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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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623 Reviews
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Reviews: 623
Hads: 1,829
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 21.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 333 | 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:
Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a soft bronzed burnt brown color with a slim transparency about it. Carbonation rises at a nice pace. A one finger white foamy head dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing clung nicely in a mild filmy foamy manner. The smell had some earthy and grassy hops rolling over a light herbal quality and having a nice caramel backbone to it. The taste copied the smell and added a light tobacco in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat fairly dry with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right as an IPA. Bitterness seemed decent. Overall, I don’t mind it for me, but there’s a part of me that wants to say this is closer to an English IPA because of the way the hops come across and the smell and flavor. I could see myself having this again.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/1/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey/bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/resinous/sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of slusk
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a clear copper with a nice white head.

S: Not as hoppy as I would have expected. More of a balance between malt and hops. Earthy hops amidst a light caramel malt aroma. Some pine, grapefruit and a wee bit of citrus.

T: Decent bitterness, not terribly big on flavor hops. Earthy, piney and floral hops are definitely present with a light caramel background. finishes fairly dry.

F: medium light body, medium low carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA. A bit too balanced for an IPA I think. needs a bit more aroma/flavor hops. Overall, drinks a bit more like a pale ale.

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Photo of Kessel
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Cloudy copper/orange hue. Quickly fading off-white head.

Smell - equal parts pine-citrus with hints of apricot and stone fruit. moderately strong in aroma.

Taste - bright bitterness fills the mouth, gives way to slight caramel and heavy citrus/apricot. Slight hint of alcohol on finish.

Feel - mouth feel is moderate with a fair amount of carbonation.

Over all, this is a better than average east coast style IPA.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass with a nice 2 finger head that faded to a thin film. Nice lacing. Had a little bitter taste but that could have been the tap if it sat awhile.
Picked up some Citrus and mix of hop flavor. Overall not a bad drinking beer but not my favorite

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bitter malty amber colored beer with a thick head that fades away quickly. Minor to no lacing is left on the glass, its not bad but it isn't great either.

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Photo of mickyge
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from bottle ( date was 1 Month old) small head that shrunk fairly fast, some lacing. Tasted more malty than hoppy. Bitter finish but nice and crisp, a little on the heavy side but very drinkable maybe due to a slight sweetness. I would buy it again.

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Photo of kshrines23
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mix a 6 at the grocery store. Says it was bottled just a month ago.

Look: Nice deep copper/amber color with a good frothy head and thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet, citrusy hop smell, slight fruitiness as well

Taste: Very good in my opinion, definitely a hop bitterness up front and lingering but also has some complex fruit and citrus notes coming through throughout. Rather surprised actually at how good this tasted.

Feel: No problem here, medium carbonation, has a thicker mouthfeel though due to sweetness.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer, more so then expected actually. Will definitely pick up again.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy golden orange, with a thin eggshell head. Some lacing.

S: Orange peel, passion fruit

T: Oranges, grapefruit rind, with a slightly bread malt. Finishes with bitter sticky hops, very floral.

F: Medium carbonation, no complaints. The sweetness makes it feel a little heavier than it is.

O: I wouldn't seek it out, but it's a solid IPA. Could use a something more? Very floral, but not in a complex way. I would've loved the addition of something herbal.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is initially dominated by grapefruit and muddled citrus, with toasted malt beneath.

Flavor is similar, but adds in resin and a fairly bitter finish.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the easiest drinking IPAs I've ever had. Lots of bright, crisp hop flavors, without being overbearingly bitter. More pronounced and tasty malt body than a lot of IPAs. Good balance. Definitely tastes more like it's supposed to be balanced and drinkable and not just a hop bomb.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. More malt than hops here, caramel, bread crust herbal and earthy hop on the palate. Finish is long, dry, bitter. It is more East Coast IPA.

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Photo of notasnob-justlovebeer
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
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

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Photo of MVotter
3.16/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of GFM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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)

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +33%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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:

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Photo of WVU
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.