Chad9976 (1125) - 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 (2980) - 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 (1458) - 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.
JFGrind (1833) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Neighbor bought a case of Blue Point Pumpkin strictly based on the fact it was twenty bucks cheaper than a case of DFH Punkíin. I respect his choice especially when the other beer in the cooler is Miller Lite. Blue Point Pumpkin is a light bodied amber beer with pumpkin pie flavor. Nothing over the top, I thought its drinkable but not remarkable.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Lovin Cup RIT Alumn beer tasting event. Clear orange pour with a thin tan head. Pumpkin and spice aroma with a mild cinnamon hint afterwords. Flavor starts off with a pumpkin pie hint with some mild spices. Much milder than the next pumpkin ale Iíll be rating.
beerfest5 (1125) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
like something a macro would make, overly carbonated, synthetic taste and aroma. thank god i bought a single.
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from craft beer outlet. Aroma is of pumpkin pie and some spices, but it seems to be lost in the taste. Also a little watery. Good though.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a slight hazy bronze color with a very small off white head.
Aroma is a decent dose of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and various pumpkin spices.
Taste however, is a bit odd. Not really picking up too many of the flavors i sensed in the aroma. Itís a bit watery and any flavor just kinda gets lost in the mix. Nothing really exciting.
Not much to be said about the palate. A little rough on the palate, watery. Odd aftertaste. Didnít really enjoy this pumpkin ale
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear amber with a thick lt tan head...lively...decent lacing and retention. aroma has roasty malt, some spices, and a hint of pumpkin. Flavor is mostly spicey and a bit muddled...a bit of earthiness at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin...almost watery and the finish is spicy and a bit dry.
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Good Beer NYC. An amber/orange coloured pour with a small white head on top. Aroma of pumpkin and spice. Tastes of pumpkin, spice, caramel, slight sweetness. OK for a pumpkin beer but give me the Southern Tier any day.