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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,613
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 137 | 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 largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, clear and golden with a dense two finger head with decent retention.

Smell: Predominantly hoppy with overtones of orange and lemon. There's a touch of pale malt present beneath the hops, but it's nothing overbearing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrusy hops up front with a nice biting bitterness. Moderate malty sweetness hits the middle of the palate, but it's subtle - the malt profile is pretty clean. Light-bodied, perhaps a bit watery; I'd like more of an oily hop character. Finishes bitter and dry.

Notes: Got this one from wolfsblood - thanks. This is good stuff that I'd bet is better on draft.

Photo of SRFeldman79
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a very pale golden color, more the color I now associate with a pale ale or a light american lager, slightly lighter than the typical IPA you find these days. A half inch white head.

Nice aroma of hops and well hops. Not a lot of malt backbone here to balance out the beer. Based on the color and the smell, you're hard pressed to expect any malt flavor. Citrusy.

Bitter hop flavor from start to finish, nothing sweet or malty or caramelly, and nothing else going on to balance out the hops. Citrusy throughout. Carbonation was nice, but basically just delivered the bitter kick. Light beer attitude but with hops.

Drinkable for sure, and it served the purpose of providing me with the hop flavors I wanted that night, but I would have been a fan of more balance or at least something to go with the light hoppy bitter thing.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright orange with a sudsy, micro-bubbly white head while visible carbonation was very soft. The head settled to a sparse patchy layering after the pour within minutes leaving a broken rim lacing around the glass. There was a great turbidity of suspended solids floating about.

S: soapy, piney, and citrusy.

T: The initial flavor was fresh pine and citrus with a little soapiness detected as well. Some sour oranges, pine resin and citrus hop juice brighten things up in the start but fades in the finish to a muddled washy taste.

M: light, almost watery and wishy washy.

D: Ok drinkability, had its bright moments at times but fails in the finish and was hindered by some soapy character which may have been a result of just a bad batch or brewing practice.

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

A - Pours 1 1/2 fingers of off-white head with pretty good retention, and a good amount of lacing. The beer is a clear amber color.

S - Toasted malts, citrus and grapefruit grapefruit. The malts beat out the hops in the aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a somewhat creamy feel to it.

T - Sweeter caramel malts up front followed by a citrus flavor and then some toasted bready malts. It finishes with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops. More like an English IPA with more malts then hops.

This beer goes down very smooth and easy. A great candidate for a session beer. I would definitely drink this one again.

Photo of orcasteve
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer, it has no flaws except it could always use more hops, eith that being said this is one that poured into my glass and i made short work of this one, three sips befor it was gone. this was floraley hoped and the malt was nice. this is one of my favorets that i have ever drank

Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Back east I was happpy to see this in the singles cooler in a store that didnt sell singles. So like the girl without a date, I choose her.

Pours a big head golden and the monsters.

Sweet smell, more malt dominated for me, but it could have been an old bottle. Some hops.

Sweet and hoppy taste. Like a bit o honey candy bar with nuggets of hops in it.

Good finish with slight alcohol detected.

Overall a solid IPA. Was glad to get it.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bonus bottle from KpLynch..Thanks bro!

Pours dark gold with a heavy chill haze, and a half-inch head of white foam.
Retention is moderate and a few streaks of lacework appear for the duration.

Aromatics are a blend of biscuity malt, pine sap, citrus fruit, and pineapple skin.
Not incredibly pungent or floral, but square on and crisp for a standard IPA.

Medium bodied, drying and minerally crisp.

Dried citrus fruits and spruce on the pallet. Some lightly toasted malt follows through and a smidge of warming alcohol.
Drying and firmly bitter with a chaulky nod.

Finishes with pineapple skins, biscuit malt, and mild grapefruit with apricots.

Tasty enough, and this ones seeming pretty fresh. I'd have another one!

Photo of therica
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, indeed. I still prefer Troegs HopBack but this was a great substitute when I couldn't find Troegs.

A= nice light-amber pour, fluffy head like a Dairy Queen.

S= very nice, intriguing hops and florals; slight carbon-nasal bite in the nose.

T= mix of caramel notes, strong hops-florals that don't bite too badly yet satisfy mega-hops fans.

M= slightly more carbonation than I'd prefer but still very satisfying.

D= probably decent session for many hops-fans.

Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bit of a haze to the light tangerine with a golden lean. Good lookin' cap of creamy light lemony-caramel cream toned fuzz.

No complaints to the nicely balanced nose of lightly sweet caramel with a drop of honey and fresh citrusy hops.

Good malt base has that same lightly sweet combo as above along with some toasted breadiness and a pleasant balance of freshly citric, piney bitter, spicy grassy hops. Straight medium body has lightly slick oily smoothness to a coolly creamy carbonation.

Solid beer. Far from overpowering but it's got a real nice balance to it and it's just damn tasty. Cool name. Cool label. I am impressed by this first beer from this brewery which I just recently noticed in my local beer one of my beer stores. Excited to try more.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not THE! IPA but certainly a good example of what an IPA is. The bitter citrus notes that come to my mind are tangerine like. Starts out a bit wet on the palate but finishes up with a nice, dry, rye cracker finish. Sweetness is there but controlled by the dry and bitter. Good balance. Appropriate flavors. By no means is this my go-to IPA in a bottle, but being within the region this is brewed I'd be thrilled to see, and have this on tap.

Photo of chuckd123
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have wanted to try for a while, but was not overly impressed. Dark amber color (poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle), head was light and somewhat thin, but lacing did last and was sticky. Smell is hoppy primarily, without a lot of balance. Taste is good, definitely a drinkable IPA, but not bursting with hoppy flavor as I had hoped. Alcohol taste is 100% invisible, which makes it very drinkable, but I prefer a stronger, more citrus-infused IPA. Would like to try it on draft at some point, imagine it's better, bottle was only slightly above average.

Photo of SUjunkie
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 2 pints of this from a Cask at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub.

A hazy/cloudy orange colored beer. Frothy and thick head.

Hoppy smell with a smattering of fruit. Citrus smelling fruit.

The beer of course was at room temperature being that it was pumped from a cask. I enjoy this in a bottle and on tap, but the cask is so much better. Very smooth with a medium hop taste.

I really enjoy this beer. This is a great IPA from a cask. I could of drank many firkins of this Hoptical Illusion.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oliver at Frisco's acknowledged that the keg is near the end, which might explain the appearance. On tap at Frisco's today (obviously).

The beer pours a hazy tan color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light citrus. On the palate this beer is pretty nice. There is a fair amount of citrus, but with a hint of light sour and wood. The beer is not the least bit heavy on the palate, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Abv. is pretty well disguised.

This is an easy to appreciate, easy going IPA. It's fine for what it is, but really makes me apprecaite IPA's like the Firestone Union Jack and Pelican IPA. Nevertheless, this is a nice IPA, one I would certainly order again.

Photo of balconybrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: A clear amber body with a very bright white head and minimal carbonation. No head retention but some lacing.

S: Aromas of fresh hops. Maybe a sweeter American hop.

T: Hops up front, malty middle and IBU latent finsh. Good IPA taste.

M: Light and almost refreshing.

D: A little too strong to session, but still very drinkable After a couple it doesn't matter.

I had this when I was in the mood for an IPA.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a Tulip shaped glass.

There was one finger of slightly creamy off white head. Rather heavy lacing remained as I enjoyed the beer.
The color was a light copper or caramel color.
Slightly hazy with no real visible carbonation.

Some yeast/sediment particles suspended in the beer.

Only a slight floral aroma with subtle notes of sweetness.

Frankly, not a great deal of character in the flavor profile. While I would describe the mouth feel as medium, I would describe the flavor as light.

Not a lot of punch in the beginning middle or end.

Almost more of and APA vs. IPA.

Hop heads, keep moving, and don't stop at this exit.

Slightly malty taste that quickly heads to a citrus, grapefruit flavor.

Not much of a lingering hop flavor and it almost ends dry or crisp. Weird for an IPA..

Photo of oneeye
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This a pretty looking beer. Amber red with an orange tint. Nice two fingered head with lots of lacing. the fluufy head has the tint of a reddish orange.

The aroma is strong with citrusy sweet floral notes with a strong sweet malt background.

T. I'm dissapointed in the balance of this beer. Too sweet, with less hop taste and less hop bitterness. The malts dominate and are strong at first with the hop character fighting through.

The mouthfeel is syrypy and creamy.

I can drink one of these and move on. The tastes actually got better at the end of the beer.

Photo of almychristopher
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice deep golden color with a white head that fades to lacing. the aroma doesn't really reach out and grab me, light citrus hops, with a bit of malt in the background. the taste is a very nice light citrus hop taste with the malt doing more work in the mouthfeel than the flavor, with the medium body and good co2 make this a good IPA.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear orange/amber with a fluffy, white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Some nice lacing is left behind.

Smell is malty and floral with a light citrus aroma. Light but pleasant smell.

Taste is mild but bitter citrus hops, mostly grapefruit. There is a nice malt presence, well balanced. Finishes a little dry and the citrus flavor lingers.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Nothing spectacular or super memorable, but would be a good session beer. I'd recommend it for when you're not in the mood for something that will overload your taste buds with a ton flavor and bitter hops.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle served at J. Timothy's in Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, crystal clear amber body with a very thin head of white foam and almost no carbonation, save a few floating whisps. The head retention was minimal, but it left a solid ring at the outside of the glass.

S: Smell is of a very floral bouquet of fresh hop leaves. There's a little sweetness in the nose, but it's like catching that hop field smell in a cool breeze.

T: Taste has a very pleasant and refreshing hop kick right up front. The big time floral hop flavor rolls nicely with some sweet caramel malt, before finishing, just straight up hoppy. An IPA that knows its identity well.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, with a sharp hop bite.

D: The palate would be shot after a few of these, and so would your brain too. The ABV isn't crazy, but the lighter drinkability of such a hoppy brew might be.

Blue Point has started to see some more circulation in this area of CT the last few months. Hopefully, we can get some more brews like this one from the NY brewery.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brassy orangecopper hue with a thick bubbly white head. Nice sheets of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Not real strong. Hints of pine, biscuit malt and a touch of grass.

T: Taste like the nose is somewhat light not soo in your face. Nice citrus aromas with hints of grapefruit and lemon. Lots of malt to balance things out and a touch of sweet pine in the finish.

M: Medium in body pretty smooth.

D: A rather mild IPA that makes it very drinkable.

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light honey colored with an inch high head of frothy white foam. Sharp aroma of sweet citrus and pine.

Flavor of grapefruit rind hops, some grainy light brown sugar and floral notes, moves to a piney bitter, which dominates the pallete from there.

Even mouthfeel, full upfront, slick over the tongue and finishes tingly, somewhat warm.

Above average drinkability, would like just a bit more balance.

Photo of bator22
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden amber color, with a slight haze, and a 1" white head. Some lacing on the glass.

The aroma was of citrus and hops, and perhaps something earthy (grass?)

The taste was similar to the aroma, citrus, hops, and earthy

The mouthfeel was smooth, and the beer hung around for a few seconds

I defnitely could drink a few of these at a summer BBQ.

Photo of alamode
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle with drink by date of Oct 2008.
ABV on my bottle says 6.8%
poured into english pint glass

A - poured a nice amber with a 1 inch, white head. left some lacing while still cold. some lacing.

s - average for style. citrus hops.

t - bitter & citrus hops are present. decent.

m - good mouthfeel. nice amount of carbonation. some stickiness. good finish.

d - would drink again, but only if my "go to" is not avail. would hope for fresher bottle next time too, though I don't think taste would change much. glad to have found another drinkable, reasonably priced IPA in my state.

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a bit of a white head on it that leaves some lacing. Decent enough aroma. Grapefruit nose with a hint of pine. The taste is decently bitter, with some grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty well balanced with a decent malt body. A very good example of an IPA.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to woolfsblood for this extra
Drank from a snifter glass at just below RT

A- poured a light amber color with a thin white head on top, the head gave a tight knit head but it pretty quickly faded down to a thin head.

S- has a strong hop profile, also has a graet really orange'ey citrus character that i really dig. its also a little disconcerting because it reminds me of fruit loops, however if i hadnt found that connection i think it smells great

T- slight malt kick with an onset of strong hops, theres a piney citrus character that i find really nice. not a power bomb, but its definitely all about the hops and it works very well

M- solid brew, medium body with a solid carbonation and drinkability

D- solid

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.