yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. Itís medium-light bodied; pretty soft and smooth. The finish is a little chalky. Itís 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.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I donít know why the ratings have been so low. I thought this was one of the best pumpkin ales Iíve had. The aroma, taste and palate all substantial and well crafted. This was not a simple, gratuitously sweet pumpkin flavored ale. The nose is rich with spices and, most impressive, the palate is rich and bold.
JJAlexander (46) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, toast, clove, ginger, brown, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Cybercat (4880) - Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma has an overtone of cinnamon and subtle pumpkin and earthy notes. Pours a dark orange amber with a thick, fluffy, persistent pale tan head. Flavor has malty and caramel notes with hints of pumpkin, cloves and cinnamon. Smooth texture has firm body and good fizz. If you like pumpkin beers, pick this one from the patch.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is quite spicy with a little bit of malt sweetness through the middle. Lots of nutmeg and clove as well as some brown sugar and light crystal malt. Well-attenuated and not at all sticky. I quite like it. Itís like a lighter version of pumking. It has that richness but less of the sweetness or alcohol that that beer does. Itís pretty nice.
ChadPolenz (1629) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a large fizzy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pumpkin spice, pumpkin and a malty finish. The taste is slightly tart pumpkins, a significant dose of spice and a mild hop finish. Medium bodied, well balanced.
superspak (4400) - Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, toast, and graham cracker. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of biscuit, caramel, graham cracker, toast; with light amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and other spices. Lingering notes of caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, and spices on the finish for a short bit. Solid flavor balance with a decent amount of spices. Fairly dry on the finish with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pumpkin ale. Some well balanced flavors, but it definitely could use more pumpkin and spices in my opinion. They took the safe route on this one to make sure it wasnít overly cloying on the spices. As a result, this is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the JFK BA lounge. Pours clear amber-gold with a creamy, off-white head. The nose has plenty of spiced pumpkin pie, some toast, nutmeg. Medium sweet flavor with nicely balanced toasted malts, some further pumpkin pine, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish wth pumpkin-laced whole grain bread, restrained cinnamon and nutmeg, all spice, clove. Nice, straightahead pumpkin ale.
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Birdsall. Pours a clear orange gold with a medium sized white head. Nice pumpkin pie aromas, pie crust. Thin to medium bodied, sweet and creamy. Spice and pumpkin, but not huge and overbearing. Nice crisp finish with some light grain and spice notes.