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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 186 | 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

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Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing of this beer is pretty good. The smell is nice a hoppy with a decent malts undertone. The taste of the beer is a crisp and bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and dry. Overall this beer is a pretty good IPA. I feel that this beer is a pretty good choice if you're looking for something thats a little more hoppy than some regular IPA's out there.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-yellow (citrine) body with a thick white head. Head lingers a goodly while then reduces to a film without quite ever disappearing as it warms.
Smell is nice and slightly citrusy. Taste is full bodied hops with a bitter but not acidic finish.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blue Point shaker pint.

A: This is one of those very pale IPAs that goes really light on the crystal malts.

S: Big juicy grapefruit and pine aromas jump out of the glass. Just a tad of caramel in the background.

T: Hop forward and a nice bitter bite. This one goes all out with the citrus: lemon, lime, bitter orange. The sweetness is hidden by the big hop presence.

D: Drinkable for hopheads, but not an entry IPA. This has got to be great on a hot summer day, however; nothing like a bitingly bitter IPA to get the blood flowing.

Overall: Mass transportation has worked wonders on the beer industry. Although this beer is brewed about as far East as one can go without stepping in the ocean, Blue Point has made a true-to-form West Coast IPA. This one does its hop-pun name proud - "Hoptical Illusion" is right; with the IBUs to back up the claim.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First taste of my Brooklyn haul.

A- I find the colour quite light. Clear gold. A little bit of whit head.

S- Round caramel front with some light but earthy hops and hot alcohol in the back. Something reminds me of a Fun Dip stick.

T- Nice balance of malt and hops. Tastes good. Might be a bit of DMS andboiled veggie in there in the after-taste.

M- High carbonation gives it a bit of an aggressive mouthfeel. Foams up. Quite dry.

O- An easy going beer. These days seems like this could be more of an APA. Go ahead and buy it if you're just looking for some refreshment but there's no reason to look out for this.

Photo of PoorArtist
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber
S: Light floral bouquet with grapefruit in the background
T: Like it smells: Floral and citric, then mellow and faintly yeasty
M: Light, dry, slightly bitter,
O: A pleasant, not terribly assertive IPA, that drinks very nicely, especially on a hot summer day. Sessionable.
V: Neutral on value. There are better IPAs for the same price, but not a rip-off either. A fair value.

Photo of Holland
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Screw top bottle? Come on. Looks light in color with decent head that goes away. Reminds me a bit of a an american lager of sorts.

S: bitter smell with almost no malt showing through. Little hop profile besides the pine.

T: tastes like it smells - low pale malt profile, bitter hops, and pine. I can't taste the alcohol, which is good....

M: medium-medium-light body, if that's a thing. Solid carbonation. Yes, it's crisp, but the style is subjective and that's not the only thing for which I'm looking.

O: average IPA - I won't be buying again by any means.

Photo of fx20736
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tangerine orange, streaked by faint trails of carbonation with two fingers of offwhite head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: somewhat muted grapefruit with some bitter orange.

Mouthfeel: solid

Taste: like the aroma, grapefruit with some Orange Marmalade bitterness, medium malt backbone.

Notes: Solid, decent. Not original but that shouldn't be a knock. This is a 'nice' beer which would be an easy entry into the world of the IPA's.

Drank several more bottles and have decided that the beer is too bitter. The bitterness is just overwhelming so i am rescoring.

Photo of Ungertaker
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigPlay1824 for this bottle!

12oz bottle poured into my trusty Target Field pint glass.

A- apricot-colored with a 1/4 white foamy head that faded to a thin coating on the top of the beer.

S- grapefruit, orange peel, hops, faint pine

T- bitter hops with a balanced citrus and pine flavor throughout and a subtle bitter bite at the end.

M- thin to medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O-  A good find. This beer had a good balance between the nose and the taste. I got this beer in a locals trade and likely would have never tried it otherwise. I would like to try more of what this brewery has to offer.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with half an inch of bubbly head. Great retention. The nose is soapy with some faint piny hop aromas. The taste is pale malt, citrus hops, and faint soap. The mouthfeel is smooth with mild carbonation.

There's something not right here. Too soapy, and a little unbalanced. I'm a little disappointed.

Photo of Luigi
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear golden color with a two finger head at the start. Kind of a fizzy white head that settles in to a thin lace.

The aroma is not typical of an American IPA. Reminds me of an abbey ale for some reason. Many hints of sour fruit, sweetness of malt and alcohol. The bitter hops are not the dominate aroma as one would expect from an IPA.

The taste again is not typical of an American IPA. That does not make this ale terrible to drink. Sweet malt, citrus sourness, but the hops seem to lack but they are present. It finished dry with a lingering hop bitterness and alcohol sweetness.

Light body and easy to drink. Be careful because the ABV will creep up on you.

Over all I expected a more dry hopped based IPA. After all the IPA is named Hoptical Illusion. But, at the same time it is very drinkable. However, if you are looking for a typical American IPA this is not the brew to go for.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 6/2011, purchased 9/2011 from a bottle shop, and well stored.

Poured into a British Imperial Nonic

Pours rather average, with a thin head, and a pale golden lager like color.

Not enough hops in the smell for an IPA, just a little bit of citrus, orange, nice fresh bread/yeast aroma though, pleasant and enjoyable for what it is.

Crisp entry on the palate, some nice bitter hops finally shows up, but it’s fairly light, the yeast and bread follow from the smell into the taste, with a medium mouth feel, still in all fairness it’s not all that bad and rather refreshing, would make a good beer for a hot summer day.

Good finish of bitter hops, followed by some yeast.

Well despite the ABV of 6.8% this comes off as a very light representation of the style. It’s crisp acidity and mild bitterness makes for an enjoyable enough brew, but there is definitely nothing here that would make me seek this out again. As usual much more comes out as this ale warms. IMO this is a good hoppy lager, but not an IPA.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
1.63/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another extra courtesy of cosmicevan. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a pale iodine-tinted orange, high clarity, with half a finger of fizzy white head. Meh.

Smell -- Dab of honey malt sweetness, dry bread, floral hops, and a faint mineral character.

Taste -- Bready malt, hint of amber roastiness, mild honey sweetness, and floral hops. Bitterness on the palate is lacking, though the finish brings about an unpleasant bitterness akin to swallowing a gnat.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with harsh fizzy carbonation and a dry, slighty astringent finish. I really don't like.

Overall -- Miss. Had I not known this was an IPA, I would have guessed perhaps a ho-hum Altbier. Really uneventful, plus the amount of forced carbonation makes this feel like BMC. Pass.

Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle in a small 4oz beer glass at Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland.

A: Poured a clear golden amber color with a white, frothy, 1-1/2 finger head that sticks around for awhile before dissipating into a trace of a lace.

S: Great hoppy aroma mixed in with citrus. Not an extremely overwhelming nose-buster like some IPAs, but very well balanced to the nose.

T: Decent amount of hops with each sip, but similar to the smell it wasn't overwhelming to my taste buds. It was pretty well balanced with the malt making it a little less tart than some recent IPAs I've encountered. This beer finishes with a citrus taste and clean aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is present but blended in nicely with the hops and malt.

O: Really good IPA and something I would like to try again, only on tap this time.

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,669 ratings.