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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 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.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Gingerman

Beautifully clear amber. Thinly structured and fluffy head. Light retention and respectable lacing all the way don the glass as I drink. No visible carbonation.

Smell is seductive. Hoppy pine and complex florals. Significant citrus notes. A toasty malt and roasted sugars give depth and balance.

Taste is hoppy and smooth. A powerful combinatioon of grapefruit and pine that is at the same time subdued and multifaceted. Hop bomb hits first and is followed by broad maltiness. Hops while prominent, are mellow in their assertiveness as if to say " we have run of the place so no need to be pushy." Toasted malt base is firm and deep. I taste rye toast, sourdough, brewers yeast like maltiness and twang. Fruitiness from yeast esters os multilayered and difficult to pin down.

A crisp and smooth feel. Medium weight and a spot on effervescence lend cleanness and distinction to the finish.

Drinkability is superb. If I did not have a plan to sample many beers I would have stopped right here.

From tasting notes 10/4/2008

Photo of RAdragna
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chilled mug

Appearance--Golden copper with a slight foamy white head.

Smell--Citrus present in smell, but not overly present. Hops give it nice balance.

Taste--Brilliant balancing of bitterness and fruitiness make this brew very enjoyable. Hops also a strong characteristic (hence the name of the beer). Good medium finish.

Mouthfeel--Very good, crisp aftertaste. Hints of fruit and hops present.

Drinkability--Definitely worth having over and over again.

Overall, a very enjoyable and easy-to-drink beer, especially for an IPA. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in trying an IPA.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a golden copper with one finger of rocky white head. Plenty of lacing.

S - Toast, bready malt, mango, grapefruit.

T - Bready and caramel malts with some fruity esters. Interesting pineapple and mango flavors, as well as the standard grapefruit and lemon zest. Nice bitterness, with a medium-length dry finish.

M - Prickly carbonation and slightly astringent.

D - Very good and eligible for sessioning.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first thought of this one was "on a scale of A to F, this one gets about a B"

A copper color with a finger of head that leaves a decent lacing.

Smell is of hops, and citrus with a touch of malt and sweetness.

Taste hits the profile of the beer with some good balanced bitterness with flavors of citrus, hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with a good after taste and good carbonation

Drinkability is pretty good for me if it wasnt for the fact that i flew this one home from NY to WA and i can't but it out here.. haha

Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with about two inches of light beige head that fill the pint glass. Keeps a pretty good lace and leaves lots of rings of stick on the sides.

Smell is a prototypical American IPA nose - pine and citrus hops, caramel and a bit of toasted malt. Straightforward but on point,.

Taste has a nice amount of grapefruity citrus hops with some resiny pine as well. Enough malt to give some balance, with some caramel sweetness and toasted grain. Malt was more prominent in the nose but there's enough here. Bitterness is a bit more than average for an American IPA. Good, balanced flavor, although nothing spectacular.

This actually feels a bit thin in the mouth, a light medium body I'd say. Dry through the finish with a lingering herbal and piney hop bitterness. Ample carbonation.

This is a solid, drinkable IPA. One that would be a good standby in any beer fridge.

Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful amber color...a small white head that went away kinda quickly...didn't leave much lacing

S - Hops...some nice floral and citrus notes

T - The hops...with the citrus...is very present in the beginning...then blends into a sweet malt flavor...pretty interesting

M - Crisp...a weird aftertaste that I can't put my finger on

D - This is a good sweet IPA...very drinkable...I will be getting some more

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/3/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine bitterness and citrus. Flavor dominated by sharp pine bitterness which bites at the palate. Some hop oils and a barely there malt backbone. This is a decent IPA.
6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

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

12oz bottle acquired in trade with SpringsLicker (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pineapple, oranges and some citrus. Softer tastes of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus. Light to lightly medium bitterness.

Notes from 9/27/05

Photo of HopDerek
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrooHa for this extra.

Pours a clear amber with 2+ fingers of foamy off-white head with good retention and some nice lacing stick. Smells of grapefruit, spicy hops, oranges, mango, pine, honey, caramel, and toasted malt. Tastes of grapefruit up front followed by lots of sweetness from caramel and honey mixed with some toasted malt and biscuit notes. Finishes with a little bit of apple, and some light spicy and earthy hops. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Some nice hoppiness, but a little too much malt. A good segway brew between pale ale and IPA, easy to drink, but not a "go to" IPA.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertruth for the chance to try this one.

A - Orangish brown, with more orange than brown. Thick, foamy head with excellent retention. Fades to a rocky one finger cap. Leaves chunks of lace on the glass.

S - Very intense citrus notes with gapefruit being the dominant aroma. Also picking up some tangerine or orange in the nose. Strong hop nose, but a little one dimensional.

T - A light sweetness initally, bready with hints of caramel. The hops come in quickly but do not overpower. The citrus from the nose definitely carries into the taste with lots of grapefruit and a little orange. Bitterness is present, but far from overwhelming. Finishes with a juicy citrus sweetness and the faintess amount of hoppy bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little chewy feel. A somewhat oily residue is left in the mouth. A very drinkable IPA. Almost tastes more like a DIPA but without the smashing bitterness.

Initially I was a little underwhelmed with this one but as I drank it, it just continued to get better and better. Excellent beer from a brewery I have never tried before.

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

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. Blue Point Hoptical Illusion is a slightly sparkling golden ale with a dense white head that exhibits good retention. The aroma is spicy, fruity and grassy. It is medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish. The flavor balance is good. It tastes a bit grainy and maybe slightly phenolic. Not bad.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yet rusty amber with a good, on and a half finger head to start and recedes to almost nothing. OK bubbling. Heavy toasted malt with some licorice notes?!?! Not to mention slight citrus notes mixing with the malt and licorice aromas. Light licorice and bready caramel malt starts the palate off right. The finish is bitter, spongey, and drives the licorce note home a little more. Spicey hop profile with some earthy notes as well. Very unique AIPA that is drinkable and complex. A session beer that makes you think.

Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rather clean and crisp amber, with just the tiniest sediment murkiness. Head is slightly off-white and forms creamy and sticky. Tops a rather nice brew quite well.

S: Herbal, spicy, slightly citrus, and rather pungent. An intriguing, toasty malt balance.

T: Rather subtle in flavour as compared to other IPAs. A nice citrus, and slightly soapy flavour along with a bready note.

M: A decently medium body... almost a suitable 'bready' feel to go with the noted flavours.

D: Not a bad beer at all... a more delicate take on the style, which can be appreciated. Easy going, yet full flavoured... it can be enjoyed without getting the palate ripped off.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Best by Dec 08. The body was light orange/amber, clear. The head was large and frothy. The off-white head left significant lacing.

Smell was citrus and bready.

Taste was sweet and tart like hard candy. Enormous hops flavor without the extreme bitterness or astringency. Relatively balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium with a pretty zesty body. Very drinkable.

Photo of SouthAtholSuds
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice reddish gold color with little head. Pungent hops, malt and grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth. A little too much of a malt character for an ipa but the malt balances nicely with the hops for an all together tasty brew. I would recommend it for someone who doesn't really enjoy big ipa's but wants to try something different.

Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear amber with a big fluffy off-white head.

Aroma - Light grapefruit smell.

Mouthfeel - Light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Grapefruit hop flavor up front that quickly shifts to a malty middle with a slight metallic taste in the finish.

Overall - A well balanced IPA's, good but not great.

Photo of Greggy
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a healthy three finger head with nice retention. The body is a slightly hazy orange. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nice fruity hoppy aromas of apple, some slight pine and grapefruit. Not terribly strong.

T- Starts out very malty with notes of roasted malt, a light vanilla cream velvet feel, but it's all covered in a nice grapefruit, light pine and green apple skin. It takes a while to get to the finish but once we get there, it's nice and dry.

M- Appropriately low carbonation works well.

D- This is a great beer. I wish I could get these here in MN. It had a lot of characteristics that weren't exactly IPA, but I enjoyed it for going outside of the box.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty disappointed by this IPA. I see it got pretty good reviews but I don't really agree. Way too malty for an IPA and has barely any hop kick to it. It smells and looks okay but the over maltiness makes the taste and drinkability scores get dragged down. I've had much better IPA's than this one and wouldn't try it again unless offered for free.

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