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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Photo of robhunta
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange with 1 finger of thick head. Head retention is great.

S - citrusy hops, very nice hops aromas, not much malt scents.

T - pale malt and citrus and bitter hops are the basic flavors.

M - crisp, clean, refreshing, a bit dry.

D - Highly drinkable, not terribly complex, but a great pale ale.

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

really fluffy meringue head with great retention. great looking golden pale color.

nice piney nose with toasted grain malts

taste starts with dry pine resin hops, pretty big for a pale ale but good. toasty malts show up and then are beat back by hop astringency. very bright citrus rind and fresh pine flavors dominate the profile.

mouthfeel is on the medium side but quite adequate for style. carbonation is a tad overdone and really gives the hops a bite.

drinkability is good but if you don't like a sharp hop bite in your beers than this one might not be great for a large session.

Overall very good but a little more on the hoppy side for a pale ale, actually has a very IPA profile.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Bright gold in color, lots of carbonation nice foamy white head.

S= Didn't really pick up that much on the nose just just get clean and crisp from this one.

T= To me didn't really get anything here either just really clean and crisp and just a hint of floral hops.

M= Light bodied, clean and crisp.

D= Drinkablity is high because it's not bad and has a low ABV.

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Photo of Ego
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to dan the man for hooking em up with this one.

2 full fingers of craggy white head rise up, carbonation flows keeping the head alive on this one... it has a slight audible crackle as it settles down, honey golden hue with a touch of haze to it. solid looking brew.

very herbal and clean smelling, the type of hop smell that makes you drool with no astringent notes whatsoever, honey caramel malts just nestled into that herbal basket, nice.

hmm.. this drinks a little more bitter than expected... once I got used to the bitterness I am still looking for some thicker caramel malt.... er, can't find it. it's not that this is bad.. it is some what underwhelming, the beer is easy drinking enough but lacks character.

put the pale in pale... this is pretty weak, looks great, smells great, but doesn't deliver.

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Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-cask at Tap and Table. Had a small glass and while the sharp citrus hops from dry hopping made for a great aroma, but the flavor couldn't match it. It was a sort of dirty bread and dulled citrus bite. I fear this cask may have been sitting around too long. There's been some fine dry hopping, but the rest of this beer isn't coming together.

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

Thanks to shaebs99 for this extra. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. While this 22oz bottle says "American" in smaller text above the words Pale Ale, I'm pretty sure this is the correct listing, as the text on the bottle matches that of their website description.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that quickly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden color with a few bubbles racing upwards.

S - You can tell this is a fresh bottle, as it has nice zesty herbaceous, pine, earth, lemon, and dank hop character. This is over top of a cookie and bread malt backdrop.

T - The taste has some strong citrus bitterness, as well a bready malt backbone. The finish has nice notes of lemon and grapefruit. Could use a touch more malt sweetness to keep things in balance, although the bitter aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

M - Zesty, active carbonation that is a touch more tingly than I prefer. Body is medium, and pleasantly hefty and chewy for the style. Finish is pleasantly dry and clean.

D - It's a solid pale ale in the mold of Sierra Nevada. I'd gladly have multiple pints of this if it was my local brew. Probably not worth trading for if you've got a good local option (like Daisy Cutter in my case), but worth checking out if you're in Blue Point's distribution area.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this one with dinner last night as I was in the mood for something light. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/01/2010.

The pour was a nice medium amber in color with a very clear body that really shows off the carbonation wonderfully. A nice head of white rises to the top and reaches to about two inches before settling back down with some nice lacing in the glass.

Aroma is light hops, lemon, grapefruit mixed in with a chewy and herbal note that brings some nice balance to the profile. Malts start to mix in quickly now as the profile turns more toward a well balanced pale ale. Crisp and very clean feel here as it should be with a very refreshing and light touch. Crisp hops make their presence known up front with a quick hit before they fall back and some nice bready and grain notes start to come to the surface and show themselves off quite nicely. Smooth and clean finish leaves a touch of buttery flavor and light pine on the palate.

Overall a very session able and well done pale. Nothing really out of the ordinary, just very nicely done.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to SpeedwayJim for the box'o'ticks. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a monsterous tower of head that engulfs much of the glass and one of the thickest walls of lacing I have ever seen. Perfect pale ale appearance, probably the best I've ever seen for the style.

The aroma is well balanced, perhaps leaning a bit to the malty side. The hops are onion and grassy, the malt is like rye bread.

The flavor starts out with a wave a caramel/bready maltiness and a touch of grassy hops in the finish. Easy drinking and no off-flavors.

The body is medium and carbonation is low, which is appropriate for the style for me. Overall this beer is a nice easy drinking that I would sip on at a brewpub along with a heaping plate of burgers and fries, but as a stand alone beer it is closer to average for the style.

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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 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 jhtipton
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a very competitively priced pale ale with a little more hops than some pale ales. My bomber looks a little different than the picture as it says "Extremely FRESH craft brewed" and "American." It pours a dark golden into my tasting pilsner galss with some quickly dissipating head leaving some lacing on side. It has the citrusy piney nose that one would expect from a pale ale. It tastes good, a little bitter, not tooo complex, but hints of malts not overpowered by the hops. Slight fruity taste but can't pin the flavour on any particular fruit. The beer is very light tasting and a bit fizzy. I could drink some more of these-I might as well-I bought 3 bombers. Good craft beer for the price!

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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 Seanibus
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much to say on this one. It is decent and tatsy, perhaps a trifle too delicate, but refreshing.

Pours clear golden with a dense fluffy head - just gorgeous. Aroma is light and citrusy. The flavor is delicate, grainy, with a light hop flavor, herby and citrusy. Mouthfeel is light.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +8.3%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.1%
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%
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 +1.1%
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 -11.5%
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 +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 mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +9.6%
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 +0.8%
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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Blue Point Pale Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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