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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 plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to find a cask-condition offering of this beer at the brewery. This is a perfect beer to have in cask. The flavors and aromas, which are complex to begin with, are just amplified ten times over.

However, like my other experiences with cask conditioned ales, the drinkability factor goes down. But that's not the point.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2006 16:07:18 | More by plaid75
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Extremely clear, gold in color with a decent white head. Appearance is a bit bland save for the layer of white foam that lasts for the duration. Nice hoppy aroma of pine with citrusy grapefruit, and a hint of lemon. Earthy grains and leaves underneath. Tastes of lemon rind, grainy resins, and various floral notes. Good taste, but mouthfeel is a little thinner than it feels like it should be. Smooth and fairly creamy texture though. Drinkability is pretty high.

Not bad. Not a very mouthwatering appearance but good hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 04:15:58 | More by tastybeer
Photo of gdogalishus


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a light golden color and mild carbonation. The head was a respectable 3/4 to 1 inch. The aroma was mildly hoppy, I expected more from an American IPA. The flacor characteristic were much better than the aroma would indicate. Hoppyness in the start, middle and finish. Not an overpowering hops, but the dominant flavor. Mouthfeel was soft and spread across the tongue and finished clean and left the bitterness in the back of the troat. A little more aroma without changing the flavor would add a lot to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 19:41:27 | More by gdogalishus
Photo of Jdiddy

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine example of an IPA however it is definitely nothing special. In fact, there is nothing that sets this apart from your typical IPA. It is not bad at all, just average. It does hide the alcohol very well. I wouldn't seek this out. I'd opt for a Sierra Nevada any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 23:46:18 | More by Jdiddy
Photo of masterkush


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my gold rimmed pilsners from Scotland.

Pours a clear golden color, great appearance. Moderate head, dispersed to almost nothing after first few sips. A bit of lacing but it disappeared almost as quickly as the head.

Smell is light citrusy and sweet, not quite what I expected but good nonetheless. Almost reminded me of a pilsner at first.

Taste up front is mellow and smooth. A bit of sweetness backed up by a nice hoppy punch. It really hits home and finishes nice and dry.

Mouthful is nice. Light, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability on this beer is great. It threw me at first, as it wasn't quite what I expected. Definitely not one of the overwhelming hop powerhouses of the IPA realm. This is a balanced, delicate IPA and an interesting take on the style. Well crafted.

Special thanks to Cisco at Brass Rail for hooking me up with a bottle to take home tonight. This is a beer I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 06:31:34 | More by masterkush
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold and crystal clear under a thin bubbly white head - not much retention. Juicy, resinous / citrus fruit hop aroma. This IPA is full of hop flavor - citrusy like the smell and a little sweet with lingering pine. Not terribly bitter - solid medium body and pretty smooth, though maybe a little too astringent. Well hidden 6.2% abv makes it easy to drink.

Overall an above average, refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 05:48:17 | More by wedge
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Sparsely speckled kumquat with a handful of slow moving bubble streams leading up to an ivory colored head of semi-rocky foam. Even with indirect lighting, the color is more radiant than most. It's also a good lace maker, as evidenced by several thick bands on the upper portion of the glass. Subsequent pours result in thick sheets at mid-glass.

The nose is nicely hoppy, with an Anglo-American character that is definitely more American than Anglo. The brewery (in keeping with the mystical, mysterious nature of the name and the label) will only say that this beer features 'a rare hop'. Why the secrecy? It smells like a combination of orange and pink grapefruit to me. Whatever it is, I like it just fine.

Hoptical Illusion isn't a tongue destroyer of an IPA, but it is a respectably hoppy, flavorful one. Malt is in the background and features no caramel flavors that I can detect; the better to allow our 'mystery hop' to shine. And shine it does. Each sip brings loads of bittersweet hoppiness in which sweet, juicy orange is slightly more prominent than bitter grapefruit. On the palate, I get no hint of Englishness whatsoever.

This really is a friendly sort of IPA. The hoppy bitterness will satisfy even the most hardened hopheads among us, even as the malty sweetness will allow most others to enjoy it as well. My definition of a balanced IPA is likely to be skewed pretty heavily to the hoppy side of the malt:hop equation, but this, to me, is a balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is a few notches more full than medium thanks to the firm malt backbone. There's a 'just right' amount of stickiness on the finish that allows every nuance of the wonderful flavor to be appreciated long after the beer has gone to points south. Equally impressive is a lively, although still well-behaved, feel to the carbonation.

I've heard very little about Blue Point BC, but if this beer is any indication, these guys know what good craft beer is all about. Hoptical Illusion is a delicious IPA and I've enjoyed every last, mysterious ounce.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 16:38:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whacky psuedo dollar bill motif bottle pours an attractive filtered orange copper hue topped with a frothy khaki cap leaving decent lace as it goes.

Bright piney scents aroma with a lemon citus twist. Wood and citrus hops.

First swigs: Orange peel and piney resin flavors. Dry aftertaste brought on by the generous hops. Floral and slightly tart along the lines of some lemon peel and Sweet Tart candy.

Feel is soft and fluffy. A gentle carbonation that holds up but is not too crisp. Falling on 6.2% ABV is amazing. Undetectable!

Last swigs: Orange citrus clean IPA. What a great IPA! This just rubs me the RIGHT way! An excellent example of an American IPA.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 04:27:43 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a five-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy/floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts wth some sweetness with the hops dominating but don't overpower and makes this a tolerable IPA. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 23:50:47 | More by jdhilt
Photo of CRJMellor


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear light copper hue with a dirty snow white head. Big foamy after the pour and left some swirly lace on the pint glass.
Aroma was pine-sol and some oaky almost vanilla-like notes with some grapefruits in the background.
Flavor was subdued kind of flat caramel and a touch of dark fruit that was rather bland. Didn't really have any balance and nothing of note really stood out.
Mouthfeel is very astringent and grassy, just did not offer good balance or a real hook to get you going.
Drinkability is decent and I imagine draught version has some more character but this was a slightly above average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 21:40:17 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as a single while visiting Buffalo's Premier Liquor. Never seen it before, or even heard of it.

One of these cheesiest names I have come across in a beer.

Deep golden, with a head that started thin with fat bubbles, and ended up a thin, bubbly film.

Grassy grassy grassy. As intense a nose as I have encountered.

Grassy to the toungue as well, almost minty. But here is a weird, weird thing going on here as well. The website brags of a rare hop in this one. Was it the burnt-rubber-tasting hop, the rare new jersery tire fire hop? Really weird. Comes out in the nose as well.

Despite the weird taste, it is still oddly drinkable, maybe I miss the pollution of larger cities.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 15:01:20 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass clear copper with an almost white head which rose well and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was piney and woodsy with and almost barklike oak character. Behind the resinous nature of the hops was a slightly caramel malt character.

The flavor was rather uninspired with a finger on the balance toward bittering, but with a muted hop presence that really did not enhance the flavor. The caramel malt flavor was also muted leaving a middle ground of the taste experience screaming for more of something.

The finish was dry with a subtle yet lasting bit of grassy and resinous hop presence into the aftertatse. The body was medium. Nothing to see here folks, only an illusion...

12 ounce bottle. Thanks to dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 00:24:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of maltedmilk

New Jersey

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

I got a six of this beer for Christmas.

It pours a clear copper color with a nice foamy head which lasts a short time before it flattens into just a little white wisp in my pint glass.

The smell is deliciously citrusy and hoppy.

At 60 ipu, this beer doesn’t taste very bitter to me. In fact, it’s very pleasantly bitter and crisp.

The beer has a light feel with a slight tingle of carbonation.

I will definitely get this beer again if I can find it by me

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 02:21:06 | More by maltedmilk
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Best Before Date March 2006, Sampled January 2006
Pours with a frothy light tan colored head that sits atop a bright, full copper colored beer. The aroma is sharp, with fruity notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and some light pine notes. There is a bit of sharp acidity to it as well as a hint of toasty malt notes. The taste is quite a bit more slanted towards the herbal/ pine hop notes. The citrus is definitely here, but not as much as was in the nose. I think this is mainly because the beer does not have a lot of sweetness; the touch of sweetness that it does have accentuates some notes of grapefruit and tangerine. A solid bitterness runs throughout this beer, yet the finish is not as lingeringly bitter as I would expect / hope.

The beer is actually quite light on the palate, it makes for easy quaffing, but I think that it in some ways hinders the hops in this beer. In the end this beer is enjoyable, but seems to be lacking in some respects.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:49:33 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of bjohnson


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/golden color with a half finger head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of fruitiness and hops emenate from this beer. Tastes very good, with lots of hops and fruit, possibly orange, pineapple, mango? Mouthfeel is very good, leaves a bit of bitterness, but goes down very smooth. Drinkable, definately--could have a bunch of these! Good IPA!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 22:36:34 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Chadbrew


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I should probably note that I am having this drink with peperoni, Jack cheese, and crackers.
The beer is hazy and reddish golden with less that a finger of head and normal lacing. There is a big hoppy aroma and a hint of oxidation. The taste is good with a big hit of hops right away followed by a tongue tingling bitterness and some mouth puckering grapefruit-like citrus. Mostly a clean finish with some lingering bitterness and astringency.
Good drinking and a nice pairing for the cheese and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 17:33:40 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of Naes

New York

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden orange with a tall white frothy head.
Aroma is of grapefruit and pine.
Its flavor is very citrusy and full of grapefruit flavor. There is also a pine presence, but it is just a little mild for my taste. Bitterness does entail near the finish.
Mouth feel is oily and light to medium in body.
Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 02:44:14 | More by Naes
Photo of beerislove


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clever name and great packaging - who says a label can't sell a beer?

The beer is a beautiful copper, dark-honey color and forms a nice sticky head that lasts through to the last sip. The aroma skews toward juicy, citrusy grapefruit and smells very promising. The taste up front is an extension of the smell, with just enough malt to keep the beer from entering the zone of mouth-puckering bitter. Unfortunately I found the flavor to fade all too quickly, with little aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy with perfect carbonation, but the body was a bit thin as it lacked those chewy hop oils that would have held the flavor longer.

Not a top tier IPA, but it is knocking at the door if they juice it up a bit. A nice enough session brew that I wouldn't turn down when offered.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:22:56 | More by beerislove
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

This is the latest widely available brew fom my local brewery. It's a pretty strong and good looking APA, a bit less mellow than it's predecessor, the Toasted Lager, but no less quality.
A golden color with a few traces of head and a strong, pleasant hop smell that may be fuggles or goldings but I'm not sure.
The taste is powerful and very bitter, with round characteristics, an metallic tinge and an agressive finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and biting but also has a smoothness that makes very easy drinking. This is a very easy beer to get to the bottom of.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 05:53:25 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Schwarzbart


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

Golden yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation. Head started out finger high and slowly receded to a nice foamy covering which provided some of the best cling to the glass that I've seen. Smell is dominantly citrus hops with a bicuity malt aroma coming through. Taste is heavily hopped, but with a nice citrus flavor and spiced enough to counter the hops slightly. The hops are complex with an herbal and orange-citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and this is very easy to drink, a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 23:38:53 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of ggroller


3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored liquid in the glass.

One finger head. Some sticking/ lacing on the sides of the glass.

Citrus hops in the nose.

Tea on the first sip. That's right, tea. What the hell?

Bitter hops, then more tea.

This beer is ok. Just ok. I like (need) wow!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 22:58:41 | More by ggroller
Photo of smcolw


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and clear, excellent head with abundant lace on the glass.

Nice hop bouquet...smells fresh. Slight pale malt aroma underneath. I cannot discern any alcohol oiliness here

Lots of hop up front, in the swallow, and in the aftertaste. Good body and carbonation. Malt is not lost, but it sits in the background with the presense of alcohol.

Very nice IPA. I'd love to compare it in a flight with the other top-of-the-line IPA's and see how it does.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 23:07:12 | More by smcolw
Photo of cubedbee


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle w/ a date of March '06 notched. Pours a nice golden color with two fingers of dense off-white head. Nice lacing. Nose is a juicy resinous pine hop with a slight apple fruitiness. First notice flowery hops upon the tongue, then a nice solid biscuity pale malt followed by a grapefruity blast of hops. Nice gentle lingering bitterness with a bit of pine taste on the finish. Very nice beer--well hopped but not overdone. Mouthfeel is light and smooth and creamy---very easy to drink . This is an excellent beer, a great tasting IPA, and good enough for a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 16:15:50 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizza Plant Transit it was a unique IPA, and long bitterness gave depth and character to taste. Much more drinkable than bottle review below:

Bottle: An average IPA. Astringent bitter on palate, found it hard to finish bottle which is not true for 95% of IPAs I have had. Some acidic orange flavour but mouth puckered too much, needs more malt. Mouthcleansing and lingering dry taste like a listerene, will not seek out again.

My rating is based on the cask.

Serving type: cask

10-16-2005 03:19:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep burnt orange with big fluffy white heat that leaves nice sheets of lace behind as it settles,fresh hop aromas dominate very piney with an underlying herbal/grassiness made me wanna jump in.True to form this is hop driven very resiny and piney and quite dry and very fresh tasting.A slightly sweet caramel maltiness keeps this somewhat in check but this ale is most definently a hop bomb,a damn good east coast IPA glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 00:01:20 | More by oberon
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.