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    Sep262011

    BeerBasics tastes... Blue Point Blueberry Ale 

    Blue Point Brewing Co. ‎ 161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772-3304 (631) 475-6944(631) 475-6944Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Blue Point Blueberry Ale was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was date number on the neck: “1301 21:39 7C”

    This particular beer is not unfamiliar to me. In fact, on draft it is one of my favorite fruit beers. In order not to cloud my judgment I therefore choose to taste test this beer at the temperature that it would be served at in most on-premise establishments. (Not quite ice cold but certainly not cellar temperature.)

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: This is a bright golden yellow not overly carbonated brew that holds up a slender white head of loosely knit bubbles leave a little Belgin lace.

    Aroma: After opening the bottle, in about 25 seconds, you knew was a blueberry beer without tasting it. The first actual impression reveals simply a soft fresh blueberry aroma a second visit reveals a soft undertone of toasted grain. The third nosedive actually finds a sort of grassy aroma.

    Mouth feel: This is a rather light bodied beer, certainly not overpowering.

    Flavor: I tasted this beer at a relatively chilly temperature and so the first impression was naturally cool liquid refreshment. The first flavors to appear are a malty-grainy introduction very closely followed by the trace of blueberries. The second sip reveals little more of the blueberry but there is also a citric tang brought to the palate. The third swig and the blueberries stay slightly in the background but the malt does not altogether step forward. It’s only at the very end you find a touch of hop flavor. You have to look for it.

    Finish: The finish to this brew is most pleasantly light leaving an interesting balance between the grain and the berry, and more than encourages a second, third and fourth sip.

    Comments: There are number of beers on the market that claim to be summer beers with the addition of passionfruit, lemon, lime and an assortment of other citric fruits. However, to me this truly tastes like summer. It is a light beer without being insipid and the blueberry is just a touch, not overpowering, resulting in a truly pleasant experience rather than the thick viscous fruit flavors often associated with this type of beer.

    Food & Beer:  A fresh caught grilled flounder, or any other flaky white ocean fish would certainly complement this beer. If the fish was grilled over woodchips it would be even more of a perfect pairing. It would also be a most pleasant complement to creamy cheeses such as brie or calendar.

    The Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Co

    What others say: BeerAdvocate | RateBeer

    Monday
    Sep192011

    Beer Basics tastes… Blue Point Toasted Lager 

    Blue Point Brewing Co. ‎ 161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772-3304 (631) 475-6944(631) 475-6944Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Blue Point Toasted Lager was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was date number on the neck: “1271 08:42 7E”

    You should probably also know that this particular beer is not unfamiliar to me. In fact, on draft it is one of my favorites. In order not to cloud my judgment I therefore choose to taste test this beer at the temperature that it would be served at in most on-premise establishments. (Not quite ice cold but certainly not cellar temperature.)

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: A deep honey colored beer is crystal clear with good carbonation of tiny bubbles that build a slightly yellow/tan colored loosely knit head with good Belgian lace.

    Aroma: The first impression is a slight citric note with toasted bread undertones. A second visit revealed caramel candy accents and an increase in the toasted bread undertones. The third nosedive had all of the aromas understood and co-mingled.

    Flavor: This brew was tasted well chilled and so the first impression was naturally the physical sensation of cold liquid refreshment. The first flavors to arrive were caramel and a slight citric tang. A second sip found the flavors previously mentioned. The third swig was no more informative than the second sip.

    Mouth feel: A fully attenuated beer slim but noticeable.

    Finish: The flavors that come with this beer make a rather quick exit leaving a lightly refreshed sensation.

    Comments: After letting this brew warm up a little bit the caramel flavor was enhanced and the slightly citric flavor points also developed slightly. This is a most accurately named beer in that the toasted notes are definitely there and the less than aggressive aromas typical of a lager add subtle nuances to the flavor rather than the more aggressive esters from the ale yeast.

    Food & Beer:  This is a most refreshing beer without the aggressive hop characteristics and ale yeast esters. It is a beer that would be at home with almost any cheese in that it would refresh the palate and at the same time offer the lightly toasted grain flavor to blend with cheeses that would range from creamy to sharp.

    The Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Co.  

    What others say: BeerAdvocate | RateBeer

    Monday
    Aug292011

    BeerBasics tastes… 

    Blue Point Brewing Co. ‎ 161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772-3304 (631) 475-6944(631) 475-6944Blue Point Hoptical Illusion

    Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Blue Point Toasted Lager was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was date number on the neck: “1651 23:18 7E”

    You should probably also know that this particular beer is not unfamiliar to me. In fact, on draft it is one of my favorites. In order not to cloud my judgment I therefore choose to taste test this beer at the temperature that it would be served at in most on-premise establishments. (Not quite ice cold but certainly not cellar temperature.)

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: This light honey-colored brew is enthusiastically carbonated with medium to large sized bubbles that build an impressive light sandy brown colored head that leaves a touch, just a touch, of Belgian lace on the glass.(It’s important to keep in mind the temperature that this beer was poured, or am I just making excuses?)

    Aroma: The first impression is one of a sweet almost honey like aroma. Further exploration reveals an enhancement of that honey like aroma. The third nosedive suggests the first two impressions were very accurate.

    Mouth feel: This is not a full-bodied beer but it has curves.

    Flavor: After a very refreshing first impression the following flavors of roasted sugar candy and a touch of toffee quickly ran through to be followed by just a slight touch of tannic astringency. A second sip revealed a not unpleasant strain of bitterness that developed into leafy floral like sensations. The third swig introduces a sharp almost citric like flavor that blends with the floral sensations and remains only slightly better.

    Finish: The citric and floral sensations stay around for quite a while although their stay is not unpleasant.

    Comments: As noted early on I have a particular liking for this beer. On this occasion poured from a bottle it did not fail to meet my expectations. It must be noted again that the extra cool temperature probably affected not only the construction of the head but also the development of the flavors and aromas. This is not a bad thing… Should I have been in a drinking establishment, conversing with a number of good friends, by the time I had a chance to take a sip of beer it would probably be at just the right temperature… And that’s a good thing.

    Food & Beer:  It might be the fact that this brewery is out on Long Island where commercial fishing is still an industry but it also seems to me the flavor of this beer is enhanced by its proximity to the sea and would go quite well served with the grilled flounder, shark steak, or even bluefish in a light tomato sauce.

    All of this would have to be served on the deck of a beach house at sunset. Is that asking too much?

    The Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Co.

    What others say: BeerAdvocate, RateBeer: