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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 403
Photo of Higravity
1.88/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Shudder...wretch, hold nose, chug.

Well this started off good. The beer was looking fine a nice golden ale with a fluffy dense head that dropped back and even left some lacing. Then I smelled it and everything came to an end. I almost poured it out right there, but I thought well if I can eat stinking bishop cheese I can try some of this beer. Well to give you an idea it smelled of cheap macro swill and had some corny DMS thing mixed with a lemon citrus and covering the glass to really get a good smell almost made me pass out. Well the smell carried over into the taste but thankfully it was cold enough to muted the wost of it. Suprisingly I was able to finish the whole bottle despite the smell and I opened a second one to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle, that one mostly fed the drain. Best part was the nice balanced carbonation and decent body.

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Photo of EStreet20
2.15/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - Basically a clear yellow with a very small white head.

S - Not much going on here.

T - Taste here is a bit bland with some corn flakes flavor.

M - Watery and thin.

D - This one's just not working. Needs some carbonation or a pop of flavor to be a refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of emsroth
2.22/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: true gold with a small head.

Smell: Sweet fruit like blueberries. A light wheat scent. Hints of alcohol hide underneath.

taste: Sweet caramel apple taste that concentrates itself on the tongue. Maybe a hint of honey. Tastes very much like a honey wheat sans wheat. Hardly any hops. I'm not a hop head but I want more in this beer.

Slight bit of body from the wheat. But the bad taste seems to dominate any positive mouthfeel.

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Photo of jwc215
2.24/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow with a white head that thins and stays. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of cereal, some grain, some husk.

The taste is of cereal, some husk, a bit of wet cardboard. I'm thinking that they had the macro-lager drinkers in mind, because there's enough similarities to make me think of it.

Somewhat drinkable, as there is a crispness. But, it also has a watery thinness. Overall, it's too shallow. Not a fan of what's going on here. Better summer thirst-quenchers out there, IMO.

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Photo of Fratstar
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My first sip of this beer was too reminiscent of mass produced American beers. I felt that though this is a blonde ale it should have been a bit more substantial. The flavor notes of hops was apparent but not as strong as I would like. Maybe this isn't the style for me, but overall I did not believe it was very good.

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Photo of marm
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving type: On-Tap (Claret Wine Bar)

A: Pours a yellow orange with a small amount of head that quickly disappeared.

S: A hint of lemon and some fruity tones.

T: Despite the smell no fruity flavor or Lemon zest. It's mainly watery rye with some hops.

M: Decent amount of carbonation. Not so much that you couldn't "chug" the entire pint if you wanted. Smooth on your palate.

D: Definitely a beer for someone who just want's to keep on drinking. I found it bland with no taste that made you want to come back for more. I would steer clear from it.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
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 KajII
2.37/5  rDev -28%
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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Photo of fscottkey
2.46/5  rDev -25.2%
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 Sinfull
2.5/5  rDev -24%

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 josanguapo
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
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 washburnkid
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No more than one finger white froth of head over light golden body, very bubbly. Nose is slightly buttery, and it's hard to pull much else out. Flavor deals very little to the palate. Grainy and a minor smack of fresh grass if I focus hard enough. Good carbonation, but what's that without some flavor?

Overall, the neutral flavor and mouthfeel make this for an easy beverage to down immediately in 90+ degree heat. Other than that, I wouldn't reach for this again.

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Photo of ATPete
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

Pours with small fizzy white head that bubbles down to nothing making the glass appear to be filled with apple juice. Fruity, malty sweet nose, sugary with a little bit of mint aroma. Tangy in flavor and slightly alive with small bubbles that coat the tongue, the fruit flavors are pretty refreshing at first but become boring, over done and far too sweet. I'd like some bitterness, some crispness, this is almost juice-like in body, syrupy and coating, one dimensional in flavor. I dont necessarily care for it.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Basic, uninspired "Summer" brew.

Eye Candy: Straw yellow, fizzy thin head, vanished quickly, some rising bubbles.

The Nose Knows: Cooked veggies, lemon head candy, bitter herbal hop.

Tongueland: Earthy grass, cooked grain, lemon cleaner. Very thin.

Bender: I couldn't get past the fact that it smelled like a Corona.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a half inch head formation which dissipated quickly. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: Not much going on here, a bit of wheat and a slight lemon peel scent. I don't often say it, but macro smelling almost.

T: Nothing really sticks out for me on this one. Its not bad in any way, just doesn't much going for it. A slight floral taste in the middle which fades to a wheat flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a pass.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear pale gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine layer. Some lacing.

The smell is very light with some corny notes and just a touch of hop bitterness reaching my nosebuds

The taste has that hop bitterness, slight citrus mostly just plain bitterness and some slight grain but mid palate on it becomes very watery and it has no flavour to it at all. Weird.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, the finish, again, to me tastes only of water and that's not going to make me want have another bottle, for sure. This one I cannot recomend.

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Photo of BCad
2.67/5  rDev -18.8%
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 TheDeuce
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Summer Ale..

Appearance-Pale golden color, really fizzy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell-grainy and toasted malt appears, nothing too crazy.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Watery feel to the beer, some grain and alcohol, hops and malt are present but don't really make much of an impression.

Drinkability-Refreshing on a hot summer day, other than that the thin feel dissapoints.

Overall-not offensively bad but not great. Blue Point based on my tastings makes good beer but this isn't great, really watery and nothing notable. Still, fine on a hot day.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden a medium white head. Active carbonation is evident. And there are unique looking sediment chunks floating around. Almost like little shavings of clear plastic or gel-like substance. (According to their website their is a "special" indgredient in this brew. Maybe polyurethane gel is that "special indgredient.) Light smell of lemon and some noble hop character to the nose as well. The taste is pretty mild. Nothing special stands out. Slight lemon. Slight tartness. Slight hop bite. Slight maltiness. And a very slight soapy aftertaste. There are plenty of better summer brews available than this.

I'm not sure if this is a Kolsch or a Golden Ale. It might be Kolsch since some wheat is present, but I don't think true kolsch beers are allowed to have lemon and "special" indgredients thrown into the mix.

Thanks to Davo for the sample.

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Photo of tempest
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by Oct 08

Pale gold with ashort tan head. The aroma gives off hints of creamy diacetyl (in a good way) and mellow bready grains. The flavor is pretty mild, but it has the same salty and astringent aftertaste that I didn't like with the toasted lager. It's almost chaulky in the aftertaste and that pretty much ruins this one for me. This one's headed for the drain.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Head fizzled out really fast. Not enough bubbles to support it. 24-karat gold in color. 3.0

Faint grassy smells and a little salty/fishy aroma pulling through. Barely-discernible pale malt offers minimal sweetness. 2.5

Slight wheaty taste witha just a squeak of grassy hops. Very salty cracker. Crushed Saltine beer. Hint of berry fruitiness. 3.0

Thin, watery body. Medium carbonation. Boring. 2.5

Might or might not be a small step up from BMC. Pass on this one every time. 2.5

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of corn, butter, and wheat. Flavor of initial spices with a stale wheat finish. Some light sweet malt creeps through as the beer warms. Pretty bad...
5/3/6/3/11 (2.8/5)

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Golden & Tanned and blond like a beach bum from Cali.
One inch head and foamy lace.
The aroma is very light malts followed by grains.
The taste is malts,light citrus hints and wheat. The flavor of this beer contains a lot of water. The taste is just average,maybe below. The feel is high carbonation,seltzer like,crisp,dry and yet so thin. Tastes better as it warms.

Notes: This lacks balance,flavor,and is too watery. In addition,I have to add that it was not difficult to drink and if I am at a barbecue and this is served I would gladly have it.
Pay for it again, I will not.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
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 steve8robin
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BIF. 12oz bottle...

A: Very light copper brew with a 1 inch white head that quickly fades. Good.

S: Not too much happening here. Just some bready rye and hints of malts. That's it. Eh.

T: Very heavy watery rye breadiness followed by a very soft hop flavor. Kind of a dirty dishwater flavor mixed in. Nope.

M: Medium bodied with a great carbonation. Very good.

D: Goes down super easy once you get past the bland taste. Good.

All in all, this kind of sucks. Not worth your time or effort. Don't bother hunting or trying.

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