Blue 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.