Blue Point Winter Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Winter AleBlue Point Winter Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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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Photo of caddybuyer
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 2009 date.

A-Mahogany red with filtered clarity and a nice light tan head that laces up very well. I'm a sucker for beers that look like this...A very pretty brew.

S-A light nose. Sweet caramel malts..perhaps a hint of spice, some fruits and nuts in the background. Subtle, but pleasing.

D-Nose carries through to the taste. Slightly sweet caramel malts with a hint of smoke and spice and a clean dry finish with a bit of hop tingle on the tongue.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, and one which I would definately buy again. Not sure why the reviews on this are not higher. I was really not expecting much from this based on the reviews, and was prepared to crack it, taste it, and move on, but I really like this one...

I generally like my winter beers big, but it is such a pleasure to see something come in at a sessionable ABV with a very pleasing profile. Is it unique? No, but it is a a real sweetheart of a winter session beer, and one that kicks the tail out of SA Winter Lager in all departments and whips out the old saw..."whats not to like?"

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours brown with a moderate but fine head, almost white. Retained well as lacing.

Smelled of malts and mild hops, with maybe some dark fruits. The malts were brown sugary.

Tasted similar. Very mild to non-existent bitterness. Molasses like malts. Perhaps a bit spiced.

Moderate body with mild carbonation. Goes down easy.

Pretty decent beer. Not fantastic but easy to enjoy.

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

a lovely dark amber with, what appears to be, noble intentions.

I sip, I smell, nothing out of the ordinary here. On the lips it is slightly sweet but with enough unfermented sugars to give a nice spine to lick. There are hops, I'm sure, I just can't make them out through the crystal malt. Probably a touch of chocolate too. It's a nice beer. It's an amber ale. If I were in the City and saw a tap handle, I might have a pint. Probably I'd just get an IPA or a stout or whatever was in season since I'd be in the great land of Brooklyn, but let's just say this was a reasonable, and tasty beverage.

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Photo of billab914
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 my Portsmouth snifter. Poured brown with a thin off-white head covering the top of the beer. The head faded but left some pretty good lacing.

Aroma has some caramel malty flavors, some spices, and a little hoppyness coming through. The flavors mix pretty nicely in the nose.

The taste is a lot like the nose in it's a nice mix of caramely malt flavors with the spices and subtle hops. I like the fact that the spices seem to take a backseat to the malt flavors. A lot of times the over use of spices kills beers for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a nice easy drinking good flavored winter beer.

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Photo of Andreji
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a great beer but a decent one.

Pour is red hue perfectly translucent with a thin tan head, some lacing.

smell is predominantly and markedly hoppy, although some burnt malt seems perceivable- not a sweet feel at all, unusual.

taste is curious, it has the basics of a stout in terms of a dry roast malt flavour that is far from sweet. a buttery feel, obviously the body is nowhere near a stout, though. very bitter ending accompanied by a nice carbonation.

sessionable, not very wintery though.

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Photo of atsprings
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was slight malt, but not much there. The taste was sweet malts with slight caramel and decent hops with slight spice. The beer was light and smooth with slight carbonation. This one was decent, but not likely one I'd have again.

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Photo of matty
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is assorted spices.Taste is caramel,bread,and dark fruits.I think the flavor is decent but a little too light but otherwise it is pretty smooth.I would purchase this again and would recommend it to my buddies.

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Photo of kenito799
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, Queens, NY

The dark amber ale looks nice enough, small head, pretty lacing.

Nice aroma of malt with warm nutmeg and cinnamon spice. On teh palate a pleasant balance of malt, not too sweet, with definite undertones of cinnamon. Christmas-y. Wintry and warm, yet light on the palate, low ABV, great session beer for winter. Well done.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask version @ Cambridge House: This one pours a dark, amber-brown color. There was almost no head and no lacing on this one. The aroma contains notes of spices, caramel malts and some fruits. The taste is good. Fairly malty, with some spices. Chocolate and fruits in the background. A nice winter brew.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured out a dark amber color. 2 finger long lasting head.
smells of sweet malts with a metallic nose.

not much of a traditional winter, more like an all year amber.
has some redeeming qualities as it's body has a nice full flavor.
sweet fruity malts with a little bit of spicy hopness to it, also kind of metallic.

drinks ok, wouldn't recommend it to a friend tho

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear amber, with two fingers of head that dissipates in a bout 60 seconds. Some mild lacing, and large bubbles rush to the surface.

The nose is uninspiring. A bit of floral hoppiness and some sweet malt aromas. The taste is equally uninspired. There is a little kick of unbalanced bitterness, some crystal malt sweetness, and not much else. Unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

All in all this is just a mediocre beer - nothing worth seeking out.

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

Pours amber/copper with a thick and fluffy head with good retention. Lacing is there throughout.

Aroma is of light hops, a breadyness, malts, caramel

Taste is the same...its got a little bitterness, but most of it is a bready malt backbone with a tad bit of bitterness from the minimal hops...not much else

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is fairly easy to drink. I could have a couple, but its not a special beer..just another winter offering. Good..but somewhat unmemorable

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Photo of hwwty4
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwc215 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a rich, burnt amber with a 2 inch cream head that leaves IPA like lacing all the way down the goblet. The aroma is rather muted. Caramel, yeasty biscuits, and just a bit of spice. Everything is a little more toned up in the flavor profile. Still the basic malty backbone consisting of caramel, toffee, and toast. There is a hint of spice that I cant put my finger on and it finishes with a lemon hop bite. Also at the tail, there is just a bit of a medicinal note. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, lightly carbonated but leaves a lingering flavor on the palate. This is a decent beer but there are other "Winter Ale's" that I would much rather drink.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark caramel color with a large off-white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with fruit and spices. Slight hints of nut.

Taste: Begins bready, finishing with balanced hop bitterness. Hints of apple and spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish, but also refreshing, fruity wateriness.

Drinkability: A solid beer and a good one for the style. Hoppier than many winter seasonals, and very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of TLove
2.16/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Windsor, CT.

Really light and weak for a winter. Surprising lack of spice and, despite its nice amber-brown color and 1/2 finger head, the beer is more dry and hoppy than I expected. Grainy and parsing.

Its something different, but I won't go for this one again. The taste is unbalanced and the body too thin. Lacks the wintry flavors and substantive malts and complexity of a winter brew.

Aptly categorized as an amber/red ale. It claims, however, to be a winter ale and I have rated it accordingly.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber caramel color with a two-finger, frothy cream-colored head. Thick lacing. Very pretty.

Smell: Picking up a lot of doughy, bready malt. No spice, which surprises me in a winter beer.

Taste: Toasted malt dominates up front, not quite as bready as the smell, but it's still there. A bit of dark fruity sweetness. There's also a solid earthy, piney hop bitterness, which I hadn't expected from the nose. No spices to speak of, nothing traditionally "wintery," but winter beer isn't my style anyway, so that's okay.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied. Gets a bit sticky as it warms.

Drinkability/Overall: Not too shabby. Nothing to write home about, but a better than average offering. As I said, winter ale is not my favorite, but if it were beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and I couldn't find any Souther Tier Old Man Winter, I'd give this another go.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. The head is tight and foamy and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of toasty malts with hints of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Starts off with a surprising hoppy bitterness. Finishes grassy and a little sweet. The malts give it a toasty/bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied, yet crisp and refreshing. Appropriate for a winter beer, in my opinion.

Drinkability: A decent winter ale and a decent amber ale. Surprisingly good and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's not much I can say about this beer. I don't like Winter Beers but it was the only new beer at my local beer bar so I tried it. It was on the good side of what I like, meaning it was more like a red ale than a winter ale. Not too much spice, good dark color and decent malt color and flavor.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear dark amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted bready grains, a touch of caramel, some light chocolate and raisin notes. Lighter in body than I was expecting, but adequately carbonated. Not too bad, and the price is right.

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Photo of magine
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never had anything from this brewery before - here goes.

Poured this brew into a pint glass.

The beer pours a nice dark red amber - dark copper in the lower part of the glass. Has a nice light tan head, some minimal lacing - the head goes away quickly.

The beer has a bubbly mouthfeel, has a sweet taste of fruit, caramel hints, malts - dry finish. The taste is not balanced enough for me - almost is missing something.

This beer is good for a change up brew for me - not sure I like the finish to much with this one. I could enjoy a few, but then I would move on. It is a decent winter brew but I have had better.

The beer smells of

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Photo of jculler82
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged bottle, 3 to 4 years old. Poured to a pint glass.

Pours a clear brown with a one finger off white head. Lacing is decent. Smell is faint, caramel malts mostly. Taste is malty as expected, biscuit at first with a sweet finish. Didn't detect any hops at all, but I didn't expect to at almost 4 years old. Nice medium mouthfeel.

Reminds me more of a brown ale or nut brown than an amber/red. All in all a good beer, it isn't bad, but it doesn't stand out.

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Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light-to-medium brown with a ruby hue. Small, champagne-like bubbles rise vigorously to the top, forming a thin frothy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of toast (slightly burnt edges), caramel and a vague medium-to-dark fruitiness.

The taste is sweet - almost sticky sweet. Caramel and grain. There is something seltzery/tonic water-like mixed in. Not too fond of flat (? - for lack of better term - tough to describe - aftertaste that lingers). There is a slightly burnt brown sugar taste mixed in, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Light for a winter brew. Carbonation adds smoothness, but detracts from the body, here.

I suppose the sweetness (and hint of alcohol, though if the abv of 4.5 is correct here, don't know that it should be present at all), makes it a "winter" amber, but it comes across as imbalanced, as there is little depth to it. It does drink quickly and smoothly enough, but the bland-ish graininess detracts. It's mediocre-ish, IMO. Okay for a sweet, but smooth drink, I suppose, but nothing particularly special at all.

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Photo of TMB0424
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a roasted chestnut body with a small tan head that disappears very quickly with little lacing. Slight orange hints on the edges of the glass.

Smell is of roasted nuts mostly with hints of sweet malts and caramel. Kind of spicy. Simple, yet pretty nice.

Taste is of caramel malts, roasted nuts, with a little spice/hop towards the finish. Very malty though, as they dominate any other aspect you might detect. Again, a little simple. Mouthfeel is grainy but smooth. Medium bodied. It's easy to drink, but I don't know if I'd want more than or two bottles of this... a little bit sweet for me. Not a bad winter/amber ale though.

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