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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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1,593 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,593
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

coombski, Jul 06, 2014
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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

oberon, Sep 25, 2005
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

ExtraStout, Aug 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JeffDam, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Zakk, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev +14.3%

Rocketman900rr, Aug 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

SuomiHobbit, May 03, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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

orbitalr0x, Sep 09, 2005
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1.64/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

Jimbo62, Mar 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kevrob802, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BeerDreadz, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

csmartin6, Jan 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

TTripp725, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

generallee, Jul 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

nstroup, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Doomcifer, Oct 16, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Soste87, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

merlin48, Jun 10, 2009
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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,593 ratings.