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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1351
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%

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:
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(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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Photo of jbridi


2.36/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color; slightly cloudy in glass; minimal head; left heavy lacing on glass
S: Faint citrus hoppiness; slight grassy notes; not pleasant
T: Nothing to distinguish this ale; a bit of a hop bite at first followed by an unpleasant aftertaste - almost astringent
M: Fairly watery mouthfeel
O: Generally disappointing - was hoping for better; nothing distinguishing about this beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 23:13:16 | More by jbridi
Photo of 57md


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light cloudy copper with a thin film of head. The nose is weak for an IPA. The flavor profile begins with a blast of oranges upfront followed by light malt flavor and a dry hop finish that gets more bitter as one drinks this offering down.

This offering started off below average and picked up a bit by the finish. However, in the end this is just a poor man's Two-Hearted and I am not a big fan of Two-Hearted.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 05:15:33 | More by 57md
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point Brewing
Hoptical Illusion

Pours a clear light copper, with a tightly beaded foam head.

Smells of citrus, sweet herb and caramel. A signature American IPA aroma with a strong hop scent and the caramel malt.

In the taste, caramel, citrus and other earthy notes. Pine, grapefruit pith, tangerine and clementine orange compete for dominance with caramel and the solid bitterness.

Medium bodied ale with a good level of carbonation and mild drying hoppiness. Flavors of citrus and pine linger in a nice hoppy finish.

This is what an American IPA was before the west coast explosion. A strong pale ale, with the usual trademarks of the style, citrus hops and caramel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 23:02:47 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber color with a one finger of pure white foamy head. The head fades slowly over time leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a citrus smell. The citrus is a mix of grapefruit hop and some tangerine and orange. Along with these smells are some lighter notes of tropical fruits with some mango and pineapple as well as a bit of pine hop. Overall the aroma is sweet and nicely hopped.

Taste – The taste begins with a grapefruit hop flavor and some sweeter flavors of a tangerine nature. Along with these, are some bready flavors, with the three flavors (bready, tangerine, and grapefruit) creating a base for the beer. Soon after the initial taste other flavors of a light pine and a bit of caramel sweetness comes to the tongue. The tangerine in the base then starts growing more intense with it really sweetening the beer at the end. With more grapefruit hop coming to the tongue at the end of the taste as well, a rather sweet and citrusy hopped taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather nice for the blend of sweet and hoppy and make a rather enjoyable drinking brew overall.

Overall – A very tasty, sweeter, and citrusy IPA. Not a hop super-powerhouse, but very easy drinking, and more balanced then many. Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 00:10:43 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Mavigo


3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this off tap at the green dot in detroit, served to me in a mug.

A: is a dark gold color with a short off white head with medium amounts of lacing.

S: crisp scent, wheat, citrus, and of course hops

T: very smooth, crisp, wheat, citrus, malts, herbs, with a strong hop finish, but not as extreme as other IPAs I have had, so I'd say it's fairly mild but still quite present.

M: refreshing, light body, medium carbonation

O: First beer from Blue point, not too bad, not a big fan of IPAs but this was fairly decent, not to say they skimped on the style, the hops were super evident, just a bit more mild and more citrus, recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 20:17:36 | More by Mavigo
Photo of DragonzBreath


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion...I got this one from the Tap at Ashleys Throw down.
Saugatuck brewery verses Blue Point.. Copper color with a nice, small white foam.
As I raised it to my mouth, the aroma of a meadow deep within a pine forest hit me hard.
The smell of this IPA is unlike any I have smelled. Taste was the same. The hops are unusual in here..interesting taste and flavor. a must try for the IPA lovers in the house...Very little citrus and a bit light at the end. Abv 6.80
(Saugatuck Brewery one by 4 pints)

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 13:36:24 | More by DragonzBreath
Photo of Calypso


4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, creamy off-white head. Slightly cloudy copper color.
S: Minty, or perhaps pine resin, with citrus notes.
T: Hops and faint citrus. Pine. Hints of malt and toffee.
M: Medium body, light and crisp.
O: Very enjoyable session beer. Some different flavors than I'm used to from an American IPA, but well-balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 18:53:24 | More by Calypso
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy dark amber with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Tempting as everything! Rich, hoppy aroma has a malty underpinning and a good fruity note. Generously hoppy flavor has a nice fruity and malty undertone; bitterness is not minimal, but not ferocious either. Got some woody, apple and grapefruit notes in there plus a hint of fresh-cut pine. Body is firm, and fizz is quite lively and persistent. Another must for IPA fanatics!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 22:04:06 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with big fluffy white head that leaves nice sheets of lace behind as it settles.

Aromas begin with citrus and piney hops and an underlying herbal/grassiness also hop generated. Fairly resiny and piney but there are also some sweet bready, toasted maltiness to back it up. Border-line caramel maltiness emerges more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose exactly. It has a well balanced flavor of pale, toasted bready, light caramel maltiness along with a substantial hop flavors of citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite dry and the bitterness lingers ever so slightly.

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.

Overall this is a solid American IPA, nothing spectacular, just super solid. Well worthy to comsume at a local bar over the macro swill or the faux craft offerings. Recommeneded if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 17:44:14 | More by claspada
Photo of Drk93TT


4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice clear golden color. with 1 finger head. looks great.

S: Not a lot here, smells like a typical IPA.. but less hoppy in the nose.

T: Takes you by surprise, definitely hits your tongue right away with grapefruit and bitter citrus/fruit

M: Carbonation is perfect here in my opinion! Not too bubbly, and not too watery. Leaves you begging for more.

O: Definitly a drinkable IPA.. Will (and did) purchase again. Also had on draft at a tap take over, and it was EVEN BETTER on draft.. Mmmmm. Blue Point continues to impress me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 03:46:38 | More by Drk93TT
Photo of adam42381


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium gold/caramel color with a 1-2 finger frothy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bitter citrus with a touch of pine and sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet and bitter citrus up front followed by a touch of black pepper and sweet malt in the middle before ending with pine. Aftertaste is bitter and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very solid beer overall. I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:09:08 | More by adam42381
Photo of DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on a visit to the Blue Point Brewery Tasting Room over the summer.

A: The beer was a light amber color with a decent head and some mild lacing.

S: Floral smell of hops and a light malt smell.

T: The beer had a good taste. It seemed like a nice balance of floral and bittering hops. On the back of the tongue there was some malt taste.

M: This beer tasted well bodied with a dry hops taste.

O: This is a good, easily consumable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 16:45:26 | More by DapperGrowler
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice copper tint, that had no head at all and barely any lacing around the glass.

S- Average IPA, notes of grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes on the tail end.

T- Lots of Hops, I felt the bitterness was very straightforward with this brew. Grapefruit and booze on the tail end. Not to bad of balance.

M- Medium Bodied not to much carbonation.

O- A simple IPA, with strong bitterness and notes of everything IPA'S have to offer. A pretty good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 16:47:01 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of sweett3k


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a long day at work, went hunting and missed a nice 6 point
whitetail time to stop at the pub. I saw this mystical pyramid tap stated HOPTICAL ILLUSION. I love my IPA my day/night just got better.
A: orangey brown in color. Head disipates to pencil thin. Lacing is loght but sticky.
S: For an IPA not a big blast of aroma you would expect. Very mild with notes of floral and seet hops
T: The flavor is the best part. Hoppy and mellow with hints of citrus and a nice honey end note.
M: A great smack in the mouth with a dry bitter tastey bite.
O: A nice IPA up to most standards if the aromas where tighter I would give it a higher score.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 02:26:30 | More by sweett3k
Photo of jmarsh123


4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Burdick's in Kalamazoo while watching Thanksgiving football with the gf's family.

Pours a nice orange with a small white head that left some lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus and piney hops. Malts shine through a bit, but definitely hop forward.

Immediately am hit with a good mix of a citrus and pine bite. Rounds into just a touch of malty sweetness in the middle before finishing resiny and dry.

Enough malt to kick the mouthfeel up a notch and good carbonation.

The perfect beer to wash down all the turkey and rhubarb pie. Resembles a good old West Coast style IPA. I'm curious to try this from a bottle sometime to see if the flavors hold up. It seems like something that may fade pretty quickly.

*edit 6/12/12* Had it out of a bottle last week. Still delicious. Now if only they'd distribute here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 14:31:28 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a white head.

Smelled of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and floral notes.

Taste was a sweet orange followed by bitter grapefruit, the flavors kept bouncing around in the mouth some pine, lemon, ending dry with a bitter herb taste - very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 21:37:28 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/22/11 notes. On tap at Stoney's in Washington, DC, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a cloudy bright orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, and a little sweet. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and some light tropical fruits. Some light bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness that doesn't linger very long.

o - Overall a pretty solid IPA. Not my favorite but would be willing to give it another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 19:45:47 | More by mdfb79
Photo of nickfl


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of fresh, green hop aroma with pine and grapefruit notes. Some bready malt in the background with a hint of toast.

T - Toasted grain and some lightly sweet malt with a hint of grapefruit. More hop flavor comes out in the middle as notes of grapefruit are blended with a little bit of pine. The beer finishes with moderately strong bitterness and some dry toasted flavors as well as lingering grapefruit.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice IPA with a very fresh hop aroma and plenty of malt to back it up. Despite finishing quite dry, the toasted character of the malt never becomes acrid and it is drinkable and balanced for its style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 21:37:39 | More by nickfl
Photo of rinhaak


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear caramel brown with almost no head. What little foam was there quickly faded before I had even finished my first sip.

There is an earthiness to the nose, with a nice balance between pine and grassy hops.

The taste is pleasant with slight citrus flavors and a little bitterness. There is no mistaking the hop presence, but they are more of an understatement. In my opinion, it was a little flat in the mouth and could have used much more carbonation. It is possible that it was the fault of the tap lines, as the beer was also a tad tepid. The finish surprised me, as there was no bitterness at all, but rather a rich malty aftertaste.

Overall a nice IPA, but was mild for the style. From the nose through to the finish, this really drank like a hoppy Pale Ale; perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had expected that style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 14:04:08 | More by rinhaak
Photo of kylehay2004


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My lower than normal rating comes from the water-ed down taste of this IPA. On the broad IPA spectrum this beer is trying to be something it is not. The hop flavor may be apparent to a non-beer drinker but to IPA lovers, it leaves more to be desired. Perhaps that is why it was created however the taste is lacking though the mouthfeel is comfortable unlike many IPAs, likely due to its "lighter" taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 00:52:56 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer is a deep copper-gold coloring with a thin, frothy, white head. This beer has some decent lacing along the glass while you drink. Heavy sweeet nutty malt smells with a good hoppy balance, but overall a little light for the style. The flavor is toasty and nutty, with a slight hopping at the end that is wet, resinous, and a little spicy. The aftertaste is the dark, sweet malt flavors and a little pepper spice. The finish is dry and astringenet. Good brew! Deceptive and sneaky, in a good way!

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 02:42:40 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of jcartamdg


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head that turns to a ring that clings to the glass. Great lacing. Aroma is weak, very faint hops and a little malt. Taste is stronger than the nose, hops are there but not in your face, malts are present but balanced. Smooth and refreshing Not a Bad regular ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 01:27:12 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of aepb1


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Joe's Place, notes from phone

A- Amber semi-opaque body with a creamy white head

S- Herbal and earthy hops

T- Caramel malt up front that provides a nice body with lots of hops all through it too

M- Medium-bodied and a good level of carbonation

D- Easy to drink and will likely return when back at Joe's

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 15:12:40 | More by aepb1
Photo of smakawhat


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Kramer's books in DC into a shaker pint glass.

A slightly cloudy amber to burnt orange body shows up. A simple small creamy cream colored head was poured in a faint light brown color. There is some visible carbonation and the drink leaves excellent lacing.

First whiff on the nose is some simple hop, but it gets more malt forward afterwords, only some small citrus hints out but not much. Caramel malts although small come out to be much forward than anything else. It is a good nose I'll say that much.

The first thing upon tasting is how wet this is. Unfortunately it's a little watery, however there is a real good dried bread and hop sensation, but then also some sweet malts that come through which feels a little unusual for this style. The finish also felt to me really "quick".

Despite all this, this is a very easy drinking IPA for the style, and has good things to find and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 00:30:20 | More by smakawhat
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a disappointing Oatmeal Stout, I gave Blue Point another try with the Hoptical Illusion.

Poured a golden amber color. Bright and sunny.

Smell was very hoppy as it should be. A hint of citrus mixed with a generous amount of hops and malt.

Quite balanced for such an intense IPA. Makes for easy drinking.


Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 19:13:04 | More by devinoconnor
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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.