Blue Point Winter Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
390
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Coppery burnt sienna body. Clean and clear. Finger of dense, padded, bright light khaki head. Some lacing. Toasted sweet bread, brown sugar, caramel, figs, and fruity sweetness on the nose. Hints of vague festive spices, but not much.

Toasted, nutty malt up front. Becomes fruitier with some caramel and cookie dough sweetness. Modest herbal and citrus hop bitterness in the latter half. Caramel and cookie dough linger into and through the finish. Some cooked veggie, bock-like flavors, and black tea as well. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel. Not bad, but definitely not my go to winter beer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a amber/copper body. Lacing is sticky and soapy. Aroma includes caramel malts, some spicing (maybe white pepperish), light hop bitterness. Taste is more sweet than bitter, slightly brown sugarish, certainly caramel, faint bitterness. I suppose this can be described as a wintery amber. Easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick off white head with nice retention and lacing on a brown with garnet hues hazy body.

S: lots of sweet caramel and toffee and even a chocolate note.

T: sweet caramel malt and spices up front with a chocolate and semi dry coffee note to the finish. Fairly complex for the style.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This one is actually very good and surprisingly complex. The semi dry finish hurts the mouthfeel but a nice brew overall.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice deep brown hue with slight ruby highlights and a slightly opaque head. Pretty sticky lacing is a nice looking winter warmer.

S - No real spices just some caramel malts, sweet sugars, and toffee.

T - I had no idea this was a red ale but as a winter ale it was very malt forward with sweet toffee and caramel aspects. Not too overly sweet and the hops take a back seat.

M - Medium it drank pretty much around it's ABV.

Overall a pretty sweet red ale, much bigger and bolder than Yuengling but noting that really stands out amongst other winter warmers. Decent beer though.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently at BuyRite in Jersey City since I had never had this before. I hadn't had any of their offerings in a while and I wasn't sure what to expect with this. Although it's a fairly strong beer and kept me warm, the taste and mouthfeel just weren't here. This could be sold year-round, but only because there wasn't any spice or notable flavors in this like in so many of the other seasonal beers that I've had.

The pour was the best aspect of this, with a nice copper hue and accompanying frothy head. Not much of an aroma to this either and the mouthfeel was quite thin. I knew that this was an ale, but it wasn't full at all this reminded me of the Blue Point Toasted Lager or Yuengling, because of the creamy taste. Just a hint of vanilla could be found here as well but the aftertaste was that of a slight burn, without any spice, hops, or other notes that could have livened things up.

There was enough alcohol here but I couldn't detect that either until I finished off the contents of my pint glass. I don't expect winter beers too blow me away but if all they can do is keep me warm, then I'll just have some bourbon and ginger ale. This was certainly not Blue Point's best.

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Photo of shand
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a deep red color with a large head that retains very well. Aroma is grainy, sweet malts, with a bit of spicing. The taste is pretty good, it still has a bit of that graininess from the aroma, but everything's a lot more well-rounded with some nice caramel textures and light spices to round the brew out. The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is good. It's a solid winter brew for sure.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

swung by the brewery after work to try the french oak cask of this so got a regular for comparison. nice amber color with thin head that fizzled away leaving an oil slick of head. smells like an amber should, malty and barley like, veey earthy. taste is the same but even more earthy. the malt bomb is nice and the brown sugar is there, but in an amount that is bearable (not my fav style). mouth was stamdard with good carb. overall a good amber and worth a try as the weather grows colder, however if you are local run to try the cask french oak as it is amazing how different it is.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance with nice foam. Smell is nice with hops. Mouthfeel is good, this beer leaves the mouth nicely and leaves you wanting more. Taste, is very good, that is why you want more. This is a good beer, however we would not classify this as a winter. This is a great American Amber/ Red Ale. Will go well with what every you are eating. Enjoy

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Photo of iBeer16
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into pint glass. Pours dark amber but translucent. Pours with a lot of head with an cream hue. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Nothing too strong standing out in terms of smell, just malty. Could be me but I smell some slight vanilla.

T: strong malty flavor with some spices. Alcohol taste not making a huge presence in regards to bitterness but still present, more than a winter warmer. Sweet taste also.

M: makes mouth water, slight bitterness combined with sweet and spices makes this beer a great one to enjoy and tastes are continuously changing. Keeps mouth on its toes

Overall, I really like this winter ale. The combination of sweet, spice, and hoppy is well done. The taste is constantly changing which entices you to continue drinking.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was part of a mix-n-match 6pk picked up by my buddy, Pat. Thanks for the beers, brother!

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a mostly translucent amber/reddish color. A one finger head on the initial pour. A small amount of lacing left after enjoying.

S - Nothing great here. Just a faint malty smell.

T - Actually a decent tasting beer. A very malt forward brew. I'm getting a sweet, almost like a burnt sugar taste - almost toffee-like. Very faint taste of spices but not as much as I'd expect to taste in a winter ale. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A decently carbonated brew. Medium consistency.

O - A beer that is good but nothing really stands out. I enjoyed it but wouldn't necessarily seek out again. That being said, It would have no problem drinking it again. Thanks again, Pat for the beers!

Cheers!

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Photo of JMD
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber colored brew with 2 inch off white head that fades slowly and leaves a light lacing on the glass.

S: Malt dominates this fairly mild aroma. Some molasses and bread, but not much else.

T: Nicely balanced. Malty with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Sourdough bread is prominant as well. Nice hoppy finish

M: Medium to full bodied. nicely carbonated.

D: this is a solid winter offering from Blue Point, but nothing exceptional. I enjoyed drinking this 6pk, but not sure i would go out of my way to get it again

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Enjoyed while watching a tense Giants game.

Appears a burnt orange. There's actually a little creamy head that remains. Surprised by its liveliness.

Smell is way too understated. There's a little sting to the nostril from some booziness but that's about it.

Tastes of sweet maltiness. Some molasses. A littkecsweetborange too. Decently refreshing.

It's mouthfeel is marked by sharp effervescence which turns pretty dusty quickly into the experience.

Overall I would have liked a heavier flavor and mouthfeel experience for this beer given its genre. I imagined a lot more richness and dry fruit flavors.

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Photo of Naugros
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber, this is almost a red ale in color. Nice frothy, beige head leaves behind decent lacing. The smell is strong with what smells like spicy German hops, but could very well be any kind of hops and the spicing that is in the beer, but they don't claim to spice this one. The aroma is a little off with a medicinal sense to it. The taste and mouthfeel pretty confirm the presence of German hops. I could be wrong here, but I get the same experience from Sam Adams Boston Lager and other German ales and lagers as I do this beer. Not that German hops are a bad thing, even though they're not my favorites, I just don't really like them here. The 7% alcohol is not very evident and the finish isn't all that clean. But the body is a nice crisp, medium.

I've pretty much loved everything this brewery has put out, but this one escapes me. I don't think the hops and malts are in very good balance, and it reminds me of a slightly sweeter version of Boston Lager. Even though there's a bunch of sweetness from the malts, you don't get much malt flavor.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Winter Ale was served, on tap, in a shaker pint. The beer had a deep mahogany color with just a wisp of foam. Caramel is strong in the nose. Similar on the palate, but after the caramel fades little remains. A dash of spice at the end brightens up the taste buds following a distinct hollowness in the center. Overall, fine and drinkable, but I would prefer more complexity.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a reddish color with a white head. Ther head fizzles away and doesn't leave too much lacing or rentention. The smell of the beer has a sweet malt base with some light winter spices on the nose. The taste of the beer was a little weaker than I hoped for. The flavors are average to me. The mouthfeel was also pretty much average. Overall I thought this beer should have beem a little stronger and thicker.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Point shaker pint.

A: Pours pretty dark for an amber ale - light brown with some off-white head.

S: Not too much aroma. There is a dose of sweet and earthy maltiness with the suggestion of hops.

T: Not too much taste either...Again, malt is there first with brown sugar, nuttiness and dirt. Hops are herbal and heavier on the bitterness and lighter on the flavour; they are just kind of "there".

D: It goes down easy enough and the alcohol is covered, but the flavours are a bit boring and bland.

Overall: A weird beer. It lacks any punch or defining characteristics. It isn't syrupy and malty, it isn't hoppy, but it isn't really balanced either. Its just not too interesting of a beer. Not sure why this is their winter seasonal...it seems like the blander beers are better suited for warmer months when you just want some refreshment. Not a terrible beer, but BP can do MUCH better.

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Photo of BeerManDanNYC
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best winter beer I've been able to find consistently the last couple of years. A full, rich flavor with just a hint of spice and a surprisingly easy finish for a winter ale. The kind of beer you want after a long day on the slopes. Once again, Blue Point delivers on the seasonal brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on May 13, 2011. It pours a nice looking amber with good clarity but little in the way of head. There is a bit of molasses malt scent with sugar sweetness and a slight hop background. The body is around medium. There is a slight bitterness to the taste but it tenjds to favor the malty sweetness instead. There's a wintery spice element too.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep amber color with a good billowing two inch plus head gracing over the top of it. Really nice retention left the frothy white pillow on top for a good long while with a nice strong concentric ring of lace

A good well balanced aroma is what greeted me here right away. Very nice piney sort of hoppiness right up front and it was nice and light not too bitter, behind that was a good deal of bready malts, and I mean a good deal of them. It was a very well balanced aroma. Lots of earthen grain here as well. Overall very nice and a good solid amber ale type of smell. It had a very nice hopped up front but then fell back right into the trap of deep roasted malts and a touch of sweet caramel. Very complex for a session ale, but very very good. I really think I oculd have enjoyed this one again and again on this night, it was just that good. Like liquid gold. So smooth it just floated down when you sipped and you could not even think about trying to not go for some more. Great dry finish and an awesome amount of carbonation. This was really a winner and something that was totally worth the price of admission here.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass a very clear reddish amber color with a frothy tan head that faded to a layer of bubbles. Good lacing on the glass as the beer goes down.

S: Caramel, toffee sweetness with a slight roasted malt aroma and some hints of vanilla and spiced rum. Some slight earthy hops fade in the back.

T: Sweet and roasty at first with toffee, brown bread, molasses, vanilla and caramel for the sweet notes and a slight roasted malt bitterness but not burnt tasting. Slight spice of maybe ginger and cinnamon and some bittering from earthy and slightly spicy hops. A touch of alcohol but hidden well.

M: Medium to full body with a crisp but smooth carbonation. A slight boozy alcohol warmth is hidden but detectable.

D: This beer keeps me very interested the whole way and has pleased me with each bottle. I am certainly glad I bought the case and feel it is a very approachable winter ale that can work to session or just have one or two to warm up. Thumbs up on this one!

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Photo of LukeK1231
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Color: Dark caramel-red color, very nice really.

Aroma: Light spice-smell similar, to other winter seasonals.

Taste: The taste had a slight spice to it. Overall, a watery version of most winter beers, however the 7% was hidden decently.

Finsih: Taste-lacking

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Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear orangey copper colored with a thick and dimpled head of off-white froth that lingers long.

Aroma of doughey biscuit malt and low hop bitters. Flavors of toasty malt, notes of corn and light brown sugar, understated toffee, punctuated with hop bitterness, but low hop flavor and aroma. Could be more complex. Full and rich mouthfeel, average drinkability.

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Photo of clickpush
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured tap to pint glass. Nice ruby/copper color with persistent, sticky tan head. Body is clear with some lazy bubble trails. Aroma is extremely malty, biscuits and caramel. Nice and bright. Flavor is full malt body with finish of light, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is active and completely helps the flavors develop. Head remains a nice cap the whole time, sticking to the glass, revealing every sip.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I have swilled vats of BP Winter through the years but for some reason have never officially reviewed it. That ends in three, two, one...

Attractive dark amber with a reddish tinge. Plenty of creamy tan head and excellent early lacing as it recedes. The nose is malty and dark with medicinal, herbal hops around the edges.

Flavor is dominated by caramel hops and a slight smokiness. Hops are understated. Mouthfeel is thick and enables the sweetness. Good solid winter beer but better on tap.

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Photo of tchenery
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very bright beer with a nice welcoming reddish amber hue. White head at the start that has dissipated since I started writing this review.

It has a subtle malt aroma that is fairly straightforward. There is a very very slight hop aroma, but not much at all.

The malts shine through the taste on this one all the way. It has that raisiny, almost dark grape flavor that has notes of subtle chocolate and toast. There are bittering hops in there but they don't add much to the aroma or flavor, mostly on the mouthfeel. There is a slight kick at the end, almost smacking as it leaves your mouth very dry.

I like it. It's not one that you would have too many of because the flavor is so forward, but for a cold weather beer with a
"lower" ABV, well done. I'm convinced Blue Point doesn't make a bad beer.

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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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