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%
 
 
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5
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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 tempest
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a single from Liberty St. Tavern. I don't know what's wintery about this other than it's the same color as a winter warmer. It reminds me of Summit's winter ale and its a clear ruby-brown color and kind of bland. This at least has a spicy hop bite at the end, but the caramel malts take some searching to find. The aroma at least has a nice mix of fruity strawberry esters with creamy vanilla once the beer's about at room temperature. Now that's it warm I'm also pulling a citrus rind tangy hops flavor and a bit of toffee. I guess the story here is to go for room temperature.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a brown-amber with an amber head of over two inches of big bubbles. Quite clear with streaming carbonation. Looks good and leaves quite a bit of lace in my pint glass.

Smell is predominantly a toasted maltiness and a small hoppiness with maybe a slight peach fruitiness in there. Kind of a muted scent, but pretty standard for the style and definitely no off notes.

Taste is solid: a toasty, slightly-sweet, biscuity malt flavor, a light, grassy hop bite, and a nice, lingering toasty finish that is reminiscent of baked bread and, to a slight extent, pretzels. Tiny twinge of alcohol sneaks through, which is surprising at the tiny ABV. Mouthfeel is crisp and appropriate.

Overall: I picked this one up with a slew of other winter brews thinking I'd get a winter warmer or some spiced dark ale. It's definitely not that.. However, I'd rather drink this than an over-spiced WW any day; it's a solid amber that you could pack away quite a few of in a session.

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Photo of babydoc
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from shippos in Secret Santa 05. POured at about 50 degrees from a 12 oz bottle notched "purchase before Apr.06."

Pours clear dark copper, with a generous stiff ecru head that left bands and spots of lace on the pint glass. Nose is malt and flowery hops, with just a hint of gingerbread as it warmed. That being said, this more an amber ale than a winter warmer.

Taste is malts that step forward, balanced nicely with hops that linger on the tongue afterwards. Once again, I thought I found a bit of gingerbread as it warmed. Mouthfeel is a bit diminuative in carbonation, a bit creamy, thinning towards the finish, but leaving a nice hop taste and feel on the tongue and palate. Drinkable? you bet. I enjoyed it. Wish I had another!

Thanks, shippos, for the opportunity.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass, the waitress tells me that I kicked the keg, to which I'd usually be proud. However, this was my first beer of the night, so it wasn't my doing really!

It pours a very white sudsy head (2") atop of an amber with ruby hue body. The head was much more than usualy probably due to the fact that the head was spitting a bit into the glass.

Aroma was mostly of caramel along with an overall cream soda aroma which was quite pleasant but odd. I also get some florals in there from the hops but the malt dominates the aroma.

Very sweet carmael with some slight spice comes through on the sip. It actually reminds me a bit of a pils with some souring hops (floral and a bit citrus) coming through to help balance out the sweetness of it.

Feel was nice. Smooth on my palate with just a slight bitter puckering at the finish. Overall, nicely done with mouthfeel.

Overall, the sweetness for the style was a bit too much for me. I had hoped that I'd get a bit more warming from this one, but the fact that it was the last brew in the keg could amount for my error in judgement. I can't slam this one considering.

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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 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 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 Jason
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Deep reddish amber hue, good clarity with a wisp of lacing on top. Fruity, toasty, malty nose ... hint of alcohol in there as well. Toasted malt, mild stone fruit, bready graininess, and faint caramel. A kiss of alcohol, spicy hop, and a clean palate throughout. A bit too scrubbed, just enough flavor to garner that "robust" tag the brewer states. A good pick for a malty non-spiced winter brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy and initially tasty and drinkable. Body on the thin side. A bit of spice not much. Low alcohol a plus..I can get another beer in. Average beer overall, easy to drink. OK to have once. Balance of bitterness and sweetness on the latter. Expiry June 2006.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that took a long time to died down, settling to a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of toffee malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has lots of flavors of toasted malts and toffee along with notes of sweetness and spices—nutmeg stands out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty, but the high amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel makes it seem to be a little lighter and helps with the drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste. I'm not sure if I could drink more than one of these at a time because it is rather sweet and malty.

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Photo of buzzworthy
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beff's in Delmar. My first Blue Point brew, the Winter Ale turns out to be a pleasantly quaffable red ale. It's an attractive reddish-amber with decent sized tan head as poured from the tap. There isn't much aroma. There is a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts that ordinarily would have me raving. The problem is that the taste and body are too thin. It's just not robust or flavorful enough to stand out as anything other than an occasional beer. One could drink a lot of these, but I just wouldn't want to - there so many better choices.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little offering from a New York brewery.

For a winter ale I figured it'd be a little heartier and a higher ABV but whatever, it was good with dinner. Pours a beautiful red color. Taste is a bit subdued... a little caramel can be tasted and some decent hoppiness. Not one of the best winter ales I've had but I've had much worse.. worth a try.

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

I decide to start my night with the cask offering, and in the beginning it's quite an experience. The pint is a murky brown which transforms into a hazy, deep amber as I hold it up to the light. The big fawn head dimples in a distinctively uniform way that leaves no chance for chunks or hummocks to form. The scent is nicely spicy, with some cloves and nutmeg showing through. A strong current of hoppiness cuts straight through the smell, and although it is penetrating it seems to be perfectly balanced with the spices.

My reaction to the first mouthfull is a big "HOLY S**T!!!" It seems that a huge, round wave fills my mouth with an overwhelming array of tastes and sensations. As with the smell, there seems to be a duality in the hops; they're sharp yet not at all overbearing, and they contribute to an almost metallic yet pleasant astringency. As I eagerly drain the pint further a thick marshmallow-like sheet, too solid to be called lacing, coats the glass.

After my first few swallows the taste already begins to dwindle, but at this point I can still easily make out stages. First there's a smooth, creamy, mouth-filling wave which even now begins to seem watery. Then comes a frisson of bitterness at the back of my tongue which spreads out and informs the finish.

By the time I'm halfway through the glass this beer seems much weaker and I'm not getting all the flavors I got in the beginning. This causes the hop bite, similar to that of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, to show through a bit more. I'm still getting that wonderful creaminess that reminds me somewhat of Northampton 80 Shilling, but this doesn't save it from becoming less drinkable with each sip. Perhaps all the spices were floating on top? In any event, it's disappointing that my interest waned during the course of the pint, but it was still an interesting experience that makes me want to explore more cask ales.

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

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA.

A: The ale is a dark nutty brown color, highlighted with orange and red tones. No head unfortunately.

S: The nose is malty, loaded with nutty notes and caramel sweetness.

T: The ale doesn't deviate from the amber formula at all. Caramel and nutty malts suppprt a light hop profile. As many others have noted, there is nothing special about the ale; the name alone made me expect more.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, a decent amber ale with the necessary caramel and hop flavors.

D: The ale would work in a pinch but to make it a full-time option, I'd want to see a spicy profile.

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

Presentation: 11oz bottle (Best By ticking of 5/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Nice, sweet fruited nose. Cherry, currants, maybe some raisin and a echo of orange & honey. Strong, pleasing caramelized malts add to the sweet quality. Slight hops, little earthy. As it warms the malts get muddier, the caramel darker. Head was a finger of mixed blanched almond hued foam that crackled softly, then retreated to a thin film that piled at glass' edge, and (ironic its a Xmas ale) laced like icicles! Its a beautiful, brassy, deep cherry amber, qualities of a barreled spirit (these Xmas beers are always pretty) with a slow cascade of some very light carbonation rising thru it.

Light, semi-sweet, a little thin up front. Roasted malts, earthy, slightly bitter, the caramel qualities are darker, more burnt. It does not change much from tongue to palate as it warms, it just evens out, a little hop bitter rise and some faint creaminess. Its going down very easy, and finishes with a slight bitter sharpness, more of the same earthy malts & burnt caramels. The aftertaste is, given the rather brashness of it all, surprisingly clean, sweet with thin honey, slightly citrused (orange), coating...very pleasing, actually.

An odd choice for a Winter Ale genre in that it is more ESB like (and the native English style at that) than anything else. Its very easy to drink, and could be sessioned very easily. Could see this paring with a mild cheese or a simple sandwich, but anything remotely robust would overpower it. Its not bad at all, but nothing spectacular and rather two dimensional. I'd certainly drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it, and it could use some more meat on its backbone to be a really decent session. Enjoy it if the opportunity presents itself.

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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 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 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 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 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 Dodo2step
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours a a dark chestnut brown color with amber highlites. A light head but leaves a decent lacing on my glass.

S- toffee and roasted caramel malts. Spices of apple, coriander and cinnamon come to the nose.

T- a piney and earthy metallic hop taste. Roasted malts and coriander are also present. Somewhat sweet and dry like a wine.

M- dry and somewhat hoppy. Sweet and robust on the roast part as well. Feels like dry coffee in the mouth.

D- Not bad and light ABV make it easy to put down but very piney knocks it down on my scale.

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