Friday, January 7, 2011

Blue Point Brewing Company - Winter Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Blue Point's winter seasonal, an amber/red ale which pours with a deep amber body with a very slight copper-like glow. The large head has a medium creamy consistency with commendable retention. There's a distinct malty sweetness on the nose with a very light spiciness with hints of clove.

The mouthfeel is airy with solid carbonation and a bit of a grainy texture. Despite this, the beer seems a bit heavy overall. The malts are big with hints of toasty caramel. The hops are moderate and quite floral, but they seem a bit medicinal. The sweet maltiness here reminds me a bit of my first, failed, batch of homebrew, I'm sure that's not what they were going for. Although, this Long Island seasonal is much much better.

Final Verdict: C+

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