Blue Point Pale Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Pale AleBlue Point Pale Ale

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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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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 197
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a light amber in color with a thin head. A thin lace formed around the glass that slides back into the beer. The beer is slightly hoppy, but the finish overwhelms the hops to make the beer almost unappealling. The finish is odd. I can best describe as tasting what driftwood smells like. It reminds me of the ocean, but it almost stale and sour. I was not fond of the finish and almost struggled through my one pint.

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Photo of John
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw color. Minimal head even after a vigorous pour. Faint hop and light biscuits aroma only after fierce agitation. Barely average pale ale flavor. Metallic notes jump out to the forefront...very astringent in nature. Also an unpleasant organic yeastiness is present. No fruity or ester notes that typical yeasts impart. Hops are present in a sort of burnt tea sense. Mouthfeel is average - carbonation steady and at appropriate level. Drinkability - no thanks. A subpar pale I did not enjoy.

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

Golden in color with a thin head that has large bubbles. Some lacing developed during the drink. The aroma is a nice combination of floral tones and citrus. The flavor has a nice bitter quality, more so than the usual pale ales. Oranges are also evident.

This has a crisp mouthfeel with a slightly dry aftertaste. The bitterness lingers for a bit on the tongue. Very drinkable and an enjoyable higher-hopped pale ale.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some of this at the SUNY-Stony Brook (my wife went there for her BA) Homecoming, and found it in a store on the way home the next day. The labelhad a Purchase Before Date of Feb. 04.

It poured a pale golden orange, with an off-white head. The aroma was faint, mild grapefruit. The taste was malt, grapefruit, and leather. The mouthfeel was light and creamy, with medium carbonation, and it finished with grapefruit and leather.

This is not a complex beer, but it IS tasty and refreshing. The hops are not smack-you-in-the-face, but have a nice balance. This might be a good beer for introducing newbies and macro drinkers to micro pale ales. Don't scare them off with Victory Hop Devil...

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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 Loki
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a Purchase by date of Jul 03. Tasted and rated on July 22nd, 03.

Poured a golden honey color with an inch thick white head. The head left spots and short ranges of lacing on the glass. There is also very visible carbonation, more than usual for a Pale Ale.

Aromas of fresh, green hops with a malt background. Mostly fresh, floral hops. Very floral and powerful aromas. Smells like fresh picked hops.

The taste started with slightly sweet malt, but is quickly covered by fresh hop bite. The transition is very smooth, but too much for a non-hophead. While I can truly appreciate the elevated level and how smoothly the taste does transition from the slightly sweet malt to the completely bitter hops, this is a little more hop than I am currently ready for.

The carbonation is very high for a Pale Ale and bubbles dancing and pop in your tongue and across the mouth. It goes down very easy and is very drinkable, but again a little more bitter than I currently regularly enjoy. Very nice change from my usual. Thanks for the sample, you know who you are.

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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 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 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 Shiredave
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, highly carbonated, nice pocked white head.
Inviting citrusy hop aroma, slightly astringent, metalic phenol notes, more tinniness in the flavor, light sugary flavor and thin body, I didnt enjoy the hop flavor/ combination that had a thin, biscuity malt base backing it up. The finish was clean and nicely hoppy. The freshness date is 4/03 so it was a fresh bottle, but its filtered, ie:no yeast trub traces were in the bottle so Im not sure how much ageing would mellow it. A decent, interestingly hopped little pale ale.

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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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