beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
On tap at Blue Point’s tasting room. Pours amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through mid-glass. Mild but pleasant aroma of grapefruit along with a bit of pine and caramel. The flavor is pretty much standard fare for an east coast IPA with some caramel followed by a wash of grapefruit hops, although I’d have to say the flavors were a bit mild for an IPA. Medium bitterness at the finish. I’m not sure what makes this beer so special to crown it as their 10th anniversary beer, but as it is, its ok. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2009
The aroma is citrus, ad to a lesser extent, piney hops. the appearance is a gold/red color, white head. The flavor is citrus hops, caramel malts. The finish is more piney than citrus. Decent IPA to be sure. I don’t know if it’s good enough to be an anniversary ale. thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Pours a deep amber color with a medium-sized and lingering off-white head. Aroma is pine hops, toffee, citrus, and other fruit (pineapple? melon?). Flavor is heavily citrus up front, with a bit of pine and wood on the finish. Body is not as strong as I hoped it would be, but it’s getting there. Solid effort - though is this good enough to be an anniversary beer? Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Cask at the Gingerman Norwalk. Pours copper with a thin tan head. Smells of pineapple, honeydew, some citrus, some pine. Tastes of intense citrus with some resiny hints and some maple on the finish. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Growler from St. James Bevie. Aroma of melon, pine, toffee. Flavor increases the melon notes, adding different sorts of melon and some other tropical notes with big, sweet malt and a very bitter finish. There are certainly too many residual sugars running around, as there are in any bigger beer this brewery produces, but it didn’t seem to bother me here. Pretty tasty.
LilBeerDoctor (4229) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Growler from St. James Beverage. Pours a brown/amber with a gorgeous light tan head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of sweet malt and citrusy, bitter hops in the finish. Definitely on the malty side. This is actually a pretty good IPA (or IIPA, who knows?), especially for Blue Point. Miles better than their standard IIPA.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5) notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Tap at the brewery - the board behind the bar didn’t have any specific info about this beer, so I couldn’t list the abv, etc. - anyway, this one dances the line between IPA and IIPA - it has enough heft to be considered an IIPA, but, from what I could tell, the abv probably isn’t high enough to make that distinction - as far as the flavor is concerned, this is a pretty standard, one-dimensional american IPA - a bit sugary sweet, a light touch of caramel - decent hop flavor, especially in the finish, but the bitterness is a bit astringent - notes of sweetened grapefruit and some other ambiguous fruity character - a splash of rye - lingering sweetness and astringency in the finish - meh - this is no way to celebrate an anniversary.