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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Photo of Preismj
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: thin and water appearance with tons of carbonation. Huge white head that settles unevenly. Golden/water hue.

s: light chewy malt smell. Not overly sweet or citrusy as I'd hope. funky water smell in the back.

t: malty malty. light nutty malts on the open and the close. Not a bad flavor, but not the overall flavor i wanted from this. very simple in the taste profile. possible hints of lemon and grass in here.

m: too thin, not as much fizz as it looks but that is okay on this one. very very thin. that lack of fizz makes it pleasantly creamy though, especially in the aftertaste.

o: glad I tried, but don't need it again. not a fan of overly malty beers and that is what this is...too much so at a lowly 4.4%.

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

Tis the season for summer ales. Got this one at my local bottle store. Only $9 on special that's a good deal. Poured out into glass and head vanished. Aroma faint but sweet. Hop flavor not there and overall flavor rather lacking. Yet still enough to be interesting. Very session able. I like this beer. Good beer overall. I would buy this again.


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Photo of Kooz
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. Golden wheat colored, a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing in its wake.

Smells wheaty and slightly lemony. Neither one particularly strong. Meh.

Light and refreshing flavor. Subtle hoppiness, and a stronger wheat taste. Hints at citrus but never really comes into focus. Slightly sour aftertaste. Could be better, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is very good. Just a little bit of bite from the hops, foamy/creamy on a swish, smooth going down.

Overall it's a pretty good beer. Nothing too special, but nice when thirsty on a hot day.

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Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas begin with notes of the grain and bready malt tones, some cereal graininess. A nice subtle bit of hop notes are also present; subtle citrus or fresh grass.

The tastes begin predictably with the grainy malt flavors and some subtle light fruit notes, some yeast on the backend but you have to stretch to taste it. Some light lemon hops, very nice with a little bit of a kick.

Mouthfeel is average with average carbonation. Overall this is a decent summer offering but there are many other which a much more flavorful profile which are just as readily available and just as sessionable. No need to revist here.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a deep golden body with perfect clarity. The head settles down in short order, leaving light lace in its wake.

S - Grainy, bready malt with some herbal hops and a hint of grassy character.

T - Light, husky sweetness up front with a hint of honey. Some grassy hop flavor in the middle as the malt starts to fade out. A little bit of herbal character and a glancing note of honey as the beer finishes out.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A pretty standard light ale that could double for just about any yellow fizzy beer. The aroma is pretty nice with a light note of malt and some pleasant, herbal hop characteristics that are together reminiscent of the better international light lagers. The flavor is considerably more bland as it possess only shadows of the character hinted at by the aroma and there is very little to taste by the finish. Not bad in any specific way, just very bland and unremarkable.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light pour which I did expect. Not really much to report about the bouquet, color, head, hop, malt, etc....
Just everything was low key and not much of anything.
The Taste was very light but enjoyable.
I have found myself moving more and more into the summer and lighter beers as the climate warms up here in the Northeast.
I still miss my full fall and winter beers.
But for the summer, I can enjoy this one without a problem.
Not over the top, not a top rated one, but good and enjoyable, and at this time of the year, thats pretty good

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A- pale clear golden yellow with a finger hand half head. Minimal lacing but ok.

S- lemon zest and coriander and malts. Thats it, pretty basic.

T- a malty and grainy taste. The lemon in the nose is not there in the mouth.

M- carbonated a tad much but not bac. light bodied and fairly smooth.

O- not bad but i like my summer ale's with a little more wheatish flavor and dry feel.

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Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew is a clear golden color with huge apparent carbonation and a fairly huge head. It doesn't retain for too long though. The aroma is a bit off, bit citrus, grains, and overripe fruit. The fruit is the part that gets to me, it just doesn't smell that great. This bad boy tastes a lot better than it smells though. Comes in lemony and grainy at first, then some other citrus flavors come in along with some solid wheatiness to pair with the grains on the finish. Aftertaste is dry and wheaty. The mouthfeel is nice, it's light and gets a bit drying towards the end, and the drinkability is fairly good. A good, enjoyable summer ale. Nothing more.

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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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, honey, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and a touch of honey sweetness. It finishes with a grainy sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Not a trailblazing beer by any means, but still a very clean and crisp refreshing summer ale. It's extremely drinkable and would work well as a camping brew.

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

I've reviewed this before from the bottle but that was long ago and this is on tap.

On tap at Tommy's Place in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: pours a dark yellow, maybe closer to orange, with a thin, creamy white head that disappears fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: husky grain with a big of fruity hops, approaching APA levels of hoppiness.

Taste: follows the nose with a light grainy taste, some light caramel, and a bit of floral, grassy and fruity hop flavors.

Feel: medium bodied (actually a bit big in body for a summer beer), moderate carbonation, and crisp. Easy drinking and could easily be something you drink for a session.

Overall: decent and not how I remember it. Bigger and more flavorful than I remember it being, which is good, but I wonder if it isn't missing the aim of being a summer beer. Still, I'm sure I'll end up drinking lots of these by the time Labor Day rolls around. Cheers!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -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 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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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 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 merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +12.5%
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 -7.9%
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 +4.9%
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 -3.3%
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 +14.3%
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 -14%
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 +10.9%
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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