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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 92 | 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 JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this at a few beer festivals and events that I've attended, and I was waiting for Blue Point's offerings to be available in my home state. Thankfully, this and a few others were found a local liquor store. Sure, it's been a while for me, but this is just as good as I remembered it on tap!

The pour was wonderful - a nice apricot hue that was cloudy, and a strong, lasting head. The lacing was present, but not as enduring as I had hoped for. Seeing that this is an IPA, you can expect hops here, and this beer doesn't fail to deliver in that regard. It holds it's own with the Sierra Nevada's and Stone's of the west coast, but it never overpowers. There's a lot of pine, with some citrus here, but the 6.20% ABV can hardly be felt and the back lingers in a smooth, sexy way. It has a bit of resin and soapiness to it, but those characteristics don't detract from it's flavor at all.

This beer reminded me a great deal of the Green Flash I.P.A., which I bought recently. Thankfully, this is more local than it's west coast brethren, which is great news for craft beer enthsiasts. New Jersey is better for having Blue Point's beers available here, and I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate than to grab a 6-pack of this. This is quickly growing on me as one of my favorite hoppier beers, and trust me, it's no trick on my eyes!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. Poputred a nice amber color with almost no head. Very quick retention on the short head, but it still maintained a nice lacing, which was pleasant. A pretty hoppy smell that was contrasted with a bit of a malty, sweet, floral smell as well. First taste tasted very hoppy and kind of a bitter taste (perhaps due to the fact that I let it age for a little bit). Smoothed out after a first couple sips, but hops were still prevalent. Pretty good for an IPA. The mouthfeel was okay; nothing too impressive. A littel on the bitter side overall, which makes it not too drinkabl;e. As I mentioned before, I did let it age for a littel bit, which most likely contributed to it being so pungent.

maddogruss, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

EStreet20, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of KATE12
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

KATE12, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gmann, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of HerrFaust
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

HerrFaust, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

montageman, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

vwcraig, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of KKosmoski2
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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..!

KKosmoski2, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerTruth, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of AaronRed
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

AaronRed, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of vladimerjr
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

vladimerjr, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

edchicma, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dwarvenspirits, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerphan, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of rkowalick
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rkowalick, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of lehows
4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

lehows, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Foxman, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

billybob, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 08, 2006
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


joe1510, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 07, 2006
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.