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
bluepointbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,388
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
404
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
3.57
 
 
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Ratings: 404 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of wtighe03
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of AJD1201
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1p5v
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of AlbanyIPA
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Brushkanna
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review copied from my notes. Was poured from a 12oz into a standard pint a few hours ago.

Appearance: Amber in color. Nice off-white head that sticks around and covers the glass pretty well.

Smell: Not picking up much. Slightly sweet smell, a little bit of malt.

Taste: This is a pretty great ale. It is not trying to do anything special, but it hits the mark and is something I would certainly go back to. Malts with a nice spiciness that hits the end for an ale that fits the season but would be appropriate any time.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly carbonated but not bad. Appropriate medium body that goes down easy.

I'd buy this year round if it was available.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 21 Sept 2015 into pint glass. Pours a gorgeous deep amber with an off-white head. Initial impression is a dominant nutty flavor, with a slight caramel/molasses sweetness. A little alcohol warming going on (?!?? - it's only 7%, for chrissakes!), plus a subtle hops bite, but generally a very smooth beer. Medium mouthfeel. Dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear; a touch lighter than cola brown - SRM approx. 18-19; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; the whole glass was virtually a single sheet of lace;

S: nutmeg, all spice, and molasses;

T: after the nose, a surprising balance between malt (molasses) and hops (citrus and earthy); finish is moderately bitter and a bit harsh;

M: medium bodied; coats the mouth; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a nice winter beer; pairing with food would minimize the harshness of the finish;

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a nice hops bit and moderate spiciness, but this is more of a hoppy amber or even a regular pale than a winter warmer. Don't expect the dark coloring and wide range of spices you get in other members of this style. Enough about what it isn't...

The beer is a rich amber in color, with moderate head and lacing. While the hops do have a kick upfront, the overwhelming characteristics are smoothness and balance. The finish is on the dry side, but there are some hints of fruit in it too--faintly detectable cherries and raspberries. The aftertaste lingers on the tongue for a while; you'll pucker after each sip, which is good in this case.

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Photo of plaid75
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very nice alternative to the typical winter beer offering. The beer has the characteristic winter beer dark hue and less than foamy head, but is not as malty as the rest. It has a nice crisp hop character and a lighter than most mouthfeel. Personally, I cannot drink pint after pint of your typical malty winter brew. This is a nice and unique change.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Deep brown/ almost black in color, a minimal head that disaapated quickly, little lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt elements, toasted bread with a hint of nutmeg and other spices. The nose is a little floored yet it's appeasing. A nice touch of caramel & toffee elements as well.

Taste: A good blast of maltiness paired with a roasted nut flavor, holiday spice and a bit of milk chocoalte. Carmelization bleeds through the malt yet get's drowned out by dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, this one is medium bodied that loses its complexity on the tongue but still holds up smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: This is by far a very simple, yet enjoyable winter brew, alot of the elements have been done better from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery or even Samuel Adams for that matter, but this is still a good introductory beer into the winter styling and a sure bet to please any existing malt lover.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Reddish brown with a nice head that didn't stick around. some lace.

smell - Smells of grains, malts, amd spices.

taste - Nice malt ans spicey taste, with some hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - amber ale huh? Very interesting taste, spicey-malty-winter warmer, with some bitterness. Pretty good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a one finger fluffy head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel candy sweetness with a hint of pepper.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruits, soft bitterness, and a hint of spiciness. There is also a mild bread-like quality to this beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium bodied. Short-lived aftertaste of mainly caramel tones.

Drinkability: I found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer that doesn't blow your tastebuds out of the water. A simple session beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark amber color with ruby and hazel highlights with a two-finger head of tan foam. Carbonation is rather lively and the head retention and lacing is adequate.

S: Smells a bit soft, with notes of cinnamon, vanilla ginger, coriander and a good dose of roasted caramel malt.

T: A very smooth blend of sweet roasted caramel malt, a bit of coffee and toffee robustness and a nice dose of brown sugar intensity. The mouthfeel and flavor are made up to be more than a session brew, but the ABV and dark, sweet flavors beg otherwise.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, full of sweet, brown sugar and crystal malts, with a dose of coffee, toffee and bittersweet cocoa.

D: Despite a rather rich mouthfeel and flavor, the sessionable ABV and modest finish make this winter ale an exceptional, albeit filling brew.

Really, a disappointing style for the brewery and it's potential, but a good brew nonetheless. Nothing spectacular here, but a nice solution to a sessionable winter ale. Move on for better spiced porters, stouts, ales and lagers, but stop here for a a steady drinking ale with a mouthfeel and drinkability worthy of the cold winter months.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andreji
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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 daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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 olympuszymurgus
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Blue Point Winter Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 404 ratings
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