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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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 197
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 silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +24.1%
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 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 LilBeerDoctor
2.41/5  rDev -35.6%
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 -3.2%
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 +11.5%
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 -31.6%
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 +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 AChamberlain
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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%
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 +16.3%
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 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 brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Unusual aroma, almost smells like a pilsner with a noble hop component

Taste: Starts out rather biscuity and slightly sweet; after the swallow a piney, but sweet bitterness kicks in and both flavors accelerate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Just a bit light of medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very enjoyable; a terrific session beer

Thanks, plaid75

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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 oberon
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the engine a pale light golden with some sediment setteling to the bottem a foamy thinner white head atop,nice big piney aromas the hops are very prevelant a touch of citrus as well just a touch of dryer biscuit malt in the nose.If you like hop tilted American versions of the style this will be to your liking,piney and quite resiny with underlying citrus notes not much of a malt presence to be had,a tad thin but a very sociable pint with all the hop goodness you would want,a nice APA on cask.

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Photo of orfeu
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand-pulled pint at Pizza Plant Walker Center. Arrived a hazy golden amber with a bright white, densely packed and creamy 1/2" head. If nothing else, Pizza Plant's hand pump pours a nice-looking pint. Anyway, the nose is all about grapefruit rind and slightly earthy spruce sap. Apparently Blue Point has made a genuine "American" pale ale here, with the hops all up in your face. The taste confirms as much, because all I perceive are bitter pithy citrus flavors and a softly mineral bitter finish. Hops and nothing but in this pale ale. Struggle as I did, I could not detect any malt character that showed enough to be describable. The hops were tasty, but if I'd known that's all this beer was about, I would've ordered a Titan or a Maharaja, or any other IPA. So, suffice it to say, I was a bit let down by the flavor profile skewed as it was toward the hoppy end of the spectrum. Medium thin body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, nothing wrong there. Decently drinkable, but as mentioned above, caveat for any emptor that may seek a pale ale that has a bit of malt in it.

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

Fresh growler purchased about 20 mins from the brewery, consume before date of 9/28. Pours golden amber, clear, with a snow white head, showing good retention and leaving lovely lacing. Nose is full of lime, grapefruit and light malt. This is a tasty pale ale, perfect for hot summer days, its thirst quenching, crisp and pleasingly hoppy. Citric,floral and lightly oily. Nice job here by Blue Pt. Seek out their growlers, fine suds.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy, fluffy head. Good amount of lace sticking to the glass.

Real fruity smell. A wonderful bouquet of fruits (orange and lemon) and some sweeter, syrupy aromas from the malts.

Taste is very hoppy. Oranges and other citrus fruits are prominent. It isn't overhopped though, as this is a relatively smooth and still sweet brew. Very smooth on the intake, medium body, and highly drinkable.

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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 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 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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