Blue Point Pumpkin Ale (2011)

Blue Point Pumpkin Ale is 6.0% ABV.

I poured all of a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A liberal pour produced two fingers of off-white fluffy head that dissipated after about five minutes to a quarter inch of frothy foam. This left considerable lacing. The color is a clear, light copper. There are some medium-sized carbonation bubbles racing each other to the top. This looks very carbonated.

Smell: The smell is faint with sweet and bready malts, and some light spicing. The spices that come through are cinnamon and nutmeg. There is no real pumpkin aroma here.

Taste: This is pretty sweet with lots of honey and some toasted malt. There are good strong wheaty notes balanced with the honey, malt and light spices. The spices are similar to the smell. I get some nutmeg and even more cinnamon. There is some pumpkin, though it isn’t very strong. The honey and toasted notes are more forthright than the pumpkin. This finishes with more of the spices and an effervescent and very slightly bitter taste which restrains the honey sweet elements. The aftertaste is just slightly bitter.

Feel: This is medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. It coats the mouth nicely, and has a longish finish. This is overall very smooth.

Drinkability: This has a middle of the road ABV for the style. So there are no issues for drinking a good bit of it. It drinks pretty smoothly, especially given all the honey and toasted wheaty malt that it has. The light spices and just very slightly bitter finish makes this a very easy drinking pumpkin ale.

Overall: I like this beer for an easy drinking pumpkin ale. They did a nice job with the spices, and the carbonation makes this beer dance a little. It is well balanced, though not with any super original flavors. While this is a great beer for an easy drinking pumpkin ale, it falls short of some of the others like Terrapin, Cisco, and Elysian that have more interesting flavors. Considering other beers like Blue Point that are flavorful and have average ABV for the style (but are nothing to really make a fuss over), I think of Stegmaier and Brooklyn. I think Blue Point drinks smoother than Brooklyn, and is more interesting flavor-wise than Stegmaier.

Overall Rating: **1/2

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