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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 99 | 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 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
Photo of jfmorey
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a good amber color with a nice head

Smell is average, a little citrus

Taste of citrus, pine, and bitter at the end. A good IPA.

The alcohol is a bit high to be 'drinkable' but there is not the extreme bitterness.

I would recommend anyone who likes this style to try this if they like balance rather than extremes.

jfmorey, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a medium sized offwhite head that leaves patchy lace.

Aroma of grapefruit and toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel has a medium light body with a zesty carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced. Grainy caramel malt supports a grapefruity hops bitterness that has an edge of pine. Finishes dry.

A solid American IPA but not a worldbeater.

merlin48, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical appearance for an IPA, cloudy amber color with sticky 1/2" off-white head and decent lacing. Hops dominate the nose with a nice orange/grapefruit aroma and a faint caramelly malt background.

Nice bitter hoppiness on the tongue too, full citrus flavor with a touch of pine. Malt disappears to the background. Mouthfeel is good for the style, not too full but not too light either.

Overall a pretty good but not spectacular IPA. Very easy-drinking and for that I give it bonus points. Not much balance though, the hops are clearly the focus and I for one am OK with that.

tmitch75, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear golden amber color with nice thumb sized off white head that falls to a cap, leaves some sticky lace down the glass not lots though.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus hops lots of oranges or tangerine, good malt base caramel.

Taste is nice crisp hops lots of grapefruit rind flavors with pine resin off in the background. Some light malt caramel malt underneath not quit enough for the hops. Nothing outstanding but decent IPA, easy drinking plenty hoppy.

Mouthfeel is good fairly peppy carbonation, light side of medium feel.

Drinkability is good a decent enough IPA, worth trying but not good enough to make it into my regular rotation.

mntlover, May 25, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear light gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big citrus hops and caramel malt. Very balanced.

The taste has notes of citrus, caramel malt, some bread and grain, and a little bit of fruit. Pretty nice.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes with a tingle of carbonation and some bitterness. Head retention is average and there's very little lacing.

Drinkability? Not bad. The abv doesn't get in the way and it is pretty tasty. It lacks some oomph but again, it's not bad.

Bitterbill, May 25, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 05/24/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle in my Floreffe Chalice. Firm pour evokes a 1/8 inch head that falls very quickly. No lace to speak of. Color is a light clear golden amber.

Nose- Notes of caramel and over ripe orange. Some lemon zest.

Palate- Lots of over ripe orange and orange zest. Not floral or bright at all. Plenty of caramel, sort of a heavy and brooding interpretation of an IPA. Bitters come through in the finish, which is a bit long.

Mouthfeel- Very fine and active carbonation

Drinkability- not my favorite IPA, hoping that this one just had a bit of age on it.

Kraken, May 24, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pours a clear light copper color with about a 1 finger of bubbly white head. Nice wispy lacing left throughout the glass. Nose is of grapefruit hops with a touch of piney hops. Also detectable were caramel malts. I was surprised by how present they are, but it was nicely done. Taste was of bitter citrusy grapefruit hops. Some piney hops and a touch of lemon. Underneath the caramel malt made itself known, but it never overtook the hops. This beer is well balanced in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation, juicy at first with a more chewy finish. This is a very nicely done IPA.

Jayli, May 22, 2009
Photo of BabyBastard
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Pours a light amber color, with a very small head the does not stick around, very minimal lacing present. Overall, a decent looking ale.
Smell is of pine and hops, nothing too overpowering, smells very mild, but good.
Taste is good old hops, with a slight malt character following. Taste is above average.
Not overly carbonated, feels nice and crisp when cold.
Good drinkability with this ale, nothing too outstanding, but overall, this a good IPA to try if you get the chance.

BabyBastard, May 21, 2009
Photo of BigMike
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange with a small amount of head.

Citrus/ orange tangerine on the nose.

Fruity and sweet with a nice bitter finish.

This is a light fruity IPA that anyone can enjoy.
Very drinkable and pretty tasty. Nothing too special but i would drink again.

BigMike, May 21, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A bright, clear, pale bronze color. The head is slightly off-white, tall, dense, and creamy. Some impressive lacing trails along the glass, and retention is good.

S: Floral and citric hop aromas dominate. Orange rind and a fairly sharp fresh floral smell, to be specific. Lightly malty, with a mild mineral nose reminiscent of English Pale Ales.

T: Pale malt is subdued and minimally sweet. Perhaps a touch biscuity. The hops provide a solid flavor - again, orange rind is prominent, along with a spicy floral character. Some hints of pithy grapefruit as well. A slightly mineral touch as well. Bitterness starts out low before gradually growing into something on the firm side of medium

M: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Slightly sticky, with a fading dryness into the finish.

D: Nicely done. This is my first beer from Blue Point, and I'm impressed. A very well-executed IPA. Robust and hoppy, yet drinkable and inviting.

Clydesdale, May 20, 2009
Photo of rye726
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden brown with not much of a tan head. Nose has grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. Taste has more olde hops and sweet malts. Bit of stale/adjunct presence. Not much else. Thin body looked nice in the glass, but was over carbonated. Kind of a watery finish.

rye726, May 20, 2009
Photo of TheBCrew
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled pint at Pizza Plant. Listed as "Blue Point IPA" so I assume that this is the one. Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick, creamy head. Lots of lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma. Taste starts off sweet with fruity hop bitterness taking over for a balanced finish. As is often the case with cask beer, the mouthfeel is very smooth and the beer is very drinkable due to lower carbonation levels and somewhat higher serving temperature.

TheBCrew, May 18, 2009
Photo of markskar
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had reservations about buying this beer, knowing little about the company, and not having knowledge of any phenomenal brews from Long Island, but I'd heard some good things about this beer, which has a cool name and Free Mason symbols on the front (the "all-seeing eye"...).

It's a good IPA. This review is based on style. The taste and aroma are wonderful, and it's quite drinkable, but the brew falls short of the American IPA style in other aspects.

A - Golden yellow and crystal clear. Almost no head, no head retention, and no lacing.

S - Nice citrusy bouquet, oranges and grapefruit.

T - Not bad! Nice and hoppy, heavy on the citrus. As with the aroma, grapefruit and other citrusy flavors--more orangey than lemony. Just hoppy enough.

M - A bit too dry, a little bit too crisp--even for an IPA. Seems to have a very low final gravity. A little higher would make it a bit smoother on the palate (meaning a higher starting gravity to give it a little more malt complexity), but not bad all in all.

D - Could definitely kick back with a few of these at a time. A nice beer in general, but falls a bit short in terms of appearance and mouthfeel. Still, I'd buy it again. No doubt.

markskar, May 16, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz screw-top bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a crystal clear yellow-amber body with virtually no head. Butterscotch with a bit of citrus in the aroma. Minty grassy hops dominate the flavor with a bit of bready and caramel malt. Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. An okay IPA at best, an okay beer in general I guess. Could afford to be more focused and cleaned up IMO.

MrHurmateeowish, May 14, 2009
Photo of Pinto21
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very light copper with decent white head but not too much. A littler lighter than expected

Smell is total malt which is isnt what I expect. Not a lot of hops, a little fruityness

Tasty but not a lot of hop taste. More malty with a lot of bitterness. Caramel malts and bitter hops. A little fruitness to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability is good but the alcohol keeps it down.

Overall a good beer but not for some one lookin for hops. This is more balanced.

Pinto21, May 11, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to snag this on a recent business trip to Maryland.

A very clear orange-hued golden colored ale, with a cream colored head that rises quickly to two finger thickness and recedes rather fast to a light film, leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma of earthy hops and pine...perhaps a stroll through a pine grove after an electrical storm. A grainy earthen malt character as well, and a touch of lemon citrus. This baby is all about the piney hops and good mother earth. The taste is a Christmas store like pine, some sweet earthy malt, with a bit of a citrus/grassy character. An interesting a complex American IPA in my opinion.

Solid bodied IPA, with a nice bit of carbonation burn in the feel. A good relaxer on a pretty Sunday afternoon. Glad for the chance to try this one.

ZimZamZoom, May 10, 2009
Photo of sbw138
2.42/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly cloudy very pale copper to dark yellow color. Did not retain very much head. Any lacing was minimal. Initial smell was somewhat sweet, especially for an IPA, I really couldn't put my finger on it. Tasted very flat, not like an IPA. I checked for a born on date, because I thought the hops may have lost their punch by sitting in the cooler too long. Tasted more like a very weak pale ale, than an IPA. I was disappointed, and would not purchase again.

sbw138, May 04, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the Beer Stop for around $1.75. Poured into my Blue Point shaker glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with a finger of quickly dissipating off white foam. The head leaves no lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of light citrus fruits such as lemon and orange with just the right amount of sweet caramel malt. Notes of floral and grassy hops are also present. This ale is medium in body and carbonation. Worth a shot if you see it.

ClockworkOrange, May 02, 2009
Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer, though in some respects I find it more like an English IPA. The color is very light orange-into-yellow, with a billowy three-finger head that fades pretty quickly but laces nicely down the glass. The smell is floral and grassy with mild citrus notes (Meyer lemon, tangelo). The taste hits with lots of straw and grapefruit, some nice honey notes moving through to a deeply bitter, slightly dry finish. It's smooth in the mouth, mildly carbonated. Drinks easily, but with a kick.

gory4d, May 02, 2009
Photo of bcastine
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a head that almost immediately dissipates, leaving zero lacing, very disappointing for an IPA, looked like cider.

S: Piney, a little citrus reminds me of magic hat #9

T: again tastes like #9, malt to me is too sweet, a hoppy bitterness is present and is the most redeeming quality of this beer.

M: light and slightly cloying

D: Was able to drink a few, I appreciate the 6.8 abv, but will not let this get in between my regiment of smuttynose ipa again.

bcastine, Apr 27, 2009
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.