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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 202 | 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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Ratings: 1,686 | Reviews: 614
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear amber with a massive foamy white head and plenty of lacing.

S - Sweet malts come through with a sort of musty peat moss undertone. Very earthy hops, pine and grass. Smells dirty, like a very mild barleywine.

T/M - Feel is clean and juicy. Hops are earthy, mostly grassy with mild citrus notes. Solid and moderately bitter. Malt undertones are slightly sweet, and keep the bitterness in check.

D - The alcohol creeps up on you, but it's pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of OnlyDark4ME
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is very light colored for a "hoppy" beer especially since claimed hoptical illusion. This bottle gave me about a quarter inch of head with alight amber color.

S: Now the smell for this AIPA is perfect for its appearence and taste. The smell is of perfect hop and barley combination.

T: Not what I expected for a hoppy beer, I was expecting a mouthfuk of the bitter beauty that is hops. I taste a dash of hops along with the barley and a light taste of flowers.

M: The drink is wonderfully smooth, with no after taste for a hoppy beer.

D: Very smooth for a 6.8 percent beer, I found myself go through four or five and I could just suck them down.

Photo of hwwty4
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here;s to Garrick, a good friend, and Gary a good BA. Both passed to early.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack chalice. I lugged a six pack back from Boston. This is my last bottle. Thought I should review it. This beer pours a caramel amber color with a slight 1 inch frothy head that leaves just a minimal amount of lacing for an IPA. This really surprised me. Head retention was minimal, and not due to serving temperature. The aroma isn't a smack to the face like many IPA's. The hops are present with big grapefruit and lemon notes but a nice toffee aroma really balances them out. Like the aroma, the flavor isn't a massive hop bomb, but does contain enough bitterness to quell most hopheads senses. A nice grapefruit tartness runs through the entire profile but right under that runs a subtle yet understated malty goodness. Toffee and caramel mixed with grapefruit and orange. The bitterness lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller then I expected but not in a negative way. It really coats the mouth with a resiny hop goodness. This is one of the most "sessionable" IPA's I had in a long time.

Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Gold, semi-dark color. OK head and lace. No bubbles. Very clear drink.
S- Some bitter hop scent.
T- Interesting candy taste to it. Some caramel comes through at first. Semi sweet, with a cotton-candy taste to it, or something. Very crisp. Interesting taste.

Photo of goblet
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served it in a pint glass.

the look is an orange amber color with a bubbly white foam head ,clear and clean of sediment has weak retention time and little lace ,along with light carbonation .

aroma is light citrus floral hops and toasted bread like malt ,a bit of subtle grains and fruit like bananas.

the flavors a very mild oily hops that give it a grass,citrus lemon taste.the malt is toasted and balanced out with grains.

medium body and very smooth, not to crazy of a bitter feel on the palette,slight dry after taste.

this is a easy to drink ipa for the none hop heads ,i can share a few of these with a friend thats not a big fan of ipa's..cheers.

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

Poured a clear golden yellow. One finger of white bubly head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much lace to speak of.

Smells of bananas and tropical fruits, slight citrus, slight grass. Light biscuity malts with a touch of caramel.

Light on the malts, but a pleasant caramel biscuit in the background. Hops are tropical citrus in the drink with a sharp flavor. Not super hoppy, but well hopped. Nice earthy floral oil profile. Finishes with a light bitter earthy grassy aftertaste.

Lighter bodied than most IPAs. Dry, a little watery.

Lighter side of IPA. Good summer beer. Not super bitter. Still has a nice hop aroma and flavor. Great for someone interested in IPAs or who doesn't like the typical bigger hoppier heavier IPAs. I like this one every now and again, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in NYC but I received a bottle via trade with orcasteve, many thanks.

The appearence is a cloudy orange with a light ring around the edges. The nose isnt too potent. Maybe a little citrus and some malt. The taste is some bready malts and citrus hops. There is a fair amount of hop bite in the finish along with some sweet malt notes on the finish. THe mouthfeel is pretty medium with low carbonation. This was better on tap if as I recall. Overall a solid offering but could use a bit more hop punch.

Photo of ryrust5301
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A bronze colored ipa poured into my glass. A lot of life to this one, with lots of carbonation shooting up from the bottom. Head didn't amount to much, but the lacing is of adequate proportions.

Smell - There isn't really much of a sell. Just a whisper of hops and some malt undertones with a dash of honey. Has a bit of a musty hoppy scent to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bland to say the least, with a metallic aftertaste to it. Watery in some areas, but the malt backbone does seem to hold up somewhat well. Thank goodness it does too, because it gives this one somewhat of a flavor. Feel is very thin and flat, nothing sticks to the mouth at all and it washes right down.

Drinkability - I really hope this was an older bottle, cause I wouldn't revisit this if this was their best effort. Either way it was a very so so experience.

Photo of projectflam86
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks!

A- Pours a golden light amber color with a thick white foam that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Floral hops and citrus scents dominate the nose. There is a light sweetness that is barely noticeable. Definetely an IPA.

T- A crisp hoppy floral grapefruit flavor with isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Actually, it is an easy bitterness (does that make sense?) that helps to enhance the flavor rather than drown it out. A sweet malt is found for balance before a light bitter finish.

M- Light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- Overall a nice IPA with a great flavor. Not overwhelming hoppiness but not overly balanced either!

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

Pours gold with a small, short-lived head.

Dirty, earthy, and herbal hop smell. Some malts come through with an unexpected hint of sweetened chocolate.

Citrusy and tingly on the palate with hints of earth coming through the finish. The malts are just sweet enough to provide balance. The lingering hop aftertaste is abrasive and cleansing.

Overall, a tasty IPA that's certainly worth a shot.

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

Like the name says, this IPA is deceivingly hoppy. A massive load of hops that somehow finishes smoothly every time.

Aromatic and delicious, this is a real good beer for kicking around and not doing much. Let the beer drinking be the main activity so you can soak in the flavor.

Not for the faint of hops, but a good all around brew-- you don't have to love IPAs to give this one a shot.

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

Poured a good amber color with a nice head

Smell is average, a little citrus

Taste of citrus, pine, and bitter at the end. A good IPA.

The alcohol is a bit high to be 'drinkable' but there is not the extreme bitterness.

I would recommend anyone who likes this style to try this if they like balance rather than extremes.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear and radiant orange amber body with a medium sized offwhite head that leaves patchy lace.

Aroma of grapefruit and toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel has a medium light body with a zesty carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced. Grainy caramel malt supports a grapefruity hops bitterness that has an edge of pine. Finishes dry.

A solid American IPA but not a worldbeater.

Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical appearance for an IPA, cloudy amber color with sticky 1/2" off-white head and decent lacing. Hops dominate the nose with a nice orange/grapefruit aroma and a faint caramelly malt background.

Nice bitter hoppiness on the tongue too, full citrus flavor with a touch of pine. Malt disappears to the background. Mouthfeel is good for the style, not too full but not too light either.

Overall a pretty good but not spectacular IPA. Very easy-drinking and for that I give it bonus points. Not much balance though, the hops are clearly the focus and I for one am OK with that.

Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear golden amber color with nice thumb sized off white head that falls to a cap, leaves some sticky lace down the glass not lots though.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus hops lots of oranges or tangerine, good malt base caramel.

Taste is nice crisp hops lots of grapefruit rind flavors with pine resin off in the background. Some light malt caramel malt underneath not quit enough for the hops. Nothing outstanding but decent IPA, easy drinking plenty hoppy.

Mouthfeel is good fairly peppy carbonation, light side of medium feel.

Drinkability is good a decent enough IPA, worth trying but not good enough to make it into my regular rotation.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear light gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big citrus hops and caramel malt. Very balanced.

The taste has notes of citrus, caramel malt, some bread and grain, and a little bit of fruit. Pretty nice.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes with a tingle of carbonation and some bitterness. Head retention is average and there's very little lacing.

Drinkability? Not bad. The abv doesn't get in the way and it is pretty tasty. It lacks some oomph but again, it's not bad.

Photo of Kraken
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 05/24/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle in my Floreffe Chalice. Firm pour evokes a 1/8 inch head that falls very quickly. No lace to speak of. Color is a light clear golden amber.

Nose- Notes of caramel and over ripe orange. Some lemon zest.

Palate- Lots of over ripe orange and orange zest. Not floral or bright at all. Plenty of caramel, sort of a heavy and brooding interpretation of an IPA. Bitters come through in the finish, which is a bit long.

Mouthfeel- Very fine and active carbonation

Drinkability- not my favorite IPA, hoping that this one just had a bit of age on it.

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

This beer is pours a clear light copper color with about a 1 finger of bubbly white head. Nice wispy lacing left throughout the glass. Nose is of grapefruit hops with a touch of piney hops. Also detectable were caramel malts. I was surprised by how present they are, but it was nicely done. Taste was of bitter citrusy grapefruit hops. Some piney hops and a touch of lemon. Underneath the caramel malt made itself known, but it never overtook the hops. This beer is well balanced in my opinion. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation, juicy at first with a more chewy finish. This is a very nicely done IPA.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Pours a light amber color, with a very small head the does not stick around, very minimal lacing present. Overall, a decent looking ale.
Smell is of pine and hops, nothing too overpowering, smells very mild, but good.
Taste is good old hops, with a slight malt character following. Taste is above average.
Not overly carbonated, feels nice and crisp when cold.
Good drinkability with this ale, nothing too outstanding, but overall, this a good IPA to try if you get the chance.

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

Pours a clear amber orange with a small amount of head.

Citrus/ orange tangerine on the nose.

Fruity and sweet with a nice bitter finish.

This is a light fruity IPA that anyone can enjoy.
Very drinkable and pretty tasty. Nothing too special but i would drink again.

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

A: A bright, clear, pale bronze color. The head is slightly off-white, tall, dense, and creamy. Some impressive lacing trails along the glass, and retention is good.

S: Floral and citric hop aromas dominate. Orange rind and a fairly sharp fresh floral smell, to be specific. Lightly malty, with a mild mineral nose reminiscent of English Pale Ales.

T: Pale malt is subdued and minimally sweet. Perhaps a touch biscuity. The hops provide a solid flavor - again, orange rind is prominent, along with a spicy floral character. Some hints of pithy grapefruit as well. A slightly mineral touch as well. Bitterness starts out low before gradually growing into something on the firm side of medium

M: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Slightly sticky, with a fading dryness into the finish.

D: Nicely done. This is my first beer from Blue Point, and I'm impressed. A very well-executed IPA. Robust and hoppy, yet drinkable and inviting.

Photo of rye726
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden brown with not much of a tan head. Nose has grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. Taste has more olde hops and sweet malts. Bit of stale/adjunct presence. Not much else. Thin body looked nice in the glass, but was over carbonated. Kind of a watery finish.

Photo of TheBCrew
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled pint at Pizza Plant. Listed as "Blue Point IPA" so I assume that this is the one. Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick, creamy head. Lots of lacing. Grapefruit hop aroma. Taste starts off sweet with fruity hop bitterness taking over for a balanced finish. As is often the case with cask beer, the mouthfeel is very smooth and the beer is very drinkable due to lower carbonation levels and somewhat higher serving temperature.

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.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.