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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,683
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 202 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BeTheBall
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear bronze color with a small head in my Sam Adams Ale glass. Smell was a mix between some hops, and some bready malt. Taste to me was that of a Pale Ale, hop flavor was very balanced with malts, not pronounced for an IPA. Tasty, just not for this style. When I get an IPA, I want hops! Mouthfeel was good, clean and somewhat refreshing to drink (if APA is your thing). Drinkability was good. Goes down easy.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint:

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a big fluffy white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Smells a bit vegital but overall not bad. a bit of onion or garlic, maybe some dark malty aromas as well and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Taste has a nice citrus punch, a little underwhelming though. Not bad. Malty balance leads to a off balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation, maybe a bit overcarbonated but overall good. Dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall i would have this again, but i wouldnt go running out to find it. Its a good IPA to go with a steak because of the onion/garlic hop profile. Reccommended but not your typical IPA.

Photo of silentjay
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy grayish copper color with a huge off-white head that stays in clumps and grabs the glass. tons of bubbles come from the laser etching of my sam adams perfect pint glass. nice.

smells like an east coast ipa. plenty of grapefruit, citrus and herbal/floral hops (a touch piney) with a good amount of malt in the background.

grapefruit bitterness comes first, with plenty of the citric acidity found in fresh-squeezed orange juice. a bit too resiny. some toasty malt stays in the background. more tart and acidic than pleasantly bitter.

fills the mouth well. stays fluffy throughout with a medium mouthfeel that suits the style well.

nothing special here. cool name, cool bottle, nice looking pour. then it goes downhill to offer nothing to make me want to visit this again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in an IPA taste testing! It came in 3rd (most hoppy)

A - Golden dark hazy amber.
S - Well grapefruit and citrus hops.
T - Mostly overwhelmed by hops but too much malt to bring too much bitterness!
M - Sort of smooth but thin
D - Well It was an experimental but was a decent IPA

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on Easter at Elephant & Castle in New Cumberland -served chilled in a shaker pint.

I don't know if this beer has improved or the keg was fresher than the bottle, but I really enjoyed this. I might have to pick up a case

A - A golden color with amber highlights and clinging lace from a small white head w/ tiny bead

S - The smell first strikes me as piney in hop aroma, but as I begin to consume this it comes of more citrus with a grapefruity aspect and more of a fruity ester possibly just the IPA opening up closer to actual tasting temp since the beer was served cold

M - the feel is moderately carbonated and has med body w/ moderate bitterness -not overly bitter with a bit of malt to balance and finishes semi-dry w/ light sweetness

T - The taste is pleasing with a nice hop flavor up front with some pine and hints of orange rind w/ a mild grapefruit accent and mild toasted malt taste - a nice blend of citrus and gentle malt nuance

D - I finished this one easily and if I wasn't full from the large buffet meal I would have certainly ordered another. As I said before where I liked this IPA before something very satisfying about this particular pint spoke to me -I recommend having this on tap

Photo of kirkpjr
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a full three fingers head with carbonation still reaming up from the laser ring. Golden yellow color with orange hues. Spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and earthy hops. Grapefruit too. Some malts here but this almost smells like a pale ale.

T: Kind of muddled bitterness. Cascade hops maybe with the grapefruit hints. Could definitely use a bigger hop bite.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Small amount of bitterness sticks to the tongue.

D: Easy drinker but nothing outstanding. Cool name for a beer though.

Photo of MrStark
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear amber with a one finger off white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell contains they typical grapefruit aroma I've found in many from this style and a hint of malt.

Taste is similar to the nose with a sweet grapefruit flavor and a mild bitterness. it has a nice malt backbone but the hops are not particularly strong.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability is good. It goes down nice and easy and has a mild flavor for the style to me. Probably a good beer to introduce someone new to the style. Its pretty good and I'd have a few at a time.

Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DmanGTR for this one!

A: Amber, with tan colored head.. It dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Grapefruit, a little bit of grass but not a lot. Sweet with a little bit of malt.

T: Nice bit of bitterness, citrus, with grapefruit dominating. The hops meld well with the malt, very nicely balanced.

M: Medium bodied, with good carbonation, and an almost oily texture at the end, which I assume is from the hops.. Very nice.

D: Very nice. Well balanced, while showing the hops off. Something I would drink again without a doubt. Well put together.

Photo of jrw5061
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Tangerine color to it. About an inch head on top. Good head retention. This beer looks very lively with tons of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. This beer really has a great appearance.

S: Malty with a hint of citrus.

T: Starts out a tiny bit sweet and ends bitter with a grapefruity taste to it.

M: A little on thin side. I think it could be more creamy feeling on the pallate

D: I could drink a few of these beers before growing tired of the taste. Overall this is a decent IPA. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of IPA's

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a clear, yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is florally hops with some malt backbone. The flavor is flowers, some citrus and some pine. Flowers are dominant. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of Chadpaq
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On my second one of these of the night. I feel like these are getting a little better as I go along. Perhaps that's merely a testament to the 6.8% abv; already feeling the slightest tinges of a buzz.

Regardless: Decent beer. Not great, but good. The second one seemed to pour a lot better than the first. Bigger head with more lacing. Still not quite as much as I'd hoped, but I won't complain too much.

The name of the beer is "Hoptical Illusion" and it has a sweet label. But I think it's a bit misleading. Not NEARLY as hoppy as I would have thought. More malty than hoppy actually. For an IPA, this thing is awful sweet.

It does have a pretty, dark color. It's fairly appealing to the nose. But as far as taste is concerned, I'm just not sure. I like it. It goes down smoothly, but for an IPA...might be too watery for me. As I said, good...not great.

I do, however, appreciate the buzz I have, and the one I'll have after the three I'll drink tonight. All in all, about what I expected from this beer. Nothing more. I think I'd rather have a DFH 60 Min. But this ain't bad.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear golden yellow colored beer. The head is two solid fingers of a thick and dense pure white head that actually lingers for a little bit leaving a webby lace on the glass

S-the nose is pretty decent. A touch of grapefruit shows first and is overtaken by a resignous piney hop. A caramel backbone sets in towards the back to create balance (I don't like balance in IPA's mind you)

T-not as good as the nose, lighter in taste and somewhat watered down, not much but not full flavored. The balance is not present in the taste, appricot and pine meld together in the front, somewhat oily, giving way to a grapefruit taste and bitterness. the finish is also somewhat bitter but very reasonable.

M-a little rough on the palate, seems like too much carbonation as it is quite prickly throughout the middle to back of the throat. Dry and coats the mouth with a medium body.

D-pretty decent IPA and actually better than I remember it. It is in a very difficult class of beers where there are some real standouts; but, this is definitely enjoyable and satisfies the bodies need for hops

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass.

A bold orange with light amber spots, Hoptical Illusion's trick in appearence is all in the foam of which there is over a inch of caramel colored froth. It settles into a firm cap with notches on the way down.

Scents include a light grapefruit and tangerine with other citrus abound. A whiff of caramel and some pale malts giving off a bready vibe. No pine, with a nice balance, smells great.

A nice nop bite in the beginning drowned out by the malt sweetness quickly. Caramel and bread with grapefruit and the like. Just a touch of bitterness on the end.

Feel is aight, a little heavier bodied than some of my fav IPA's. Goes down easy with a shot of carb that's quite light, aftertaste is malty.

A good IPA that tastes clean is a win in my book and this qualifies. I would not mind having some bottles around. This was a easy drink and a good stab at the style, even though it's East Coast forward. Would get again.

Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried @ Café Luxembourg on the upper west side.

Seemed like an intriguin pick, of course hoping to find another extreme american beer from a local producer.

Pour is dark red, see-through with a rather small and uneventful head, again, with that sense of unexpectedness american extremists have going for them.

Smell is of course hoppy, but in a burnt caramel sense of the word: you get a fair preview of what's coming for ya.

Taste isn't too far from the box, very similar to other offerings of the style (SNPA, bass) with a blend of astringent sweet malts and a strong hopped up bitter finish. Oily body but well carbonated, fairly decent brew, sessionable, but not extremely good.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New (to me!) New York brew picked up while on trip east....served from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Nice, amber-orangish look, decent head with full carbonation...lacing was good all over glass.

S: Decent typical hop forward IPA, some citrusy grassy smells, and good malt balance, not so common in most IPA's I have tasted...not bad!

T: Again, not bad, tastes like a good everyday IPA to me, alcohol not so prevelant, and goes down easy; decent amout of hops for an everyday type of pale ale...

MF: Ok, feels good in the mouth, very carbonated, clean and crisp, nice finish after the typical hop flavors up front...

D: ok, easy drinking brew, could have several

Overall, a nice typical rep of the style at a decent price point for regular drinking....

Photo of albertjr21
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this settled into a light but crisp looking bright clear amber color that looked like it could turn at any moment into a light burnt orange. There was a light head with this pour that didn't last very long after my initial drink.

Not the most aromatic smell with this but there was a low scent of citrus.

Initial mouthfeel and overall taste were nothing of that "pleasant shock" to the palette that I've found in other American IPA styles, but I was able to experience and enjoy the light orange and hop flavors that politely invaded my tongue with a mild bitterness.

Cheers, to good drinkability and another good IPA...

Photo of Kitt
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass, a nice 1.5 finger ivory-colored head. Some thick lacing. Color a rich brick-amber.

Aroma a pleasing fruity caramel malt. Rich and well balanced.

Taste of heavy malts with some lingering bitterness but not overwhelming. What bitterness there is rapidly disappears. I prefer strong bitter hops in my IPAs so I'm slightly disappointed. But the balance of malt and hops makes up for any lack of bitter flavor. A background tone of pine is a nice addition. Altogether a fine tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel just right for the taste - moderate viscosity sits well on the tounge with good after wash.

Drinkability is good: goes down easy without a feeling of heavy bombardment. A border line light crisp feel that contrasts with the beverage's mouthfeel.

This is a good IPA that I would not mind trying again. I'd recommend it as a sunny Sunday afternoon pick-me-up deck supplement.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Very intense carbonation coming up from the nucleation spot.

A: Pretty clear, copper. White frothy head that is hanging around due to intense carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Head looks a bit slick, fairly standard. Very crisp and clean looking.

S: Has a fruity hop aroma with a good amount of sweetness. A good amount of malts are coming through for this IPA. A swirl of the glass brings out the citrus hop aromas and the tart fruitiness. Still smells a bit malty though. Has some tree fruit aromas...peaches and apricots

T: Nothing jumps out right away with this beer. Hop bitterness hits late after a melding of malts and hops come first. Good floral hop taste as well. Not getting any of the sweet fruits and malts that came on the nose. Just tastes a bit bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty good for an IPA. Hits the tongue crisp and carbonated, as the malt backbone slides across the tongue. Finishes crisp and bitter.

D: This beer is quite drinkable indeed, as I found myself having 4 last night watching the Olympic games. Goes down easy, remains light enough to not fill you up and delivers a reasonable amount of flavor and aroma.

Photo of InIBUsWeTrust
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer, while enjoying my staycation-1st IPA I've had from the wonderful city
of Long Island, lets give her a go.

Appearance: Great tropical backdrop with some carmelized hue, great head retention, checking the label for an "optical illusion" nil..so far, so good.

Smell: That distinctive IPA scent, maybe more so an APA, but with a slight candied citrus hop smack to your nostrils.

Taste: Caramel malt/ pineapple citrusy backdrop/ Not a huge hop presence, but enough to foot the bill as a sessional IPA. I'd like to try this on tap.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation meets oxidized Hop phenols.

Drinkability: A great fallback IPA if Smutty FinestKind isn't on the scene.

Welcome to Florida BluePoint!

Photo of DNICE555
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle at the "Josh Experience"

A - Yellowy orange with decent head and some nice lacing throughout.

S - Some pine, Some citurs, not a ton going on here.

T - Mild grapefruit bitterness and pine with ample malt and possibly some honey to balance it out. A decent beginner or session ipa as the hops are pretty subtle in this one.

M - Medium dry body. Hops are balanced out here and don't leave much bitterness on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. This is not for a hophead but if you are in the mood for a light mild ipa then this is a good choice.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - clearish, rusty-orange color...what's striking about this brew is the amount of lacing left down the entire glass. very nice indeed.
S - floral and citrus hops, maybe a bit of pine. nice maltiness there as well.
T - taste is citrus hops with a nice malt backing
M - medium-bodied and sticky
D - average for the style, typical dry sticky finish

Definitely a good IPA, nothing too amazing but a solid ale.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear jewel-like orange-rust color, with a bone-white head that isn't super-thick but has some good lace cling as it sinks to a skim, then a crown.

Orange-y hops are dominant in the aroma, the overall aromatic vibe being a fruity one, particularly citrus. Just a slight medicinal vibe in back too.

Zest of citrus peel is a major player in the flavor. Definitely lots of hops talking in this one, but it's pretty well controlled, not a complete tongue-blistering wallop or anything. Malt is quite sweet, and there's a pie-spice nip here too, giving the beer a character not unlike an orange-glazed cinnamon roll. Lingering lime peel in the finish.

Carbonation delivers a pretty aggressive tingle, prickly even, which, with the citrus rind bitter/tart and malty sweetness of the flavor, makes this a pretty attacking beer. "Bright" would probably be the best word for Hoptical Illusion, not just in feel but overall.

The number of amazing IPAs out there makes this a beer I may never revisit again, but I would certainly welcome it should it somehow appear in my glass a ways down the road. Worthwhile and surely a must-try (at least once) for any hophead.

Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Light orange-amber with 1-2 finger nearly white, frothy head with good retention and a few spots of lace here and there.

S: Very balanced aroma with sweet crystal malt backbone and floral and citrus providing most of the hops punch

T: Definitely fits into the balanced, easy-drinking IPA category. Maltiness is solid with crystal malt sugary sweetness with floral, citrus, and spicy hops contributions. Bitterness is medium, which actually works well as it allows the hop flavors to work their way into the flavor with more gusto.

M: Solid coating mouthfeel with low carbonation and long-lasting bitter citrus aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable IPA with a balanced profile and distinctive hops flavors that don't succumb to the bitterness. Good brew.

Photo of DLReeves
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As usual I discovered this one at our local consumer's beverage store. I am always looking for new tryouts so this one caught my eye. I am partial to "hoppy" beers and ales so this met that criteria. I agree totally with other reviewers..pours a nice amber color,decent head, interesting initial nose and very pleasing taste which is my personal main criteria. Given the fairly high abv of 6.8, clearly one must limit intakes in short time frames. I certainly will purchase this again for "upon further review" instances.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden brown with a billowy white head.

S: Pine and citrus smell. Also a tad bit of malt.

T: This was very impressive. Very well balanced, mix of citrus hops and pine hops combined with a strong malt backing. Just a great balance of hop and malt taste. Nice bitter aftertaste, but sweet, too.

M: Clean feeling and smooth.

D: This was so well balanced, and good ABV to "session" with.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
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