Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2012 21:10:35 | More by jondeelee
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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
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