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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

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

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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a nice fluffy, rocky, creamy white looking head and loads of carbonation. Nice clear, bright gold color.

S - Not much aroma, smells grainy and crisp with cracker-like malt and mild lemon rind. Honestly, this smells more like a lager to me. (I must be missing something somewhere.)

T - Crackery malt, light caramel, delicate floral and pine hopping in the nose. Has a light lemon aftertaste with floral character that coats the mouth.

M - Light body, crisp, and finishes semi-dry.

D - Session beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli. Second review for this brand new beer.

A: Poured a light golden color with a one finger off white head. Full lasting glass lacing all over.

S: Ah, fresh hops. Smells of light citrus with grassy tones and some slight caramel malt notes. Not overly aromatic.

T: Follow the nose. Fresh fruit hoppy flavors hit hard with lemon, pineapple, a hint of apple and a fairly big grassy hop flavor. The caramel malt comes in play briefly only to be edged out at the end by the grassy hop finish. Nice an bitter, but very clean finishing with a hint of sweetness to quell the hops.

M: Fairly light, but very crisp and clean. No alcohol and not many lingering flavors.

D: High, real high. Very enjoyable and very drinkable beer. Real nice.

Overall a very good fresh hop pale ale that is a perfect example of such. Nice and light in the mouth, but still nice and hoppy. The crisp clean finish is real nice that just reminds you of a crisp fall morning. Overall a very good pale ale that I will seek out each year at this time. Blue Point, keep making this gem, you have a winner here.

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Photo of Mancer
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cold color with a lovely 2 finger high off-white head. Lacing was visible on the glass. The initial smell of this beer was that of light hops, grains and some floral characteristics. The initial taste of the beer was that of grains,citrus and even an earthy flavor. This brew had a light to medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a nice APA. I don't think it's my favorite of the style, but it is rather unique in its blend of flavors. Definitely worth a try, and the price is decent for a bomber.

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Photo of cavedave
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, almost clear pale gold, topped briefly by a one finger head of off-white foam. Decent lace on glass.

Nice nose. I like citrus forward, and this is nicely effervescent orange/grapefruit, joined by a lighter complement of neutral sweet, hints of yeast tart and floral hop, really delicious. Though it is citrus forward it is a well balanced medium aroma.

This is a nice attempt at being very hoppy, like many other boundary pushers nowadays, yet with more pale malty flavors, yet with a different taste profile. This translates to a beer that has a tart in the sweet, nice actually, and a different sort of herbal feel to the bitter which comes in at finish. Add a sort of lemony lasting resinous flavor, and you have the picture. A couple ounces in I had felt it didn't work, but ten ounces in my palate is starting to enjoy this different take on a pale. As it warms the flavors begin to work even more.

Low carb. for a pale, which I like, nice resinous feel, light/medium bodied, and above average finish. Could stand a bit more body.

Drinkabillity is merely near average when compared to other more interesting, more delicious, and more complex PA's Americans are blessed to easily be able to get.

Impression: Glad I tried this. Though I scored it B+ it is a good, cost effective PA, a victim of comparison with even better ones, scoring-wise. Will certainly get again.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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 beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with towering two-finger head. Decent retention and wispy fingers of lace.

Bready, yeasty nose. Slight biscuit, lots of malt.

Hits with a slight sour fruit taste. Bread builds, and yields to a nice string of hops. Very nice dry, arid finish for an APA. The transition from a slightly fruity beginning to an arid finish is very nice.

Feel is very appropriate for the style. Just the right degree of chewy.

Very easy to drink. A little more malt in the body than is optimal for my, though.

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked thia up in Brandon FL. Pours an effervescent straw/gold color with 2 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Bready with a touch of grassyness

T: Deep herbal bitterness followed by grapefruit & a touch of biscuitty malt hiding underneath the astrigency. Starts to get better as this warms, malt starts to balance this a bit, then woody & grapefruitty hops, plus grassyness. Finishes with a bit of toffee & then grassy & woody hops by the ton, plus much dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation. Not balanced well at all

Drinks alright didn't really enjoy this one at first, hopheads may disagree, a bit more malt would've helped here. Let this one get at least up to cellar temp before trying

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a golden amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of wheat and bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose; bready malts, wheat, and smooth caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok pale ale that is very easy to drink. Mostly pale bready malts. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden yellow with a medium sized and thick bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, then a bit of citrus-y hops followed by more earthy hops.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malt, then just like the nose has a very nice citrus-y hop and earthy hop finish to it. Really nice, smooth, easy drinking.
M: Very smooth, full flavored and medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, perfect mix of flavors and having it on cask was even better.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 30 May 2010. Thanks to K for bringing this back from Buffalo.

Served in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large thick off white/yellowish head. Medium carbonation. Bright clear golden color. Aroma of hay, touch of resin and earthy. A hoppy punch upfront which mellows to a sweeter malty middle. Earthy bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium light body. Ethanol noticeable but not too strong.

Could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a thick white head that retains well. The aroma has some juicy hop character, biscuity malt, caramel, fruity esters and some breadiness. The flavor also starts out with piney and citrusy hops, some biscuit, fruity esters, caramel, a little hay, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and drinkability is good. A decent pale ale, but ends up tasting watery compared to better executions of the style.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear toasted straw color with plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The brew has a nice cream colored clingy head. The aroma is of a light floral and grassy hop, has that fresh hop aroma, though quite faint. The taste has a strong metallic flavor along with some rust. There is a sweet bready malt that is buried by the metallic notes. The hop profile is mainly grassy and bitter; perhaps this is where some of the metallic notes are coming from. Light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Despite the metallic flavors the brew drinks quite well and is refreshing. Would like to see more hop flavors.

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Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden yellow with a half a finger of bubbly foam.

Smell: Subtle hints of grapefruity citrus, floral hoppiness, caramel malt towards the end of the nose.

Taste: Not an overly hoppy taste, but very "floral". Some hops and a malty bite. Tastes more like a pils than an APA.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer that would be enjoyable on a warm summer day while sitting by the pool.

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Photo of samoblue
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
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 TeddyBrew
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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 LilBeerDoctor
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of bitter hops. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops...where is the malt?? Very unbalanced and the hops are too bitter for me. Yuck.
Aroma: 4/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 10/20

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium gold with orange highlights accompanied by a bright white foamy head that was modest in size while leaving a faint streaky lacing.

S: promising with big citrusy scents of oranges and lemons which was followed by a dry floral bitterness.

T: The flavor however did not live up to the promise of the aroma. There was semi-sweet malt which was only mildly accented by some fresh citrusy notes. The hopping was fairly light and a little coarse. Overall a typical WCH pale that left only a faint reminder of hoppiness behind.

M: nice, crisp, smooth with a solid carbonation bite.

D: A light drinking pale that was crisp, simple and moderate to throw back a few but wont impress in the meantime.

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Photo of Biggness
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on cask this evening @ Once and For All in Patchogue. This is a wonderful beer for cask and something I will certainly seek out in the future. This beer poured a cloudy amber with a minimal white head. The smell was mostly of malts. The tast was incredibly smooth with a little bite, mostly of Hops, malts and a little hint of nuts. The mouthfeel for this beer is ver pleasant and it is something I could drink all night but no the most drinkable

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Photo of getalife2k5
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

update: 2-13-09 Unfortunately, the people in charge at Blue Point made an executive decision to sell out which meant tearing down their direct fire brick kettle (i think it was limiting their production.) Their trademark toasty taste is gone forever, leaving only average beers to be guzzled by trendy college folk. The Pale Ale now has a funky cheesy aroma and sour flavor with only hints of grass and caramel. virtually no hop aroma and very little profile. It's sad. It was one of my favorites.
serving type: on tap at brewery

6-18-08 pours a nice coppery amber with a light foamy head that rings the glass nicely. smells floral and hoppy and very bright. tastes like fresh grassy flowery hops with some nice malt backbone that balances it nearly perfectly. certainly a little piney citrus hoppiness, like fresh hops straight off the vine. has that signature Blue Point toastiness from the direct fire kettle that just makes me want to keep on drinking. in my opinion, this is the epitome of Pale Ales. Note: you have to get it from the brewery on Long Island, otherwise, it's not the same.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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 AChamberlain
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a cask at Stout NYC, served too cold of course. Brown with about a quarter inch off white head. Strong malt and hop aromas. Caskish dirty hop flavor, yum. Soft, yet fizzy going down. Overall smooth. Very drinkable, sessionable for sure.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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 Albertv05
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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