Summer Ale
Blue Point Brewing Company

Summer AleSummer Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #733
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
75
Ranked #46,501
Avg:
3.26 | pDev: 15.03%
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
429
From:
Blue Point Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
75
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Summer AleSummer Ale
Notes: The delicious, refreshing taste of Summer Ale comes from a substantial portion of wheat malt added to a traditional barley malt mix which gives this delicious brew a unique tartness not found in many light ales these days. No surprise – this light, thirst-quenching brew is best enjoyed on hot summer days.
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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 429
Photo of kookiedoktor
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Could drink a couple at a picnic, but would get bored with it. Heavily carbonated. Slight lingering bitterness. I'd switch to white wine if there are no other beers. Nothing else remarkable.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-a clear pale orange tap pour with a light citrus aroma. The flavor includes some tangerine and some cracker-like malt notes. The finish is clean. This is a reliably fresh tasting option. In some locales this is the best option.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale yellow with fair lacing.
Smell is light grassy hops with a hint of citrus.
Taste follows the nose. Grassy with some citrus.
A refreshing summertime ale.

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Photo of theBubba
2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Looks like most "summer ales". Light gold. Smells like a Land Shark with a hit of grassy hops. The head doesn't last for more than a minute and lacing quickly follows suit. But the worst part of this beer (to me) is that lousy hop bitter aftertaste. Summer ale is supposed to be refreshing. I much prefer the real beers of fall and winter where we get some nice maltiness and generally lower IBUs. Wonderful Stouts,Porters, Triple Bocks, etc. But a summer ale should be refreshing, thirst quenching, and well carbonated. And not too serious. Land Shark, Blue Moon, stuff like that.

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Photo of Navinjohnson
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A completely quaffable summer ale. It's light, lemony and refreshing on a hot summers day. It's not complex. It's not thought provoking. It's a summer ale. Chill. Drink. Repeat

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blue Point Brewing Co. "Summer Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 18MAR17" and sampled on 26APR17
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Golden body. Fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity. Short-lived head of bright white. Next to no lacing left behind.
Smell: Fruity, almost like fresh berries. Light grainy malt.
Taste: Crackery malt base with a little tartness and moderate bitterness to balance it. Less fruity than the nose suggests, with a spritz of lemon. Finishes dry and delicately acidic with some residual low level floral and earthy hops.
Feel: Medium-light in body and crisp.
Overall: A clean, well-balanced and refreshing ale that's perfect for summer. Some may argue that it's too basic but if it was any fuller or more complex it wouldn't be nearly as refreshing and "crushable". For what it is, it's really well done.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a straw yellow with average head, smells of summer, goes down nice, should have drank this in Summer, might enjoy better than I am in December. Still, it's a nice beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin ring, leaving no lacing. Aroma of pale and biscuit malt, grassy hops. Flavor starts with attenuated biscuit malt and grassy hops, then drops off quickly leaving a slightly astringent bitterness, but a light hint of lemon citrus. Light bodied. The initial flavor is quite similar to an adjunct lager, but without any modifying light sweetness, which also be appropriate for a blond ale. The initial flavor is light, but pleasant, but the finish is not that great. Looks and tastes mediocre. Drinkable, but not repeatable.

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Photo of D1noB
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A medium bodied beer with not a lot going on, slight sweetness if you're tasting for it. Good beer to break people into the taste of beer.

Taste Rating in Words: It's small talk at a party, it could lead to more if you garnish it with something, otherwise it's just a filler.

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Photo of BCad
2.67/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L: Thin and yellow, nothing impressive or offensive.

S: Smells minimal, pretty-much just standard light beer smelling.

T; Light; and not a lot is going on. Some Belgian yeast, and watery malt. Not much of a beer, but probably enjoyable for light-beer fans.

F: Thin and biting-bubbly. Clings to the tongue, but needs more body. I think that it's okay and I would drink it, but I would drink a bud light with the same indifference.

O: This is like a fizzy version of a bud light; if that is what you are looking for then it is perfect, but it is not to my taste.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Saveur-biere. In Teku glass. At dinner, with Chefburger Sabrosa. Similar to an industrial lager, not sure if i'd chose this over that Very watery, with a mild grassy bitterness and a slight citrus tartness at the end. Refreshing but boring and too watery

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Photo of Tank880
2.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too many times I get a summer beer that is too heavy to drink in the summer or has a foul back end. This is a very nice summer brew although not too complex.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.46/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.25] Looks a lot like Bud in the glass. The classic yellowish brown color. There is a 1/4 of finger of head but it is gone if you blink. The bottle lists the ABV at (4.5%) and there is a born on date (04/06/15). The born on date is really prominent on the neck.

S: [2.25] Creamed corn scent. It is still following the Bud play book.

T: [2.50] There is some sweet up front. The beer has no bitter at all. Maybe some oyster cracker taste and malt sweetness.

M: [2.25] The carbonation seems too high. The beer is watery.

O: [2.50] If I didn't pour this I would say it was an American Adjunct Lager. I have had some Blue Point offerings that I have really liked. This is not one of them. Even on a lawn tractor I might pass on this. There is just not much going for it.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pints at Havana's in Winter Haven with supper. A little to "pale-ish" for my tastes, though it's an acceptable drink with dinner. I wouldn't have it as a stand-alone session beer.

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Photo of MFS_71
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smooth brew but not very complex. In fact, a bit more watery than I expected. More than anything else, I smelled and tasted very mild lemon zest. Light, refreshing with a somewhat dry finish. There are certainly better summer ales out there, but not a bad choice on a hot day. Serve it very cold.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with short lived, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Grassy hops and pale malt balanced on the palate. Finish is light, semidry. Light, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a modest head that soon disapates. A thin film and ring does retain however.
In the nose there is mostly pale malts and faint orchard fruit. Not much to it really.
As with the aroma, the pale malts mostly dominate. However, there is an element of lemon zest and a touch of grass. The body feels light and somewhat crisp. It feels soft and wheat like in the mouth.
It feels like a Lager, perhaps even an adjunct Lager, albeit with a bit more flavor. Simple and uncomplicated. Relatively pedestrian but nice enough to have in the summer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle.
Look: Golden body with high clarity and a very good head.
It has an OK mild aroma but better flavor with an about equal mix of hops and malts.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.36/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very nice yellow with a lot of carbonation. Maybe I'm a little stuffy but I picked up some yeast smell but usually with these summer brews you get a lot more floral aroma. The taste is pedestrian. It's like a slightly more hoppy MHL.

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Photo of jlindros
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough

Light fizzy head, clear golden tan color.

Nose light, some toasted grainy blond malts, doughy, straw notes, pretty light, little cereal. Hint fruity yeast esters.

Taste brings light malts, seems watery, little toasted blond malt, touch straw mostly late. Little later like minerality and warm lager yeast ester profile which is weird for an ale but I'm sure there is an ale yeast for that. Finish brings more cracker bread flavours, little mineral and touch of hop bitterness. Mild skunky like unhappy yeast flavor in there too.

Mouth is thin and watery, then again a summer beer but this is too thin, decent carb.

Overall bland, watery, thin, ale version of a lager that didn't go as perfect as planned.

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Photo of CHickman
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold color with a thick 2 finger white head that faded and left decent spotty lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of sweet malt, lemon zest, yeast, caramel, husk and earty notes, light spices and floral hops. Sweet and citrusy overall, the grains add nice balance and compliment the hop.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, lemon zest, yeast, grass, caramel, husk and earty notes, light spices like coriander and pepper, orange peel, and floral hops. Nothing exciting but a nice light, easy drinking summer ale.

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Photo of Sinfull
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Golden color , nice white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste like average lager. Light body , high carbonation . Refreshing and really good for summer.

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Photo of wac9
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found this in my basement been in there for a year a summer ale beer that i would drink again a strong yellow in color not a weak yellow water down color , but a beer that i could enjoy in the summer i cant get it here but i will be looking a beer to enjoy with friends

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Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from 5/28

Crystal clear and bright, this yellow-gold brew looks pretty much the way I expect a "summer ale" to look. It develops a soft white head with moderation in both retention and lacing, a layer of foam left a few minutes in laying down sturdy spotting and light patching mixed.
Aroma and flavor display a light note of grains and a pale, sweet fruitiness as the main components. There's a biscuit touch as well, and the very light hops addition is mildly grassy and herbal. The flavor follows the aroma except that it fades at the end and only a weird mingling of dryness, herb and overripe banana reaches the finish, and briefly.
It's light-bodied, as it should be, with a softer crispness that, while constant, gives preference to smoothness. A little leaf dries it out, but it never leaves the area between semi-dry and semi-sweet.

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Photo of KajII
2.37/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

[Suggested glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear light yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white foamy head that diminished quickly, down to a thin puddled film and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild with a light bread malt, light grassy hops and a sweaty yeast with a mild adjunct (corn) odor and just a hint of citrus (lemon).

The taste was very lightly sweet and just a tad malty, which pretty much was the case throughout, with the finish having a mild citrus presence and a adjunct taste towards the end. The flavor was average in duration, with a lightly tart citrusy adjunct taste left behind on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a soft carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty basic light American Blonde Ale with a slight citrus tartness at the end...

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Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 429 ratings