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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 dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bomber-bottle... Assuming this is the correct one earlier identified... Green label sticker... 10th anniversary on the bottle cap... The word fresh definitely apparent on the label sticker... Overall a solid depiction of the style; nothing above and beyond but a decent rendition nonetheless... Piney aroma of hops present in the nose and on the tongue... bitter backbite apparent but well-balanced for a rather hoppy pale ale...
Not bad...

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: finger white head, solid lacing

S: light pine + lemon grass

T: lemon grass, caramel/nutty malt,
hint of oily/semi-smooth finish

M: med/light body, smooth/
mild oily/sticky mouth

O: I was excited to pick this up, but
a little disappointed. Fine gateway APA,
but seasoned beer nerd may be disappointed.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is light honey-amber in color with a 1-finger whitish head that settles pretty quickly. Small bubbles of carbonation were present, but barely. No real lace other than the occasional bit of splotchy "legs" on the glass.

S: Pleasant nose: citrusy (definitely grapefruit) hops and pine.

T: First impression is actually focused on the feel, not taste: carbonation is too agressive. "Sharp prickly" rather than "fine prickly." Anyhow, as for flavor, hops are in charge of this show: citrusy, piney hops with a slight earthiness. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

M: Aggressive carbonation detracts from this beer. It's also a bit thin in heft - call it light+ in body.

D: Nose is good, flavors are good, but the feel detracts from the drinkability. Smoother in feel and this one would be better.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is hoppy. Citrusy and floral. Taste is a nice mix of bitterness and floral hops. Not as much citrus as I thought there would be. Bitter aftertaste. This is one crisp and refreshing hoppy beer. A bit thin, but it is a perfect summer brew. For $3.99 you get a full flavor, nice amount of hops and great drinkability. I'll be on the lookout for this one again when summer hits.

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Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.52/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed, bland and earthy, perhaps a bad batch

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Photo of xtonytx
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; < 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: a little skunky; earthy; citrusy;

T: a metallic grapefruit flavor all the way through with some caramel in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: this was a fresh keg poured through clean lines, so I'm not sure why there was a skunky aroma; the metallic character in the flavor was also a minus for me;

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow/ light orange liquid with numerous strains of rising carbonation. The white head is splotchy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Grass, pine, caramel, apples, and grapes.

T- Grass, pine, caramel, and some fruit. Tight and simple.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps it light and emphasizes the bitterness.

O- A well made pale ale. Not a stand out, but definitely something I could see myself going for in the future.

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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of sgregory
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale honied orange with streams of bubbles rising up to a thick and dimpled head of beige foam. Low aroma of pine sap and orange rind.

Flavor of piney hops, grapefruit rind, some butterscotch and inced tea. Understated maltiness rides beneath, assertive bitterness.

Tingly mouthfeel, dry, finishes crisp with some tannins. Seems odd for the style -- low maltiness for a pale ale, and the hops are more a bitter than a flavorful or aromatic hoppiness.

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Photo of GFD400
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Phigg1102
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New 22oz bottle.

A: Super clear golden color with 3 fingers of white head. Really nice looking beer. Almost looks more like a pilsner than a APA. Some nice lacing as well.

T: Smells nice and fresh. Fairly balanced in the nose with a little bit of forward American hop presence. The malt is nice and crisp as well. Plenty of two row.

T: Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada pale ale and anytime a beer of this style gets that it is a compliment. Really nice. The bitterness is even in check with a little bit of a more floral taste.

M: Spot on carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: This would make a nice sessionable beer. Tons of flavor without too much to think about. Well done blue point.

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Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Bright, orangey amber with a slightly chilled haze beneath a two-finger head of sudsy white foam which leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Smack of fresh, zesty hop leaves with a peppery, hop oil resin and notes of citrus and toasted grains.

T: Nice, coating hop leaf flavor right up front with a balancing, mellow, buttery biscuit malt flavor soon after. Mid-palate is dominated by the fresh hop resins and fruity esters while the finish is bittersweet and herbal with a mild, lingering hop sting.

M: Medium bodied and quite drinkable with only a little cloying malt sweetness and hop resin to detract from the feel.

O: An overly hopped APA at 5% ABV with enough hop chops to be classified as an IPA has me thinking this brew is a sneaky choice for spring beer of the season. It's not outstanding, but to create essentially an IPA with the balance and light flavors an alcohol of an APA rightfully earns Blue Point some props.

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Photo of mentor
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz bottle obtained in a BA trade. Consumed July, 2004.
Crystal clear pale straw color. One finger head falls to a ring of bubbles around the glass with no lacing. Smells faintly of cirus hops with some biscuity hints. No fruit. Medium body, appropriate for a pale ale. Tastes mildly sweet followed by a hop bitter too strong for a pale ale. Save it for the IPAs. Citrusy, as an american ale should be. Little to say about the taste as it's kind of 'empty'. Diacetyl after the swallow is about the only thing interesting. A macro-beer drinker may be impressed, but this beer geek is not. An average beer that I deem not worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of bum732
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Slight bready sweetness with a pleasant fruity hoppiness in the background.

L: Slight, hazy burnt orange. Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Great lacing.

T: Light bready sweetness with a slight resiny and fruity hop taste. Medium spicy bitterness with a fairly clean maltiness into the finish. Finishes semi-dry and hoppy.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Solid pale ale. Not much more needs to be said.

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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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