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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 108 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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Photo of tegelaar
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped off in unknown parts on Long Island for beer and this was the only craft offering. I am an IPA fan but I expected the worst as I have never heard of this beer before.

A: Poured it pretty vigorously and only a one finger head. Drops down to a white film with a bit of lacing. Color is that of your average pale ale.

S: Smells of table sugar and citrus. Definitely smelling oranges in this one.

T: Not terribly sweet and lots of bitterness. Has a strong earthy background once the bitterness fades. Way more hoppy than I expected - nice!

M: Great amount of carbonation but perhaps a little watery.

D: If you like bitter beers and IPAs you will find it very easy to drink.

Overall a very pleasant surprise. If I am stuck in a crappy gas station and it's this or a macro, I'll happily buy again. Otherwise there is nothing that stands out that makes this a go to beer.

tegelaar, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of TimDudley
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a pale copper with a thick, soapy, sticky white head. Aroma is citrusy, particularly a slight grapefruit.
Obviously, it's all hops up front. A piney, evergreen sweet, followed by a bitter sting on the front of the tongue. Overall, it's more of a harsh bitter than the sweet floral and citrus I'm used to from big hop-bomb IPAs. Malt is there, but it's hard for me to pick out a specific flavor. It's just very well in tune with the hops, providing a balancing sweet bread (not sweetbread) that really rounds out the main bitterness.

Aftertaste is dry and soapy - and much cleaner than that makes it sound. Increasing sweetness as the beer warms, more of a sharp grapefruit and less of the initial spruce.

Light on the mouth. Crisp, very easy to drink. Far less syrupy than your average big IPA, yet it retains the full punch-in-the-face hop flavor of IPAs twice its strength. On the other hand, it's a bit light, weak, and watery once the carbonation dies. The flavor holds, but the feel definitely thins a tad too much at the end.

I really really like this. At first I was kind of skeptical about the "Mystery Hop" gimmick, but I'm honestly impressed enough to conclude that buying the entire supply of a whole variety of hops wasn't just a cheap gimmick. It has the full flavor and hop profile of a 9 or 10% alcohol double IPA, but a thinner body and less than 7% ABV puts Hoptical Illusion comfortably into the session beer category. Not the best IPA ever, but I would happily recommend it.

Full article: http://timdudley.net/beer/?p=132

TimDudley, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a decent amber/orange color, with a thin head that didn't lace well. The smell was imbalanced to the sickeningly sweet citrus side, like a mix between ripe pineapple and blood orange, and the taste confirmed this. The flavor was very imbalanced, and certainly would benefit from some more floral hops. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected, but also more carbonated than expected. I love citrus in my ipa's, but this one was over the top for my taste and way too imbalanced.

donniecuffs, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent balance of crisp hops and sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of subtle hops and sweet pale malts with a nice lingering hop finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with the alcohol well hidden. This one is a very respecatble IPA.

atsprings, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cool label.

ok, the appearance is a beautiful bourbon color, but the head is nearly non-existent...so, it COULD be better.

smells of a classic, albeit, stronger IPA...very malty.

does NOT taste like a classic, albeit stronger IPA...much stronger and hoppier. and less malty. very nice. thick, great chewey mouthfeel. there is a nice afterglow of malt hanging ten from the hops. neither too sweet or too bitter. very well balanced.

mempath, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Donner
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Impulse buy. This beer pours a light brown similar to most fall brews. Thin lacing remains. It smells quite good, and surprisingly hoppy for a 6.8%. Smells bitter, too. Mouthfeel is sour and sticky, coppery aftertaste. There are hops in there, but not enough. For such a strong hop smell, it now seems artificially scented. I really dislike the mouthfeel. This beer was brewed in Jersey but has a name that sounds as though it came from California. Not very good, unfortunately.

Donner, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Prety much average in appearance golden color with little head and little bit of laceing cool bottle though.
S: Sweet pine and citrus up front with a little bit of frowers mixed it.
T: The taste is not very strong not that is a bad thing but it could use a little something more than just the slight sweetness up with a little bit of citrus folowed by a slight earthyness finished with the biterness.
M: Tad bit light but still smooth with good carbonation.
D:This is a beer i could sit down(or while standing up) and drink alot of but i dont think i would buy it agian there is just to many other opions in ths catagory that are way better.

yuenglings, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer picked up on the mid-Atlantic road trip. I have seen Blue Point in MA, but have always passed it by, I figured buying some closer to the source was okay.

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter. Poured a golden copper with some dark amber high-lights and a one finer head that disappeared quickly. Smelled for hops, not much there which surprised me.

Tastes like a mild IPA with a slightly sour aftertaste. Overall it was pretty average, I would drink it if it were offered but probably wouldn't pick it up if I was in the liquor store. Not a big fan of the pink and orange Masonic artwork on the label.

mirish72, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bottle and poured into standard pint glass.

This is probably only my 5th or 6th "hop-bomb", as I'm a craft beer newbie. Nose had strong citrus and pine smell. I thought this had nice balance, and although the hops are definitely there, they aren't over the top as I thought they were in the Hop Devil.

rosmhuire, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured from the bottle into a glass. The one finger bubbly white head quickly receded to a slight lacing. The nose is nicely balanced. Hops are dominant in citrus notes, but malt does counter and provide ample sweetness. Taste has citrus notes upfront, which is mitigated by some malt sweetness. The malty backbone shines through more than most IPAs. After the initial hop burst, there is some bitter astrigency, but not too much. The citrus notes, even in the initial hop burst are somewhat muted. More balance than hop barrage. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Somewhat dry, but with good carbonation. Drinkability is good since the ABV is moderate and the flavors not overpowering. I would be able to kill a sixer in one sitting.

Overall, a good IPA. Nicely balanced with malt, but the hop burst is somewhat underwhelming.

Gosox8787, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cider like in color. Pours a thick billowy head that fades to a thin topping that leaves similar lacing.

S: Stiff citrus and pine smell that pleasures the nose.

T: Enjoyable citrusy, bitter finish leaves no doubt this is an IPA, and a good one at that. Nothing extraordinary, but a very solid offering.

M: Slightly flat and medium to thick bodied. Dry and pleasing finish leaves you wanting more.

D: If this were more local, it would be one of my standards. Not great enough to seek out over my local favorites, but definitely a very good IPA.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

Review notes taken on: 7/29/09

eljefe21, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of scarletfire79
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

east coast baby! the nose screams grapefruit and pine. mellow but sweet. the taste is great. very east coast ipa though. not a big badass west coast ipa. smooth and very drinkable. nice balance of bitter and hoppy goodness. very nice and brewed very close to where i grew up as a kid. tastes like long island without the stripmalls and more hops.

scarletfire79, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to joerodiii for this sweet extra!

A dark golden pour with a sollid 1.5 inch head.

Pretty bitter in the sniffer. Detecting some citrus, pine and peat.

Tastes like an east coast IPA... bitter with some malt. Pretty well-balanced. Good carbonation and a solid session IPA for the summer heat. Crisp and clean!

rudylaw, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of philcast
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light Amber with a 1" of white head.

Smell: Earthy/piney hops and slight citrus

Mouthful: Good carbonation, very smooth

Taste: Nice balance of malt and earthy/piney hops with a citrus twang also prevalent. Finishes nice and clean without much bitterness.

Extremely drinkable beer, love it on a nice day.

philcast, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear amber with a massive foamy white head and plenty of lacing.

S - Sweet malts come through with a sort of musty peat moss undertone. Very earthy hops, pine and grass. Smells dirty, like a very mild barleywine.

T/M - Feel is clean and juicy. Hops are earthy, mostly grassy with mild citrus notes. Solid and moderately bitter. Malt undertones are slightly sweet, and keep the bitterness in check.

D - The alcohol creeps up on you, but it's pleasantly drinkable.

MunchkinDrinker, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of OnlyDark4ME
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is very light colored for a "hoppy" beer especially since claimed hoptical illusion. This bottle gave me about a quarter inch of head with alight amber color.

S: Now the smell for this AIPA is perfect for its appearence and taste. The smell is of perfect hop and barley combination.

T: Not what I expected for a hoppy beer, I was expecting a mouthfuk of the bitter beauty that is hops. I taste a dash of hops along with the barley and a light taste of flowers.

M: The drink is wonderfully smooth, with no after taste for a hoppy beer.

D: Very smooth for a 6.8 percent beer, I found myself go through four or five and I could just suck them down.

OnlyDark4ME, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here;s to Garrick, a good friend, and Gary a good BA. Both passed to early.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack chalice. I lugged a six pack back from Boston. This is my last bottle. Thought I should review it. This beer pours a caramel amber color with a slight 1 inch frothy head that leaves just a minimal amount of lacing for an IPA. This really surprised me. Head retention was minimal, and not due to serving temperature. The aroma isn't a smack to the face like many IPA's. The hops are present with big grapefruit and lemon notes but a nice toffee aroma really balances them out. Like the aroma, the flavor isn't a massive hop bomb, but does contain enough bitterness to quell most hopheads senses. A nice grapefruit tartness runs through the entire profile but right under that runs a subtle yet understated malty goodness. Toffee and caramel mixed with grapefruit and orange. The bitterness lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller then I expected but not in a negative way. It really coats the mouth with a resiny hop goodness. This is one of the most "sessionable" IPA's I had in a long time.

hwwty4, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Gold, semi-dark color. OK head and lace. No bubbles. Very clear drink.
S- Some bitter hop scent.
T- Interesting candy taste to it. Some caramel comes through at first. Semi sweet, with a cotton-candy taste to it, or something. Very crisp. Interesting taste.

Amalak, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of goblet
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served it in a pint glass.

the look is an orange amber color with a bubbly white foam head ,clear and clean of sediment has weak retention time and little lace ,along with light carbonation .

aroma is light citrus floral hops and toasted bread like malt ,a bit of subtle grains and fruit like bananas.

the flavors a very mild oily hops that give it a grass,citrus lemon taste.the malt is toasted and balanced out with grains.

medium body and very smooth, not to crazy of a bitter feel on the palette,slight dry after taste.

this is a easy to drink ipa for the none hop heads ,i can share a few of these with a friend thats not a big fan of ipa's..cheers.

goblet, Jul 26, 2009
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden yellow. One finger of white bubly head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much lace to speak of.

Smells of bananas and tropical fruits, slight citrus, slight grass. Light biscuity malts with a touch of caramel.

Light on the malts, but a pleasant caramel biscuit in the background. Hops are tropical citrus in the drink with a sharp flavor. Not super hoppy, but well hopped. Nice earthy floral oil profile. Finishes with a light bitter earthy grassy aftertaste.

Lighter bodied than most IPAs. Dry, a little watery.

Lighter side of IPA. Good summer beer. Not super bitter. Still has a nice hop aroma and flavor. Great for someone interested in IPAs or who doesn't like the typical bigger hoppier heavier IPAs. I like this one every now and again, but not one of my favorites.

CHILLINDYLAN, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of ShrLSU
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in NYC but I received a bottle via trade with orcasteve, many thanks.

The appearence is a cloudy orange with a light ring around the edges. The nose isnt too potent. Maybe a little citrus and some malt. The taste is some bready malts and citrus hops. There is a fair amount of hop bite in the finish along with some sweet malt notes on the finish. THe mouthfeel is pretty medium with low carbonation. This was better on tap if as I recall. Overall a solid offering but could use a bit more hop punch.

ShrLSU, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ryrust5301
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A bronze colored ipa poured into my glass. A lot of life to this one, with lots of carbonation shooting up from the bottom. Head didn't amount to much, but the lacing is of adequate proportions.

Smell - There isn't really much of a sell. Just a whisper of hops and some malt undertones with a dash of honey. Has a bit of a musty hoppy scent to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bland to say the least, with a metallic aftertaste to it. Watery in some areas, but the malt backbone does seem to hold up somewhat well. Thank goodness it does too, because it gives this one somewhat of a flavor. Feel is very thin and flat, nothing sticks to the mouth at all and it washes right down.

Drinkability - I really hope this was an older bottle, cause I wouldn't revisit this if this was their best effort. Either way it was a very so so experience.

ryrust5301, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks!

A- Pours a golden light amber color with a thick white foam that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Floral hops and citrus scents dominate the nose. There is a light sweetness that is barely noticeable. Definetely an IPA.

T- A crisp hoppy floral grapefruit flavor with isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Actually, it is an easy bitterness (does that make sense?) that helps to enhance the flavor rather than drown it out. A sweet malt is found for balance before a light bitter finish.

M- Light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- Overall a nice IPA with a great flavor. Not overwhelming hoppiness but not overly balanced either!

projectflam86, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a small, short-lived head.

Dirty, earthy, and herbal hop smell. Some malts come through with an unexpected hint of sweetened chocolate.

Citrusy and tingly on the palate with hints of earth coming through the finish. The malts are just sweet enough to provide balance. The lingering hop aftertaste is abrasive and cleansing.

Overall, a tasty IPA that's certainly worth a shot.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of afacini
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the name says, this IPA is deceivingly hoppy. A massive load of hops that somehow finishes smoothly every time.

Aromatic and delicious, this is a real good beer for kicking around and not doing much. Let the beer drinking be the main activity so you can soak in the flavor.

Not for the faint of hops, but a good all around brew-- you don't have to love IPAs to give this one a shot.

afacini, Jun 11, 2009
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.