Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Fusion_Pirate:
2.83/5 rDev -23.7%
A: Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a New Holland Brewing glass, Hoptical Illusion yielded a half-finger of white head which immediately dissipated. Minor lacing as I tilt the glass to and fro, with decent retention. The beer itself doesn't look like a whole lot, to be perfectly honest. Perfectly translucent light bronze color, with carbonation bubbles visible. We certainly 'can't judge a beer by its color', but this one is not a looker.
S: A strong, spicy hop scent hits the nose immediately with underlying caramel malt notes.
T: A moderate hop front end hits your palette, immediately followed by a grainy, almost Aspirin-like back end. The weak taste of this beer is rather unremarkable and the carbonation is a bit much for the style. I can't believe this is really a 6.8% ABV brew!
M: Rather oily and moist across the tongue with too much carbonation (as mentioned above).
O: Coming from a microbrewery, this is rather amateur stuff. This beer is more in line with what a 'Michelob take' on the IPA formula might be. A lack of complexity in all aspects, except smell, which is frankly misleading. Casual drinkers might give this a try, but serious IPA connoisseurs, steer clear- Hoptical ILLUSION indeed!
10-07-2012 23:09:36 | More by Fusion_Pirate
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4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
09-25-2005 00:01:20 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
08-08-2010 19:45:36 | More by ExtraStout
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
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
09-09-2005 01:59:07 | More by orbitalr0x
1.64/5 rDev -55.8%
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.
03-27-2014 23:40:56 | More by Jimbo62
4.08/5 rDev +10%
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.
04-08-2009 15:16:07 | More by lordofthewiens
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-14-2010 02:25:45 | More by generallee
3.77/5 rDev +1.6%
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. GRADE A IPA.
10-16-2006 17:57:24 | More by Doomcifer
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-10-2009 20:59:49 | More by merlin48
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.