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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 98 | 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 alexgash
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a golden orange. Clear. Small, tight-bubbled, off-white head. Cookie dough and caramel malt on the nose. Hint of butterscotch. Piny, resinous, and pineapple hops. Not overly aromatic. Slightly sweet sugar cookie malt flavors up front. Caramel and light butterscotch notes mix in. Pine and pineapple hop bitterness come on in the finish. Nice balance. Moderate body with a slightly soapy mouthfeel. Not too shabby.

alexgash, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on-tap at High Street Grill's Blue Point craft beer promo Tuesday on 4/15/08. They served it to me in a standard Blue Point pint glass.

This Blue Point poured a clear amber orange that had a 1/2 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had really good retention that left behind a small white film and white spots of lace here and there. It had a clean not overpowering hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine needles, citrus hops, citrus fruits, and ended with the slightest touch of toasted caramel malts. The taste starts off dry and fruity with citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a slice of lemon. After the fruityness dies down, in comes the mildly aggressive hop punch of citrus hops, more grapefruit, and pine needles. Just when i thought it was done, the taste mellows out with some lightly toasted malts. For such a mildly hoppy beer, it was light bodied beer that featured an almost faint aftertaste of pine needles and citrus fruits. There was no sign of the hops in the aftertaste. Overall, it was pretty much a slightly above average not too hoppy American IPA. I can see this beer as a lightly hoppy IPA session brew.

AltBock, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. beautiful golden color with some orange highlights. nice white head with good retention, and decent lacing.

S: orange citrus aromas from the hops. mild earthy tones. I get some honey tones in this as well.

T: very nice malts in this. extremely well balanced. not as hoppy as the aroma, but a very nice hop character regardless. some citrus and honey in the flavor as well.

M: clean and crisp. very smooth. mild body and almost creamy.

D: great session IPA. very drinkable and a good representation of style.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of shaebs99
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

pours a light golden orange with a 1/2 of white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is reminiscent of fruity pebbles, but in a good way. Tropical fruit hops mostly some floral notes.

Taste is reasonably well balanced. Not a bitter IPA. Smooth and fruity

This IPA is probably too fruity pebbly for me to drink throughout the note, but a good enjoyable IPA to seek out every once and a while.

shaebs99, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Rsobotka
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber shining through with a golden haze
S: Fruity, piney, with a flash of orange or grapefruit

T: Hoppy Hoppy as it hits the tounge then a floral of more hoppiness...and then finaly a smooth ending with a bitter finish

M: Full flavor that encompasses enitre mouth

D: A great beer on the scene of Long Island and in the Craft beer world

Rsobotka, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notched "APR" but no corresponding year. I'm guessing it's fresh since it just showed up in the area.

Pours a light gold, hazy with suspended sediment. White foam leaves a little lace as the glass is sipped. Head retention is ok, a ring and bare skim across the bottom 1/3 of the glass.

Floral aroma, with some underlying pale malt. Gently hoppy without getting into punisher territory. Some grapefruit rind or zest comes out as the beer is tasted and smelled again. Mild hops in the taste, bitterness is low to medium. Balanced and malty, it has a supple and ligtly creamy mouthfeel.

Stopped after one, it was a fine IPA, but i'll probably still stick to my local favorites.

emerge077, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Dark golden beer with a finger of head that leaves a nice layer on top of the beer for the duration. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Good hoppy smell that is piney and citrusy and herbal all at the same time.

Taste: Like the nose. Good combination of hops makes for a nice complexity. Not a double IPA so it is not the hoppiest beer in the world but nice and mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The taste does not linger as long as one would expect from a hoppy beer.

Drinkability: Not being overpowering makes for a beer you can drink a good bit of. Nice complexity. Good beer.

hellcatsjg, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliant light amber hue. The bright white head starts to disappear almost immediately. The initial nose is that of green apple, subtle citrus fruits, pepper and fresh hops.

The beer's zingyness sure does pierce right through your palate and really wakes up your tongue. The hops slightly dominate the malts in this one upon the initial sip, very floral and fruity, the finish is kind of long with quickly disappearing tannins. There is very little body to this brew, which is ok, it doesn't bother me because the upfront fruits and overall hop profile is relatively complex and interesting.

This is definitely 'fun' beer, although sure there's plenty to pick apart, at the end of the day its just an extremely clean, crisp, American IPA whom is very drinkable. And im sure the 6.2% ABV will not fail in causing some "illusions" after a session. Im satisfied.

(original date of review- 2/11/08)

ATPete, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A copper/bronze amber. Off white head but not really much head at all but the lace is wonderful.

Smell: A nice fruity but at the same time floral.

Taste: A bitter sweet citrus mainly orange like flavor and apricot like hops taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and slightly carbonated.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it is a great beer all around. Great us of hops.

MTNboy, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin tan head,with great retention,and lacing. Aroma is piney hops,but with a nice balance of malt. Body is medium,and carbonated.Taste is grapefruit up front,with a tart apple finish. A nice sweet unertone is there too. Very nice!

riversider76, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to davehoward for the bottle!
Slightly hazed honey color with a small white head. Smell is nice fruity sweet hops. Not over the top but very nice nose. Taste is fruity, slight tea hints, but mild bitterness and agummy slightly full mothfeel. Bit of a grainy malt sweetness in the finish and very nice IPA overall.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-copper body with an offwhite medium head... some lacing.. some lasting time

S: Fresh hops... grapefruit and pine... nice balance..

T: Hops blast through first... mostly piney before shifting gears to grapefruit and citrus tones... hints of the malt background shine through...

M: Crisp. Refreshing.. Not too much bitterness in the finish.

D: Pretty Solid all around... have had better but this is a good all around IPA

callmemickey, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of jkane101
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with nice head, decent lacing. Smells of pine with hints of grapefruit. this is not a hop monster however it does represent the stlye very nicely. The best thing going for Hoptical Illusion is its drinkability, this is a fantastic session IPA. Recommend.

jkane101, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a golden orange with a two finger rocky, pillowy, slightly off-white head. Good staying power and adequate lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles heading northward.

Flowery hop nose with a slight citrus undertone as well. There is a sweet malt presence that holds its own.

The malts dominate the palate a bit here. I crave big hops in my IPA's, this is a bit of a letdown. Has sweet malts up front with a finishing rush of flowery hops. Too little too late.

Creamy and smooth, probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

I probably should be giving this beer a 4 in drinkability, but I penalized it due to its lack of big hops.

ColForbinBC, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enter from notes takne during consumption on 12/13/07

This was the last of two cases I purchased for our block party so I am quite familair with it at this point.

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that falls to multi sized bubbly coat after a few minutes, decent retention but not incredible. Lace left as it recedes is quite nice, leaving a white webbing down the glass where the head once resided.

Smells of biscuit and caramel malt and nice citrus hops, more lemon that grapefruit.

first up in the flavor department is the caramel malt, some biscuit creeps into the picture before the sweet and sour like citruc hops hit home. These citrus hops are more lemony/lemon ring than grapefruit. Although there is a modicum of grapefruit there. The sweetness creeps back in on the finish with a simple syrup flavor that dulls the bitter finish.

Light to medium body is propped up by a light to medium carboantion that doesn't interfere with the flavors but simply carries them home.

Drinkability is up there, this one goes down easy and I have had many in a row on several occassions.

jackorain, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blue Point Hoptical Illusion...

A hazy gold orangey color, adequate head comes up and what does come up is solid.

Smell of pine hop oil (Cascades?) and other floral features, also some alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel is light but the hops do come home, grains appear, some alcohol, but overall flavorful and drinkable, not at all rash.

Drinkability-Nice flavors and strength of taste and a good job of hiding the alcohol. A very good IPA for a session.

Overall-A good IPA from Blue Point, on the more drinkable side as opposed to more rash versions but still very flavorful and drinkable.

TheDeuce, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with decent clarity and a very pretty, orangey gold body. Nice American hop nose of citrusy smells, along with a particularly delicious honey and caramel malt backing and some hard, minerally water remnants. On the palate, slight malt sweetness first off, but that is quickly swamped by a wave of hop bitterness that is fruity and juicy, with great sweet/bitter balance at the mid-palate, with increasing dryness toward the end. By the very end, things are active with an almost reedy dryness. Mouthfeel is marked by big carbonation and hop oils that are acidic and brisk without being enamel-reducing. Overall, this is an excellent little IPA. It fits into the more drinkable, briskly bitter style of IPAs instead of the withering, reduce-you-to-a-quivering-mass IPAs, but that's a very good thing.

geexploitation, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a thick, frothy head. Heads fades quickly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is a blend of citrus and pine hops. The taste brings both citrus and piney flavors, the citrus component taking the forefront. Some sweet malt in the background. The hops flavor is more subdued than I had expected for an IPA. The aftertaste leaves a slight bitterness and some stickiness.

davidt, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of SirSaranac
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well... the name and the bottle caught my eye... Who doesn't want to drink something as cool sounding as "HOPTICAL ILLUSION" !???...

A- poured a hazy copper color... very little head that dissolved rather quickly into decent lacing.

S- Hops... piny hop oil... and faint yeast

T- Well, I'm going to have to agree with previous reviews that this is under hopped (which is kinda a let down) ... But, I think that the hops are very well balanced... citrus & pine... oily on the tongue. Malt character doesn't really stand out that much however.

M- Light body... not much of a hop bite. Perfect ammount of carbonation though IMO.

D- Well... This is not as strong of an IPA in the taste department as I'd prefer. But I have to admit, it's very smooth and tasty for what it is. Much better than the average IPA

SirSaranac, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of bags6lax
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried it over the weekend...first bottle was a little cooler then room temp, poured hazy orange, very little head...smelled initially grassy/earthy with some citrous notes. Pleasent, but nothing extraordinary, tasted exactly how it smelled, and was under hopped IMO...so it was a bit of let down.

I chilled the second bottle, which ended up rounding out all the flavors a bit, and in the end made it a very drinkable brew, but not anything I'd go out of the way to purchase.

bags6lax, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue Point seems to refined the art of making smooth drinking brews, but smoothness is not something I am looking for in a hoppy beer. A great looking label, but taste wise, I am ambivalent about this beer. I think the best choice for this beer is from the cask as the temperature brings out the flavor more. But out of the bottle I was underwhelmed. Not bad but not great. The hops seem muted by the malt and other ingredients. This makes for a smooth, somewhat watery mouthfeel.

I think beers should live up to their names more. When I think Hoptical Illusion, I think a beer so complex and hoppy that it distorts reality. Didn't happen for me.

Hoppington, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle copped singly from total wine and more this brew pours and amber copper color with decent head. Smell is slightly hoppy and biscuity flavor resembles the aroma hoppy and nutty flavor with a dry finish. Taste is very typical for an IPA with an apparent bitterness peering through the palate. Drinkability is average with such a bitter aftertaste. A good example of the style. Recommended.

dsa7783, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange body with a small white ring.Nice sparatic lacing is left on my Duvel glass.

Notes of Grapefruit,oranges,pineapple.I also smell some acetone smells also

Taste like it smells.Very fruity with some mild bitterness.There is also a sweetness there too.Kinda Syrpy but thats ok.

Mouthful is good for a ipa.

The abv sneaks up on you with this brew.Good brew but I expected alot more hops.Still a great fruity beer.

MmmIPA, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of BeerLover729
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper beer with a nice one finger head in a plastic Blue Point pint cup at the tasting room in the brewery. Delicious round and earthy floral hop aroma. Excellent, robust hop taste with pronounced earthy flavors and noticeable but yummy alpha acid bitterness. The hop flavors are less fruity more grassy. Malty finish balances the bitterness with some mild sweetness left over. Big body with sharp carbonation that brings out the hop effervescence. Delicious hoppy beer greatness.

I have had this beer from a bottle and a cask but I think its best on a regular tap. I like it on tap better then from a cask because its colder and crisper and because it seems to subdue the maltyness and bring out the hoppiness that I love some much. The hearsay is that Blue Point bought an entire hop crop from some small farm to produce this luscious IPA, however I think this unique hop is missing from the bottled version of this beer since the bottling is done at a separate facility. Regardless, it is all still an excellent IPA.

BeerLover729, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back by a friend last month in NYC. 12oz bottle with no notch on side of bottle where month/year are specified.

Poured a pretty clear gold hue with a finger of off-white glisteny crown. Huge citrus aroma. Spicy hop nose with a very thin, watery body. This beer is missing something? Since I couldn't tell when the drink-by date was, maybe she was a little old?

Sticky hop mouthfeel and finish. This beer had the framework to taste better than she did. Would like to try a fresher bottle.

RustyDiamond, Dec 06, 2007
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.