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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 22
Gots: 81 | 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 EStreet20

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - Light golden colored ale with a nice finger of nearly white head. A little cloudy as I let some of the yeast spill in. A nice looking, golden colored ale. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Some nice citrusy hops. Also has a pine aroma. A good hop aroma for an IPA.

T - A nice hoppy rush up front. The flavor is tamed by some malt. Not a huge bitterness to this one and a very dry/clean finish. A very refreshing tasting brew.

M - Light to medium. In some instances I'd say it's a little too light for the style, but because this is such a refreshing, clean IPA I'd say it's a plus.

D - Definitely a nice drinkable brew. Don't know how to explain it but it's very drinkable in the sense that it's not a complete "hop fix" but nice when you want a hoppy brew that you can drink a few of on a hot day. A good summertime IPA.

03-28-2007 06:52:32 | More by EStreet20
Photo of KATE12

New York

4.75/5  rDev +28%

Bluepoint has some awesome beers and this is no exception. Being a huge IPA fan I had to try it.

It poured a nice light, golden color with a 2 finger, bubbly head. The lacing was decent as well.

The smell was of citrus and malt.

The taste was very similar to the smell with a powerful and delicious grapefruit flavor. You could also really taste those hops too.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing without being weak. The beer has some definite substance.

This is a great, refreshing beer perfect for a summer afternoon. It's a beer that shouldn't be missed!

03-23-2007 14:55:08 | More by KATE12
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

Blue Point- Hoptical Illusion

Appearance- Hazy orange with a moderate size and lacing head.
Smell- Grapefruit and pine.
Taste- Fairly light taste. Grapefruit rind and oily pine hops.
Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp up front with a solid flavor throughout the body. Finishes weak and lifeless.

Overall- IPA lite! Not big and bold but an enjoyable beer regardless.

02-25-2007 20:10:55 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured a golden light orange color with a small off white head that left some lacing around the glass. The smell is of big citris hops. The taste is juicy grapfruit, floral hops, a nice malt backbone to balance the hoppy flavor. Well carbonated with a light but not watery feel, a little bitter aftertaste but not bad. I enjoy having these every once in a while and I could drink a few but not many in a session.

02-24-2007 04:33:16 | More by Gmann
Photo of HerrFaust


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

20 oz imperial pint off cask at Mug's

A - 1in. head, held its own. Good lacing

S - My nose is kind of shot. Regular hoppy smell...

T - Consistency has been a problem on this brew (unusual, since I've never had a a bad Toasted Lager, a more tempermental beer), but this time the malt balance was fantastic. Reminded me of Bell's Two Hearted.

M - Nailed it. smooth, smooth, smooth. Kudos to Mug's for the cellering. Alex Hall would be proud.

D - If this was of Bitter strength, I could drink it all night long. Anyone who came to good beer through American IPAs should use this as an intro to casks.

Strong Island, baby. Strong Island.

02-21-2007 03:48:56 | More by HerrFaust
Photo of montageman


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Nice, solid head forms on top of a somewhat opaque golden amber body, kind of looks like apple cider. There is a ton of lacing both on the surface and on the sides of the glass. Smell is very nice - sweet, flowery, and a hint of citrus. Taste is awesome, too. Very well balanced - hops up front with a malt backbone and little lemon throughout. This is extremely tasty and way too drinkable. Even the mouthfeel is great - I could easily drink a 6 pack of these in an evening, no problem.

Thanks to markgugs for sending this gem.

02-21-2007 00:46:13 | More by montageman
Photo of vwcraig


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Scored this bottle for free from a beer rep who was at the shop, so I already liked this beer.

Translucent amber color with a bright white head that fades to a thin cap and some large bubbles. Very few rising bubbles and has sediment suspended in glass. Smells of grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Great smells from this one. Has bitterness from hops and sweet fruity tastes all at same time. The bitterness wins out in the end. Has a thinner mouthfeel with hardly any carbonation. Drinkability is fairly high and was easy to drink. Not as high ABV as HopSlam, but similar in tastes. Will try again and was one of the best free beers I've ever had.

02-11-2007 18:40:59 | More by vwcraig
Photo of KKosmoski2

New York

4.72/5  rDev +27.2%

Poured from a regular 12oz. brown bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. It poured golden brown in color, with a little haze in it, had a one finger head and winded down after 5 minutes leaving a ring around the liquid. decent amound of lacing.
Smell is a very rich mix of Citris, Fruit mabye, and surely Hops.. very nice aroma
This beer has an exceptionally Exquisit flavor, the first wave is citrisy and hoppy and in my opinion quite delightful. after the Citris and hops taste there is an intriging bitterness on your tounge, which is really quite right for this beer.. the aftertaste is bitter with a dry hop feel in the back of your mouth and throat. This is again quite delightful. Amazing taste.
The mouthfeel is just right. Again there is that bitterness on your though, which is porweful, but not overwelming, the carbination is just right.
Drinkability is a most definate, without a doubt. I am getting a case of this beer ASAP..!

02-06-2007 23:46:23 | More by KKosmoski2
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

Lightly hazed, golden hue, near orange...big, bone-white head, leaving lace.

Nice, bright, piney, citric nose, some pineapple, banana, even,...pungent stuff!Loads of hops here, very welcome.

Taste: big buzz on the palate, very bright, sunny, citric,...centennials, cascades, who knows what else, but it's all the usual suspects are they're hard at work.
Medium bodied, sparse malt, but just adequate of a mattress for the hops to bounce off of..delicious. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted Ale from Bell's.

Good drinkability, no flaws perceived, quite a nice IPA, good work, Blue Point.

02-06-2007 06:50:19 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of BeerTruth


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

This is the only beer I've had from this brewery on account that I'm a hop head. Odor seems citrusy but flavor appears a bit piney and pours a light copper color. Drinkability is there if you enjoy your hops. Fairly pricey for a six pack, but if you see it on tap give it a try.

01-27-2007 03:35:27 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of AaronRed

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours well into a glass with a nice white head. Big hoppy aroma at first, but then seems to decrease as the beer warms. Flavor is good, crisp with citrus appeal, like most other IPA's. Goes down smooth, just not as flavorful as some other IPA's, but definetely worth drinking, as it may even be more balanced than others.

01-14-2007 16:57:22 | More by AaronRed
Photo of vladimerjr

New York

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Had on tap at the brewery (have had many other times too in growlers and bottles and always as good).
Pours a golden color slightly cloudy with a decent head whihc foams down faitly quick. strong smell of sweetness and hops.
Tastes just like it smells very heavily hopped and a little sweet yet not harsh at all. Goes down very smooth and leaves a light aftertaste. A good drinking beer though I generally avoid it with meals.

01-11-2007 16:30:08 | More by vladimerjr
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +7.8%

Overall a solid brew. Pours a cloudy light gold with a bubbly, substantial head. Smell is an excellent floral hop nose. Hops remain throughout the taste buds, not overwhelming, with a nice finish of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth throughout despite good hop presence. Likewise drinkability is good due to this smooth quality.

01-08-2007 00:00:35 | More by edchicma
Photo of dwarvenspirits


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a nice, thick two-fingered head. Has a good light copper hue to the color. A medium body to it. The aroma is pronounced with the hops, not over powering but enough to remind you that there is decent aroma coming from it. At first pour I thought it was slightly over carbonated but after it settles I see it's just fine with lots of lace. There is a higher amount of bitterness with this IPA. And it does a good job in hiding the 6.2 % abv. This is a good beer, although I think it lacks just a touch in the aroma and flavor.

01-05-2007 22:24:53 | More by dwarvenspirits
Photo of beerphan


4/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz bottle ->goblet
there is a notchboard on the bottle, but no notches for the date have been marked.

Pours a clear orange with light golden highlights. A small dense cream head leaves rings of dotted lace. Carbonation appears high and thick.

Nose: Fresh pineapple and citrus hops dominate the nose. Very intense sweetly fruity and piney. Incredible nose.

Taste: Pretty good balance with a light caramel kick and some intensely dry fresh hop grasslike bitterness.

Mouth is creamy and dry.

A pretty good ipa with a nice malt back and some intense dry bitterness. A pretty good beer to try, if not for the aroma alone, but not one i'd think i could really session.

12-26-2006 21:09:43 | More by beerphan
Photo of rkowalick

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a psychedelic 12 oz. bottle that contains yeast sediment.

A: Nice cream colored head that sits a attop a hazy, deeo orange/amber liquid.

S: Oh my! Lots of fruityness for sure. A amber matl scent that is simply dominated by a citrusy and fruity hop aroma. It reaks of grapefruit, blueberriies, and jolly ranchers. These are some very FRUITY hops. I love it.

T: After the aroma, I couldn't possibly expect the taste to deliver as well, but it does! A deep malt character that opens into a bouqet of fruity hoppiness. Berries and grape-flavored hard candies with a grapefruit flavor bring up the middle and follow into the gentle, crispy hop bitterness. Something truely wonderful!

M: Not overwelming like most IPA's. There is no bitter "punch in the face" like most IPA's, but the complexity and wonderful balance of this brew are things to behold indeed. A well-crafted IPA that has one of the most interesting flavor profiles I have ever experienced.

D: VERY drinkable. The bitterness of most IPA's gets to me after a while, but this one keeps the bitterness to a lower profile. The beer showcases the wonderfully complex and fruity aroma of the hops used.

Comments: An incredible beer. I MUST find out what strain of hops were used to make this thing because they are incredible. Even the website won't disclose the secret...

Highly recommended for those who don't always want a "knock you out" IPA.

12-06-2006 20:29:25 | More by rkowalick
Photo of lehows

New York

4.9/5  rDev +32.1%

Pours a golden yellow color with a thick white head. Appears a little lighter in color than most IPAs. Good nose full of hops, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is very smooth and hits you with creamy grapefruit and hop bitterness up front. A mildy lingering finish of hoppy pine and citrus. This is a really drinkable IPA, just the right amount of hops in here to have a bunch of pints but with still a lot of flavor. I love this.

11-30-2006 18:14:48 | More by lehows
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A finger of loose white head drops away to a vestigial fine surface film. Pinstripes of lacing suit the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a lightly toasted caramel malt sweetness that's overlaid by a pleasing pine and citrus hop notability.

Upon sipping, there's a briefly sweet maltiness, with caramel and blueberry, as well as a mild currant note. The hops bring a zesty edge of pine needle, grapefruit and juicy orange. A flash of biscuit precedes a middling crisp bitterness that moves gradually into the finish. There's nothing spectacular, but it's fundamentally tasty and good.

Between light and medium bodied, there're enough hoppy resins to lay slick on the palate.

If you looked up basic balanced IPA in the dictionary, you might find this beer there. And that's no knock, because it's tasty and homey. It goes down smooth and ends up crisply refreshing. This makes it obvious to me that middle of the road can be a damned nice compromise.

11-13-2006 15:55:41 | More by Foxman
Photo of billybob


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

nice golden color with a one inch off white head slightly cloudy appearance and fair amount of lacing. smell is fresh and citrusy. taste is of grapefruit, grapefruit rind bitterness all hop. a light carbonation matchs nicely with the taste. very drinkable beer.

11-13-2006 04:11:17 | More by billybob
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

AP: A nearly clear, mildly lively golden amber color with a medium size 1/4" thick head that dissiapted slowly to a constant scattered 1/8" covering with spotty lacing.

Nose: A fresh leafy hop with a hearty wheat and grains scented malt.

Taste: A robust oats and wheat flavored malt peeks through under a leafy "wet" hop flavor that finishes grassy.

MF: Mildly active with only a slight pop and bite to it. Feels rather slick and smooth for a rather light bodied IPA.

DA: Another decent hopped up beer.

11-08-2006 21:09:58 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

12oz. bottle

Almost clear, light gold in color. Large, off-white head.

Aromas of grass, lemon and wheat bread. Not terribly impressive.

Taste was very mild in the hops department, and it didn't linger for very long. You did pick it up again in the finish, mainly grapefruit in character. Malt is breadlike and sweet. ABV is not evident.

Light in body, with medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Very bland for an IPA, quite good if it was an APA. Good session beer, but not to my taste if I want some hops.

11-08-2006 19:11:57 | More by
Photo of joe1510


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz. Bottle

Poured a clear dark golden with very small articles that actually look like pulp. The particles make the beer look a little cloudy as they settle. A half finger creamy white head sits up top and fades to a solid top coat.

The smell is of caramel malts along with a grassy/musty hoppiness. Reminds me of Dogfish's 60 Minute. It smells good and it makes my mouth water but unfortunately the smell is weak.

The flavor is pretty good. A lively hop bite at mid palate that slides effortlessly into a lingering bitterness. A faint maltiness starts things off. This is followed by the grassy hops. After a little warming unsweetened grapefruit comes out as well. The hops get more complex while this one warms. The caramel malt strengthens a little bit as well to give a good backbone. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Good carbonation is prickly on the tongue and the body medium but slightly leaning toward the lighter side.

I could drink a lot of these in a sitting. The bitterness leaves you wanting another drink right after the swallow. The body keeps it easy going down and refreshing.

Overall Hoptical Illusion is a very nicely crafted IPA. Nothing spectacular but nice and solid. Could be an everyday drinker if I could get it around here.


11-08-2006 01:52:33 | More by joe1510
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a pale orange with a thin but persistent ivory head. Some soapy looking lacing. Smell is somewhat citrusy but more herbal in the nose. No malt aromas evident.

Taste is dominated by the herbal hops. Bitter, herbal hops with just a hint of orange rind. Hops take the finish as well and the resinous hops stick to your tongue and your teeth. Not subtle, not complicated but pretty tasty with a unique blend of hops that balance bitter and sweet. Worth a look.

11-07-2006 01:54:19 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: yellowish orange in color. 1" head slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: pine and citrus are detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, light pine, mild grapefruit, hints of honey and alcohol. Well balanced and not one of those "in your face" IPAs.

Mouthfeel: medium in body and dry throughout. The hop bitterness does not last long on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: solid IPA that is refreshing. You won't be blown away here, but sometimes that's a good thing. Definitely a must try.

11-05-2006 16:43:21 | More by Gavage
Photo of shirfan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Masonic all-seeing eye logo is prominent on the label, maybe this beer is part of a new world order conspiracy?

Appearance is no illusion, bright orange-gold with a thick 2-finger sticky head.

Highly fragrant aroma of floral hops and mild bubblegum.

Very smooth, finely carbonated mouthfeel works well with earthy, chewy malt, and a nice amount of floral hop kick. Mild lemony citrus floating around too.

Well balanced, big on hops without being especially bitter or overly sweet.

Something like a smaller 90-Minute, very good candidate for sessioning.

10-27-2006 18:22:41 | More by shirfan
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.