Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,746
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 254 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with big fluffy white heat that leaves nice sheets of lace behind as it settles,fresh hop aromas dominate very piney with an underlying herbal/grassiness made me wanna jump in.True to form this is hop driven very resiny and piney and quite dry and very fresh tasting.A slightly sweet caramel maltiness keeps this somewhat in check but this ale is most definently a hop bomb,a damn good east coast IPA glad to try it.

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

This brew was the mystery choice on tap at Willibrew. It was golden yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation. Head started out finger high and slowly receded to a nice foamy covering which provided some of the best cling to the glass that I've seen.

Smell is dominantly citrus hops with a bicuity malt aroma coming through. Taste is heavily hopped, but with a nice citrus flavor and spiced enough to counter the hops slightly. The hops are complex with an herbal and orange-citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and this is very easy to drink, a solid filtered IPA.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hoptical Illusion pours from the 12oz bottle into my SN tulip a crisply autumnal amber orange with a nice inch of cragly white foam on top. Lots of active carbonation rushes up from the bottom. Aromas of rich sweet caramel intertwine with resinous citric, pine bough hops. Fresh sticky green hops flash in my mind. Pink grapefruit, orange, peach, herbal goodness.

First sip brings an underlying body of caramelly pale malts overlayed by a heavy helping of grapefruity citric hops. Hints of pine needles. A sweet onset is followed by a steady increase in bitterness on the way down. Slightly bready on the finish with a lingering green bitter hop oil. A pretty darn tasty IPA that brings the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with small, fast moving cluster carbonation that dances across the palate. This is the type of brew that is almost gone before you even start drinking it. I would love to have a sixer...but alas this lone bottle is all I have. A nice showing here out of Long Island.

Music: Machine Drum - Wishbone Be Broken

Photo of Jimbo62
1.66/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Why do I think a slightly hoppy Bud Light. Better than Coors but not by much. Very disappointed. I really would have been better off with a Bud Light or Coors and saved about five bucks! I would not recommend this beer at all. It's the first High Point I've tried and probably the last.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a clear golden color with a small white head and no lacing whatsoever. Wonderful aroma: floral, citrus, sweet malt, all blending well together. The sweet malt was upfront in the taste, quickly turning to grapefruit and a bit of pine. Mild, not a hop bomb. Very enjoyable.

Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured into pint glass from a brown 12oz bottle. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It had a deep golden color with good clarity and a nice average size head on top. The head had a nice creamy off white color and good retention. This made for some cool lacing as the slow fading cap made its way down the glass.

Smell: There was a wonderful bright fruity hop character with solid notes of citrusy grapefruit rind with some leafy/spicy hops over milder sweet malt.

Taste/Palate: Its firm medium body has solid hop bitterness and hop flavor notes mildly balanced buy sweet almost fruity maltiness. Mostly I get citrusy grapefruit like hops with a hint of apricot and pine as well as light white bready sweetness. Towards the finish there is a bit of raw grain from the malt with still brings some sweetness but hop bitterness holds on the tongue deeper into the slow lingering finish. Its carbonation keeps the texture lively but still smooth and pleasing.

Notes: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Its cool bright label art matches its bright tasty flavor.

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

Pours a light copper with a good inch, beige head. Smells of sticky sweet malts and huge citrusy hops. Very juicy. Taste is the same, but even more pleasant. Sweet malts and big citrus hoppiness up front, ending a little dry and hoppy with a deathgrip on the palette. Tremendous balance between the sweet & bitter on this one. This is definitely hop juice. Ridiculously easy to drink.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a medium sized offwhite head that leaves patchy lace.

Aroma of grapefruit and toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel has a medium light body with a zesty carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced. Grainy caramel malt supports a grapefruity hops bitterness that has an edge of pine. Finishes dry.

A solid American IPA but not a worldbeater.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, has buy before dating etched onto the label. Pours cloudy,orangy light amber, white fine bubble head. Leaves well developed lacing. Grainy, flowery hop nose. This is nice hoppy ale. Grapefruit, resin, flowery hops in control. Nicely crafted, fine looking APA. The best offering yet from BP. Worth seeking out.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was real surprised to see this one on tap at Redbones today...shared the experience alongside fellow BA Truh.
Arrived a light copper color w/ less than a half finger of bright white head which disappeared fairly rapidly...lacing was thin and had very little cling.
Aromas were faint...most likely due to it being served a bit too chilled IMO. A nice balance of fruity hops and sweet malt drawing me in.
The taste is where this beer takes off...an explosion of juicy fruit like hops w/ plenty of malt to keep this one in check. Not too bitter, but just enough to remind you this is an IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and average for the style...I could drink this one all day. Was real surprised to see the ABV above 6%.
Just when I thought the decision to go w/ Mojo's IPA was a no-brainer...my go to beer just became a bit more difficult.
Can't wait for my visit to the island in just 2 weeks...will be picking up a case of this while in town. On tap at the source wouldn't be a bad thing either.
Great job Blue Point.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a clear, yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is florally hops with some malt backbone. The flavor is flowers, some citrus and some pine. Flowers are dominant. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a nice white creamy head, thick,lacing the sides of the glass.A deep golden color,reddish hue.
Smells citrusy,grapefriuty,slightly piney,slight sweet malty aroma.
Tastes citrusy,grapefruity,carmelly.Very nice balance.
The mouthfeel is a slighty thick,syrupy.A sweet,sharp,pleasingly bitter finish.A very good IPA. One of the best IPA's I've had, well balanced,very drinkable for an IPA. An all around enjoyable IPA.
A must try IPA.

Photo of Kraken
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 05/24/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle in my Floreffe Chalice. Firm pour evokes a 1/8 inch head that falls very quickly. No lace to speak of. Color is a light clear golden amber.

Nose- Notes of caramel and over ripe orange. Some lemon zest.

Palate- Lots of over ripe orange and orange zest. Not floral or bright at all. Plenty of caramel, sort of a heavy and brooding interpretation of an IPA. Bitters come through in the finish, which is a bit long.

Mouthfeel- Very fine and active carbonation

Drinkability- not my favorite IPA, hoping that this one just had a bit of age on it.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptical Illusion opens with a fruity, hoppy nose that is instantly enticing. The aromas seem split fairly evenly between oranges, apricots, berries, and touches of pineapple, and citrusy grapefruits and hints of pine resin from the hops. A light undercurrent of wheat bread and biscuit lies just beneath, providing a nice grounding effect. Overall, the nose is nicely sugary and hoppy, though far less hoppy than I would have expected, given the beer's name.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an immediate hop flavor blast that proves the name is still relevant. Huge pine and grapefruit rind notes dominate here, along with a good smattering of earthy, vinous hop oils that bring stem-like qualities to the hop profile. Bitterness is not excessive--60 IBUs--but the hop flavors are full, nuanced, and delightful, and better yet, retain much of their strength through subsequent mouthfuls. The beer does boast other flavors, including a nice complement of orange and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugars and touches of wheat bread. But the hops take center stage here, as well as largely dominating the aftertaste, which burns with grapefruit rind and pine, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, bearing not only a good amount of bitterness, but a balanced and flavorful hop profile that avoids the pitfalls of its single-flavor competitors by offering a variety of tastes, all the way from grapefruit to pine to dandelion stem. Better, the beer contains just enough sugar to support the bitterness, but not enough to overpower it. Good fare.

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

A- Golden amber with a white head

S- Lots of hops almost to the point of a DIPA

T- Love the taste, the choices of hops is perfect and perfect balance of maltiness

M- Doesn't leave me with bitter beer face and still a bit of carbonation, I could definetly put a few down, not an overwhelming beer that limits you to one or two.

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 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 far333
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light honey colored with an inch high head of frothy white foam. Sharp aroma of sweet citrus and pine.

Flavor of grapefruit rind hops, some grainy light brown sugar and floral notes, moves to a piney bitter, which dominates the pallete from there.

Even mouthfeel, full upfront, slick over the tongue and finishes tingly, somewhat warm.

Above average drinkability, would like just a bit more balance.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep golden color, brilliant clarity, thin head doesn't last.

S: Pine, floral and crystal malt aromas. Clean alcohol appears as it warms. Weak for an IPA.

T: Piney hops up front, then some citrus and fruity notes. Finishes with firm hop bitterness and crystal malt flavors. Very clean.

M: A little watery (despite the pretty substantial ABV and heavy crystal malt).

O: I'd like to see more going on; this is more of a slightly overbittered pale ale than an IPA. Pleasant but not exceptional in any way.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap into a shaker pint glass at Tiago's in Bridgeport. Pours amber with a decent bubbly head. Smells really nice and hoppy, some malty sweetness. Flavor profile is pretty decent. I think 84 is a bit too critical. The sweetness is a bit too strong throughout, lending to a feeling of a heavier body. The hops, however, are nice and juicy with a touch of resin the back. Pretty well done.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just brought to the Pittsburgh market I've been meaning to track this one down for some time. Appears a definitive copper tone with a large off white head leaves behind thick stands of lacing , wow! Very nice brewski that has been pushed by many beer publications over the years. Aroma nice citrus peel tones very thick and dominant with touches of hop flowers and mild caramel malt sweetness tones. Taste has a perfect single IPA profile with aggressive grapefruit hops with slightly with slightly sweet biscuit and caramel malt character defintely an expansive list of hops thrown in here very nice brew overall, really balanced. Mouthfeel has a medium body goes down smooth very even carbonation with streaks of hop oils giving me some hop in the single hopped IPA style. Drinkability: Great stuff my pal John and I are contemplating a keg if possible from this NY brewery just entering the Pittsburgh market.

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

Nice label and name.

Amber colored with coarse carbonation. Crystal clear with nice highlights. A rather thin head lasts longer than expected.

Aroma is very promising, with clear notes of caramel malt, spicy hops, and citrus (hops). Thankfully, the taste largely follows this aroma, although the flavor from the hops is more resiny and pink grapefruit and less orange. There's plenty of sweet malt here too, and the end result seems very much in line with the IBU=60 claimed by the brewer. Lingering hoppy aftertaste with some subtle malt hanging in there too.

O - another well crafted IPA with ample hop flavor and aroma and a moderate hop hit, yet not too challenging to quaff.

Photo of rudylaw
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to joerodiii for this sweet extra!

A dark golden pour with a sollid 1.5 inch head.

Pretty bitter in the sniffer. Detecting some citrus, pine and peat.

Tastes like an east coast IPA... bitter with some malt. Pretty well-balanced. Good carbonation and a solid session IPA for the summer heat. Crisp and clean!

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a pale orange with a big creamy white head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of bold green hops with some slight piney, earthiness and a good citrus smell hid a hint of pale malt.

T- A very nice smooth yet powerful hops flavor has a nice backbone of pale malt with a slight caramel or toasted malt note. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness. The hops are citrus with a hint of sweetness from the malt. The finish is not as big on bitterness as others in this style but it is a very nice fit with the other tastes.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a bit of a watery or slippery feel.

D- This is a nice drinkable AIPA. Good balance and the flavor and aroma hops flow right into the bitter hops with accents from the malt. Nice beer but a bit watery on the mouthfeel.

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion - 6.8%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Golden color with off white head. Super fresh hoppy aroma, also notes of citrus and pine. Sweet citrus hoppy flavors with a little carmel and earthiness. Very flavorful and balanced. Crisp mouthfeel, but not as drinkable as your average fresh ipa.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
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