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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 182 | 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 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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. From a tap at East Village Tavern in NYC. Extremely clear, light amber/golden. Thin head quickly fades to ring and thin partial film. No lacing. SMELL is faintly of hops. Swirling, some floral and citrus notes with sweet malty backing. But it was work to find. TASTE is very balanced and smooth. Sweet malty base and hops balance and blend well. Very little bitterness. Clean finish. Not bold at all. FEELING is a bit slick, medium carbonation, medium body, clean finish. DRINKS sessionably easy, but I'm not really into session beers. Much less bold than the name implies. More like a moderately hopped amber than an IPA. One was enough.

Photo of tittymcj
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a very crisp, clear golden orange, with a ton of carbonation and a quickly dissipating head. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smells fantastic. Lots of citrus hops, but also very floral. Reminded me a lot of a bouquet.

Taste is much more mild than the smell. A lot of sweetness from the malts, and a little bit of citrus and doughy taste.

Pretty smooth and a little creamy, which I like, but tons of carbonation made it a bit fizzy, almost like soda.

Very drinkable beer. Carbonation makes it refreshing, fairly thin, but tastes very good.

Photo of mikereaser
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear copper with no foam to speak of

S - slight citrus hop and malt aromas

T - citrusy orange and grapefruit hop flavor throughout along with floral notes with a bitter finish

M/D - easy drinking and a nice hop bite to it, but the flavor
isn't as amazing as I was hoping it would be. It left me wanting something more.

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

Cask at Mahar's (Albany, NY)

A - Beautiful hand-pumped pour that resulted in a foamy, but also somewhat fizzy, 2 finger white head. Yellow-orange hazy body. Head retention was impressive.

S - Citrus and floral notes dominate. Oranges and maybe a little lemon, but not harsh on the fruit. Hop presence lives up to the name, at least on the the nose. Smells like flowers, as a friend agreed.

T - Very well balanced vs. typical IPAs. Not too bitter, though the hops were on both the initial taste and the lingering aftertaste. Sweetness, probably from the citrus.

M - Medium-bodied IPA. Smooth and only mildly sticky.

D - Did not destroy my palate and demand that I drink nothing else on the night. As it was my first beer and an IPA, this was good. However, it was an expensive brew that could have been a bit less watery and more complex. Overall, I would have it again (cask or bottle or 6-pack).

Photo of olmatty
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a sudsy one finger white head and with poor retention and nice lacing, beer is a deep orange.

Smell- Strong nose of fresh hops and slight malt

Taste- Lots of hops all the way through the range on this beer, but surprisingly not too piney and never overwhelming. Floral hopiness and citrus rind and slightly sweet amber malts in are balance with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and flavorful, thinner liquid than expected.

Drinkability- A lighter IPA, but quite refreshing. I've found this quite drinkable in all weather and suitable for session drinking. Draft version is even better, but less predictable in flavor. One of the more unique IPAs out there.

Photo of yossarian14
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dangerous IPA. At 6.8% it is clean, crisp and refreshing. It is one of the easiest drinking IPAs I've had. The flavors meld perfectly with the aromas and the bright carbonation is spot on in this light, citrusy summer gem.

I only have the one to drink tonight, but I'd have another and another, and the alcohol would surely catch up to me. Dare I say it, I'd rather they knocked the ABV down a notch, than kicking the flavor into overdrive. Well crafted. Thank You.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical clear amber with a weak-ish white head. Good hoppy aroma in shades of citrus and a light chalky undertone. Sweet on the tongue with a light grapefruity hop and a muted bitterness in the aftertaste. Some fruit - apricots maybe - also come through. A bit light bodied. At 6.8% abv, they could've put a bit more flavour into this one. Nothing off or anything, but the flavour profile is a bit lackluster.

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.