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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very bright, and very light golden yellow. Very clear as well with lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass. Chains of bubbles stretching from the bottom all the way through and reaching the surface to replenish the ample amount of foam sitting on top. A huge four finger high head of lace formed on the top with lots of fizzy and bubbling carbonation rippling through it.

The first notes coming through were of the grain and bready like tones, cereal grains, which were present right away in front of you, were now taking center stage. Soon though some subtle hints would start to come out as well. A nice subtle touch of Banana was apparent, as was the slightest little bit of a hop note. It was hard to discern what kind as it was very subtle, but I would guess a little citrus or fresh grass flavor, not very heavy and just more of background lightness then anything else. Predictably, the first flavor that came through was the grain notes that were so prevalent in the aroma, but quickly these faded, or rather mingles in with some light fruit notes, some yeast showing their muscle. Giving me hints of Banana, some light lemon almost, very nice with a little bit of a kick. The kick probably coming from a little bit of the hops that were poking their head around in there. Light grass now mixing in.

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Photo of gskitt
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a summer ale that is suppossed to be drinkable, this is. Just do not expect to be blown away by any taste. Pours a light straw color, no head, no lacing. Smells of some citrus, but little of anything else. Tastes pretty bland, has some lemon notes and is more bitter than I would have thought. Mouthfeel is that of a light lager and it drinks like one as well. Bottom line, pretty average.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
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 steve8robin
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of LuthersMug
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
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 Fratstar
2.26/5  rDev -30.5%
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 merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear light golden body with a two finger offwhite head. Retention is average and there are some curtains of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma has hints of twangy wheat malt and lemon zest but mostly biscuity scents. Just a faint note of grassy hops. Light body is nicely carbonated. Taste has a subdued sweetness that goes well with the biscuity pale maltiness. Lemon zest, a faint note of grassy hop bitterness and an aspirin note comprise most of the flavor profile. Finishes clean and crisp. Not bad, but far from my favorite for a summer ale.

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Photo of ryssiepoo
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty crowd-pleasing summer ale. It's refreshing enough to drink on its own on a summer afternoon. But it's also light enough to pair well with a flavorful summer meal. I don't think you can really go wrong with this beer, and I would definitely get it for a BBQ or dinner party.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a fizzy straw color with 2 fingers of foam that dissipate quickly. Aroma is husky, grainy, bland.

First sip has no distinct impression other than a lingering metallic, and then stale malt aftertaste. The dry, crisp, refreshing finish I desire never materializes. Detect a little fruitiness also. Carbonation is high.

Disappointing. Just kind of bland, with a few off flavors.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Simple and uncomplicated, a very good alternate summer beer than traditional BMC. Clear golden color, touch of white foam, lemony smell. All very light.

Taste is clean, crisp, with a touch of hop. Mellow but with flavor. Balanced carbonation.

Easy to drink and worth your time. Good summer brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that quickly died down into lacy patterns. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a light aroma of grassy hops and pale malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and wheat along with some hints of lemon.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is somewhat refreshing and thirst quenching, although the taste isn't very interesting. It's not a bad choice if you're looking for a light beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of OrangeCharlie
3.76/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at other reviews, I don't think this beer was given a fair chance by several BA's. It's a blonde ale...the style is simple and straightforward. And I think this beer has given me exactly what I would expect and want from such a style.

A: I didn't see the beer pour, but it was a nice golden color. Can't say much about head as the beer was served without one.

S: Not a whole lot on the nose...maybe a slight citrus character.

T: Dry and crisp with a touch of biscuit; definitely an all-pilsner malt brew. Citrusy overtones lead me to believe that this was fermented with a Kolsch yeast - a nice choice. Very lightly hopped, but well-balanced.

M: Very good. Thinner body appropriate for the style.

D: Very easy drinking brew that is great for the heat of summer.

I think this beer is a solid example of a quality blonde ale.

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Photo of dontcostnuthin
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent cornfield yellow. It has a good two fingers of head that dissipate quickly. Limited lacing present as the beer is appreciatively quaffed. Not a whole lot comming through in the nose. Faint hop present and slight lemon citrus. Taste is frankly watery. There is as in the nose a slight bitter finish. Malt presence equally subtle. The beer is well carbonated and it suits its mild taste. This beer is very drinkable. Could have several of these without problem. However, there isn't enough going on for me to reach for it over other excellent summer beers. Really only slightly better than many bmc products. Fine to have on a hot summer day to quench ones thirst, but beyond that, simply average.

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Photo of confer
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my gifts from Mr Miller's Cellar. Thanks Bad Brian.
It pours a bright clear yellow. It looks like a a nice German Pilsener. Head fades to a ring.
The smell is light clean and wheaty.
The taste is fruity almost like lemonade with a dull wheat finish.
For a summer ale I would expect a lighter feel with more carbonation. This might be past its best by date so some carbonation may have been lost. Overall it would make a good summer beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus and malt, but not much else.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt and a little hops. Very watery in the finish. Not much complexity or character - even for a Blonde Ale.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation and a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not offensively bad and undrinkable, but just terribly average.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light yellow with good carbonation and almost no head. Aside from some VERY subtle herbs, the nose had nothing. Ditto the taste. I understand that 'lawnmower beers' are supposed to be light, but this one was almost begging me to add some flavor in the form of a citrus slice. The mouthfeel was slightly above average, given the carbonation. Overall, I was sincerely disappointed with this specimen.

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Photo of deereless
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color of wet straw, thin layer of tightly packed head - 3.25, S: A light malt build adds some bready aromas, there is an herbal hop smell as well, some soft bubble gum on the nose - 4.00, T: Slightest bit of bitterness on the very tail end of the beer, otherwise the malt is what steps forward leaving a somewhat sweet doughy taste, flavors are somewhat muted, very smooth and inoffensive - 3.00, M: Medium bodied and on the creamy side - 3.50, D: A decent, very drinkable beer - 3.50

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Photo of m1ked
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear bright brassy orange with a good inch and a half white craggy head. Receded slowly leaving behind patchy lacing. Few lazy streamers.

S- Grainy, astringent. alcoholly.

T- Grainy with some light biscuity malt. A little citric acidity gives a final touch of hoppy brightness.

M - Crisp carbonation with a mild body. 4

D- Not a bad beer at all, just nothing wow wee about it and there are other session beers I would reach for first.

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Photo of goblet
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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 droomyster
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bubbly clear gold with an initially billowing head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. Sweet graininess on the nose. Taste is ordinary, unimpressive but not offensive - lightly sweet malts without much in the way of hops to back them up. Watery body is its biggest drawback. Blue Point has better beers in its lineup...I'll not have this one again.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear pale straw hue with a two finger bright white head that settles to a razor thin and even cap, leaving behind some stringy lacing.

Very light and delicate bready malts, with a very light fruity esters.

The fruit notes repeat in the flavor, on top of a very lightly toasted and biscuity base. Reminiscent of a lager. Light bodied.

An okay blonde ale, probably good for outdoors in a bar-b-que.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden straw color with a soapy, 3-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin cap. Not much carbonation noticeable once the head settles.

S: Yeasty, lager like qualities. A clean floral hop presence. Not much else.

T/M: Clean, easy-drinking, with a decent hop crispness. A little on the thin side. Slight bit of underlying sweetness from the pale malt. Soft carbonation tingles during the sip, but leaves as quickly as the short, dry finish.

D/O: A decent summertime refresher, but nothing too terribly interesting going on. Would work well with a variety of summer foods. Probably good at parties with non-craft beer drinkers, but there are better options out there in the style.

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Photo of drcarver
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a bright golden color with a 1 finger head. Fades quick and leaves little lacing.

S - Corn and bread aroma prominent. No lemon or grass detected as with other reviewers.

T/M - Smooth going in and down, but a bite on the tongue at the finish. Bright flavor with bit of lemon and hearty bread flavors.

D - Not bad. Goes down nicely with little aftertaste.

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Photo of JMD
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow with peachy tones. Small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Light aroma of lemon, and citrus hops. Some grass and faint sweet cereal.

T: Mild flavor as well, some citrus and lemon. Sweet bread and lightly toasted grains. There is something in this that gives a subtle sweetness that I just can't pinpoint.

M: Mild carbonation and light, almost watery. Not as crisp as it should be.

D: This beer goes down very easy, and hits the spot on a hot summer day. Nothing really stands out, but it all works well.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice foam head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Nice citrus lemon grass and grain nose with some pale malt and a touch of floral hops.

T- Slight hoppy bitterness upfront with a bunch of cereal and citrus flavors. A very sweet malt flavor halts the hop bite and finishes long and sugary.

M- Light and crisp with nice carbonation.

D- One of the easiest drinking beers I've had this year. Not loaded with flavor and aromas but a very drinkable beer.

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Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 414 ratings
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