deanso (5740) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at a Scottish bar in NYC close to Times SQ.
Thin white head. Slightly hazy amber pour. Some spiciness
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler @ Caponeís, firkin. Orange/light brown with no real head to talk about. Nose is mostly spices(nutmeg, cinnamon) with a bit of pumpkin. Firkin tames the pumpkin in the taste, but leaves a very prominent spice character. Drinkability is good, but a bit to spicy for my liking.
cheap (4210) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
from a screw top 12 oz bottle. drank directly from the bottle so i am assuming it is the color of any other punky beer. smells a little like pumpkin, just barely, of course wit spices. yes, a little bitter and medicinal like man punky beers, probably a style that rates up there with ipa as far as i am concerned. yes a beer but polluted with pumpkin and spices, like so many other punk beers. ok for t his type but not really anything special. i wish these punk beers tasted more like pumpkin pie. you know, so many breweries feel they have to fill that profitable pumpkin niche, i just wish they would focus on making good beer, not popular beer. overall, about average for the pumpkin style, on the finish there are no real negative ale attributes.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Cervesas. Spicy orange hue, nice head. Sweet (underscore) cookie aroma, carrying over into the palate, which is also very soft. Lots of roasted caramelized pumpkin. Spice is barely there. Is overall mild, bready, and thin.
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
not too much, slightly malty with a slightly hint of pumpkin and some spices. the taste is thin but it has a decent standard. it has many faults.
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is a tiny bit metallic but it does have pumpkin and spices as well as a bit of caramel malt. The appearance is orange amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a bit thin but OK. Overall a pretty average example of a pumpkin beer.
daknole (9484) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange pour. Small head. Spices, fruitcake, cookie aroma. Sweet and malty, pumpkin pie. Not bad.
Chad9976 (1250) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a Geordie Schooner glass.
Appearance: Dark copper to brown proper. Very clear with a lot of visible carbonation. Forms an average-sized soapy yellowish head which retains well but doesnít lace at all.
Smell: Very sweet smell as if it were a pumpkin soda rather than a beer. The usual pumpkin pie spices with a slightly floral note.
Taste: Blue Point Pumpkin Ale reminds me of most other pumpkin ales Iíve had: basically a liquid potpourri of spices, but with additional sweetness and a crisp, thinner body. Iíve only had one other beer I would describe as akin to "pumpkin soda" and while this beer isnít quite to that extreme, it definitely has similarities.
Intense sweetness at the beginning of the palate, which quickly gives way to a flood of dry spiciness. They seem to have emptied the spice rack shelf brewing this one as itís got a little of everything: pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom and allspice. But unlike other pumpkin ales, the spice notes seem to have had their edges rounded out - they all blend together for one big spice sensation. Itís a little dry, but flavorful and tasty enough to satisfy. The cardamom seems a little more pronounced than Iíd prefer, but as much as itís a generic pumpkin ale, itís at least a good one.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and fizzy for the style. Leaves a slightly dry, sticky, HFCS-like aftertaste.
Drinkability: While not the most robust or original pumpkin beer, Blue Point Pumpkin Ale is at least one of the most drinkable offerings. The homogenized spices enable the palate to be quite smooth and friendly to the mouth. The thinner body makes it quite easy going down, and it doesnít taste or feel as heavy as its 6% ABV potency. A good beer with an autumn meal, but not quite sessionable though.
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear amber color with off white head. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavor with a strange aftertaste. Medium body with average carbonation. Initial taste is good but I canít get past the weird aftertaste.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Not the best pumpkin beer, but definitely not the worst. Very middle of the road. Loved the label effect, though. Slightly cloying.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had light to moderate caramel; light cereal; mostly spiced wafers; roasted pumpkin; pumpkin pie spices; and sour, cooked pumpkin. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour. There was caramel malt, sour and cooked pumpkin, cider, pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, honey and sugar water. The light to medium body was a bit watery, then slightly dry and also sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.