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: “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.