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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,424
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 emerge077


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

Label notched "APR" but no corresponding year. I'm guessing it's fresh since it just showed up in the area.

Pours a light gold, hazy with suspended sediment. White foam leaves a little lace as the glass is sipped. Head retention is ok, a ring and bare skim across the bottom 1/3 of the glass.

Floral aroma, with some underlying pale malt. Gently hoppy without getting into punisher territory. Some grapefruit rind or zest comes out as the beer is tasted and smelled again. Mild hops in the taste, bitterness is low to medium. Balanced and malty, it has a supple and ligtly creamy mouthfeel.

Stopped after one, it was a fine IPA, but i'll probably still stick to my local favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:12:02 | More by emerge077
Photo of hellcatsjg


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

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Dark golden beer with a finger of head that leaves a nice layer on top of the beer for the duration. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Good hoppy smell that is piney and citrusy and herbal all at the same time.

Taste: Like the nose. Good combination of hops makes for a nice complexity. Not a double IPA so it is not the hoppiest beer in the world but nice and mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The taste does not linger as long as one would expect from a hoppy beer.

Drinkability: Not being overpowering makes for a beer you can drink a good bit of. Nice complexity. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 01:19:49 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliant light amber hue. The bright white head starts to disappear almost immediately. The initial nose is that of green apple, subtle citrus fruits, pepper and fresh hops.

The beer's zingyness sure does pierce right through your palate and really wakes up your tongue. The hops slightly dominate the malts in this one upon the initial sip, very floral and fruity, the finish is kind of long with quickly disappearing tannins. There is very little body to this brew, which is ok, it doesn't bother me because the upfront fruits and overall hop profile is relatively complex and interesting.

This is definitely 'fun' beer, although sure there's plenty to pick apart, at the end of the day its just an extremely clean, crisp, American IPA whom is very drinkable. And im sure the 6.2% ABV will not fail in causing some "illusions" after a session. Im satisfied.

(original date of review- 2/11/08)

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 20:25:21 | More by ATPete
Photo of MTNboy


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

Appearance: A copper/bronze amber. Off white head but not really much head at all but the lace is wonderful.

Smell: A nice fruity but at the same time floral.

Taste: A bitter sweet citrus mainly orange like flavor and apricot like hops taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and slightly carbonated.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it is a great beer all around. Great us of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 05:54:01 | More by MTNboy
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin tan head,with great retention,and lacing. Aroma is piney hops,but with a nice balance of malt. Body is medium,and carbonated.Taste is grapefruit up front,with a tart apple finish. A nice sweet unertone is there too. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:44:36 | More by riversider76
Photo of JDV


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to davehoward for the bottle!
Slightly hazed honey color with a small white head. Smell is nice fruity sweet hops. Not over the top but very nice nose. Taste is fruity, slight tea hints, but mild bitterness and agummy slightly full mothfeel. Bit of a grainy malt sweetness in the finish and very nice IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:11:53 | More by JDV
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Amber-copper body with an offwhite medium head... some lacing.. some lasting time

S: Fresh hops... grapefruit and pine... nice balance..

T: Hops blast through first... mostly piney before shifting gears to grapefruit and citrus tones... hints of the malt background shine through...

M: Crisp. Refreshing.. Not too much bitterness in the finish.

D: Pretty Solid all around... have had better but this is a good all around IPA

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 19:47:30 | More by callmemickey
Photo of jkane101

New Jersey

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

Pours hazy orange with nice head, decent lacing. Smells of pine with hints of grapefruit. this is not a hop monster however it does represent the stlye very nicely. The best thing going for Hoptical Illusion is its drinkability, this is a fantastic session IPA. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:56:16 | More by jkane101
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a golden orange with a two finger rocky, pillowy, slightly off-white head. Good staying power and adequate lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles heading northward.

Flowery hop nose with a slight citrus undertone as well. There is a sweet malt presence that holds its own.

The malts dominate the palate a bit here. I crave big hops in my IPA's, this is a bit of a letdown. Has sweet malts up front with a finishing rush of flowery hops. Too little too late.

Creamy and smooth, probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

I probably should be giving this beer a 4 in drinkability, but I penalized it due to its lack of big hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 20:31:45 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of jackorain


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

Enter from notes takne during consumption on 12/13/07

This was the last of two cases I purchased for our block party so I am quite familair with it at this point.

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that falls to multi sized bubbly coat after a few minutes, decent retention but not incredible. Lace left as it recedes is quite nice, leaving a white webbing down the glass where the head once resided.

Smells of biscuit and caramel malt and nice citrus hops, more lemon that grapefruit.

first up in the flavor department is the caramel malt, some biscuit creeps into the picture before the sweet and sour like citruc hops hit home. These citrus hops are more lemony/lemon ring than grapefruit. Although there is a modicum of grapefruit there. The sweetness creeps back in on the finish with a simple syrup flavor that dulls the bitter finish.

Light to medium body is propped up by a light to medium carboantion that doesn't interfere with the flavors but simply carries them home.

Drinkability is up there, this one goes down easy and I have had many in a row on several occassions.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 20:33:46 | More by jackorain
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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

Blue Point Hoptical Illusion...

A hazy gold orangey color, adequate head comes up and what does come up is solid.

Smell of pine hop oil (Cascades?) and other floral features, also some alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel is light but the hops do come home, grains appear, some alcohol, but overall flavorful and drinkable, not at all rash.

Drinkability-Nice flavors and strength of taste and a good job of hiding the alcohol. A very good IPA for a session.

Overall-A good IPA from Blue Point, on the more drinkable side as opposed to more rash versions but still very flavorful and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 19:53:39 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of geexploitation


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with decent clarity and a very pretty, orangey gold body. Nice American hop nose of citrusy smells, along with a particularly delicious honey and caramel malt backing and some hard, minerally water remnants. On the palate, slight malt sweetness first off, but that is quickly swamped by a wave of hop bitterness that is fruity and juicy, with great sweet/bitter balance at the mid-palate, with increasing dryness toward the end. By the very end, things are active with an almost reedy dryness. Mouthfeel is marked by big carbonation and hop oils that are acidic and brisk without being enamel-reducing. Overall, this is an excellent little IPA. It fits into the more drinkable, briskly bitter style of IPAs instead of the withering, reduce-you-to-a-quivering-mass IPAs, but that's a very good thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 03:02:15 | More by geexploitation
Photo of davidt


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a thick, frothy head. Heads fades quickly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is a blend of citrus and pine hops. The taste brings both citrus and piney flavors, the citrus component taking the forefront. Some sweet malt in the background. The hops flavor is more subdued than I had expected for an IPA. The aftertaste leaves a slight bitterness and some stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 18:20:07 | More by davidt
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

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

Well... the name and the bottle caught my eye... Who doesn't want to drink something as cool sounding as "HOPTICAL ILLUSION" !???...

A- poured a hazy copper color... very little head that dissolved rather quickly into decent lacing.

S- Hops... piny hop oil... and faint yeast

T- Well, I'm going to have to agree with previous reviews that this is under hopped (which is kinda a let down) ... But, I think that the hops are very well balanced... citrus & pine... oily on the tongue. Malt character doesn't really stand out that much however.

M- Light body... not much of a hop bite. Perfect ammount of carbonation though IMO.

D- Well... This is not as strong of an IPA in the taste department as I'd prefer. But I have to admit, it's very smooth and tasty for what it is. Much better than the average IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 05:43:44 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of bags6lax


3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried it over the weekend...first bottle was a little cooler then room temp, poured hazy orange, very little head...smelled initially grassy/earthy with some citrous notes. Pleasent, but nothing extraordinary, tasted exactly how it smelled, and was under hopped IMO...so it was a bit of let down.

I chilled the second bottle, which ended up rounding out all the flavors a bit, and in the end made it a very drinkable brew, but not anything I'd go out of the way to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 15:02:12 | More by bags6lax
Photo of Hoppington

New York

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

Blue Point seems to refined the art of making smooth drinking brews, but smoothness is not something I am looking for in a hoppy beer. A great looking label, but taste wise, I am ambivalent about this beer. I think the best choice for this beer is from the cask as the temperature brings out the flavor more. But out of the bottle I was underwhelmed. Not bad but not great. The hops seem muted by the malt and other ingredients. This makes for a smooth, somewhat watery mouthfeel.

I think beers should live up to their names more. When I think Hoptical Illusion, I think a beer so complex and hoppy that it distorts reality. Didn't happen for me.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2008 16:20:38 | More by Hoppington
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle copped singly from total wine and more this brew pours and amber copper color with decent head. Smell is slightly hoppy and biscuity flavor resembles the aroma hoppy and nutty flavor with a dry finish. Taste is very typical for an IPA with an apparent bitterness peering through the palate. Drinkability is average with such a bitter aftertaste. A good example of the style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 15:24:45 | More by dsa7783
Photo of MmmIPA


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

Murky orange body with a small white ring.Nice sparatic lacing is left on my Duvel glass.

Notes of Grapefruit,oranges,pineapple.I also smell some acetone smells also

Taste like it smells.Very fruity with some mild bitterness.There is also a sweetness there too.Kinda Syrpy but thats ok.

Mouthful is good for a ipa.

The abv sneaks up on you with this brew.Good brew but I expected alot more hops.Still a great fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 18:58:15 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of BeerLover729

New York

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

Copper beer with a nice one finger head in a plastic Blue Point pint cup at the tasting room in the brewery. Delicious round and earthy floral hop aroma. Excellent, robust hop taste with pronounced earthy flavors and noticeable but yummy alpha acid bitterness. The hop flavors are less fruity more grassy. Malty finish balances the bitterness with some mild sweetness left over. Big body with sharp carbonation that brings out the hop effervescence. Delicious hoppy beer greatness.

I have had this beer from a bottle and a cask but I think its best on a regular tap. I like it on tap better then from a cask because its colder and crisper and because it seems to subdue the maltyness and bring out the hoppiness that I love some much. The hearsay is that Blue Point bought an entire hop crop from some small farm to produce this luscious IPA, however I think this unique hop is missing from the bottled version of this beer since the bottling is done at a separate facility. Regardless, it is all still an excellent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2007 00:20:43 | More by BeerLover729
Photo of RustyDiamond


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

Brought back by a friend last month in NYC. 12oz bottle with no notch on side of bottle where month/year are specified.

Poured a pretty clear gold hue with a finger of off-white glisteny crown. Huge citrus aroma. Spicy hop nose with a very thin, watery body. This beer is missing something? Since I couldn't tell when the drink-by date was, maybe she was a little old?

Sticky hop mouthfeel and finish. This beer had the framework to taste better than she did. Would like to try a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 20:46:14 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden orange color into a pint glass. Very little head with no lacing.

Smelled of very faint hops with some pine. A little citrus came through as the beer warmed.

Tasted slightly sweet and acidic on the front palate. Mid palate was somewhat flowery.

Mouthfeel was very thin and carbonation was moderate.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:28:49 | More by brantadid
Photo of Solomon420


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

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for getting me some of this yummy brew.

A: lighter amber-orange hue with offwhite cream head
S: wonderful floral hops, pine, grapefruit...like an IPA should smell
T: right off the bat, hops...yes! Then floral citrus, grapefruit, green apples, piney with a nice malt tinge in the end. Nice lingering grapefruit aftertaste...again, what an IPA should taste like.
M: refreshing classic example of an IPA. Not overbearing on the hop bitterness, but enough to make you say "Wow what a beer!"
D: all I have to say is where can I score more of this beer?

very well done rendition of an IPA. I have been tasting a few East Coast IPA lately (again thank you to TheManiacalOne for that chance) and I have to confess that so far, this is the one that best matches with the IPA's I am used to here on the West Coast, and it does so with great confidence and easily fits in with the best from here.

Awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 05:00:09 | More by Solomon420
Photo of Atlas1


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A guy at a wine/beer store I'd never been to before talked me into getting a six pack of this the other day. I've had two so far and, while I think it's a fine beer, it's not the best IPA I've ever had. That said, here's my review.

Pours a nice looking golden apricot color with a full, frothy white head that leaves some significant lace. The nose is sweet and floral, with a noticeable but relatively faint grapefruity hop scent. It's a good aroma, for sure, but nothing really to write home about. The taste seems to follow suit. Slight citrus. Well-balanced. A nice full-bodied flavor, but nothing there to grab one's attention. Tasty, but unspectacular. Mouthfeel is firm and smooth, with a dry finish.

On the whole, like I said, this is a good IPA. Nothing fancy, though. A nice break from the big double/imperial IPAs a lot of American craft breweries are doing these days, but there's just not much there to hold my attention. If I'm going to drink a comparable beer, I'd much rather stick with the DFH 60 Minute, the Hop Ottin', the Two-Hearted, or the Loose Cannon. Just my opinion, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 01:06:23 | More by Atlas1
Photo of tempest


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, this is a drinking IPA. Reminds me of a milder Masala Mama and of Harpoon IPA. There's a nice, light lacing all the way down my pint glass and a ring of foam around the top of the beer. The aroma is of grapefruit peel and seed and the flavor expands with a deeper bite into the fruit that is matched by a pleasant and crisp bitterness.

There are bigger and burlier IPA's out there, but this one is doing just fine for me tonight.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 22:56:35 | More by tempest
Photo of GFSchwab

New York

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall it was just a very good beer.

Poured from a bottle it stood with little head retention and a translucent off orange tone.

It smelled of hops and sweet fruits, partialy figs and somewhat apricots for some strange reason.

The taste was exceptional and deep. The hops bleneded nicely together with the beer and served as a conduit into deeper flavors as the beer lingered on your pallet, past the initial taste. I got notes of oak and pine, along with the hops and ethanol burn, with a slight pitch of gratefruit coming in with the oak. It was more then a pleasure to keep it on my pallette for as long as possible. The carbonation was light and it was just an overal positive experience.

The beer is not very heavy and has an extremley good flavor, it leaves you very refreshed after drinking it. I would reccomnd lemon seared tuna or light pultry to accompany this.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 14:26:54 | More by GFSchwab
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.