Blue Point Pumpkin Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our golden orange-colored Pumpkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin and spices to produce a delicious taste of fall. This mild ale has little bitterness and a malty backbone. The spicy characteristics take the lead in this roasty beer and its tremendous depth of character will keep you warm during the fall season.

Added by Gmann on 09-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
426
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.32%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
78
For Trade:
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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first pumpkin beer of the year, a style i like a lot more than other folks, and maybe i am biased because i have missed this flavor profile and it may be somewhat generic, but i really liked this beer and reckon its a bit underrated on here. rusty orange in color with a decent half inch of airy head on it, looks the part. aroma of clove and honey, more spice than squash, but certainly plenty of both, nothing subtle about this. the flavor shows a little cinnamon, brown sugar, a rather robust malt base with toffee notes, and the bitter vegetable itself there a bit more in the finish, clove again, maple, its pretty layered, and even though its all the same flavors everyone else uses in these, its a little more layered and complex than a lot of them, and not quite as sugary on the back end, i could easily drink a sixer of this. higher quality beer than its getting credit for, awesome spice profile and good carbonation to clear it up in the finish. very autumnal, a little early yet for these, but this is a nice first one to kick off the season!

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out a clear copper colored brew with a soapy white looking head. Some light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some decent spice aromas... Some pumpkiny aromas too. The taste is spicy too, a little sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall this pumpkin brew isnt too bad. Worth trying but not my favorite.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of pumpkin spices in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is sweet and is filled with flavors of nutmeg and other pumpkin spices. There are also some hints of early hops. Only some hints of pumpkins are detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This si a beer that is easy to drink and isn't overly sweet, but seems like it could use a little more pumpkins in the overall taste.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, toast, and graham cracker. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of biscuit, caramel, graham cracker, toast; with light amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and other spices. Lingering notes of caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, and spices on the finish for a short bit. Solid flavor balance with a decent amount of spices. Fairly dry on the finish with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pumpkin ale. Some well balanced flavors, but it definitely could use more pumpkin and spices in my opinion. They took the safe route on this one to make sure it wasn’t overly cloying on the spices. As a result, this is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2015 bottle with a bottling date stamp of July 2015, served in a Belgian snifter.

Copper body with excellent clarity but a weak head. Minimal lacing.

More spicing in the flavor than I get in the aroma, and probably a touch more than optimal.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and body.

O: Pleasant aroma with less impressive flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

oured into a standard pint a clear deepr copper color with a nice tight one finger head atop,alot of lace was left behind as it settled into a frothy mass.Pumpkin pie spice was the main component in the aromas with cinnamon and orange-like cardamom sticking out most,I didnt get any pumpkin to speak of really.Light and sharp in the mouth wich I wasnt a big fan of.Spice and more spice on the palate,cinnamon being most prominent,a little clove as well.A pretty run of the mill pumpkin ale here,I wouldnt search out again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Notes of toasted grain and caramel.

T - Sweet malt up front with some toffee. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in the middle. A finish of toasted grain and dry caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a pretty standard pumpkin ale, pie spices and little else. Not bad, but not something I would want more than one of.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear orange/copper/brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a small thin patch with an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) along with some lighter notes of toasted malts. Very light amounts of earthy hops. There is some sweetness to the overall smell for this beer.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer features toasted malts and some toasted/roasted pumpkin with a light amount of sweetness. After that, there are mild flavors of pumpkin pie spices - primarily cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish features some earthy hops contributing some light to moderate bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with a decent balance between some sweetness upfront and bitterness in the finish. Not over the top with with pumpkin pie spices and a decent pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of tight bright-white head (with maybe just the slightest off-white look to it). This retains with a rich ¾ finger, staying robust, and leaving back a foamy cascade that settles into thick swathes of lacing. The aroma has a fresh herbal feel to it, which is layered on top of notes of toasted pumpkin seeds and a moderate amount of spice. The spice in turn works nicely with the airiness of the hops in the nose, while malts sit in the background and compliments the slight sweetness of the pumpkin.

The taste has green vegetal character up front that then gives way to the slick fleshy sweetness of the pumpkin. This sticks to the lightly toasted malt presence here, while the hops add a tight and moderately earthy feeling bitterness to the profile that gives this some grit. This lingers into a relatively dry finish. Like the nose, there seems to be just the right amount of spice here, which hangs on the lips a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial light crispness giving way to more of a soft creaminess that then fills out the rest of the mouth. This drinks pretty easy overall.

This one just OK. That herbal and vegetal character controlled things just a bit too much at times but I will say that it did lend this a bit of a rustic crispness that I didn’t find unappealing. This one is kind of stuck in the middle of pack for me as far as pumpkin beers go. There’s nothing offensive here but there really isn’t anything that sets it apart either. I wouldn’t turn a glass away though.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and clear. Small head. Nearly no lace--a couple of spots.

Pumpkin pie spices dominate the smell. Otherwise the aroma is quite light.

The flavor features a hop kick to an otherwise sweet offering. Neutral body and carbonation. Aftertaste is "pumpkiny".

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-copper body with a couple inches worth of foaming, near white head. Little splotches of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Moderate aroma of toasted pumpkin meats (and cautiously toasted malts) overlayed with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: Very little pumpkin flavor carrying over to the final flavor (not that it was simply oozing out in the nose). Lightly toasty malts, some powdered sugar embellishments. Scant estery hints. Cinnamon powder and a little early nutmeg. Sweetish, spicy through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: An acceptable, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale that's not particularly memorable.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I loaded up on pumpkin beers, mostly bottles, at The Friendly Greek when they began putting them out so that I would have enough to last me this year. Yay, Fall!

My pour created two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity, of which any self-respecting pumpkin would be proud. Nose was redolent with cinnamon, especially. There were undoubtedly other spices lingering, but cinnamon was prevalent. Mouthfeel was creamy, but the taste was a little heavy-handed on the cinnamon. I felt like I had a stick of Big Red gum in my mouth! I want more than just cinnamon from my pumpkin. As I drank, great lacing began to appear, but I was still being overwhelmed by cinnamon. Finish was dry, but I just wasn't feeling this pumpkin. Sorry, fellas.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep bronzed with dark amber shade of light brown sugar with two finger band of cream and thick lace. The smell is herbal with light woodiness and hint of spice up front with mild vegetal note with slight fruity odor mixing with sweet malt and clove. The feel is spicy and dry with bitterness on the tip of the tongue with a sutble vegetal slick and oily texture with sweet glimpses but moderately high carbonation and bitter dominance with semi dry finish

The flavor is nicely spiced with some clove and cinnamon elements with a more herbal piney hop and vegetal taste with some woodiness in the middle of the palate with slight hop bitterness echoing the spice with peppery lingering quality and slight vegetal bellpepper green quality with some semisweet malt flavor w/ hints of ginger and toasted grain in the finish. Overall a fairly bitter spicy version of a fall seasonal seems like a pumpkin ale with an american pale ale that is pretty hoppy as the base which is interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pale amber with a thick, bubble layer of white head that has decent retention

S - nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin; the pumpkin is a bit faint with the spices taking the forefront

T - pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon; pretty typical pumpkin beer with a decent balance

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

This is a pretty decent yet typical pumpkin ale. The spices are a little more forward than the pumpkin. It's easy to drink and goes down nicely. It's worth a try.

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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