Wednesday, January 27, 2010

211. Blue Point Toasted Lager

From Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue, New York, although the bottle does note that they do some contract brewing in Rochester, NY. Blue Point Lager won a World Beer Cup Gold
Medal in 2006.

Toasted Lager has a grainy malt nose along with something soapy that we couldn’t isolate; it is a golden copper with a creamy ivory head and some lacing. The flavor is rather subdued, and not as toasty as we were expecting—starting with a dryer malt sweetness, Toasted Lager is creamy in the middle before returning to some sweetness at the end, and finishing with low levels of lingering sourness and graininess. The mouthfeel is creamy for a lager—it is bordering on the feel of an Oktoberfest—without the richer malt profile and melanodin flavor. Not as exciting or interesting as we were hoping for—the idea of a toasted lager implies a malt profile with bread and biscuit in the front, or at least something more than grainy sweetness. While not a bad beer, Toasted Lager is probably not worth revisiting, unless we can find some that is newly bottled, and see how toasty it is right out of the gate.

From the Blue Point website: “Copper in color, this unique Lager has a complex character with hints of caramel, malts, and hops.”


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