Blue Point Summer Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Summer AleBlue Point Summer Ale

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.58/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale crystal clear yellow with full white long lasting head. Nice scent of citrus and sweetgrass. Taste is clean and crisp , just what I want in a summer brew. Really refreshing. No hoppy aftertaste or bitterness; a great more than one choice!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.48/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler, served in a Pilsner glass

A - clear, golden color with a big white head that thinned out but left nice sheets of sticky lacing.

S - pilsner beer style aroma.

T - smooth, refreshing good tasting beer, nice balance of malt and hops.

M - light bodied, mild carbonation

D - at less than 4.5% abv this is one heck of a summer session beer!

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Photo of BeerManDanNYC
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top five summer beers in my opinion. A very full-flavored yet easy-drinking crisp summer brew. A perfect companion to a hot summer day BBQ on a rooftop in New York City. I love when a brewery finds a winning recipe and sticks with it. There is no need to fix what ain't broken.

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Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, Blue Point, how good you are to me. This was a lovely find. It pours a very pale yellow color, with very little head, but it looks extremely appealing, especially on a summer day.

Smell is very subtle, some light fruityness, some lemonyness, but I wanted more. Taste is a bit dry, sweet, light- this is the kind of taste I wish every Coors or Bud or all those kinds of beers would taste like. Taste and mouthfeel are both extremely refreshing and lively. Bubbly, not too watery, no bad aftertaste- simply refreshing. Very drinkable- it's ligh, it's cold, it tastes good, and you definitely keep going back for more. Great beer, especially for a hot day.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a clear copper color with tiny bubbles resting on the surface.

S - I didn't get much of an aroma from this beer. Slight hint of citrus

T - slight citrus flavor with just a bit of bitter hops. nothing outstanding.

M/D - I find this beer very drinkable but only because there isn't much to it. I wouldn't seek it out to buy myself, but if offered it, I would definitely not say no.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drink by October, 2005.
Subtle, mild, clean tasting and very refreshing.
Pours clear and pale golden.
Not much in the way of odor; maybe a bit of lemon.
Slight malt flavor with the right balance of hops to dry it up making for a very clean finish.
Great for everyday drinking, for a session brew, or for when you just want to suck down a cold one.
Strikes me as more of a lager or pilsner type than as a pale ale.
If easy to drink lagers are the standard by which the masses judge beer by, this should be at the top of the list of beers to buy.

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Photo of PBBC
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice yellow, nice lace from a reasonably ample head.

Aroma's of honey, grain, and sand?

Flavors hit the tongue, then are lifted just as quickly... tinges of honey, nice wheat grainy, bitterness... then a very light hop finish.

A summer beer... nothing incredibly out of the ordinary... easy drinking.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear golden large white head rocky appearance light ueven specks of lacing with each sip. Aroma light citrus zestiness with a light toasted malt profile really pleasant and clean overall some would say bland but that's not really the case here. Flavors a clean drinking ale with some citrus and pine hop flavors with a clean malt sweetness again a refreshing clean malt profile with enough hop balls to keep most interested I'm really a fan definitely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is light bodied even carbonation even a bit watery but to hell with the texure this beer pulls of light beer with flavor presence. Drinkability is high I could down a few of these without overthinking it I'm a fan of Blue Point beers that I've tried this is no different great stuff for the summer visit to the Long Island brewery.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice summer session beer. Great on tap.

Pours a transparent gold. The aroma is grainy and intense, with a nice dose of flowery hopes. The flavor follows suits, with a nice grain, good flowery hop character and a sly bitterness that comes in on the back end. This has a thin, refreshing mouthfeel. Not a trail-blazer but a good summer-time drinker.

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Photo of jsisko01
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Sweet, very malty, and grains.

Taste - Has a subtle sweetness, pale malts, very grainy, bready, and has somewhat of a metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a good beer. Nice and crisp.

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Photo of SUjunkie
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Smell: A light floral and slight citrus touch as well.

Taste: Light malt flavor with a hint of citrus.

The mouth feel is light, which is expected for a summer ale. This is on my list of "must haves" during the summer as it is light and refreshing. I really like that it doesn't have the heavy citrus flavor that a lot of summer brews have. It's a must try for those that like the summer seasonals.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice straw color, well carbonated, with a finger's worth of head and decent retention and lacing.

The smell is a light and airy aroma. I detect an obvious hop presence, but also slight traces of lemon, coriander and grass.

The flavor is light and refreshing, but a bit spicy as well. Light hints of lemon and grass are detectable as well. Nicely balanced toward the hop side.

The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, yet full. The spices certainly leave a sensation on the tongue, but this ale washes down cleanly.

A very drinkable ale. Not as hoppy as your typical APA, but a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I partook of this one while on vacation at the beach. It hit the spot after a hot day.

A - My lighting was dark, but it appeared to be golden straw and clear. A small head, but lacing was nice.

S - Floral and grain hints, slightly sweet with a bit of lemon.

T - Wheat with the smallest bit of lemon. Decent maltiness.

M - Felt good on the palate, very smooth.

D - I really enjoyed this one, it hit the spot.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special about how it looked...
Poured a clear golden yellow with a nice white head.
Smell of citrus hops and malt.
Taste was a great mixture of citrus hops and mild malt. Very clean and crisp. Smooth. Definately good.
Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp.
Drinkability many on a hot day with no air due to a blackout!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a delicious ale, and I didnt notice anything floating in it, possibly because it was on draught. I've had the bottle, and there is some weird floaters in there, but they didn't bother me. There is little head and is a nice amber in color. Goes down smooth, slightly sweet, and very refreshing. I had it on tap at the Lobster Roll, arguably the best seafood restaurant in the Hamptons. Went very well with the food. This is all over Long Island, so if you get the chance, try it out.

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Photo of rousee
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard gold amber color with a little more amber tint than I would normally expect. Very little head and not much lacing.

The aroma is of lemon zest with herbal notes like cut grass-some good malty breadiness in the scent also.

Taste is a malt front with a nice citrus back and some good balance to it. I like that this beer is not trying to be too much of anything. It doesnt overwhelm but it doesnt underwhelm either. Its very sessionable with a low abv and a good crisp finish and mouthfeel that is good for the warmer weather months.

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Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very much a blonde ale.

Light and refreshing with a limited hop bite (accurate for the style).

Ditto for the taste. Simple, sweet malt with a touch of hops. Nothing more, nothing less. Will appeal to those used to light lagers.

Lingering flavors are nothing out of the usual.

Worth a shot if you're not big on microbrews.

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Photo of goblet
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured and served in a pint glass .

a pale golden ale with a fluffy white frothy head that disapeares in a few minute leaving little speckes of lace going down the glass.

the aroma isn't strong some subtle caramel malt and small amounts of fresh hops ,also a bit of grains and sweet yeast are swimming around in the mix.

the taste is very mild and sublime,malt,grains and yeast are blended together to create a very lite,tasty summer ale.the hops take a step back with this brew but the taste is all there.

mild sweet malt and yeast with a superbly smooth feel on the palette even the after taste is very ease to handle .

a great summer brew!!i can and will have this beer again ,very refreshing in the hot humid summer days.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, you know summer is finally on its way when six packs of Blue Point summer start showing up in local supermarkets. I wasn't shopping for brew but was inspired enough to pick up a sixer for today's NFL draft. A little disappointed to see that this was actually brewed in Baltimore. I guess Mark and Pete ran out of room in that little brewroom of theirs on River Road.
Two things stick out immediately about this beer's appearance, one good, one bad. Outstanding head retention, still a solid half inch after fifteen minutes. Also, tons of carbonation bubbles, which are usually flavor thieves and distorters in my opinion. Nose is faint and airy with a hint of bitterness. Pleasant if boring golden color almost reminds me more of a Kolsch than an APA.
Wow. Interesting, mellow taste. It has lots of hop flavor but almost none of the coresponding bitterness. Somewhat gritty in texture but a clean, fresh, finish. Extremely drinkable but not for any hard core hopheads, since at least as far as taste this more like an APA light, although the body is full enough. Carbonation isn't much of a problem.
This goes down sinfully easily. Has summer barbecue written all over it. Liked it.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never really know what a Summer Ale is supposed to taste like but I do know that this one seems to be plenty refreshing yet possess a lot of taste at the same time. I was lucky enough to pick up a few bottles from one of the Clipper City brewers so it was very fresh (best by 01/04). It was the first Blue Point product I've been able to obtain and, if it's a representative example, I'm impressed. Not excessive in any taste characteristic - particularly not too lemony or sweet. Seemed to have a rather weak smell but actually has some hops which come through in the taste.

Blindfolded, I'd have probably guessed it was a Golden Ale and a good one at that. Maybe a Kolsch but not a Summer Wheat. In any event, aftre drinking the first bottle, I wished I could have obtained a full 6-pack.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me fresh from Long Island-thank you Chad and Jaclyn!
Pours up a darker golden color. Small thin head.
Smells like a fresh summer brew, slightly lager-ish. Very faint citrus aromas and a little hop-nose.
Mouthfeel- I really like this. Starts off like a light ale but the hops come back for the finish. Almost like a pale ale that is weak or a summer brew that got a heavier dose of hops. Thirst quenching and I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppier flavors. The growler claimed this bew has another un-named ingredient aside from the lemon citrus-cardamom maybe?

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid summer ale. Poured a bottle of it into a glass mug. The beer poured a light gold colored body with a very small head and poor retention. Decent lacing afterwards. The smell was fairly malty with a sweet undertone. The taste was very smooth. It was a nice mix of sweet and bitter tastes with a sweet aftertaste that was honey-like. The mouthfeel was pretty thin, but that is expected of a summer ale. The beer was very drinkable. Tasted good, had a light body, and was very refreshing. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of new2craft
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Smell: Clean aroma of freshly toasted bread and light caramel candy. The malts make their presence known in the aroma of this ale. A light floral and slight citrus touch as well.

Taste:Malts really shine through on the palate. I get a bready caramel taste with a floral citrusy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light which is expected for a summer ale.

This ale is quite refreshing for a hot summer day. It has just enough flavor "without that heavy citrusy" taste to keep it interesting.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very good summer ale.

A - Pours the same as most summer ales. Clear yellow with about a 1/2 inch of head that actually sticks around for a while.

S - Smell actually has some pronounced wheat and hops next to your typical lemon wedge and grain.

T - I like it for it's simplicity. The taste starts off with a light lemon not too sour or sweet mixed in with some wheat base and hops in the finish give it a nice bitter twang. They dialed down the harsh grainy flavors so it was very enjoyable.

M - Light and bubbly very easy to get down on a hot fishing day.

Overall this is really just a seasonal purchase and the price was right (mix and match of 9.99) but if I ever need a summer ale this one would be purchased again.

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