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 bjohnson
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with hues of peach. Half finger head to start, but dissipates quickly leaving spots on top and hugging the glass. good looking lace.
S: Floral and fruity hop notes are very subdued, but they're in there. Nice malty backbone.
T/M: Fruity and floral notes cross the palate quite quickly as this is a smooth drinking pale ale. A bit of lemon and orange peel are noticeable. Nice sweet fruity aftertaste with hints of bitterness and malt. A very well balanced pale ale in my opinion. A bit of a light weight body and very easy drinking. The lightness of this beer doesn't mean watery as there are flavors through.
D: Worth a try if you're on the deck sitting in the sun with some friends. Possibly a good one to bring to a party for variety.

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Photo of JMD71
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light goldencolor with small receding head. After a moment, no head left. Very little carbonation detected.

Aroma: Malty with slight hop profile in the background. Fresh toasty sort of aroma...

Taste: Mostly malt dominates the flavor with slight hints of hops. Lemony hints apparent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & fresh. Clean on the palette. Effervescent...

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Smooth & clean. Very refreshing for a summer evening so it lives up to its name...

Comments: Nice summer ale from Blue Point. I drank a fresh bottle & was enjoyable. I would buy this again when in the NY area.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very light orange-tan with good carbonation, slight swirls of head. Nose has light wheats, not much citrus (was expecting more), and a hint of hops. Taste is a little fuller, more hops and light wheat, was expecting some citrus but not really there. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. All in all, easy drinker but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear, bright yellow color. Poured a foamy finger high head that retained nicely and created some nice lacing.
Smell: Clean malt aroma with a faint hop bitterness, but not much smell in general.
Taste: A decent balance of malts and hops. The hops are slightly bitter, but mostly mild tasting.
Mouthfeel: Course texture, but refreshing. I think the texture is what mostly brings this beer back into the APA genre. If I didn't know before drinking I probably wouldn't of guessed an APA.
Drinkability: Easy going, but not what I expected from Blue Point.

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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 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 chOAKbarrell
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather pale color with a little life to it, but not much. Small thin head that sticks around.

Alcohol & grain in the nose. Kind of the same "yard clippings" scent that a lot of macros have.

The only other Blue Point product I've had is the Toasted lager, which didnt taste very "toasted" at all. This one has the same amount of toasty flavor as that. Very little, but its there in the finish. Strange.

All in all, this beer is a lot like a macro, really. It tastes like a micro brewery's attempt to clone a BMC product. It's just not as harsh. A bit smoother in the mouth and finish.

I dont see any reason to purchase or drink this beer, other than curiosity, or getting it for very cheap (both of the reasons I bought & drank it).

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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 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 tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a very pale yellow color with moderate long-lasting head. Smell is slightly sweet but little else detected. Tste is extremely light with a little lemony taste but nothing that sticks out. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. Easy drinking on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Point Summer Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz pint glass
Freshness date clearly notched for October 2005

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. There are some nice sticky lacings that appear on the side of the glass.

Whiffs of wheat and pale malts. A tad of fruit in the background too.

This is a very clean and refreshing Summer brew. Heavy on the wheat dryness and grainy flavors. The finish is clean with a dash of citrus flavors. Light hop presence as well.

A nice Summer brew on a hot day with a good drinkability level.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale gold color with a white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lace. Lively carbonation. Mild lemon citrus smell and light malt smell. Taste the same as smell but a little thin in flavor. Clear crisp finish that makes this a very drinkable summer brew.

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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 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 WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and dry, pale malt scent with some lemon zest. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit musty. There is a bit of lemon as well; not bad. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average summer brew. It's nothing special, but it drinks well on a hot day.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured since it's hot out now I'd pick up a refreshing summer seasonal, and what better one to choose than that of my local Long Island brewery.

Pours a light, bright yellow, almost straw colored but a bit richer and fuller looking. Clear all the way through. Big fluffy head with surprisingly good retention. Thick lace also manages to stick around as well.

Light smell, but very hoppy and lemony. Slightly grainy as well.

The taste is all about hops. Light, and not mindblowing, but enough to impart a slightly puckering lemony character to this beer. Nothing spectacular. Good mouthfeel, smooth drinking and no strange or gunky aftertaste. Highly drinkable. It's a refreshing brew, and perfect for hot summer days. Nothing spectacular, but a solid beer.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on label.

This beer pours pale yellow with a tall white head- it consists of large bubbles that quickly dissipate, though. There is a faint aroma of malt and hops. The flavor is crisp, clean and dry with lingering malt. There is a nice touch of bitterness as well. Overall this is a friendly, well made beer but ultimately uninspiring.

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours light and clear, suprise, bready nose, with maybe ahint of hoppyness. White head, decent retention and minimal lacing left behind. My favorite aspect of this light, summery quencher/quafer is the mouthfeel. it was soft, rounded and very smooth, not what I would expect from an everyday summer type brew. All together, decent stuff. Cant go too wrong here as long as its fresh and cold.

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Photo of cbl2
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: Sampled at a friend's BBQ during summer of 2003. Friend was actually willing to get a keg of this stuff!


Crystal yellow with white head.


Very hoppy, not summer like (thought I now see it is an IPA).


Smooth malt character is replaced by hops with bitter finish.

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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 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 nomad
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a true straw gold color, almost translucent, with a soft white head, and little lace. Had emerging wheat and soft floral scents from the hops. Taste was quietly sweet, with a fruit body made up of a tasty lemon and a subdued banana. Had a super light malt and wheat body, and some herbal tones as well. Starts off with a snappy Saaz-like hoppiness yet doesn't leave any bitter finish or related aftertastes. Drank down with a pilsener ease to it yet had a moderate ale-like body, thus it went down easy but not too much so. Also gave off a nice soft wheat and banana burp.

Very interesting take on an ale that looks and acts like a cross between a pilsener and a weizen but doesnÂ’t lose its ale character. Great summer beer, went exceedingly well with a pot of mussels and fries. If beerfinancier is asking for another, get me one too!

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Photo of AaronRed
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden hue, with little head even when poured vigorously. Some flowerly aromas are noticeable. Crisp and delightful, it has that "ale" tang of fruitiness. Hops cling to your tounge, but not too long, nor does it distract from any food that you might be eating. An extremely tasty and drinkable brew- it is prefect for summer. I also liked this beer because it did NOT (at least to me) have that lemony flavor that accompanies summer beer nowdays.

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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 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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