Blue Point Pumpkin Ale | Blue Point Brewing Company

128 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale

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

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 426
Photo of SFC21
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber bodied brew. One inch head fades quickly but leaves some lacing on the way down.

S - Very nice nose. Cinnamon jumps right out, followed by notes of ginger and all-spice along with the pumpkin. Not as big a nose as some other pumpkin beers but still nice.

T - Starts off great with all of those pumpkin and spice notes hitting the taste buds immediately. However, after swallowing, it seems to leave an aspirin like aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - Started off with so much promise in the nose and the initial taste but the aftertaste left me disappointed. I don't think I'd turn it down if offered but I don't think I'd seek it out, either, given the availability of so many good pumpkin beers these days.

 758 characters

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a hazy orange body with a 1"white head, that sticks around for a while. The aroma is of sweet malts, clove and pumpkin and a hint of nutmeg. The taste is like the smell, malt, clove pumpkin and nutmeg. The mouth feel is nice and carbonated and is smooth off the tongue. Overall this is a good pumpkin beer.

 356 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a brewery rep for giving me this one a long time back. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a three and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, and clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, clove, pumpkin, and brown sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The pumpkin and spice presence for the style was definitely present on this one. Just a really nice example of the style. If you are a Pumpkin brew fan, you have got to try this one.

 668 characters

Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper with small frothy white head that fades slowly. Light lacing down the glass.

S: Nice aroma of pumkin and fall spices. Cinnimon and nutmeg with light hints of clove.

T: Taste matches the aroma. Pumkin upfront with some bready and carmel malt. All the spices you would expect are present. Cinnimon, nutmeg, clove. Light hops as it finishes to balance it out.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: This is a suprisingly good pumpkin ale. Nice pumpkin and spice flavor. This one doesn't compare to the imperial pumpkins like Weyerbacher, Dogfishhead or ST Pumking, but it's the best of all the rest. Solid offering from Blue Point.

 657 characters

Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lively pour from a fresh chilled growler this seasonal shows a clear iced tea color with a big light tan colored head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a nice yeasty vanilla and sweet pumpkin pie. So much better than what I experienced on tap recently. The flavor brings much the same along with cinnamon apple crisp for a decided Fall taste that says pumpkin without overdoing it. It's tangy with fine but tasteful carbonation. It's medium bodied at most and highly drinkable for this sort of specialty brew. The yeast comes out on the edges with a hint of cedar. Very tasty stuff and one I could easily session. One of the best pumpkins I've had.

 649 characters

Photo of mltobin
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this a few weeks ago and finally opened it over the weekend.

Appearance is light copper color with small head to it.
Mother Pumpkin Ale has aromas of cinnamon, pumpkin and other spices that I cannot pinpoint. Its taste has more of the same, though they are fainter than one might have expected. The lightness of the taste could appeal to some. Its` mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a carbonation level a bit low. Drinkability is better than other pumpkin beers due to the lightness of its` taste as well as a lower abv than some others from the style.

 590 characters

Photo of scootny
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good pumpkin ale. The flavor profile is on the pie side of the spectrum but you will find this to be sessionable holiday brew nonetheless. Very clear with a decent head that fades quickly. Color is a nice autumn dark copper. Nose is full of nutmeg and allspice. Bready malts and a touch of light caramel. Taste is a nice balance of pie, ( in the front ) and ale on the finish. Speaking of the finish it is dry and clean with just a touch of spice lingering. Feel is crisp and light with a nice quenching dryness. The drinkability seems to increase as you go. There is never a heaviness of flavor or mouthfeel. You can go through a few of these when you are so inclined. The real limit is your sate of mind. This is not a mildly flavored version of the style but it is enjoyable regardless. Nice

 804 characters

Photo of yesyouam
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue point pumpkin ale is a crystal clear, coppery amber ale with a soft, yellowish off-white foam on top. The head has outstanding retention and it leaves thick lacing. It smells spicy with aromas of mostly nutmeg with some pumpkin and hay in there. It's medium-light bodied; pretty soft and smooth. The finish is a little chalky. It's a mellow flavor overall. The pumpkin is evident at the start of the taste, then the spice rolls in, followed by the hops. The bitterness is grassy and lasts through the finish. I like that the hops are more assertive than most pumpkin ales. This is really tasty and would be a great session ale.

 632 characters

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thin white head that disappeared quickly and left behind no cap or lacings. Light spicey aroma with corriander and sweet pumpkin. The flavors are similar to the aroma. Medium bodied, buttery smooth with nice carboantion. Not a huge fan of spiced beers, but this one wasn't overt the top and was very drinkable.

 369 characters

Photo of Halley
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer a week after having a 19-pumpkin-beer-tasting-extravaganza, and thought it was terrible. But upon trying it for a second time, I found it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Apparently, I got a little spoiled.

A-Light orangish amber, some head at first.

S-Could smell the cinnamon from several feet away while it was being poured. However, smelled a little more sour when I really put my nose in it.

T-Like I said, better than I remembered. Some pumpkin and slight spice. The aftertaste is very metallic, though--not a fan of that.

M-A little bitter. Quite watery.

D-It goes down fairly easily, but I'm not sure I'd want too many.

 655 characters

Photo of Seanibus
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perfectly adequate, but nothing to commend it beyond that. In a market segment that has some truly exceptional beers, this one stands firmly in the middle of the crowd.

Pours lovely clear amber with a slight head. Aroma is spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is heavy with the cinnamon and allspice, with a solid toasty malt burn. Quite conventional.

 360 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber-orange color with a little head and some good lacing.

S - The pumpkin spices dominate the aroma, with just a bit of pumpkin smell and some maltiness mixed in.

T - Initially very sweet, which is then followed by the pumpkin spices and the pumpkin flavors. The hops and the malt flavors add in to the mix to give the taste some depth.

M - Little carbonation, and medium-light bodied. Could have used a bit body to match the flavors. However, the beer still felt crisp.

D - Very smooth and very drinkable beer. Very crisp and refreshing.

 553 characters

Photo of a74gent
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received this one as a nice extra in a recent trade.

The appearance is not impressive at all with not much more than a typical medium amber color. The head appears briefly and disappears to nothing quickly.

The smell has slight spiciness, but nothing overly noteworthy.

The taste is as underwhelming as everything else. A slight pumpkin taste on top of a very mediocre macro beer base. This is not anything to note.

Mouthfeel is a misnomer because there isn't much with this one. Better than your average BMC, but very empty and has nothing filling.

You can drink a bunch of these, but you won't know it and you won't care that you did.

 641 characters

Photo of samoblue
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dear Steve:

I tried another beer this evening. This one was by a Long Island brewery called "Blue Point," and this purported to be an ale brewed with...get this...PUMPKINS. Have you ever heard of such a thing? What's next, beer with blueberries? Anyway, it was poured from the bottle into a wine glass, which is the only thing they have on hand at this house I'm housesitting in for the next few days.

The pour was a deep copper, like you might expect a beer brewed with pumpkins to appear. It looked a lot like those amber ales you're so fond of, Steve. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. This is definitely a beer brewed for autumn, for reals.

I'd be hard-pressed to say it SMELLED like pumpkins, but then again, I carved one with your sister this weekend and actual raw pumpkin smells more like garbage. This had some notes of cinnamon and maybe one of those other spices your mom uses too much of at Thanksgiving. Nutmeg? Cardamom? I'm just spitballing here.

As far as the beer tastes? Well, it doesn't taste anything like pumpkin, by any discernible measure save for the label's own say-so. It's sweet it makes my teeth hurt...but it's not a "pumpkin-pie, frolic-gaily-around-in-the-fallen-leaves" type of autumnal sweet. More like a "I've-had-three-of-these-and-now-my-heart-hurts" type of cloying sweet. Jesus Tapdancing Christ, the longer I sit here at my typewriter, the more I feel the need to brush my teeth right out of my head after drinking this.

Steve, I had high hopes for this beer, I really did. I've been a fan of Blue Point in the past...just read my other reviews. But this beer is really only worth it if it's the only craft option available in the bodega, just like it was for me. And is that the type of life that ANY of us want to live? I'm sorry, Steve, but this beer is only average, and since this beer is only available on the East Coast where there are pumpkin beers a-plenty, you have a number of other options.

Your friend,


 2,002 characters

Photo of gskitt
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured copper/orange shade with no lacing, and a thin cream-colored head that was barely noticeable.
S- Thinly veiled pumpkin scent. Scent was more reminiscent of cloves and orange spice.
T- Pumpkin flavor does not stand up well. Tasted more like a copper ale should taste. It's as if Blue point made it a point to brew this with subtlety, and unfortunately succeeded.
M- Not bad mouthfeel,beer does not linger and is not bad.
D- not terrible, maybe having slightly less carbonation would be better.

Not terrible but doesn't belong with the powerhouses of the style.

 571 characters

Photo of Ezone024
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber borderline brown color, thin white foam head, short lasting no lacing. smell is sugar,pumpkin and spice.

taste like a modestly spiced, light drinking brown ale.
just enough pumpkin to accompany a buttery brown ale..hops and spice make for a crisp brew.

mouthfeel is very nice, very clean and crisp with the right amount of pumpkin not overwhelming.

drinks better than any other specialty beer i've had..
Best thing blue point has put out in my opinion..
recommend drinking with a roast chicken with gravy and buttery green beans

 551 characters

Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottled into large weiss beer glass - about an inch of off-white head with modest outgassing from the bottom of the glass. Very nice amber color, tinted by contact with pumpkin puree?

Fantastic first whiff of nutmeg and all spice and pumpkin puree when first cracked open. Aroma starts to mellow to a more nutmeg/barley scent.

Sweet on the pallete followed by hint of peppery nutmeg flavoring. The spices linger on the tongue long after the sweetness.

Makes a decent dessert beer to be enjoyed with a nice slice of carrot cake or pumpkin pie. Maybe even a pumpkin whoopie pie (my favorite!)

 605 characters

Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly less than a fingers worth of fizzy off-white colored head that quickly fades leaving only a splotchy lace and a slight collar... Loaded with vibrant medium to quick paced carbonation that bursts through the surface... A deep rich amberish orange color...

S - Spices are at the forefront with nutmeg and especially cinnamon taking the center stage... There are undertones of sweet pumpkin pie... Additional notes of ginger snaps and caramel...

T - Caramel... Bread pudding... A subtle cinnamon spiciness... Mild notes of store bought pumpkin pie... A touch of nuttiness... A slightly medicinal finish and aftertaste...

M - Mellow... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Sturdy... Loaded with prickly carbonated fizz... Dense and slightly heavy... An ever so faint stickiness...

D - A rather standard pumpkin ale... I have nothing to say about this Blue Point offering, but it is rather unremarkable and not quite memorable... I wouldn't dissuade any one from trying, but I also wouldn't recommend...

 1,021 characters

Photo of whisperjet
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a rich amber color, almost like cider. Has a thick off-white head that sticks around and leaves a sticky lace behind.

s: Holy spices. There is a ton of cinnamon in this beer, probably a bit too much. Smells spicy and bready. Once you get past the first cinnamon blast, smell is inviting

t: The taste is a bit odd. Very strong cinnamon flavor. The hoppy flavors are a mismatch with the cinnamon in my opinion; this is like a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass but it doesn't do it for me. I think the alcohol taste is a bit too prominent and clashes with what could have otherwise been fairly balanced flavors.

m: Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinks like an ale should

d: Fairly decent, but I think off mark attempt at a pumpkin ale. If you really like cinnamon this is probably a good pick for you

 811 characters

Photo of alcstradamus
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to SpeedwayJim for the box'o'ticks. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear copper color with a sliver of head.

The aroma is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and most of all fresh pumkin pie. The spices do not overwhelm at all, they are a nice accompanying note to the pie aroma.

The flavor is a bit of a step back from the nose. The pumpkin loses its luster here and is replaced by some musty caramel maltiness. In the finish, that fresh pie I found in the smell returns a little bit. Some lip gloss notes.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but not stinging. Overall this beer showed a lot of promise based on the aroma, but that mustiness sort of killed the momentum.

 686 characters

Photo of socon67
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber in color.

S - Oddly not that much scent. Wished it had a little more here.

T - Enough notes of pumpkin spice and nutmeg & cinnamon. It certainly is consistent with the style, and is quite pleasant.

M - Light bodied, but too much carbonation for my liking.

D - Drinkable but after a second one I was ready to move on.

Not a bad pumpkin ale by any stretch, but there are much better ones to have.

 443 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I seen an actual different Pumpkin ale on the shelf's! Threw it in my mix and match sixer!

A - A nice dark amber in color with an inch of fluffy head that turns to a lace.

S - Well you get a nice cinnamon and pumpkin and slight nutmeg. What more could you ask for?

T - Starts off great. A nice blast of spices but falls flat with carbonation (which others blamed it on) but does come off pretty smooth and balanced and dare I say I pretty decent pumpkin ale.

M - Light to medium body. Who the heck knows the real ABV?

D - Well I only found this at my main shop, with a mix and match tag of red, which means the case would be over 35 dollars which means...

Regardless its a passable pumpkin ales and a good rep of the style. Like Michigan's Screaming jack more BTW.

 781 characters

Photo of JRed
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear, not quite red in body with white head. Spice, pie crust, and pumpkin in the nose. Tastes of spice, pumpkin, a pumpkin pie crust to finish the drink. The ale's downfall mainly comes from the overcarbonation. There is some fine flavor here but it's hard to get to with the barrage of bubbles that zap the tongue. As the drink warms a bit, the carbonation subsides but the memory of it doesn't relinquish.

 415 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale and light crystal malt scent along with lots of pumpkin flavor. It's dry with a moderate amount of spice character. The taste is decent as well. It has a very dry pale malt and pumpkin flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a pretty good helping of pumpkin spices. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average pumpkin ale. It's too dry for my liking, but a fine seasonal ale nonetheless.

 592 characters

Photo of RavenBrew
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Nice deep amber color with a light brown head and decent lacing

Smell- Average malty smell, but not picking up any spices of pumpkin.

Taste- Good for an amber ale, again can't find the pumpkin spice or pumpkin taste

The beer by no means is bad, actually a really nice flavor for an amber ale, but I'm really having a hard time tasting the pumpkin or related spices.

 380 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.