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Beer #100 – April 13, 2010: Blue Point Spring Fling Ale

April 28, 2010

Beer #100!!! Almost 1/3 of the way there…

Beer: Spring Fling Ale

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

Style: Copper Ale (self-defined style)

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Spring seasonal

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 6.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable: a good spring seasonal with body and balanced flavor as opposed to some lighter seasonal brews.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Coppery amber hue with big, frothy, off-white head

Aroma: Caramel malt with a touch of floral hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a “just right” fizzy carbonation

Taste: An initial cereal sweetness builds into a chewy multi-grain bread middle that becomes a bit tangy and earthy with woody pine and meyer lemon flavors.  Herbal notes of cilantro come through from the hops, and while not overly hoppy, it is definitely noticeable.  Not that I can explain what this means, but this beer really does taste “coppery”.

Pairing: Roast chicken or maple-glazed ham.

Trivia: Blue Point is a community on Long Island that, while well-known for its brewing company, is probably better known for its oysters.  However, beware that a “Blue Point Oyster” might be from Connecticut, New Jersey or even Virginia.  For many years, due to both over-fishing and pollution, Blue Points from Blue Point were not available.  Thankfully, today, you can once again have the genuine oysters from Long Island.  And I’d bet they’d be pretty tasty with a Spring Fling Ale, or even Blue Point’s flagship beer, their Toasted Lager.

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