Blue Point Winter Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
80
good
400 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
Read the review
Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
bluepointbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
69
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of 1p5v
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

 585 characters

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

 351 characters

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

 753 characters

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!

 839 characters

Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

 525 characters

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.

 661 characters

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.

 1,055 characters

Photo of jeanphony
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

 385 characters

Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

 428 characters

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.

 928 characters

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.

 289 characters

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.

 349 characters

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.

 1,140 characters

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!

 996 characters

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

 302 characters

Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More