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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 61 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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Photo of Greggy


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a healthy three finger head with nice retention. The body is a slightly hazy orange. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nice fruity hoppy aromas of apple, some slight pine and grapefruit. Not terribly strong.

T- Starts out very malty with notes of roasted malt, a light vanilla cream velvet feel, but it's all covered in a nice grapefruit, light pine and green apple skin. It takes a while to get to the finish but once we get there, it's nice and dry.

M- Appropriately low carbonation works well.

D- This is a great beer. I wish I could get these here in MN. It had a lot of characteristics that weren't exactly IPA, but I enjoyed it for going outside of the box.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:31:19 | More by Greggy
Photo of oriolesfan4


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

Pretty disappointed by this IPA. I see it got pretty good reviews but I don't really agree. Way too malty for an IPA and has barely any hop kick to it. It smells and looks okay but the over maltiness makes the taste and drinkability scores get dragged down. I've had much better IPA's than this one and wouldn't try it again unless offered for free.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 00:46:54 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of sholland119


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

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Nose is a bit weak. Some citrus hop presence but not a lot else going on.

Taste is good but again a little lacking in oomph for an IPA. Moderate hoppiness and a bit of malt.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and light. Not a bad thing but not what I would have expected.

ABV is bit high relative to the flavor so I could drink more than one but not sure I'd be all that excited about it.


Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2008 19:18:18 | More by sholland119
Photo of JToad


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up while visiting Pittsburgh a few weeks ago.

First smells you pick up are pine, citrus and a little metallic. Tastes crisp and clean, extremely hoppy up front for an IPA, tobacco on the sides...

Metallic copper tones become more present the further you get into this beer, kind of confuses me. If I were to drink this blindly, I wouldnt be sure of what kind of beer it is exactly.

Overall, this is solid, not bad by any means. But to compare this to all of the other IPA's out there, it doesnt hold up. Its a decent beer, alchohol hits closer to the finish, but nothing I would actively search out...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 17:38:45 | More by JToad
Photo of HopHead84


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant golden with a two finger head, which lasts about a minute. The lacing on the glass is substantial. The smell of floral hops emanates from Hoptical Illusion. There is a faint medicinal, possibly iodine and a very faint aroma of citrus fruit. The beer has a faint sweet malt backbone and is very dry, and slightly bitter. It tastes more like a pale ale and is well balanced.The alcohol is unnoticeable. The carbonation is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:04:36 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from cask at East Village Tavern in NYC. Was a cloudy apricot color with a minimal white foam head that quickly turned to a light sheen. Had a hoppy and sweet smell. Tasted of smooth hops with almost no bitterness and a sweet lasting flavor. No carbonation to speak of and this went down smooth and easy with great flavor. Awesome!

Serving type: cask

09-27-2008 20:34:55 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of Tbn2

New York

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

Poured from bottles into my favorite pint glass.

The body pours a hazy golden yellow with an off white head that rings around the rim and leaves some pretty little lacing. When I bring my nose to the beer, there are fresh citrusy and floral hop aromas that dominate. The taste is similar to the smell. The initial taste has some malty sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrusy hops. As the beer finishes, the taste of the hops seems somewhat piney to me. The carbonation helps give the beer a good bite.

I have never had a brew from Blue Point so I picked this one up from a new beer store in the area. This is a good beer and I am interested in picking up more.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:58:19 | More by Tbn2
Photo of PBBC

New York

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

This beer is well presented... fun bottle, very nice almost-amber color.

Aroma is hop dominated, lacking any depth of malt aroma.

Taste begins with a hop bite on the back of the tongue, washing into floral notes on the sides of the mouth... nicely balanced. Hops are not too oily, bitter, or lingering... just flavorful. The alcohol percentage warms the mouth lightly.

Overall, an excellent beer... hoppy, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 22:40:39 | More by PBBC
Photo of russpowell


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I go this from rpohagan, one thanks Ryan!

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Piney & grassy with with citrussy hops, plus some honey malt & orange slices as this warms

T: Citrussy hops. oranges, breadyness & leafy hops up front. Jammyness & leafy hops dominate as this warms. finishes with peppery hops, a nice crispness & a bit fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance.

Drinks pretty easy, Not wild about how the hops blended together in this one, but not a bad AIPA at all

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 04:05:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Pale, clear and golden with a dense two finger head with decent retention.

Smell: Predominantly hoppy with overtones of orange and lemon. There's a touch of pale malt present beneath the hops, but it's nothing overbearing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrusy hops up front with a nice biting bitterness. Moderate malty sweetness hits the middle of the palate, but it's subtle - the malt profile is pretty clean. Light-bodied, perhaps a bit watery; I'd like more of an oily hop character. Finishes bitter and dry.

Notes: Got this one from wolfsblood - thanks. This is good stuff that I'd bet is better on draft.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:02:31 | More by largadeer
Photo of SRFeldman79


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

The beer poured a very pale golden color, more the color I now associate with a pale ale or a light american lager, slightly lighter than the typical IPA you find these days. A half inch white head.

Nice aroma of hops and well hops. Not a lot of malt backbone here to balance out the beer. Based on the color and the smell, you're hard pressed to expect any malt flavor. Citrusy.

Bitter hop flavor from start to finish, nothing sweet or malty or caramelly, and nothing else going on to balance out the hops. Citrusy throughout. Carbonation was nice, but basically just delivered the bitter kick. Light beer attitude but with hops.

Drinkable for sure, and it served the purpose of providing me with the hop flavors I wanted that night, but I would have been a fan of more balance or at least something to go with the light hoppy bitter thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 16:16:02 | More by SRFeldman79
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright orange with a sudsy, micro-bubbly white head while visible carbonation was very soft. The head settled to a sparse patchy layering after the pour within minutes leaving a broken rim lacing around the glass. There was a great turbidity of suspended solids floating about.

S: soapy, piney, and citrusy.

T: The initial flavor was fresh pine and citrus with a little soapiness detected as well. Some sour oranges, pine resin and citrus hop juice brighten things up in the start but fades in the finish to a muddled washy taste.

M: light, almost watery and wishy washy.

D: Ok drinkability, had its bright moments at times but fails in the finish and was hindered by some soapy character which may have been a result of just a bad batch or brewing practice.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 13:46:18 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of boralyl


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 1 1/2 fingers of off-white head with pretty good retention, and a good amount of lacing. The beer is a clear amber color.

S - Toasted malts, citrus and grapefruit grapefruit. The malts beat out the hops in the aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a somewhat creamy feel to it.

T - Sweeter caramel malts up front followed by a citrus flavor and then some toasted bready malts. It finishes with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops. More like an English IPA with more malts then hops.

This beer goes down very smooth and easy. A great candidate for a session beer. I would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:16:51 | More by boralyl
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer, it has no flaws except it could always use more hops, eith that being said this is one that poured into my glass and i made short work of this one, three sips befor it was gone. this was floraley hoped and the malt was nice. this is one of my favorets that i have ever drank

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 14:46:13 | More by orcasteve
Photo of Murchmac


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

Back east I was happpy to see this in the singles cooler in a store that didnt sell singles. So like the girl without a date, I choose her.

Pours a big head golden and the monsters.

Sweet smell, more malt dominated for me, but it could have been an old bottle. Some hops.

Sweet and hoppy taste. Like a bit o honey candy bar with nuggets of hops in it.

Good finish with slight alcohol detected.

Overall a solid IPA. Was glad to get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 13:06:45 | More by Murchmac
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

Bonus bottle from KpLynch..Thanks bro!

Pours dark gold with a heavy chill haze, and a half-inch head of white foam.
Retention is moderate and a few streaks of lacework appear for the duration.

Aromatics are a blend of biscuity malt, pine sap, citrus fruit, and pineapple skin.
Not incredibly pungent or floral, but square on and crisp for a standard IPA.

Medium bodied, drying and minerally crisp.

Dried citrus fruits and spruce on the pallet. Some lightly toasted malt follows through and a smidge of warming alcohol.
Drying and firmly bitter with a chaulky nod.

Finishes with pineapple skins, biscuit malt, and mild grapefruit with apricots.

Tasty enough, and this ones seeming pretty fresh. I'd have another one!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 00:38:55 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of therica


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, indeed. I still prefer Troegs HopBack but this was a great substitute when I couldn't find Troegs.

A= nice light-amber pour, fluffy head like a Dairy Queen.

S= very nice, intriguing hops and florals; slight carbon-nasal bite in the nose.

T= mix of caramel notes, strong hops-florals that don't bite too badly yet satisfy mega-hops fans.

M= slightly more carbonation than I'd prefer but still very satisfying.

D= probably decent session for many hops-fans.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 04:44:46 | More by therica
Photo of Slynger


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

Bit of a haze to the light tangerine with a golden lean. Good lookin' cap of creamy light lemony-caramel cream toned fuzz.

No complaints to the nicely balanced nose of lightly sweet caramel with a drop of honey and fresh citrusy hops.

Good malt base has that same lightly sweet combo as above along with some toasted breadiness and a pleasant balance of freshly citric, piney bitter, spicy grassy hops. Straight medium body has lightly slick oily smoothness to a coolly creamy carbonation.

Solid beer. Far from overpowering but it's got a real nice balance to it and it's just damn tasty. Cool name. Cool label. I am impressed by this first beer from this brewery which I just recently noticed in my local beer one of my beer stores. Excited to try more.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 04:02:40 | More by Slynger
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

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

Not THE! IPA but certainly a good example of what an IPA is. The bitter citrus notes that come to my mind are tangerine like. Starts out a bit wet on the palate but finishes up with a nice, dry, rye cracker finish. Sweetness is there but controlled by the dry and bitter. Good balance. Appropriate flavors. By no means is this my go-to IPA in a bottle, but being within the region this is brewed I'd be thrilled to see, and have this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 01:54:39 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of chuckd123


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have wanted to try for a while, but was not overly impressed. Dark amber color (poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle), head was light and somewhat thin, but lacing did last and was sticky. Smell is hoppy primarily, without a lot of balance. Taste is good, definitely a drinkable IPA, but not bursting with hoppy flavor as I had hoped. Alcohol taste is 100% invisible, which makes it very drinkable, but I prefer a stronger, more citrus-infused IPA. Would like to try it on draft at some point, imagine it's better, bottle was only slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 00:54:29 | More by chuckd123
Photo of SUjunkie

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 2 pints of this from a Cask at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub.

A hazy/cloudy orange colored beer. Frothy and thick head.

Hoppy smell with a smattering of fruit. Citrus smelling fruit.

The beer of course was at room temperature being that it was pumped from a cask. I enjoy this in a bottle and on tap, but the cask is so much better. Very smooth with a medium hop taste.

I really enjoy this beer. This is a great IPA from a cask. I could of drank many firkins of this Hoptical Illusion.

Serving type: cask

07-10-2008 22:28:50 | More by SUjunkie
Photo of John_M


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

Oliver at Frisco's acknowledged that the keg is near the end, which might explain the appearance. On tap at Frisco's today (obviously).

The beer pours a hazy tan color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light citrus. On the palate this beer is pretty nice. There is a fair amount of citrus, but with a hint of light sour and wood. The beer is not the least bit heavy on the palate, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Abv. is pretty well disguised.

This is an easy to appreciate, easy going IPA. It's fine for what it is, but really makes me apprecaite IPA's like the Firestone Union Jack and Pelican IPA. Nevertheless, this is a nice IPA, one I would certainly order again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 19:10:02 | More by John_M
Photo of balconybrew


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: A clear amber body with a very bright white head and minimal carbonation. No head retention but some lacing.

S: Aromas of fresh hops. Maybe a sweeter American hop.

T: Hops up front, malty middle and IBU latent finsh. Good IPA taste.

M: Light and almost refreshing.

D: A little too strong to session, but still very drinkable After a couple it doesn't matter.

I had this when I was in the mood for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 22:45:15 | More by balconybrew
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Poured this beer into a Tulip shaped glass.

There was one finger of slightly creamy off white head. Rather heavy lacing remained as I enjoyed the beer.
The color was a light copper or caramel color.
Slightly hazy with no real visible carbonation.

Some yeast/sediment particles suspended in the beer.

Only a slight floral aroma with subtle notes of sweetness.

Frankly, not a great deal of character in the flavor profile. While I would describe the mouth feel as medium, I would describe the flavor as light.

Not a lot of punch in the beginning middle or end.

Almost more of and APA vs. IPA.

Hop heads, keep moving, and don't stop at this exit.

Slightly malty taste that quickly heads to a citrus, grapefruit flavor.

Not much of a lingering hop flavor and it almost ends dry or crisp. Weird for an IPA..

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 18:46:40 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of oneeye


3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This a pretty looking beer. Amber red with an orange tint. Nice two fingered head with lots of lacing. the fluufy head has the tint of a reddish orange.

The aroma is strong with citrusy sweet floral notes with a strong sweet malt background.

T. I'm dissapointed in the balance of this beer. Too sweet, with less hop taste and less hop bitterness. The malts dominate and are strong at first with the hop character fighting through.

The mouthfeel is syrypy and creamy.

I can drink one of these and move on. The tastes actually got better at the end of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 16:28:17 | More by oneeye
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.