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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 22
Gots: 83 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

11-13-2006 15:55:41 | More by Foxman
Photo of billybob


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

11-13-2006 04:11:17 | More by billybob
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

11-08-2006 21:09:58 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

11-08-2006 19:11:57 | More by
Photo of joe1510


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.


11-08-2006 01:52:33 | More by joe1510
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

11-07-2006 01:54:19 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: yellowish orange in color. 1" head slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: pine and citrus are detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, light pine, mild grapefruit, hints of honey and alcohol. Well balanced and not one of those "in your face" IPAs.

Mouthfeel: medium in body and dry throughout. The hop bitterness does not last long on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: solid IPA that is refreshing. You won't be blown away here, but sometimes that's a good thing. Definitely a must try.

11-05-2006 16:43:21 | More by Gavage
Photo of shirfan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Masonic all-seeing eye logo is prominent on the label, maybe this beer is part of a new world order conspiracy?

Appearance is no illusion, bright orange-gold with a thick 2-finger sticky head.

Highly fragrant aroma of floral hops and mild bubblegum.

Very smooth, finely carbonated mouthfeel works well with earthy, chewy malt, and a nice amount of floral hop kick. Mild lemony citrus floating around too.

Well balanced, big on hops without being especially bitter or overly sweet.

Something like a smaller 90-Minute, very good candidate for sessioning.

10-27-2006 18:22:41 | More by shirfan
Photo of tonytuffnuts


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

What a wonderfully nutty bottle; who designed this, Jerry Garcia?

A translucent body that's more orange-yellow than yellow-orange. A few columns of small to medium sized bubbles. When put up to a light, there's some suspended yeast floating around. Slightly larger than a one finger, bone-white head. The oily-looking froth falls to a paper thin cover and leaves remnants of it's former height on the sides of my pint glass, like a wind-blown dusting of snow on a windshield.

Stong aroma of grassy/tropical-fruity hops, complemented by toasted nuts (almond and pecan maybe?) and caramel.

An earthy hop taste dominates, contributing a little bitterness at the front of my tounge. The accompaniment of a toasty malt surprises me. As it finishes, I imagine an orange slice dipped in sugar, yet I'm left thinking of almond cake dusted with hops.

It's an oily liquid with a fine carbonation that bursts off the front of my tounge.

Blue Point's got a pretty good beer here. The hops dominated my tastebuds and nostrils for first few sips, but after it aired out a little, the undertones surfaced--a nice surprise.

10-26-2006 06:27:58 | More by tonytuffnuts
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Got it on cask at StoutNYC this afternoon. The second cask beer I've gotten there and once again I think it was a tad bit too cold. . . .

A: Poured a light, golden honey color with a lightly off-white head that left a ring of lacing after the first sip and sheets of lacing thereafter. Some floaties.

S: At first, only a very mild scent of hops but also some bready malt. As it warmed I could get a better sense of the beer's smell, and it was the fruity hops that were up front.

T: A sweet fruity taste at first blush, but then your mouth is assaulted by hops -- florally, fruity and even piney enamel-rotting hops. As an admitted hophead, I like it. But it could stand to gain from a tad bit more balance.

M: Nice and creamy, medium-bodied. No real feel of carbonation makes it very smooth (I do like the cask).

D: Good flavors and a nice body, but I think a tad bit overboard on the hops, so a few of these would probably make you feel like you'd lost all the enamel on your teeth.

All in all I enjoyed this beer and thought it was a nice example of an American IPA -- i.e., focused on the hops rather than the malt. I'd seek it out in bottles to see if they taste as good as the cask.

10-26-2006 01:50:02 | More by Kendo
Photo of BBM

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

I was fortunate to find this beer on cask. The beer pours a very light orange. It's cloudy in appearance with a think, foamy white head. Good lacing. The aroma was that of fruits, namely what seemed like pears and bananas. There was also a citrusy hop smell.

This is an incredibly smooth beer. The taste is again fruity, with the hops coming out in the end. There is almost what can be described as a leafy taste to the ale, which in no way detracts from it. The mouthfeel is full and clean, and it goes down very smoothly.

This is one of Blue Point's signature beers, and with good reason. It's highly drinkable and packs a punch to it without becoming overwhelming. Would definitely go back for more.

10-18-2006 14:02:52 | More by BBM
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a light copper with a good inch, beige head. Smells of sticky sweet malts and huge citrusy hops. Very juicy. Taste is the same, but even more pleasant. Sweet malts and big citrus hoppiness up front, ending a little dry and hoppy with a deathgrip on the palette. Tremendous balance between the sweet & bitter on this one. This is definitely hop juice. Ridiculously easy to drink. GRADE A IPA.

10-16-2006 17:57:24 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of nicefix


4.8/5  rDev +29.4%

I've been drinking this for a couple months now. It's definitely my staple beer. I drink this more than anything. Now it's time to review it.

Pours a light amber / orange color, a bit hazy with a decent white head. Lacing sticks around for the life of the 12 oz.

Smells of big time hops with a bit of malt to back it up. Citrusy, piney, grapfruit....you know, big hops and all that comes with it.

The taste is awesome. Pretty much what I've been asking for in a hopheads brew. The hops are dominent with their piney floral citrusy flavours but you get some malt in the finish and some slight bitterness to balance everything out nicely. Very, very satisfying.

Trust me, it's drinkable. I drink them often, almost every day.

What can I say? I'ts my favorite beer right now. I love it!! Find it. Drink it. Enjoy.

10-08-2006 04:34:33 | More by nicefix
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Just brought to the Pittsburgh market I've been meaning to track this one down for some time. Appears a definitive copper tone with a large off white head leaves behind thick stands of lacing , wow! Very nice brewski that has been pushed by many beer publications over the years. Aroma nice citrus peel tones very thick and dominant with touches of hop flowers and mild caramel malt sweetness tones. Taste has a perfect single IPA profile with aggressive grapefruit hops with slightly with slightly sweet biscuit and caramel malt character defintely an expansive list of hops thrown in here very nice brew overall, really balanced. Mouthfeel has a medium body goes down smooth very even carbonation with streaks of hop oils giving me some hop in the single hopped IPA style. Drinkability: Great stuff my pal John and I are contemplating a keg if possible from this NY brewery just entering the Pittsburgh market.

10-05-2006 01:51:24 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured into a pint glass,a nice white creamy head, thick,lacing the sides of the glass.A deep golden color,reddish hue.
Smells citrusy,grapefriuty,slightly piney,slight sweet malty aroma.
Tastes citrusy,grapefruity,carmelly.Very nice balance.
The mouthfeel is a slighty thick,syrupy.A sweet,sharp,pleasingly bitter finish.A very good IPA. One of the best IPA's I've had, well balanced,very drinkable for an IPA. An all around enjoyable IPA.
A must try IPA.

10-02-2006 03:08:21 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of arguemaniac


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a nice golden amber with an initially rich, tall head that reduces but almost never goes away. Enticing hops in the aroma. In the palate, a subdued but still fairly assertive hop spice and flavor mixes well with sweet, fruity malt flavors. Spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Silky, creamy mouthfeel with a nice carbonation tang.

Wow, what a treat. When I was a beer buyer, one of my better customers was so enthusiastic about this one that he actually brought in a few bottles for me. Boy am I glad he did; great hop spice that is rich but not too overwhelming, awesome hop flavor and a nice malty backbone to round everything out. Highly recommended.

10-01-2006 00:02:40 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

Unusually thick and cloudy light orange color. Bits of something or other sitting in suspended animation. Head leaves a nice lacing. Unique look through the pint glass.

Strong hoppy smell with a nice fruity base. One of the hoppier aromas I have had in a while. It's so inviting.

Delicious fruity/hoppy flavor. The hops stick around for a while after the beer is in your belly. Beautiful balance of hops and fruit flavor.

Such a smooth texture. I could drink a full sixer of these. Few IPAs have such a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Well done, sir!

09-27-2006 03:18:38 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Wildman


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Another gift from my old friend on Long Island. This beer poured a medium cloudy gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that left latticed lace. A sweet mixture of hops is present as well as grapefruit. The flavor was of hops, grapefruit and some minor traces of other citrus. The body was fairly light and the finish was a touch astrigent. Not a bad beer.

09-27-2006 01:32:00 | More by Wildman
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours crystal clear. bright yellow gold, several fine carbonation streams. Topped with several fingers of level, pock mocked snow white foam. Good lacing.

Nice enticing and assertive grapefruit and pin aroma.

A quick splash of caramelly sweetness kicks off the taste, but its quickly overrun by grapefruit and pine, though the sweetness does make a brief curtain call at the finish. Pleasant hop tingle lingers on. Overall bitter, fruity, but non-abrasive.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel seems at times a little too much to the light side. Very good drinkability, goes down easy on its own, and chases a pizza well.

Nice "everyday" kind of ipa.

09-25-2006 20:38:54 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

9/19/2006 $7.99 6 pack 6.20% Best by 11/06.


Pours a clear light orange/brown with an inch of foamy white head that settles rapidly leaving behing decent lacing.


Light citrus notes, and hints of mild malt.


Rather smooth with moderately sweet malt undertones overlayed by some muted hop presence. Lacking a citrus burst that I enjoy in a good IPA. A nicely brewed beer, but unexceptional. Easy to drink though not a standout.

09-19-2006 19:50:13 | More by cbl2
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at around 45 degrees.

Pours a reddish-brown with a small head. I expected a huge hoppy aroma, but it's actually a quite pleasant (not that hops aren't...) mix of citrus, hops, and an herbal/floral background. And again with the taste, it's not the huge hop-head kick that I was expecting...mirrored the aroma very well of an herbal/citrus balanced hoppy brew. Very drinkable and crisp-finishing brew; makes for a great everyday IPA.

09-18-2006 20:17:16 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of ellisdee97


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Light golden orange in color with an egg shell white one finger thick head. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a bunch of residue floating within. Head slowly dissipates leaving a substantial ring and sticky bubbly lacing.

S: Initial smell is of citrusy hops, and biscuit and toasted malt. This is a heavily hopped brew.

T: Sweet and bitter hops coat the tongue, then a light sweet malt and a dry hop finish.

M: Light and carbonated, nice dry finish.

D: Very drinkable highly hopped IPA with a nice floral hop taste. Refreshing, but only to a hop head.

09-18-2006 18:01:20 | More by ellisdee97
Photo of TrickKnee


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Well this is my second review because I have been sampling the hell out of this one, having an entire keg of it at your house can do that do you. Beautiful color, with a rich white head. The taste of cascade hops is really present, at least that is what i can taste. Great balance with no real alcohol taste and just flavor. Better than the bottle. Definetly get on tap if you can.

09-05-2006 14:51:55 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The strong aroma is all hops and citrus.

T: The hops are no illusion in this beer. Nice, heavy hops burst grabs you right away, and then you get the citrus sweetness. Then the hops return for a good, bitter, hoppy after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It’s tasty, not filling and goes down easy, especially if you’re hop head. This is the type of beer I could drink until closing time.

09-04-2006 00:59:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of SwillBilly


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

12 oz bottle:

Appearance: Pours golden to light amber with a nice 1" thickly foamed white head that dissipates to a sheet of lacing on top of the beer. Bubbles of carbonation make their way to the surface.

Smell: Hints of grapefruit rind and pine with an underlying fruity sweetness. Hops definitely make theirselves known in the aroma.

Taste: Starts crisp and pleasantly bitter with the hops prevailing. Transitions to middle that has a fruity, apricot like sweetness then finishes with that pleasant hoppy bitterness. Grapefruity with hints of pine cone linger on the tongue. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, pretty crisp with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Hoptical Illusion is very drinkable. Not an over the top IPA but plenty of bitterness to satisfy most hop heads. Nicely balanced with an underlying fruity sweetness. I could see these being great for a session. Definitely worth trying and one I will seek and enjoy again. A very nice session IPA.

08-20-2006 22:38:53 | More by SwillBilly
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.