Surge Protector (Sandy Relief Ale) | Blue Point Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sandy Relief Beer is a collaborative relief effort by eight local breweries after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island and destroyed Barrier Brewing Company in Oceanside.

The participants gathered at Blue Point Brewing Company on December 4, 2012 and brewed Surge Protector IPA to raise proceeds for victims of Hurricane Sandy and the recovering brewery.

Each brewery donated an ingredient for Surge Protector IPA, exhibiting the solidarity of Long Island’s beer community.

Thanks for helping us rebuild Long Island…with beer.

Barrier Brewing Company
Blind Bat Brewery
Blue Point Brewing Company
Great South Bay Brewery
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Long Ireland Beer Company
Port Jeff Brewing Company
Spider Bite Beer Company

Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 01-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of vfgccp
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Nice, bright gold and light orange body. Crystal clear. Fine white head sits low, but hangs around with nice retention.

S - Great nose. Bold citrus; orange, ruby red grapefruit. Muscat grapes. Lightly bitter and floral.

T - Green plant bitters open the profile and hang around through the finish. There's an odd pause before the rest of the flavors start to show up. Light malt sweetness. Earthy grain finish. Not much citrus from the nose.

M -Bright with a medium-full body. Not bad.

O - Eh... the smell is by far the best part of this beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a predominantly piney hop with some grapefruit and a light crackery malt.

The taste was certainly hop forward with waves of pine a dry citrus atop a thin and grainy pale malt. There was a full prickly residual hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was clean and a touch thin with ample carbonation.

Overall a light sessionable pale ale. I know it is for a very good cause but I feel that the beer was nonetheless overhyped.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale copper color with a short off-white head that settles into a sparse cap. No lacing on the glass.

The hops dominate the aroma but are not very strong. The hop profile consists of citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, to go along with a subtle tropical fruit note, pineapple. Its a nice bright aroma but not very strong.

The flavor is bready, with a hint of toast. Metallic and caramel notes give the beer a sort of EPA base without any buttery flavors. A hint of lemon gives the brew a drying characteristic. The hops aren't all that flavorful but are noticable. Some grapefruit notes give the profile some brightness. This is coupled with a grassy/asprin hop flavor that provides an earthy note. Overall, the beer has a steely flavor that is typical of East Coast IPAs. Very much reminds me of the IPAs I drank back in the late '90s.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Sweet malt body that quickly is offset by a gentle bitterness. A bit dry in the finish. Drinks well.

A well intentioned brew. Living on Long Island, the assistance is very much needed for Barrier Brewing of Oceanside, which got destroyed. The beer is ok, more of a middle of the road IPA. Not as much of a mess as I feared, with 8 brewers with their hands in the pot.

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Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at the Lark in East Northport last night (1/28/13): pours clear copper color with a small 1 finger off white head that faded quickly and left basically no lacing, but rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh piney hops, floral hops, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, lemon zest, coriander, orange peel, herbs and light spices; really nice, soft hoppy nose that is pretty well balanced and just smells like a crisp fall evening...good stuff.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, citrus hops, piney hops, biscuit, floral hops, toasted grains, caramel, wheat breadtoast, light brown sugar, grass, herbs, tea leaf and light spices like pepper and coriander; nice crisp hoppy flavor, that tasted fresh and like dry hops were added in the mix. The malts and grains provided excellent balance to make flow down easy.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost so light it's watery, but it has enough body to be smooth, tasty and enjoyable, with light carbonation and just an overall easy way about it; it's almost too easy to put down, and with the low ABV it is a definite session beer. This is how a session IPA should feel, to me.

Overall it was very easy to drink, smooth and light enough to drink all night. A great collaboration for a great cause, I recommend this beer. It was definitely a session IPA and light but still had a nice hoppy flavor and nose that both seemed very fresh; it was almost in the range of being as good as the Lagunitas DayTime IPA. Go Long Island brewing, this is what it's all about.

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Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Horace & Sylvia's in Babylon

A - Amber pour with a tan foam the settled quick. Rings of lacing left on the glass. Some carbonation is visible.

S - Strong scent of fresh hops. A distinct fragrance of mandarin oranges gives this a nice citrusy kick. Fresh herbal aroma as it lingers.

T - Initial sweetness is followed by a pungent bitterness of hop oil. A tad harsh but has a very fresh taste. Some herbal notes are in the finish. I swear I picked up oregano, though I did have htis with dinner.

M - Good sessionable IPA that feels heavier than it actually is. Slightly carbonated. The hoppy vibe takes hold of your taste buds.

O - Nice beer and really for a good cause, which is why the craft beer fraternity is full of stand up people. I think its represents well and I'd gladly continue to support by buying more.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that settled to a thin layer leaving streaks of lacing.

S - tropical and citrus fruit, nice aroma.

T - good amount of citrus hops upfront with a touch of malt before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - a fine example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought to help rebuild my native Long Island after Sandy.

Appearance: Amber with a small white head that quickly recedes to the perimeter.

Smell: Sweet malts, piney hops, caramel, mango.

Smell: Piney hops and sweet malt blend nicely and fade subtly into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: A decent IPA for a good cause. Glad that I could contribute to help the island on which I live.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.99/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- medium copper, pour with a nice, billowy head. nice lacing to the glass, considering the abv.

S- light citrus fruits, grapefruit, with a piney/sprucey punch layered on top. smells incredible- again, unexpected with the lower abv

T- Citrus, mango, pineapple, PINE, PINE, and bitterness. Expected much more malt from this beer given the color, but there is almost no malt character (seems like all Pils malt, but color proves this to be wrong). High bitterness and pithy notes, citrus fruit skin. Loved the flavor and wanted to drink more.

M- Crisp, refreshing. Nicely carbonated, mid/high attenuation, leaves palate dry and wanting another sip. Little bit of bitterness stays on the back end of the tongue.

O- Great project, by a wonderful group of breweries. 2013's version of "Super Friends IPA", but a session IPA version for Charity by Long Island breweries. Kudos to everyone who helped make this beer happen!!

** My high ratings are based on what this is... a "SESSION IPA". Although there is no category on BA for Session IPA yet, I'm sure there will be soon. This cannot be compared to other "American IPA's" due to the body and abv that this beer lacks in comparison to others in this category. **

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of marshmeli
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This was a brewed at Blue Point by a few LI breweries coming together to help both Barrier Brewing and LI residents who where effected by Hurricane Sandy.

A: Poured a nice light brown/copper color with 1 finger head. This was a darker than I expected for a session beer.

S: Mainly malt and some slight hops.

T: Still getting mostly malt, with only a hint of citrus hops if I really search.

M: Light-Medium mouth-feel with good carbonation for easy drinking.

O: This is just an OK beer, way too strong of a malt profile for me, being this fresh and a sessionable IPA. There are better examples of this "style" out there that really provide the hop punch you want yet, with low ABV.

I was happy to support the cause and especially Barrier Brewing after the storm, so I paid the high price for this beer (something like $18) but wish it was more enjoyable and had some real hop flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 22 ounce bottle, just released on 1/22/13 $16 per bottle proceeds to benefit Long Island Cares & Barrier Brewing Company.

Aroma is light citrusy. Pours amber with large beige head, very full. Nice lacing of glass.Taste is crisply citrus up front, very light acid aftertaste. On the mild side for an I.P.A. Certainly one of the best in the style I have tried so far!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of palma
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this beer would be extremely hard to find. I heard some places only got 1 case, if anything.

Beautiful caramel colored body. Excellent clarity. Decent lace.

Floral american hops in the nose. English style malty whiffs as the beer warms.

Piney hops upfront. Slight citrus. Followed by a very tasty, slighty roasty malt backbone. Lingering bread, charcoal in the aftertaste mixed with left over hop bitterness. Very complex for such a low abv beer. Different. This is an excellent american IPA. One that has a formidable malt profile. I like malty ipas like this. Great balance too. Makes it easy drinking and the complexity gets you coming back as well.

I paid 16 bucks for the bottle. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Such a large collaboration and they nailed it.

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Surge Protector (Sandy Relief Ale) from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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