Every once in a while a beer comes out of nowhere and takes me by
complete surprise. Blue Point White IPA is a good example as I’ve never
been very impressed with this brewery and I don’t tend to fawn over
hybrid and experimental styles. I initially tried it on tap at The Bier
Abbey in Schenectady and was amazed. While it’s not quite as good in the
can as on tap, it’s still a delicious and fun beer to drink.
Appearance: Hazy golden/orange color - similar hue to an apricot skin.
Forms a large, bright white, fluffy head which retains and laces
Smell: Strong orange citrus with significant candy sweetness. Likely a
combination of orange peel and Amarillo hops (the brewery’s website is
mum on the details of the recipe).
Taste: Judging from the brewery’s description, it seems that Blue Point
White IPA is intended to be a witbier with a lot of hops, but it drinks
like a west coast IPA with subtle witbier components. Big juicy citrus
flavor, bitterness and sweetness all around. Orange being the most
predominant flavor with a subtle dryness of coriander and some other
spice rack seasonings in there.
Obviously the hops are the star of the show, which is fine by me because
the result is reminiscent of a San Diego hop bomb. This is ironic
considering this beer is only 40 IBUs (according to their website), yet
it seems to have the bitterness of something much higher. The bitterness
lingers on the tongue as does an orange sherbet and candy-like
sweetness. On draught it has a juicy, nectar-like robustness which is
much less intense in the can. Still, it’s a delicious combo.
Drinkability: I actually did a double-take when I looked at the can and
noticed Blue Point White IPA was only 6% ABV. Not that this is a boozy
brew by any means, just that it’s impressive it’s so strong in flavor
for a (technically) mid-range potency. The drinking experience itself is
easy: there’s energy to the body but nothing excessive. It’s crisp for
sure, but still easy to drink in big swigs. The aftertaste is a little
dry but never cloying. A versatile beer for sure as it works on its own
or with food.