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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 112 | 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 SirChugsAlot
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first thought of this one was "on a scale of A to F, this one gets about a B"

A copper color with a finger of head that leaves a decent lacing.

Smell is of hops, and citrus with a touch of malt and sweetness.

Taste hits the profile of the beer with some good balanced bitterness with flavors of citrus, hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with a good after taste and good carbonation

Drinkability is pretty good for me if it wasnt for the fact that i flew this one home from NY to WA and i can't but it out here.. haha

SirChugsAlot, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with about two inches of light beige head that fill the pint glass. Keeps a pretty good lace and leaves lots of rings of stick on the sides.

Smell is a prototypical American IPA nose - pine and citrus hops, caramel and a bit of toasted malt. Straightforward but on point,.

Taste has a nice amount of grapefruity citrus hops with some resiny pine as well. Enough malt to give some balance, with some caramel sweetness and toasted grain. Malt was more prominent in the nose but there's enough here. Bitterness is a bit more than average for an American IPA. Good, balanced flavor, although nothing spectacular.

This actually feels a bit thin in the mouth, a light medium body I'd say. Dry through the finish with a lingering herbal and piney hop bitterness. Ample carbonation.

This is a solid, drinkable IPA. One that would be a good standby in any beer fridge.

number1bum, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful amber color...a small white head that went away kinda quickly...didn't leave much lacing

S - Hops...some nice floral and citrus notes

T - The hops...with the citrus...is very present in the beginning...then blends into a sweet malt flavor...pretty interesting

M - Crisp...a weird aftertaste that I can't put my finger on

D - This is a good sweet IPA...very drinkable...I will be getting some more

thain709, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/3/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine bitterness and citrus. Flavor dominated by sharp pine bitterness which bites at the palate. Some hop oils and a barely there malt backbone. This is a decent IPA.
6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with SpringsLicker (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pineapple, oranges and some citrus. Softer tastes of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus. Light to lightly medium bitterness.

Notes from 9/27/05

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrooHa for this extra.

Pours a clear amber with 2+ fingers of foamy off-white head with good retention and some nice lacing stick. Smells of grapefruit, spicy hops, oranges, mango, pine, honey, caramel, and toasted malt. Tastes of grapefruit up front followed by lots of sweetness from caramel and honey mixed with some toasted malt and biscuit notes. Finishes with a little bit of apple, and some light spicy and earthy hops. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Some nice hoppiness, but a little too much malt. A good segway brew between pale ale and IPA, easy to drink, but not a "go to" IPA.

HopDerek, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertruth for the chance to try this one.

A - Orangish brown, with more orange than brown. Thick, foamy head with excellent retention. Fades to a rocky one finger cap. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass.

S - Very intense citrus notes with gapefruit being the dominant aroma. Also picking up some tangerine or orange in the nose. Strong hop nose, but a little one dimensional.

T - A light sweetness initally, bready with hints of caramel. The hops come in quickly but do not overpower. The citrus from the nose definitely carries into the taste with lots of grapefruit and a little orange. Bitterness is present, but far from overwhelming. Finishes with a juicy citrus sweetness and the faintess amount of hoppy bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little chewy feel. A somewhat oily residue is left in the mouth. A very drinkable IPA. Almost tastes more like a DIPA but without the smashing bitterness.

Initially I was a little underwhelmed with this one but as I drank it, it just continued to get better and better. Excellent beer from a brewery I have never tried before.

ckeegan04, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. Blue Point Hoptical Illusion is a slightly sparkling golden ale with a dense white head that exhibits good retention. The aroma is spicy, fruity and grassy. It is medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish. The flavor balance is good. It tastes a bit grainy and maybe slightly phenolic. Not bad.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yet rusty amber with a good, on and a half finger head to start and recedes to almost nothing. OK bubbling. Heavy toasted malt with some licorice notes?!?! Not to mention slight citrus notes mixing with the malt and licorice aromas. Light licorice and bready caramel malt starts the palate off right. The finish is bitter, spongey, and drives the licorce note home a little more. Spicey hop profile with some earthy notes as well. Very unique AIPA that is drinkable and complex. A session beer that makes you think.

scruffwhor, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rather clean and crisp amber, with just the tiniest sediment murkiness. Head is slightly off-white and forms creamy and sticky. Tops a rather nice brew quite well.

S: Herbal, spicy, slightly citrus, and rather pungent. An intriguing, toasty malt balance.

T: Rather subtle in flavour as compared to other IPAs. A nice citrus, and slightly soapy flavour along with a bready note.

M: A decently medium body... almost a suitable 'bready' feel to go with the noted flavours.

D: Not a bad beer at all... a more delicate take on the style, which can be appreciated. Easy going, yet full flavoured... it can be enjoyed without getting the palate ripped off.

Proteus93, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Best by Dec 08. The body was light orange/amber, clear. The head was large and frothy. The off-white head left significant lacing.

Smell was citrus and bready.

Taste was sweet and tart like hard candy. Enormous hops flavor without the extreme bitterness or astringency. Relatively balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium with a pretty zesty body. Very drinkable.

Cresant, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of SouthAtholSuds
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice reddish gold color with little head. Pungent hops, malt and grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth. A little too much of a malt character for an ipa but the malt balances nicely with the hops for an all together tasty brew. I would recommend it for someone who doesn't really enjoy big ipa's but wants to try something different.

SouthAtholSuds, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear amber with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Light grapefruit smell.

Mouthfeel - Light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Grapefruit hop flavor up front that quickly shifts to a malty middle with a slight metallic taste in the finish.

Overall - A well balanced IPA's, good but not great.

praufs01, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Greggy, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

oriolesfan4, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.


sholland119, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of JToad
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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...

JToad, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

HopHead84, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

Pleepleus, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Tbn2, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of PBBC
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

PBBC, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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

russpowell, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

largadeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of SRFeldman79
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

SRFeldman79, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2008
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.