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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 22
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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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 thekevlarkid


4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap at J. Riley's in Syracuse (<3) this brew was a golden hue with perhaps just a wisp of haze in it. The head was white, short lived and left a little sticky lacing on the rim of my glass. The aroma was a juicy blend of tropical fruits, fresh herbs, hops resin and a background of pale malts. The flavors were also very tropical with notes of citrus and pineapple clearly conveyed. Yum! Though the aroma was more outstanding than the flavor, I enjoyed the drinkability of this punchy yet refreshing 7%er with a strong, complex hope profile. The mouthfeel was good, as was the whole beer, for an American IPA; the body was med/full, the carbonation adequate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 14:04:19 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of tchenery


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

Beer pours a very clean and bright light orange, honeyish color. It started with a decent head and is lacing a bit. It looks very refreshing.

Very upfront with grapefruit aroma hops. You get a slight raisiny pale malt aroma but it's really the tangy tropical fruit hop aroma coming off, which smells very floral and very enticing. It almost smells like orange juice.

First taste is all hops. More of the juicy fruit hops, grapefruit and passionfruit mostly. The second taste actually gets more malts coming through to balance it out a bit. This is a super refreshing beer. You wouldn't know it was 6.8% just from the taste.

It's bitter on the end and leaves a nice dry but slightly sweet mouthfeel. It's not terribly full bodied, but it's definitely not light either. This beer is a not a sipper or a gulper.

A nice go-to IPA. It's up there with the best of the fruity American IPA's in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:42:56 | More by tchenery
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion - 6.8%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Golden color with off white head. Super fresh hoppy aroma, also notes of citrus and pine. Sweet citrus hoppy flavors with a little carmel and earthiness. Very flavorful and balanced. Crisp mouthfeel, but not as drinkable as your average fresh ipa.

Serving type: cask

11-01-2010 18:33:43 | More by acurtis
Photo of lackenhauser


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather plain looking, pale coppery color. Not a lot of head or apparent carbonation. Enouigh hop aroma but somewhat muddied with a mild malty scent. Just not a lot up front. Very decent hop bite and bitterness. Nice caramel swwetness and a mellow, somewhat toasted flavor. Good, solid creamy mouthfeel. Nice lingering sweetness. Might not be much to look at or sniff but it is damn yummy going down.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 01:20:32 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of mattgreger


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy gold color. It had a small 1/2 inch white head that faded quicky, and not much lacing left either.

Aroma is that of straight Citris and Floral Hops. There are some nods in the finish of Pine and sweet malts as well. But the hops dominates throughout.

The flavor is pretty good. Citris hops up front, that follows with some sweet malts and orange. There is bit of piney hops in the finish. A decently balanced brew, expected a little more Hop with the name of the brew being Hoptical illusion, but still a nice solid, crisp brew.

The mouthful is medium bodied and has a nice carbonation level. Brew has a nice crisp finish, which helps it quite a bit.

The drinkability of this beer is decent. Because of the hops not being so overbearing, it allows for this beer to have a pretty good drinkability. Overall a great American IPA. Would seek this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 03:00:28 | More by mattgreger
Photo of BeerCon5


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

Pours a light amber color with a small amount of foamy white head that doesn't stick around long.

The scent is of citrus and floral hops.

The taste was of citrus, caramel malts, moderately bitter floral hops.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth and a little creamy, good carbonation.

This was a pretty good IPA, good balanced flavor and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 13:44:04 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of wahhmaster


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color. Has a small, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Grassy, piney, and floral hops dominate backed by some sweet malts.

Taste: Hops dominate but there is a little bit of supporting malt flavor. Leaves a nice, crisp, bitter aftertaste. Pretty standard IPA territory here.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied and pleasingly crisp.

Drinkability: A pretty standard IPA here. Nothing really makes it stand out but nothing about it is overtly offensive. I wouldn't be opposed to having it again but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 05:00:05 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-darkened golden color with a fairly nice white head and some lacing. Nose brings some grapefruit rind and a bit of pine hops along with some sweet caramel malt. Taste leaves the hops back a bit and focuses more on the malt, although there is a restrained bitterness. Feel is light to medium with good carbonation. Pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 12:11:19 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold in color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly; very good lacing that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice impression and rings as it gies down. Bubbles raced up the beer like champagne.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, floral hops, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, biscuit and flowers; very pungent citrus aroma which is very nice. Smells more pale ale than IPA.

Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, light syrup, pepper and flowers; the hops blasted my taste buds up front with the citrus and floral combo which dominated the flavor. This is a tasty IPA that's got a sweetness from the malt with good balance; it goes down crisp and easy, but is not as hoppy as some of the other hop monsters on the market today.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with high carbonation and a medium body; feels like a light beer, but it's packed with flavor and has a slight dry finish and bitterness.

High drinkability, this is a very good beer that I'd consider a session brew. It always seems better and fresher on tap since it's brewed here on Long Island, but it's good out of the bottle as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:08:48 | More by CHickman
Photo of MoreThanWine


3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although there's nothing wrong with this beer it just seemed to be a little weaker on the hops than many of my other IPA contenders through the Summer. Looked cool with it's name and labeling. Maybe I just got an older sample or caught part of a weaker batch. Or, is that all part of the Hoptical Illusion?

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 08:50:34 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange in body topped by white bubbly head. Hops, grains, and honey in the aroma. Tastes of hops, stale grains, cereal, and floral notes. Medium bodied brew with medium carbonation. A bit stale in flavor and not a great representation of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:13:32 | More by JRed
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Lunch for this one! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to minimal quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and citrusy hops. The flavor was of malt, potent hops, and orange zest on the followthrough. It was light on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent IPA, but not overwhelming in any aspect. Worth trying if you like a more citrusy IPA or even if you don't. I could probably have drank a few more, but not too many.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 11:23:40 | More by thagr81us
Photo of HUXC

New York

2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- An amber yellow, dark golden color. About a finger and a half to two fingers of white head.

S- Smells full of hops and other bitter seasonings. Average smelling IPA

T- I'm not the worlds biggest fan of IPA's so my judgment is slightly tainted, however the taste of this beer is exploding with hops and other flavors that really bring this beer together. Bitter lighter style IPA.

M- Moderate to high amounts of carbonation with a crisp finish.

D- I don't love IPA's so to me it was a little rough to put down, but it wasn't the worst IPA i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:45:46 | More by HUXC
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow with a orange like hue, with a white head. In the aroma, big pine like hops. In the taste, pine hops and a nice dry maltiness that keep a nice balance. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness and clean hop like aftertaste. Nice hop presence and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 14:59:33 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of DrJay


3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange with a short white cap, a bit of clumpy lace, decent head retention. Lots of hops in the aroma, powdery grapefruit and oranges, a bit grassy. Fairly malty too, some caramel and bread. Bitterness was sturdy, but more subtle than most IPAs and only became a major presence in the finish. Quite sweet with a lot of caramel, citrus fruit, bready malts. Noticeable alcohol towards the end, slightly warming. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation, fairly smooth. This one's balanced more towards malt than hop bitterness, which is okay, but I was hoping for more of a punch from the hops that would provide a counterpoint to the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:26:55 | More by DrJay
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly yellow color with shades of orange and a half finger of foam which flitters away instantly. Aroma is certainly hoppy, grapefruit and grassy. Some sweetness comes through as well.

First sip... interesting. maltier than expected. Bitterness is relatively low for an IPA, but it does have a nice nutty taste. Some buttery flavors as well - is this a flaw or intended? It smooths out pretty well, but the hop flavor I detected in the nose really doesn't come through in the flavor. If this wasn't listed as an IPA, it would get much higher marks. As stands, it is just a little too nutty/buttery to really be a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:17:01 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of CharlatanSin


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into the Hold Steady pint glass.

The beer is a pale golden color. An aggressive pour creates a large head, but the bubbles are huge and the whole thing soon collapses into nothing. Not even a ring, not even lacing. To me, a healthy head means a healthy beer, so I'm unimpressed with the visual. The smell is pretty faint but pleasant enough. It's mostly grapefruit hops with some sweet malt in the background.

The taste is better than the appearance or the smell. The grapefruit hops take the lead, but there's a deep sweetness from the malt that balances it. The hops outlast the malt, though, and the beer finishes bitter. This finishing bitterness is different than the hops up front, though. It's grainy, almost woody.

The body is thin and very dry, with low, lazy carbonation. It goes down quick and smooth. Overall, Hoptical Illusion doesn't approach the best IPAs on the market, but its easy to find and definitely drinkable. I had one at Nassau Colosseum when I went to an Islanders game with my brother earlier this year (I'm a Rangers fan...it was his Christmas gift from me) and I was extremely happy to have it then.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 01:11:23 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of cvaypai


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to NB Globe. Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Pours a very pale orangey yellow. Maybe a bit of amber colors come through when held to light. Super translucent. Poured with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to just a ring around the glass, leaves some slight lacing.

Smell - The nose is pretty weak on this but I am getting a very woody spicy and piney hop aroma. Really hard to put my finger on, something I have experienced before but I cant be certain. A tiny bit of something spicy, possibly rye, and some sweet malt come through. Very different hop aroma to this one.

Taste - Despite the different smell a very piney and earthy hop bitterness meets what has to be some rye malts and the a nice caramel sweetness on the end mixes with some good bitterness. There are some fruitier hops to be found as it warms. Grapefruit/orange. I am picking up just a bit of biscuit or something along that line. Different and not super complex, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel seems pretty standard for the style, medium body, medium mouthfeel, carbonation is maybe a bit too much, maybe it was my pour. Not really smooth nor abrasive.

Drinkability - I could put a few of these back, not a problem. The tastes aren't overwhelming or anything and the bitterness is medium. For it's ABV pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 22:00:40 | More by cvaypai
Photo of zdk9


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A transplant from the Great White North.

A- A nice deep brown orange color. One finger's worth of pure white head that reduces quickly. Some lacing

S- Lemon, grapefruit, white bread, waxy, orange liqueur, some caramel. Nice smell- hoppy and inviting.

T- More malty on the tongue. There's a dance of sweetness to the front and bitterness to the back leaving caramel, cracked wheat, and a bit of ash/ smoke. And the hops and more grapefruit on the tongue than in the smell, joined a bit by some pine.

M- Good balance of sweet and bitter, nice carbonation level. No complaints here.

D- I like this. It's simple, perhaps a little under flavored for the alcohol level, but good anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 05:12:03 | More by zdk9
Photo of SenorHops

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light golden orange with a nice one inch off white head that had decent retention. A lasting sticky lacing.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth..almost oily.

Taste is a combination of citrusy orange/ grapefruit with floral notes and a hint of pine. This is a well balanced IPA with sweet caramel and toasteds malt serving as its backbone which underlies a moderate bitterness that gives way to a fruity hops presence in its finish. A little too sweet for the style. It's not a hop bomb, but definitely hoppy enough to remind you you're drinking an American IPA.

With 6.8% alcohol, it is one of the more sessionable IPA's in this ABV range. Overall a pleasant and refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 18:57:36 | More by SenorHops
Photo of ExtraStout


4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 19:45:36 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -amber in color with moderate white head, larger sized bubbles slowly stream the glass

Smell- nice hops on the nose with certainly a decent malt presence there too, slight grapefruit and citrus hops,

Taste- light grapefruit hop upfront and light mild bitter finish guides the way, slight malt in the mid palate, very overall un complex and simple, not bad but just really nothing much going on just kinda falls flat in the overall flavor department, thin flavor

Mouthfeel- very light and smoothly carbonated

Drinkability- just not something I would be really rushing to drink another one of just kind of boring and uncomplex, with so many good ipas available wont be going back to this one,

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 09:06:53 | More by Stunner97
Photo of thecarster1


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, have a fingers worth of head, clear amber orange coloring, not much lace lingering.

s- milk nose, slight fruity notes, some biscuit, but more balanced then i would like in an ipa.

t- floral, light citrus, some bitterness, not harsh though, malt upfront.

m- light to medium bodied.

d- drinkable, not really too special here though, average to good in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:51:29 | More by thecarster1
Photo of Mancer

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a two finger high off-white head. The lacing was thick and stuck to everything. The initial smell of the beer was a bit odd. I picked up the light citrus hops, but the malt seemed a bit strange. The initial taste of the beer was of the light citrus hops, which paved the way again to the odd malt flavor. The brew had a slight bitterness to it with a medium body and medium carbonation.

This seemed like it was going to bee a decent beer, however it was rather a downer due to some of the flavors I was picking up. I'm not sure if the brew was not a great batch, will have to try this again, but this time from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 03:29:18 | More by Mancer
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this cause it had the same name as an Ontario Beer of the same name.

a-Light gold copper colour. Light compared to other IPAs.

s-Slight hop aroma, with the sweeter malts coming through.

t-Nice hoppy flavour. Mostly grapefruit type hops coming through. Smokey sweet finish. Not the hoppiest IPA but def not the least hoppy. Nice balance.

m-Not as thick as some IPAs or even some 6+% abv beers.

d-nice respectible IPA. I would definitely by this IPA again. I might not reach for it before a DFH, Smuttynose or SN but I would def reach for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:17:12 | More by Mit
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.