Monday, September 6, 2010

Blue Point Toasted Lager


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Craft beer geeks tend to shy away from the entire lager spectrum since it’s difficult to brew a lager with the flavor and overall character you get with an ale. Not that Blue Point Toasted Lager is suddenly a contender for best beer in the world, but for a lager by a mid-level craft brewery it’s impressive. It’s got the balance and tastiness of an ale, but drinks as easily as a macro lager.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. I was impressed by how dark the body was with a burnt umber color and a fairly thick, frothy head. The fact it didn’t fizzle away and left some lacing on the glass was also neat. The aroma is closer to a pale ale with a noticeable caramel scent, although it was definitely mild.

TASTE

Much like the aroma, the palette to Blue Point Toasted Lager is similar to one you’d find in a quality pale ale. It’s crisp and hoppy with a slight bitterness up front. The middle is almost all caramel - not anything too rich, but not overly sweet or candy-like. The finish, however, has a strange tang (but it’s barely noticeable).

This beer reminds me of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but is not quite as robust. Despite the name and the brewer’s description, I really don’t get much of a "toasted" taste. There does seem to be a slight creaminess to the texture which helps combine the malts and hops into an overall satisfying flavor.

DRINKABILITY

The problem with flavorful lagers is they tend to sacrifice drinkability, but that’s not the case here. While initially very bubbly upon being poured, Toasted Lager calms down to the point of being a little less than crisp but a little more than tepid. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and gentle, creating for an easy-drinking beer that goes down smooth. The astringent aftertaste lingers for a moment or two, but it’s easily ignorable.

At 5.3% ABV, this beer is stronger than your average macro lager - but that’s a good thing. Its flavor and drinkability make it a sessionable brew and an ideal beer to have with dinner of pretty much any fare.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I wouldn’t consider Blue Point Toasted Lager to be a world class beer, but the fact it has so much character and is so drinkable is remarkable (for a lager).

Grade: 8/10