Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blue Point Brewing Company - Toasted Lager

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. twist-off bottle, poured into a Pilsner glass

Blue Point's Toasted Lager is a Vienna Lager, the same style as Dos Equis Amber and Samuel Adams' Boston Lager. The beer pours a a deep straw bordering on a brownish amber. The head is moderately-sized with a fluffy white consistency. The retention is quite good, and the lacing is commendable. The nose is tight and clean and slightly lagery. The beer seems lightly hoppy with a bit of a sweet white wine aroma like a Chardonnay or a South American Torront├ęs.

The beer is crisp and refreshing with a very fine carbonation character. The hop profile is great, it stands out, but it remains in check. The prominence of the hops here reminds me of the similarly refreshing and well-timed Glissade from Sierra Nevada. There's a very light graininess and a moderate caramel sweetness from the toasted malts. For it's accessibility, tastiness, and price, this is a beer I wouldn't mind having around quite often.

Final Verdict: B+

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