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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,645
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 160 | 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 Kraken
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Pours a light amber color, with a very small head the does not stick around, very minimal lacing present. Overall, a decent looking ale.
Smell is of pine and hops, nothing too overpowering, smells very mild, but good.
Taste is good old hops, with a slight malt character following. Taste is above average.
Not overly carbonated, feels nice and crisp when cold.
Good drinkability with this ale, nothing too outstanding, but overall, this a good IPA to try if you get the chance.

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

Pours a clear amber orange with a small amount of head.

Citrus/ orange tangerine on the nose.

Fruity and sweet with a nice bitter finish.

This is a light fruity IPA that anyone can enjoy.
Very drinkable and pretty tasty. Nothing too special but i would drink again.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A bright, clear, pale bronze color. The head is slightly off-white, tall, dense, and creamy. Some impressive lacing trails along the glass, and retention is good.

S: Floral and citric hop aromas dominate. Orange rind and a fairly sharp fresh floral smell, to be specific. Lightly malty, with a mild mineral nose reminiscent of English Pale Ales.

T: Pale malt is subdued and minimally sweet. Perhaps a touch biscuity. The hops provide a solid flavor - again, orange rind is prominent, along with a spicy floral character. Some hints of pithy grapefruit as well. A slightly mineral touch as well. Bitterness starts out low before gradually growing into something on the firm side of medium

M: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Slightly sticky, with a fading dryness into the finish.

D: Nicely done. This is my first beer from Blue Point, and I'm impressed. A very well-executed IPA. Robust and hoppy, yet drinkable and inviting.

Photo of rye726
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden brown with not much of a tan head. Nose has grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. Taste has more olde hops and sweet malts. Bit of stale/adjunct presence. Not much else. Thin body looked nice in the glass, but was over carbonated. Kind of a watery finish.

Photo of TheBCrew
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled pint at Pizza Plant. Listed as "Blue Point IPA" so I assume that this is the one. Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick, creamy head. Lots of lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma. Taste starts off sweet with fruity hop bitterness taking over for a balanced finish. As is often the case with cask beer, the mouthfeel is very smooth and the beer is very drinkable due to lower carbonation levels and somewhat higher serving temperature.

Photo of markskar
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had reservations about buying this beer, knowing little about the company, and not having knowledge of any phenomenal brews from Long Island, but I'd heard some good things about this beer, which has a cool name and Free Mason symbols on the front (the "all-seeing eye"...).

It's a good IPA. This review is based on style. The taste and aroma are wonderful, and it's quite drinkable, but the brew falls short of the American IPA style in other aspects.

A - Golden yellow and crystal clear. Almost no head, no head retention, and no lacing.

S - Nice citrusy bouquet, oranges and grapefruit.

T - Not bad! Nice and hoppy, heavy on the citrus. As with the aroma, grapefruit and other citrusy flavors--more orangey than lemony. Just hoppy enough.

M - A bit too dry, a little bit too crisp--even for an IPA. Seems to have a very low final gravity. A little higher would make it a bit smoother on the palate (meaning a higher starting gravity to give it a little more malt complexity), but not bad all in all.

D - Could definitely kick back with a few of these at a time. A nice beer in general, but falls a bit short in terms of appearance and mouthfeel. Still, I'd buy it again. No doubt.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz screw-top bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a crystal clear yellow-amber body with virtually no head. Butterscotch with a bit of citrus in the aroma. Minty grassy hops dominate the flavor with a bit of bready and caramel malt. Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. An okay IPA at best, an okay beer in general I guess. Could afford to be more focused and cleaned up IMO.

Photo of Pinto21
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very light copper with decent white head but not too much. A littler lighter than expected

Smell is total malt which is isnt what I expect. Not a lot of hops, a little fruityness

Tasty but not a lot of hop taste. More malty with a lot of bitterness. Caramel malts and bitter hops. A little fruitness to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability is good but the alcohol keeps it down.

Overall a good beer but not for some one lookin for hops. This is more balanced.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to snag this on a recent business trip to Maryland.

A very clear orange-hued golden colored ale, with a cream colored head that rises quickly to two finger thickness and recedes rather fast to a light film, leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma of earthy hops and pine...perhaps a stroll through a pine grove after an electrical storm. A grainy earthen malt character as well, and a touch of lemon citrus. This baby is all about the piney hops and good mother earth. The taste is a Christmas store like pine, some sweet earthy malt, with a bit of a citrus/grassy character. An interesting a complex American IPA in my opinion.

Solid bodied IPA, with a nice bit of carbonation burn in the feel. A good relaxer on a pretty Sunday afternoon. Glad for the chance to try this one.

Photo of sbw138
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly cloudy very pale copper to dark yellow color. Did not retain very much head. Any lacing was minimal. Initial smell was somewhat sweet, especially for an IPA, I really couldn't put my finger on it. Tasted very flat, not like an IPA. I checked for a born on date, because I thought the hops may have lost their punch by sitting in the cooler too long. Tasted more like a very weak pale ale, than an IPA. I was disappointed, and would not purchase again.

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

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the Beer Stop for around $1.75. Poured into my Blue Point shaker glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with a finger of quickly dissipating off white foam. The head leaves no lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of light citrus fruits such as lemon and orange with just the right amount of sweet caramel malt. Notes of floral and grassy hops are also present. This ale is medium in body and carbonation. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer, though in some respects I find it more like an English IPA. The color is very light orange-into-yellow, with a billowy three-finger head that fades pretty quickly but laces nicely down the glass. The smell is floral and grassy with mild citrus notes (Meyer lemon, tangelo). The taste hits with lots of straw and grapefruit, some nice honey notes moving through to a deeply bitter, slightly dry finish. It's smooth in the mouth, mildly carbonated. Drinks easily, but with a kick.

Photo of bcastine
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a head that almost immediately dissipates, leaving zero lacing, very disappointing for an IPA, looked like cider.

S: Piney, a little citrus reminds me of magic hat #9

T: again tastes like #9, malt to me is too sweet, a hoppy bitterness is present and is the most redeeming quality of this beer.

M: light and slightly cloying

D: Was able to drink a few, I appreciate the 6.8 abv, but will not let this get in between my regiment of smuttynose ipa again.

Photo of thartman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold and amber, decent two-finger head, some sticky lacing left on the glass, lots of bubbles from the carbonattion.

Some citrus smell of orange and hops mixed with some malty undertones.

A smooth hop bitterness mixed with sweet malt, with some lemony zing left over, well balanced.

Crisp on the palate, a little slick and oily, nice version of an IPA, very drinkable and a good quality brew.

Photo of rugerj
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a golden color with a decent 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, good lacing left in glass. Nice hop aroma with some sweet malt notes. Taste is good, citrusy hops are well balanced with the malty sweetness. Mouth feel is decent with an average carbonation for the style.

A good IPA, nothing outstanding but I good see this being a good session IPA.

Photo of GJ40
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at Gasbarro's in Seekonk, MA. No brewed on or best by date.

A - Golden and clear except for some chunky sediment. Very small head that vanished quickly.

S - Initially piney and grassy hops and then they became more floral and fruity.

T - A mix of toasted malt and a mild hop bitterness. Nothing bad here but not a lot of flavor. It seems a bit bland for an American IPA.

M - Moderate consistency and a bit high in carbonation.

D - I wouldn't turn one down but I wouldn't seek it out. With a name like Hoptical Illusion, I expected a lot more.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a clear golden color with a small white head and no lacing whatsoever. Wonderful aroma: floral, citrus, sweet malt, all blending well together. The sweet malt was upfront in the taste, quickly turning to grapefruit and a bit of pine. Mild, not a hop bomb. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at Blind Tiger. The color was cloudy orange with a creamy looking,frothy head. Excellent lacing.

The aroma was of hops and fruits.
The taste is slightly sweet,mild hops with fruit tones and malts in the background.The feel is so smooth and creamy. The body was medium with a mild bitterness that was hardly felt.

Notes: This was so much better from cask, so good and so worth it. This was the first time I ever had anything in cask and till this day it stays my favorite cask beer.

Photo of Morey
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a light orangish-brown color which produced a half in head which almost instantly settled to a thin ring of foam surrounding the outer rim of the glass. Lots of bubbles rushing up towards the top.

Smell is a little more malty then hoppy, almost smells more like a belgian than an Ipa.

Taste is a little on the thin side with the hops noticable throughout, but never overwhelming. Malts are becoming more noticable as this beer warms.

This beer goes down really easy for me. Good for a summer day when you're not in the mood for something heavy, but you don't want to drink a lager or a wheat beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A bit tame for an Ipa. Decent, but nothing special here. Somewhat similar to Lancaster Hophog but a bit better.

Photo of TheMistler
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft, the beer initially appeared darker than I anticipated - brown - but I think some of the light was soaked up by the surpisingly long-lasting burst of carbonation. Creamy white head, a couple of pinkies' worth, tops an amber brew. Creamy, whispy topper and a ring of varying thickness leave behind good lacing.

Grapefruity hops, caramel malts to the nose. There is a juicy quality to many aspects of this beer, and it is not negligible in the aroma, either.

Hoppy, with lots of different hop notes, but balanced with the caramel malts. Hops notes include citrus and pine, as well as some lemon zest. A little bit of sticky resin at the end. There is a certain coarseness to the taste, a leafy earthiness. That earthy flavor played a part in the woody, whiskey-ish note to the aftertaste.

The feel seemed conflicted. Juicy, but with the caramel malts having a chewy feel. Medium bodied.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrooHa for this one!

Pours a rather nice golden hue with a decently long lasting white head and very active carbonation in my Sam Adams Sensity Glass.

Smells of muted grapefruit and pine. Good but weak.

Tastes very good! Same notes as smell which in and of itself wouldn't qualify this as any more than average but something here is done right that I can't quote put my finger on. Mouth is solid at a medium body with medium carbonation.

A very good IPA and one I'd try again next time I go to New York.

Photo of DIM
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a mostly clear, golden coppery color. It was seved to me with a thin cap of white foam that quickly faded to lace.

s: Mild flowey hops with a hint of grapefruit. Plenty of caramely malts as well.

t: This wasn't really hop forward, it was actually pretty balanced. Flowery hops with a nice lemony/grapefruit kick and sweet caramel that wasn't over the top.

m: Nice body and creamy rather than fizzy carbonation.

d: This was pretty good, but I passed up better IPAs for the chance to try this one.

Photo of TMB0424
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden orange body with a nice thick creamy white head. Reduced kinda quickly but left a good amount of lacing.

Smells of citrusy, oily hops with tons of floral notes. Slight malt backbone lingering in the background.

Taste is pretty hoppy - although not on the bitter side - more on the sweet or tart side. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon rind) dominates, with a nice sweet element that goes well with the slight bitterness. Grainy, earthy malts back all of this up. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is good - the hops coat the palate but not in an overpowering way. Crisp, but very slightly watery. Very drinkable, I could polish off a few of these with no problem. Light for an IPA somewhat, but good regardless.

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,645 ratings.