Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 232 | 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

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Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Ratings: 1,722 | Reviews: 624
Photo of Webbydag1
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hops with solid balanced bitterness

Photo of notasnob-justlovebeer
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Paired well with Primanti Bros corned beef. Hop flavor is there, but not the citrusy, overwhelming bitterness that my old man shy away from. Its good. Definitely sluggable. Saw it on the chalkboard for what's on tap and tried it for the name. The name rocks, the beer didn't disappoint.

Photo of rlm112
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not so much into IPAs

Photo of Ploohblaah
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly light. Strange white head with large bubbles. Nice clear copper color. Crisp and refreshing with a subtle but noticeable hop bite.

Photo of Dave1999
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very malty IPA with little hop flavour.

Photo of TheBresident
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best offering from Blue Point but a decent IPA.

Photo of Denny_R
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Captain Daves in Destin. Good beer.

Photo of Jwburns75
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There is really nothing special or remarkable about this beer. It's a decent IPA that offers nothing new or interesting to the style. I guess it would make a decent gateway beer into the world of hops, but other than that it has little purpose.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is pretty poor, though, and minimal lacing sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: There is a lot going on with the brew's nose. I pick up plenty of lemon, orange peel, some slight tropical fruit, and piny bitterness. The pungency covers up the malt moderately well. However, I also get some detracting diacetyl. Some aspects are weird, but I warm up to the nose eventually. (3.5)

Taste: The taste, though, is pine. Pine, pine, and more pine. There's no citrus or fruit to speak of anywhere. All this bitterness is front-loaded, with a slight malt sweetness counterbalancing the tobacco-like finish. I get lots of bittering hops, but no flavoring hops - even worse, there aren't any interesting malt flavors (just generic caramel and toffee) to redeem its hop profile. There is a reason IPAs like these are dying out, because this is needlessly biting and bland all at the same time. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: While it does have a fairly full body for the style, the bitterness at least makes it somewhat dry. Somewhat. This still isn't a very drinkable brew, and a good IPA should always be drinkable. Carbonation is medium, too. (2.5)

Overall: Well, it's an old fashioned IPA, and not even a good example of an old fashioned IPA. Bitter, malty, and rather bland, this brings little to the party and is best left on the shelf. (2.75)

2.84/5: As forgettable as an illusion

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.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.