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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 22
Gots: 69 | 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 ellisdee97


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden orange in color with an egg shell white one finger thick head. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a bunch of residue floating within. Head slowly dissipates leaving a substantial ring and sticky bubbly lacing.

S: Initial smell is of citrusy hops, and biscuit and toasted malt. This is a heavily hopped brew.

T: Sweet and bitter hops coat the tongue, then a light sweet malt and a dry hop finish.

M: Light and carbonated, nice dry finish.

D: Very drinkable highly hopped IPA with a nice floral hop taste. Refreshing, but only to a hop head.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 18:01:20 | More by ellisdee97
Photo of TrickKnee


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is my second review because I have been sampling the hell out of this one, having an entire keg of it at your house can do that do you. Beautiful color, with a rich white head. The taste of cascade hops is really present, at least that is what i can taste. Great balance with no real alcohol taste and just flavor. Better than the bottle. Definetly get on tap if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 14:51:55 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The strong aroma is all hops and citrus.

T: The hops are no illusion in this beer. Nice, heavy hops burst grabs you right away, and then you get the citrus sweetness. Then the hops return for a good, bitter, hoppy after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It’s tasty, not filling and goes down easy, especially if you’re hop head. This is the type of beer I could drink until closing time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 00:59:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of SwillBilly


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle:

Appearance: Pours golden to light amber with a nice 1" thickly foamed white head that dissipates to a sheet of lacing on top of the beer. Bubbles of carbonation make their way to the surface.

Smell: Hints of grapefruit rind and pine with an underlying fruity sweetness. Hops definitely make theirselves known in the aroma.

Taste: Starts crisp and pleasantly bitter with the hops prevailing. Transitions to middle that has a fruity, apricot like sweetness then finishes with that pleasant hoppy bitterness. Grapefruity with hints of pine cone linger on the tongue. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, pretty crisp with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Hoptical Illusion is very drinkable. Not an over the top IPA but plenty of bitterness to satisfy most hop heads. Nicely balanced with an underlying fruity sweetness. I could see these being great for a session. Definitely worth trying and one I will seek and enjoy again. A very nice session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 22:38:53 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of beerdeity

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds of golden skies, partly cloudy. The sharp hop nose catches you buy surprise by its sheer intensity.The flavour offered a citrus, hop, pinapple punch, that was well balanced. Mouth-feel was hoppy and smooth. I had to drive to Buffalo to find this one, and it looks like I'm going back.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 04:32:49 | More by beerdeity
Photo of aaronh


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical IPA appearance - yellow-orange body topped by an off white head. Does show a bit of lacing. Aroma has a solid citrus note with a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor is well balanced between bitterness, hop flavor, and malt backbone. Mouthfeel is solid, not thin as some other IPA's tend to be if they focus too much on the hops and not enough on the beer as a whole. Drinkability is also very good. Enough punch to be enjoyable, but balanced enough to not be a workout. A solid IPA from NY.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:03:52 | More by aaronh
Photo of rayjay


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#6 beer from my east coast sampler. Life is good right now that my buddy drove 2 coolers full of beer here from Philly. This is one I've never had before.

I liked this beer. A bright, snappy IPA with light carbonation. Multi-dimentional bitter flavors and a soft malt body. Aggressive personality, with a definate bite that's been missing from many east coast IPA's. I would have liked a bit more bubbles since this beer is a bit on the thick side, but just barely. Very good overall, really quite enjoyable if you dig lots of hops like me. One of the top IPA's I've had from the east coast so far!

According to the bottle, this is contract brewed in Baltimore, but they still operate a taproom in NY State. Definately worth seeking out for a nice change. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 17:42:56 | More by rayjay
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw hazy orangish color. Nice creamy white head. Mild lacing of the pint glass. Smells fruity with hints of appricot and citrus-maybe some dried apple tones? Nice mouth feel nice clean hop bitterness from start to finish rounded out with a light malt smoothness. Seemed almost thicker than normal, chewy. Hoppy but not too over powering. Piney flavors tied in with the mild carbonation. Rather smooth IPA not too fierce of a hop bite and very well rounded flavor from start to finish. Drink by date clearly marked on the lable of the bottle. I would try this beer again. Nice overall IPA offering it is very drinkable and enjoyable. I recomend giving it a try. Look forward to trying some of Blue Points other brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 15:17:22 | More by bigone4
Photo of Hop2it

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, it's been too long since I've reviewed a beer. In fact, it's been long time since I bought this beer. Seriously, it's been sitting in my parent's basement refridgerator for almost a year now. I have to admit I am a little bit surprised that this beer tastes so good, but I suppose a beer style invented for the long-haul to India can survive a year in the downstairs fridge.

The review:

Looks good. Bright, light orange-brown with a decent head and appropriate lacing.
Smells good. Citrus and bitter, good indication of the taste to come.
Tastes OK. It doesn't seem to taste as distinct as the smell would lead you to believe, but it's not bad. Light, sweet, and hoppy, but nothing seems to stand out.
Mouthfeel is alright. Again, it doesn't stand out in any way. Could be the extra aging that dampened the bite, but to me IPAs should fill the mouth with tons of sensation, and this just kinda goes down without provoking too much inspiration.
It is pretty drinkable though. I only have one, but I can tell that an evening of Hoptical Illusions would be enjoyable. Maybe because it is not overly bitter or sweet, its balance is an enjoyable retreat from the over-the-top IPAs I've grown to love.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 04:01:29 | More by Hop2it
Photo of UncleFlip


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LauraAndrew for the chance to try something with 'hop' in the name. ;)

Nice golden-honey colour with a one finger fluffly white head. Just a touch of haze- but again, just a touch.

The smell is fresh peaches, malt, and hops. (Love that hoppy aroma...)

A little dark woodiness hits up front, then a second later, here come the hops! Kind of floral and fruity- and not absolutely overpowering. It finishes thick and malty, with a bit of bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavour.

Hearty liquid here, and carbonation is not over the top.

Not quite as captivating as I would like- but not bad at all. Drinakble, but no wow factor.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 06:00:16 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this and was not disappointed.

Nice clear amber topped by a frothy off white head. Left lace for the duration. Smelled initially a little soapy and then grapefruit took center stage. Medium bodied, definitely more substantial than I might have thought before trying. Lively carbonation.

Taste was initially malty and then leading into a grapefruity/hoppy finish Slight hint of alcohol too. It would be very easy for me to send in a few of these in an evening, I found it so drinkable. Sure to be a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 22:33:41 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Cask (6/19/06) at Stout in NYC.

I always go for the cask beers, especially when I am at Stout, before I head to the tap list. Though, I am not a big IPA drinker I like to try them more as of recent.

Pour - medium copper with a light small head, went away rather quickly when it got to me - though, when it was poured it was rather ample.

Smell - Very nice, I am a bit surprised how much you could smell the hops - light floral scent. Really rather interesting here.

Taste - Come off big off the top, but settles to be rather weak in the after-taste. I am used to stouts, where the hop kick is at the end of the sip, so this may greatly sway my view of this beer. However, a very easy beer to drink that was refreshing and quite smooth.

Overall - Drinkability would be high on this based off the ease of drinking, low amount of remaining flavor after the beer, and very low alcohol presense in the taste.

I will have this again, I'd have it in a bottle - but would look for it on cask again.


Serving type: cask

06-20-2006 01:12:50 | More by HimerMan
Photo of hoppymeal


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and orange in color, whitish head fades quickly. Grassy hoppiness and sweet lemony aromas. A little sweet, tart flavored lemon up front followed by a grassy, drying bitterness in the finish. A little peppery in the finish as well. Light bodied and refreshing, good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 19:03:15 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of WeymouthMike


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber with a white head

S- Lots of hops almost to the point of a DIPA

T- Love the taste, the choices of hops is perfect and perfect balance of maltiness

M- Doesn't leave me with bitter beer face and still a bit of carbonation, I could definetly put a few down, not an overwhelming beer that limits you to one or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 23:48:07 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of kpwill07

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, deep orange beer, in a pint glass. Smallish, but nice frothy head.

Smells pleasant, but subtle. Hoppy aroma witha touch of fruit. Citrus, maybe grapefruit?

Medium hop bitterness leads into a smooth cirtus flavor. The beer wasn't cold by any means, as I had the pleasure of having it straight from the cask. The flavor really came out this way. Much better than having it from a bottle it seemed.

I really enjoy this beer. A nice standard IPA.

Serving type: cask

05-25-2006 17:20:26 | More by kpwill07
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear light amber color with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very fresh and citrusy with a distinct apricaot smell.

Taste is a weak malty taste upfront followed by a nice citrusy hop flavor with a hint of apricot. There is a big bitter bite, but it overpowers the malt and seems a little unbalanced. Bitterness lingers.

Full body, plenty of carbonation.

There are some nice things about this beer, but the flavor just falls short. An average IPA in an ocean of average IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 03:08:56 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First things first...GREAT name for a beer.

Served in a tulip glass

A: Highly carbonated head that hass fallen to a semi tight wisp. Attractive filtered dark orange color. Small streams of micro bubbles tirelessly rise to the surface from the bottom.

S: Smells nice. Foreshadowing of things to come? Smells of citrus..mainly oranges, strawberry with a touch of pine.

T: Malty profile with birch like hop profile. Hints of cantelope and metal Finishes to a suprisingly dry, earthy bitterness.

M: Fairly smooth mouthfeel unobtruded by a low carbonation level.

Drinkability: Decent beer. Not bad, not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 03:05:23 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of AaronHomoya


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance is an amber color with decent head.

Smell is a very nice hoppy, citrus aroma. Bold, sweet and tangy citrus.

Flavor is well balanced malt sweetness and hop flavor with a clean, but not very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation.

A nice and drinkable IPA with very good aroma and a pleasant, balanced taste. Could be more hoppy, but good for those who like their hops under control or when you're just not feeling like a hops assault.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 17:12:02 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of Freshie


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden pale colour with nice frothy head. Nice bubbles rising to the top.

Smells of bountiful hops and fruit.

Tastes very hopful with citrus ovetones. The carbonation lends a bite and a crispness to the texture.

Nothing overly stunning, just a basic IPA with a nice flavour. Finishes clean with hops trailing on the back of your tongue.


Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 01:18:10 | More by Freshie
Photo of MattBrooks


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What's not to love about a beer called Hoptical Illusion? This brew pours golden amber with an enourmous frothy head on it, has all the classic IPA scents and aromas that transfer beautifully into its clean, refreshing taste. The mouthfeel could have been a touch heavier for my taste, considering how BIG this beer looked in the glass; but this is definately one of my new favorite IPA's. And pounding down a sixer of these bad larry's is really fun.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 15:22:17 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of LPorter33


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased six pack from Hanover St. Liquors

Appearance = Fairly average looking light golden amber. Not much head or lacing.

Smell = Fresh fruity hop burst. Pineapple, grapefruit with sugar...really nice smelling.

Taste = Good tasting, refreshing highly drinkable IPA. Fruit taste is a bit higher and hops stress citrus flavors more than pine. I can really taste a strong pineapple flavor which makes this IPA taste a bit unique. I like it although it's not the most complex. It's still an enjoyable drink. Recommended to try for IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 03:57:43 | More by LPorter33
Photo of Celt44

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light transparent amber - nice head and lacing last throughout, although thin.
Aroma is not as floral and upfront as I'd like on an IPA. Disappointing actually.
Despite lack of aroma taste is suprisingly good - very smooth and lacks the bite of most IPAs.
Mouthfeel is very smooth - carbonation is not overbearing.
Overall a damn good IPA .

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 22:38:39 | More by Celt44
Photo of buckiflyer

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip to Wester Mass.

Poured a clear light orange color with a massive white head, very oxygenated.

Clean hop smell. Not as massive as expected for an IPA

Hoppy taste, with a citrus bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable

Good head retention.

This is one you could drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 16:29:22 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of peterittenhouse


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this to round off a long week.
A: Pours light amber w/ thin white head. A bit hazy

S: Hops hit you w/ a bang before the glass gets even remotely close to your nose. Nice aroma doesn't back off as you approach the bottom of the glass

T: Citrus, piney, grassy, all present as you take the initial sip. Lots of hops in this one that hang with you . Spicy dryness ,sticky,....what's not to like about this one.

M: Chewy,lively, would love to try this on draft.

D: All and all , a solid IPA. Doesn't back off at all as you knock this one back. I'm on my second and it hasn't let me down.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 02:23:33 | More by peterittenhouse
Photo of akorsak


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a DuClaw Naked Fish tumbler. The ale is chilled just a bit.

Appearance: The ale is an amber color beer with no sign of any sediment or haze. There is a bit of head on the initial pouring, but it does not last.

Smell: The ale has a nice citrusy hop aroma, a little reserved but not unpleasant.

Taste: The hop presence is not as upfront as I'd like. While the notes are that of citrus and pine, those notes are not at the concentration that I'd expect from an AIPA.

Mouthfeel: The ale is not offensive to the palate. It tastes like an ale with a bit of a hop kick.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 01:16:05 | More by akorsak
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.