Blue Point Spring Fling | Blue Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
314 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Blue Point Spring FlingBlue Point Spring Fling
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lehows on 03-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
314
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
53
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of madmanjf
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask, gravity keg, same day as being opened.

This beer poured an orange-tan color that was lightly cloudy. Head wasn't too large and laced like foamy milk down to minimal bubbling which did not completely disappear.

The smell from this cask was not overpowering. Roasted Malt aroma was present along with a pine and citrus smell from the hops.

First sip was completely smooth and impressive. Toasted grains hit the tongue immediately followed by a pleasant and proud hop bitterness that was not strong. This beer is brewed with rye but it's difficult to taste perhaps due to it mingling well with the hops.

As I just stated, the first sip was extremely smooth which is to say there was absolutely nothing harsh in the experience. The carbonation sensation was missing but this is to be expected from a cask-conditioned ale. The middle tastes that were apparent, for me, came from the malt. This was really the best opportunity to get a sense of the rye that was used. The finish had a mild hop bite typical for a pale ale along with some sweetness from the roasted malt. The two were very well balanced. Over time, some slight mild citrus flavors come through at the very end.

I had three imperial pints ... the first went down extremely fast and the second didn't take much longer. The third required some disciplined nursing on my part because I could've easily drank it fast as well. Overall, I'd have to say this is an excellent session beer for those that are fond of Pales and/or IPAs.

On a final note, I think the name of this beer is very misleading. Spring Fling suggests a seasonal style much lighter than what this beer is. I would argue that instead of being a spring seasonal, this could easily be a year-round offering as a Pale Ale.

 1,756 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg in the mix-a-six area, poured chilled from the 12oz into my dfh shaped pint.

The color is as the label indicated a very clear copper, with an ample cap of cream -rocky and over three fingers from a vigorous pour. The bead is fine and carbonation rises visibly at a semi-fast pace indicating a well carbonated brew. The retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is of slight citrus scented hops with a sturdy malt backing -mild toasted and caramel notes with a gentle sweetness and light spice.

The flavor is very fresh and balanced with the hop flavor giving a vibrant effect of citrus up front with some general fruity elements which could be contributed by the yeast. The taste is very well integrated with the malt giving a subtle toasted character, yet not too dry with just enough caramel to accent and yet the beer is quenching with a semi-dry finish. I was very pleased to be able to try this fine Pale from Blue point. I would not hesitate to share it as it is a good example of the style.

 1,052 characters

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of DCH
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of braedon_peluso
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today is the first day of Spring 2011...It's time to try this! Into a pint glass it pours a bright, clear, and carbonated copper color under a nicely sustained medium foam head. Aroma carries a solid flowery hop nose and balancing sweet malt note. A sharp hop bitterness upfront moves across the palate into a smooth yet full flavored toasted biscuity malt feel. Earthy flavored citrus hops are nicely noted throughout. Refreshing yet robust. A nice Spring offering from Blue Point that I'll be happy to grab more of this Spring...

 531 characters

Photo of jlrejenkins
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cooch69
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the name implies this ale is a deep semi cloudy copper with a tight white lacing.

It is subtle on the nose. Sweet and floral.

Taste shows off a little floral hops up front which are quickly taken over by a rich biscuity maltiness. This beer is nice rich and creamy in the mouth. Becoming really easy to throw back. This beer is exellent now and would be better as a sessioner in the warmer months with friends and family.

 426 characters

Photo of musicforairports
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holmes and Watson in Troy.

Pours a dark amber color, with a big head that leaves some nice lacing. Seems like a pretty vicious pour at the bar, as no bubbles are really evident.

Smells like citrus hops, crisp, with caramel, bready malt beneath.

Taste is much better than I was expecting. Starts and ends with crisp, citrus hops that dominate, but in between the malt flavors do their thing and take control, as they should in a good pale ale. I was pretty surprised here.

Hits the palate with the appropriate feel and makes for an easy one to drink. Crisp, refreshing and flavorful enough. I hope I encounter this again before its season is up.

 658 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version is brand new for Spring '09
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a layer which left some spotty lacing.

S - balanced aroma of malt and grassy hops.

T - once again the balance of sweet malt and bitter hops is fairly well maintained throughout.

F - light/medium bodied with a clean, crisp feel.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

 417 characters

Photo of plowe70
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden amber color. It was served to me with a small white head that quickly faded.

s: Some sweet caramel malts and a nice blast of lemony/pine forest hops.

t: The hops had the strongest lemon flavor I've found in a beer. They had a peppery quality as well. Some mild malt sweetness provided some balance.

m: Crisp and well carbonated.

d: This was perfect after a long hot bike ride. If I see it again I'll certainly have another.

 454 characters

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a small white head that left little to no lacing.
Smell is slightly malty and some grass.
Taste is much better than I expected for something called a Spring Ale. I was expecting something light. This has a nice balance of malt and hops. Makes for a nice drinkable pale ale.

This one makes for a good session beer, very drinkable.

 354 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Autumn brown tinted amber color and sports a white tufted head. Said tuft never diminishes and rides all the way down to glass bottom. Leaves lace lines like tiger stripes. Not all the bottles looked this great.

Balanced and inviting aroma: coppery, toasted malt with a subtle hop spice. Mildy citrus. Tastes like it smells and again has a perfect hop/malt balance. Bitter, lingering finish. Creamy body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

One of my favorite Blue Points. There's a lot of things that could be better or push the beer in one direction or the other but there's nothing flawed about it either. Just a solid brew.

 633 characters

Photo of Dur921
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cdrinkwine
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When they say copper, they really mean copper, as this one enters the glass in a swirl of deep rust and very red colors. A two finger head forms and retains like a champ, leaving great lacing of a very light tan color. The body of the beer is very clear, to the point that you could almost read a book through it. Spicy and lightly floral hops greet the nose and are supported by just a faint bit of caramel malts at the back end. Just a touch of pine can be detected in the middle.

Stronger than the scent would allude to, the hops burst onto the tongue first in a moderate bitterness comprised of mostly pine and cedar with light floral notes mixed in as well. The initial, woody burst of bitterness is followed by the red malts in the middle of the drink, balancing with just a touch of light sweetness and the smallest hint of brown sugar. The hops turn spicy and then light floral at the end, kind of fading away as the beer leaves the tongue. Lingering flavor is primarily of moderately bitter cedar. On the palate, this is light, easy drinking, and highly carbonated. Basically, the feel of this one is a cross between red ale and IPA, with it being aggressive enough for an IPA and almost as smooth as a red.

Overall, I like the name Spring Fling for this beer because it does really feel like a good fit for early spring. The hops bitterness is there for the warmer weather that is coming, but there is still that touch of darker malts to keep the warming sensation you need for the winter. This is definitely a session beer that is making me long for the spring with the snow that is currently on the ground.

 1,620 characters

Photo of allergictomacros
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a thick head of good foam and sticky lace. Nose is malty with a soft fruity tone. Flavour is quite dry with a big grainy presence with barely a hint of toasted grain. Light hop bitterness in the back with a barely there herbal touch. Very clean and fairly light. Extremely drinkable, session brew.

 323 characters

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Rich malt nose with traces of skunk that dissipates upon swirling the glass.
Pours brilliant copper amber under a 1' white foam cap that provides rich lace.
Provides a very creamy palate with spice, nuts and some biscuit.
Medium to medium low carbonation, medium body.

 269 characters

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at Nail Creek in Utica on 7/2/11.

This beer is amber in color with a very slight haze. A white head recedes to one finger and stays there, proceeding to drop lacing in pretty sticky patches.
The aroma offers pine, floral, and light citrus hops notes with a balance good caramel and toffee malts notes. Grains linger softly in the background.
The taste follows the aroma, but with a bit of tartness like green apple skin. Biterness is ample, biting without being bracing.
Carbonation is moderate. Crispness is up front and, while this gets fairly smooth, crisp is the word here.
I'm glad I got to try this while I was out east. A very nice beer.

 660 characters

Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of disruptor32
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Blue Point Spring Fling from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 314 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.
  • Our Events

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

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