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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 94 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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Photo of irishkyle21
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dense white head that stays afloat the entire beer. Good lacing. Has a light orange color,

Smells of earthy hops, wet grass, piney and a bit of sweetness.

The taste is nice and hoppy but well balanced with the malt flavour. I would love to try a fresher bottle.

irishkyle21, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into tulip pint glass from bottle.

A- Copper color with a light head that goes way quickly.

S- Sweet hops with a goody malt backround.

T- The piney resins are at the front with a smooth malt finish.

M- Medium.

D- A nice beer. This beer is not a good goto IPA, but is a good backup if you are looking for an IPA that is about the norm these days.

mobud, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into glass mug.

Appearance: Clear medium copper color. Medium white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing along the sides.

Smell: Spicy citrus hops. Some malty brown sugar aromas. Hops seems just a tad lighter than expected from an IPA.

Taste: Nicely balanced hops with malt. This is one of the more lightly-hopped American IPA's that I've had. I like the balance, though. It adds some maltier tastes that most IPA's don't have. Nice, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body, but it's missing something. Doesn't feel as good as I would hope. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

Drinkability: I found myself finishing this beer in a short amount of time. The good balanced taste helps throw it down the old hatch!

Overall, a good beer, but a more mild example of the style.

psinderson, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of albern
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. Blue Point has never impressed me much, having spent time on Long Island and realizing that this is about the best that the region offers for beer. Hoptical Illusion, or just IPA, as listed in the subheader, is by far the flagship that I've had from BP. The beer pours a pretty clear, orangish color, with a very frothy off-white head and good lacing. The lacing really clings and is a nice extra for a regional IPA. The head retention is good as well. The smell is uniformally enticing. I'm getting lots of pine notes, subtle tea flavors, maybe some sweet fruits characteristic of multiple yeast strains. The taste will not disappoint. The hoppy balance is just grand. This is not a particularly dry beer and the hops are not overly extended to make a point, as some of the micros just try too hard to make a hop statement. This is not the case with BP. This beer hits all the right notes: a nice hoppy bitterness, some sweet notes, a yeasty fruitiness, some extra wonders on the back end, and a modest aftertaste to let you know that you're drinking an IPA. This beer
is highly sessionable, and a nice change up if you're just getting a little tired of one too many cloyingly sweet malty American regional micros. L'Chaim

Re-review August 2008: I'm knocking the taste down a notch. There is a biting ABV element to the beer that doesn't put this in the 4+ range. I tried this after having Sierra Nevada Anniversary 2008, and it isn't in the same league. Points adjusted as a result.

albern, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of ImBOBtheBEERguy
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, is what I can say about this beer from Long Island? Wow! The flavor is fantastic but its hard to drink more than 8. Good body, a nice color, drinkable, and a nice hoppy finish. Its good with food, good with friends, and good to drink alone! This is one of my favorite beers of 2007.

Try it on tap for the best flavor. I think the bottles are produced and bottled offsite. It is a different beer in the bottle.

ImBOBtheBEERguy, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Glazed144
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep gold/red. No head. I loved this beer the first time I had it, when I started drinking real IPAs. However, my second run through was less exciting. Still a good brew, but not what I remembered it to be. Smells very strongly of hops, fresh and crisp. Nice bitter taste. Smooth beer, good level of carbonation, good mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable IPA, especially when first being introduced to the style.

Glazed144, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Old Forge restaurant in Massachusetts. It was presented in a pint glass, and had a dark golden color, clear, with a thick poof of a head. The aroma was strongly hoppy but not too aggressive. It had a nice balance with malts, which came through in the flavor as well. The taste was very nice, a little sweet malt in the front and plenty of lingering hop bit at the end of each sip. The carbonation was a little light, almost seeming like this was a cask ale (but it apparently wasn't). It made for a nice beer as I took in the view of the wooded hills outside the restaurant.

TurdFurgison, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper. A fluffy, beige head thins to a half-inch layer, laving sheets of lace.

Smell: Lightly toasty malts and citric, resiny hops.

Taste: Toasty malts, with some mild sweetness. The finish is resiny, herbal and leafy hops. Needs a bit more sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation. Feels a bit thin

Drinkability: It's hurt by the lack of balance.

EPICAC, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very golden with some amber. Could be mistaken as a Budweiser in my mug. Little head that dies quick. Sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of pine, cirtrus, orange and hops. Taste isnt too complex but very nice and finishes hoppy and dry. Feels a tad thin and undercarbonated. Overall a tasty beer and extremely drinkable, especially on a hot day.

franksnbeans, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty with tropical fruit nose and peachy hop note in the flavor. The alcohol note mixes nicely with flavors that include juicy fruit gum and caramel candy. Very clear golden amber beer with tons of lace and a wonderfully sweet stickiness. Peachy mango slightly salty caramel goodness. Great smooth to slightly creamy ale mouthfeel. My kind of ale and a sure thing as far as freshness. Not the usual grapefruit or pine IPA and overall a complex and superbly brewed ale.

mshallah, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrusy and flowery hop aroma backed up by a nice biscuity, slightly carmel base. A little bit of citrusy sweetness (orange juice) hits the nose as the beer is swirled.

Apearance: A light copper color with a white creamy head.

Flavor: Powdery, resiny hop bitterness up front. This is followed by a citrus punch of lemon zest and orange rind. The finish is a light toasty malt base that finishes well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, slightly oily with a clean, dry finish.

Overall impression: A lighter, refreshing, flavorful American IPA. This was perfect on a hot, humid day. It seems lighter on the palate but it is full flavored. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went looking for stuff I hadn't had before. I'm kinda surprised about this one, it is fairly local. I've gone by this brewery on the LIRR at least twice.

Theres a masonic all-seeing eye on the bottle, you know like the back of a dollar bill. It got my attention is all.

In a mug it's a healthy gold color, translucent, ok head.

Citrus, grass, and some pine needles, no doubt the wonderful scent of hops. Not a whole lot else, but I'm not complaining.

The first sensation is creamy and smooth, but then bitter hops take over... and linger.

Not bad, I'll be sure to include it among the local things to take along for friends when I travel. I'm sure I'll also grab some more sixers for myself too.

joeskirkie, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/honey color with a two-finger sized cream colored head. Nice lacing and stickage. Sappy, piney aromas of hops, some citrus, and a bit of crystal malt creeping in, too. I was put off a little at how weak it tasted upon first sip, but I regain composure by saying that it is weak, yet nicely flavorful. It has a decent malty backbone to it and some citrusy hop flavors swirling around. Mouthfeel is a tad weak, I'm not really sure why. It feels a little flat or undercarbonated, a slight bit more CO2 might do it some justice. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, I've had it on draught some time ago, but this is the first go at the bottled version. I think I recall liking the draught version a little better.

crookedhalo, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange/copper color. Lacks a full head with only some light froth. The aroma is hop dominant with a real musty, dank, citrus character. Not bad.

The taste comes off a bit watery with a lot of grassy hop flavor and some weak nutty malt trying to give some balance. The finish appears moderate in bitterness. The carbonation is sharp at the front of the tongue but not real foamy overall. Medium thickness.

This IPA needs a little work. There was certainly alot of hoppiness but not much else to hold things together. I probably won't seek this one out again...

bennetj17, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first cask review, at my new favorite beer joint in the world, the Blind Tiger in Greenwich Villiage, NY.

Looks coppery and hazy, head is non-existent, more like soap bubbles. It may be the result of aftershock from the 90-minute IPA I had before this, but it really has no appreciable aroma to speak of. Flavor is nice, caramel with a nice citrus hop presence. Mouthfeel is thin and a little sticky, odd to put those two characteristics together.

This isn't bad, but some beers are much better off with carbonation. I graded some of the attributes on a curve because of the cask, but even after correcting for these things I wouldn't track this one down again.

jeffjfindley, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, some citrusy, and caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet, hoppy, malty, a touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA, glad to have had a chance to try, thanks Alan. Cool looking label/colors.

Wasatch, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent copper colored body with thick white foamy head. This beer is good looking and has great head retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Citrusy hops, biscuty malt and fruit.

T- Citrusy hops come first with a big biscut malt backbone. Some fruit notes too. Refreshing hop finish with mildly aggressive bitter hops that linger. The taste is decent and well balanced.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Smooth and a little bit creamy.

D- This is a very drinkable and fairly balanced IPA. It's enjoyable and a good one to try.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased sixer at Key Foods, McGuiness Blvd.

A-Orange/Brown lovely Ipa hue with a a pillowy large bubbled head that stays consistent. Nice lacing. Partially cloudy.

S-Citric hops and a nice bready character to it. Balanced.

T_Slightly sweet with a nice balancec of citric hops to it. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth but does not overwhelm. There is a good balance here as it doesnt swing either way. As it warms the generic citrus flavour becomes a bit more orangey with some pink grapefruit in there as well.

M-slightly opily as the hops coat the tongue but with a pleasant stinging carbonation that lightens the whole thing up.

D-An above average IPA. Being back here on the East Coast I was definitely worried about getting fresh IPAs, I am happy to have found this. Not too complex but very well balanced. I am eating it with some Taboulli salad and it is a decent pairing.

sleazo, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid IPA. Pours a clear light amber with a medium size white head. Head fades down to a covering of the glass.Lacing is thick up and down the glass. Good strong smell. Hops and spiciness, no hint of citrus or pine. Taste is uncomplicated but good. IPA hops bitterness and spiciness. Thats it...no fruit, no resins no malty backbone.
Good crisp mouthfeel, perhaps a bit thin compared to Celebration Ale and Twh Hearted Ale but still rich enough. Drinkability is good. This is a fine IPA and I wouldnt mind drinking a few of them.

JayQue, May 27, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of July '07.

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin creamy white head that slowly becomes patchy. Trailing lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is citric/floral with grainy malt in the back.

The taste is citric upfront - esp. orange. Floral touches come through with some pine/resin. The bitterness is balanced by a firm grainy malt. Well-balanced, but within style. A slight trace of alcohol in the rather dry finish.

A little light in the body, but hangs on to medium. Smooth and refreshingly crisp.

An easy, yet tasty, "sessionable" IPA. It has a fairly balanced refreshingness to it. Not a "hop-head's" idea of a great IPA, but one to grab if you want an easy, more balanced, interpretation with citric hop presence.

jwc215, May 22, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange color with a good sticky lacing from a quickly dissipating white head.
S - Citrus hops, and a touch of floral pine
T - Nice malty beginning, can't pick it out though, with a nice citrus piney hop finish
M - Good carbonation throughout, malty feeling to give it a nice smooth texture
D - Easy to drink IPA, if this was more available, I would get this one regularaly.

mnstorm99, May 17, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft in a pint glass at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a bright gold color, with a big white head, which didn't hang around for the party.

S- Nice and hoppy, very flowery, fresh. A little pine and citrus there.

T- Nice and fresh, bold. Typical of better American IPA's. The hops were powerful but not overdone.

M- Well done, medium on the tongue, not too fizzy.

D- Overall a very good beer. I would drink this regularly if available. Like a fresher version of west coast IPA's.

cichief, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange-red with noticable sedement, not much of a head, minimal lacing.

S - Very spicy hop presence, cut grass, orange peels

T - This is one spicy brew. There doesn't seem to be much of a concern for balance here, but it does have "hops" in the title, so what do you expect? Anyway, very thick, dank, resiny (har har) vibe to this guy. A little heavy after a few sips. I might be missing something, or I could have chilled it too long, but the fruity notes in the aroma aren't pulling through here, at all.

M - Medium body, little carbonation, thick finish into a sticky aftertaste.

D - A solidly built IPA - my only gripe being the overwhelmingly dank feel to the hops, I could use a little counter balance there - not necessarily malt, but maybe ease up on my palate.

yourunclewalt, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Mahar's.

A: Initially it poured very cloudy, but clears up slightly after it settles. The body falls somewhere between a straw and amber color with a think white head.

S: This beer smells like someone took, all the grapefruit from Florida and jammed it into my glass. In a word...awesome.

T: The flavor is all grapefruit as well, but with a malty background that balances it. There is a flavor or a feeling that seems to mute the citrus slightly, but I can't place it exactly.

M: This beer has an great medium body that suits the beer nicely.

D: This beer has excellent drinkability for an IPA. Ordinarily I find that I wouldn't be able to drink a bunch of IPA's, but I could handle a lot of these.

drseamus, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking beer; the color is a orange highlighted copper with a good sized off white head that has great retention leaving thick lacing down the side of the glass. A good amount of carbonation action and a lot of floaties, would that be yeast? The aroma is actually a nice mix with the hops being very dominant but also possessing a nice caramel malt like scent. The hops seem to give it an extreme citrus smell of grapefruit and orange, very nice smelling brew. The hops even are more dominant in the taste category as they seem to be the first and last thing that I notice. The nice thing about the hops is that it does not seem to linger in the back of my mouth like so many other IPA’s. Don’t think I am picking up the Malt flavors at all. Over all, this is a very good brew, if you like American hop bomb’s this would be a good choice.

Stimack, Apr 26, 2007
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.