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Beer #19 – January 19, 2010: Blue Point Toasted Lager

January 19, 2010

Beer: Blue Point Toasted Lager

Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue, Long Island, New York

Style: Amber Lager

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $7.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Pilsner glass

Strength: 5.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Easy to drink, while still very flavorful and interesting

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with just a little coppery hue and a billowy thick white head

Aroma: Sweet with subtle grassy and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly slightly thick, with a very nice body for a lager.

Taste: Starts with a honey and slight caramel sweetness, moving into a grassy, herbal, chewy and doughy middle.  It finishes with a peppery, grapefruit rind bitterness, not overly bitter, but just enough to balance the sweetness.

Pairing: While this is a great just about anytime beer, the doughy middle reminds me of a good hot soft pretzel, where the salt would contrast both the sweetness and the bitterness.

Trivia: While lagers are the most common broad classification of beer in the world (Bud, Coors, Miller are all lagers, but also Heineken, Stella, Becks and Asahi, among others, all fall under the broad “lager” label), craft brewers are making drinkers re-think the common ubiquitous lager with lagers that are brewed with all-malt (no corn or rice) and have a truly tastable hops presence.  These microbrewed lagers typically have more body, aroma and flavor than their big-brewery counterparts, and are proof that even something regarded as basic and ordinary can transcend if well-crafted.


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