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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,698
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 212 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Ratings: 1,698 | Reviews: 615
Photo of MVotter
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Pale gold, cream head

S - Butterscotch diacetyls, orange peel

T - Some bitter hops tone, orange, butterscotch

F - Somewhat sticky/chewy, medium body, lots of effervescence

O - Some people are into the boozy, butterscotchy, diacetyl flavors found in some beers. Me, not so much.

Photo of godawgs
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too bitter for my liking

Photo of jdrankin
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no citrus notes. Very piney with strong dry bitter aftertaste even for an ipa.

Photo of Nabs350
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and crisp for an IPA. Great color, and taste.

Photo of TravisVolz
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma with a complimenting taste

Photo of hotpauko
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: Bottled six pack, I think I have now have a much better feel for this beer, and...not bad to pretty good. Smooth, nice malt hop mix, just not overpowering either way and sits nicely in the mouth. Along with a 6 of Toasted Lager in the fridge, I am starting to like Blue Point. Hoptical is a very nice malt-little more hop combo. Well worth a try. *** The six pack packing is pretty cool. Take it home and have fun with it after drinking a couple. ***

Disclaimer I think the bar's tap system was a little funky...the BP Toasted Lager was flat and a sampling of another was flat too along with thinking I was tasting some skunkyness in this Hoptical.........I believe I have enjoyed this beer before without writing a review. Very nice IPA good mixing of malt and hops to create a sweeter backbone with nice fruity and piney flavors. Easy drinking settles nicely in the mouth with little bite. I think some aftertaste was coming from tap system so I can't give the best review.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy orangish pour with thin white head. Aroma of herbs not to my liking. Strong bitter hop flavor has very little balance. Dry back-of-throught finish. Not interested in having another.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - slightly hazy golden orange color but lacking head but pretty good lacing.
Smell - very piney and sharp bitternerness
Taste - bitter piney taste but not as sharp as the smell. Has a pretty good malt backbone.
Feel - medium body and carbonation, has a fizz to it.
Overall - pretty good beer that taste and feels better than it look and smells

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not bad, not world class. To much malty-ness for my taste

Photo of GFM
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color. Three fingers of white head. Lacing takes the form of a thin film that coats the glass. Sweetness in the scent initially and then piney. But also citrus after the beer sat for awhile. Predominant feature of the taste was the bitter aftertaste until it was almost done and hat sat awhile. Then a much better sweet and citrusy profile. Enjoyable and puzzling. (8.5)

Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, some citrus notes (lemon), malt, and light fruit. A vibrant, aggressive flavor that's pretty well done.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid beer all around. It has its deficiencies, but it's easy to drink and likeable.

Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I seek this out for the shelves of my beer pantry. This is a consistently great IPA. To just pop the cap off the bottle and take in the aroma makes me want to purr like a cat. I went out and bought a Blue Point pint glass specifically to enjoy this in. I like it's color and weight and consistent taste and aftertaste. I particularly enjoy this paired with dark chocolate or salty snacks. Of all of the Blue point product line this is an absolute winner for me. One of my top IPA choices.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's tasty enough for a mass produced ipa.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: orange, with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit;

T: light citrus up front; earthy mid-palate; back to light citrus with moderate bitterness at the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: this used to be a WOW IPA for me; probably is the same as it was, but so many other IPAs have since surpassed it; having said that, there's nothing wrong with this:

Photo of WVU
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft from Pizza Joint Penn Station NYC 11/30/2014

Really enjoyed this NY based brewery's hopped up American IPA.
Nice golden colored with adequate bitterness for real "hop heads" and a
lingering oily resin to keep reminding you of this brew. Wouldn't go out of my way
to get it, but surely wouldn't turn one down either. Great beer for the price too.

Photo of RockinRich
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Drinkable and pleasant. Wouldn't go out of my way but if you're buying, go ahead and set 'em up.

Photo of jkrich
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured a hazy, golden-orange hue with a sustained foamy off-white head. The aroma was surprisingly sweet with fresh tropical fruit being the dominant.

The flavor was slightly unbalanced as the first sip introduced a sharp and lasting bitter taste and feel that was similar to a hyped up orange rind. Strangely, the next several sips were fruity and sweet with a pleasant, hoppy and bitter aftertaste on palate. There are hints of marmalade and pineapple as well as bittersweet, tropical fruit. That initial flavor seems a bad memory now.

This is my third offering from this brewery: all were good but not memorable. This one is not very consistent from one sip to another. While it is an enjoyable ale, you never know when that unpleasant bitterness will return.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Rich citrus, grass and resin aromas on the nose with a hint of earthiness. Pours brilliant gold with a dense snow white foam cap. Clean and sweet malt begin the attack with light citrusy fruit and spice flavors from the hops. Dries on the finish with a moderately strong lingering bitterness. Medium light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of MDHopster
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle into wine glass of same size. Hazy copper, one finger short livened head, scent lacing. Hoppy aroma, citrusy, but tastes of grapefruit and pine. Nicely bittered and carbonated. Lasting aftertaste consistent with first sip. Could be a regular rotation brew

Photo of hophugger
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice color, great hoppy, resin aroma with a punch of citrus. Taste is same with plenty of resin balanced extremely well with the citrus and feels great on the palate. A great, very drinkable, cant put it down, IPA. Great Job !!

Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Golden coppery color. Refreshing and bitter. A fine session IPA in that it's well-balanced.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden to almost amber in color in the body. An off white in color and foamy in consistency head forms a layer about two fingers thick on the top. Lacing form the dense head is well above average.

S- Just about what you would imagine form the name of this beer, the scent is almost all hops. Mostly pine and grapefruit like, the hop profile on the scent is moderate in strength and foreshadows some bitterness to come in the taste.

T- Starts off with the same hop bang as the scent. Mildly strong in bitterness, the hops display a more piney flavor with more of a resinous quality. Hops are the dominant flavor throughout, as expected, but there is a slight bit of balance from a light malt mixed in. Lingering bitterness is rather dry on the whole.

M- A little thicker on the tongue than most IPA's here, but not a whole lot thicker. Carbonation is right in the middle of the road as it should be. Alcohol is undetectable and it is easy drinking.

Overall, your standard American IPA. A quality beer that is served fresh with a good dose of hops bitterness, but not so much as to destroy your palate. A good quality brew right here.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: crystal-clear amber-gold liquid... sort of loose, spongy white foam - a bit rocky...

S: zesty, leafy, dirt weed aromas from the hops... perhaps some green onion... toasty, crackery malts below the hop canopy, with a mild caramel edge... don't know if it's from the hops, but I'm getting potential bacteria buzz

T: bitter yellow grapefruit... moderately peppery-spicy, dry... woody/leafy hop bitterness... not really overtly fruity - more earthy, vine/stem-like hop character... fair balance of toasty, lightly sweetish malt in the base, but this is truly a showcase for bitter, ripping hops here

M: dry and snappy, with a bit of rubbery resin/malt wiggle in the body going down... small glow of alcohol in the gut...

O: not bad... nothing distinct... seems like an old, tried-and-true, craft IPA recipe from the old days... I don't know if it's supposed to be as dry as it was here... it'd be a tough one to showcase, but as a cheap go-to, it's fine

Photo of beerloserLI
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Amber pour with a light sweet and hoppy smell. Clean, smooth, and sweet start with a hoppy finish. Pretty easy going and more on the mild side for any hop head. The malt backbone brings plenty of sweetness. Noting great but not horrible either. Overall it's ok.

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight foamy head. The aroma is mild with a balanced hop scent. The flavor is raw and full of hoppy flavor. The texture is smooth and delicious. This pack a much stronger hop flavor than I would have expected. Well worth a try!

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,698 ratings.