Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 138 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.