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Blue Point Pumpkin AleBlue Point Pumpkin Ale
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
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
425
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
16.32%
 
 
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Photo of Fieldzy27
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

One of my local favorite coffee shops started carying craft beer , so in light of the season decided to review one of blue points seasonal options.

Poured from 12oz bottle to a pint glass

A- pours a pale tangerine and is very very clear. No cloudiness or sediment in the glass at all. Standard pour gave rise to a white large bubbled head that declare fairly quickly and left no lacing, after 1 minute a thin layer of foam remains covering the surface and clinging slightly to the sides of the glass. Nothing special here, seen far worse though.

S- aroma is dominated by pumpkin and allspice, hits of clove and maybe a little biscuit like. Mainly lots of pumpkin! Smells dead on here.

T- taste is an exact copy of the smell, lots of pumpkin and spices. No hops to speak of which is acceptable for this beer, but also no malt to carry the flavor. The overall flavor of the beer is a flash in the pan followed by a hint of chemically aftertaste. The aftertaste subsides after a number of sips and doesn't really detract from the beer. The pumpkin does seem more like artificial flavoring than real pumpkin but again I have had far worse pumpkin beers.

M- mothfeel is thin and fizzy but its got more viscosity to it than your standard macro light lager. Could be better.

O-overall not a bad beer, very session able pumpkin beer if you wanted to make a fall evening of it. Not up to the par of punkin or pumking or my personal favorite weyerbacher imperial pumpkin but it has its place in anyone's harvest season lineup.

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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 Jeffreysan
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Surprising. It’s more malty than spicy. The predominate aroma is malt and freshly baked bread, not spices like I’m used to in pumpkin beers. The spices are there, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and clove, but the aroma is much more malty than anything else.

Taste: A lot like the aroma, this pumpkin beer tastes much more malty than pumpkin-ey or spicy. There pumpkin is there, as are spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and clove, but this beer is much more malt forward than other pumpkin beers that I’ve had.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer, just a little week as a pumpkin beer. As stated above, its is much more malt forward than other pumpkin beers that I’ve had and because of that I’m a little disappointed in it as a pumpkin beer. As an amber and/or brown ale, it’s quite delicious.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass 10/18

Pours light amber, thick patchy white foam. Stikcy. Pumpkin nose, nutmeg. Light malt taste, pumpkin in the background. Clean and smooth. Light cinnamon creeps in. Creamy. tasty malt. Very nice. I seemed to like this better than the average rater.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: a amber lager with some head on the pour, which isn't going away too quickly. This is pretty much what i'd expect from a pumpkin ale.

Smell: bits of spice and pumpkin on the smell, but this smells more like a beer than a flavored beer. But you cannot ignore the pumpkin and spices.

Taste: This is a very neutral tasting beer. You taste the spices right off the bat and a bitter pumpkin taste towards the end. But this doesn't have much to it, sort of bland.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a light thickness beer. I can't complain about this.

Overall: Everything about this beer is okay, but nothing really stands out to me.

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Photo of Calypso
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear copper, two fingers of bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.
S - Nutmeg, cloves, allspice. It smells like pumpkin pie.
T - Cloves, cloves, cloves. Too much cloves. Once you get past the overwhelming spiciness of the cloves, there's hints of malt and pumpkin. Did I mention cloves?
M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Pleasant.
O - An interesting beer, but they went too over the top with the spices and not enough with the pumpkin. I would not order this again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep copper orange color with a tiny just off white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite light overall. It consists of smells of a roasted pumpkin with notes of pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) mixed within. Along with these aromas there are some smells of a caramel nature as well as a tiny amount of a bready smell with all the aromas producing a light pumpkin pie smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter roasted pumpkin taste with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg upfront. From the start, the taste has a decent level of brown sugar and caramel sweetness as well as some light bready tastes. The sweeter flavors begin fading a bit more toward the middle with the taste with the pumpkin becoming slightly stronger and more roasted as the taste moves on. While the roasted flavors increase, so too do the spice flavors with more cinnamon and nutmeg coming to the tongue and a newly tasted clove flavor joining the other spices. In the end the mix of flavors produces a very cinnimony and nutmegy but lightly roasted pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of it’s thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation may have been better for the roasted pumpkin flavors, but with that said, the medium body and higher carbonation did help calm the already big cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, so overall the feel fit the flavor profile alright.

Overall – An alright pumpkin beer but a little too spice heavy for the sweet and pumpkin flavors. Ok, but nothing super exceptional.

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Photo of mitch3114
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured bottle into glass

A- golden amber with a bit of a darker orange hue. Very little off-white head that didnt stick around very long. Doesn't seem to be much carbonation.

S- some brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices (allspice, clove, cinnamon) ginger. I am picking up a faint floral smell, probably from the spices.

T- a bit of malt and a faint hint of spices...in fact, all the flavors are just faint hints. This almost tastes like it's old. Perhaps this is last years batch that somehow made it this long without getting purchased.

M- This also makes me think this has been sitting around for awhile. It has very little carbonation and it's really light bodied and thin.

O- I have had some very good pumpkin ales this season, but this is simply not one of them. I think it's the worst. However, like I said, I think this may be old. If I see this again next year I may give it another chance.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark amber color. Thick foamy head, a good 2 inches of it. Nice carbonation in this one too. Really looks good.

S- Sweet pumpkin flavor and malt. Good cinnamon spice in there. Subtle but really inviting.

T- Malty pumpkin and spice. The spice combined with a bit of hops makes for a slightly bitter finish.

M- Not as rounded as others but not too strong. A bit too carbonated but not too bad.

O- The feel of it could be a bit smoother and could have a bit more malt but the flavors are good and it’s definitely drinkable.

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

A serviceable pumpkin ale, but this is mostly pumpkin pie spice and no pumpkin. A little flaccid and tame in body, and needs a bit more oomph in the flavor department as well. It's certainly inoffensive, but it just seems to be lacking a bit. I finished my sixpack, but I won't be stocking up. On to something else.

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Photo of Kooz
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a nutty orange color with a white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Looks really appetizing.

Smells very nice. It's got an underlying pumpkin scent with some spices that pinch a little on first sniff.

Tastes good, but a little too bitter on the back end. The spices taste a bit burnt. But overall, it's just the right amount of sweetness up front, and there's a faint hint of pumpkin that's good.

The body is a bit weak. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired too.

This is an above average pumpkin. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Hopefully next year they work out the burnt spice issue.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured moderate caramel, spice and a bit of rindiness.

The taste consisted of a smooth crystal malt with moderate spice and a residual pumpkin flesh.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is that time of year again, and I chase the seasonal pumpkin beer. This one is respectable, but not outstanding. Spicy smell...pie spice,neither some pumpkin scents as well. There is a little malt underneath, but the spice is dominant. The taste is semi-sweet. It has a medium heft, with a lingering pumpkin finish. Some vegetal favors. Solid, but not as intense as I'd prefer.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Doesn't have too much aroma. A bit of pumpkin spice: ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Tastes dry and spicy. Not a lot of malt backbone, but a little toastiness. Finishes bone dry with spice notes and a mild bitterness.

Overall, an easy drinking pumpkin beer that's heavy on the spice and finishes bone dry. Nothing spectacular, but easy drinking.

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Photo of Boto
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a crystal clear amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head that didn’t linger too long or leave much lacing. Nose is OK: just a bit of pumpkin pie spices, malts in the background. Taste is a little thin. Some malts, some spices, but not too much of either. Pretty nondescript. OK, but not one of their better offerings. There are much better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not crazy about this pumpkin beer... looks amzing... lots of rich amber colors with fluffy white head.... weak aroma... some spice... taste is mild touch of spice and some pumpkin flavpr... atleast its not overdone.... the main issue i have it the off flavors and light body,.. this is made for intro beer drinkers and doesnt havr muvh complexity... decent... i can drink it but i wont havr again

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, and clove

Taste: pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, toasted malt, slight bittering earth, and clove

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: This is what I think of when I think of average pumpkin beer. It meets all of the basic requirements of a pumpkin beer. I could throw back several and it is pleasant to drink. That said, it really does not stand out in any way. I may pick this one up again or could just choose a more local favorite.

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Photo of jbierling
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

4.25 Original Rating - Nov 01, 2012

Cellared bottle on Sept 17, 2014

Struggling to pick up pumpkin... seems overpowered by hops.

Average to good, but not great any more.

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Photo of alexgash
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear dark copper body. Small, gauzy, light beige head. Not much retention. Modest malt aroma with notes of caramel and maybe some faint pie filling. Not much spice action here, or pumpkin for that matter.

Astringent graininess up front. Notes of ginger and mineral water bitterness come in. Toasted grains and butterscotch fill in. Tangy, tannic edge to it all. Light spices (nutmeg, clove) in the finish. More pumpkin and pie like in the end, but it sure doesn't start out that way. Moderate body with a slightly overcarbonated feel.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear orange brown color, meringue white head at an inch dissipates slowly.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel.

Tastes of mild pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and gingerbread. Mild barley malts underneath.

Medium to full body with soft carbonation on the back of the tongue.

A pretty decent and tasty pumpkin ale. I've had better but I've also had a lot worse. This one has a good flavor and a nice body, thicker than the strength suggests. I would have this again.

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

A - Pours a clear light orange with a foamy two finger head. Dissipates to a nice cap and sticky lacing.

S - Scent of slightly sour pumpkin and allspice. A little sweet malts as well.

T - Sweet pumpkin followed by a slight sourness with some spice. Bit of bread on the swallow as well. Spice continues into the aftertaste, but it is very mild.

M - Medium body, a little heavy on the carbonation. Crisp though, not syrupy.

O - Overall not a bad pumpkin ale, but not one of the best. Has a decent aroma and flavor profile, it is just too subtle. Still, it doesn't have the nasty sourness that some of the worse ones have, it has the sourness you would expect from a ripe pumpkin. If you are looking for something lighter in this style, try it.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear orange with a two finger white head. Looks gorgeous, off to a great start here

S- slight bit of cinnamon and pumpkin, and nothing else. Very weak aroma

T- incredibly bland. Slight hints of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and by slight, I mean *slight*

M- the body of this one is actually kind of thick...not nearly as thin as I expected from past experience with pumpkin beers

O- swing and a miss. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers to begin with, but this one is so unbelievably boring

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Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg per the website.
OG=1.061, 26 IBU, 6.0% ABV

Pours out to a sparkling clear bright orange, forming a thick creamy off-white head with superior retention and really nice sticky lacing. Carbonation is a touch sprightly, ~3.0 carbs. The aroma is nice...the cinnamon and nutmeg are abundant and there isn't any hop interference. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a pleasing acidity and a medium body. The taste is quite nice as well...the spices shine through nicely without being overbearing, a toasty malt character is pleasing, and the carbonation adds to it's drinkability. The bitterness is fairly modest, however, it's just a tad strong and a touch herbal for a pumpkin ale. IMO, it would be a bit more balanced in the 12-15IBU range. I'm not a big fan of Blue points yeast character, but the spices do a nice job of covering up the diacetyl.

A decent pumpkin beer in my pumpkin foray, but I still haven't had one that really stands out as outstanding. I've heard good things about Southern Tier Pumking, so I'm gonna go pick up a bottle of that ASAP. Worth a try.

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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 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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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
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