Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Reviews: 629 | Ratings: 1,901
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - slightly hazy golden orange color but lacking head but pretty good lacing.
Smell - very piney and sharp bitternerness
Taste - bitter piney taste but not as sharp as the smell. Has a pretty good malt backbone.
Feel - medium body and carbonation, has a fizz to it.
Overall - pretty good beer that taste and feels better than it look and smells

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Photo of GFM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color. Three fingers of white head. Lacing takes the form of a thin film that coats the glass. Sweetness in the scent initially and then piney. But also citrus after the beer sat for awhile. Predominant feature of the taste was the bitter aftertaste until it was almost done and hat sat awhile. Then a much better sweet and citrusy profile. Enjoyable and puzzling. (8.5)

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, some citrus notes (lemon), malt, and light fruit. A vibrant, aggressive flavor that's pretty well done.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid beer all around. It has its deficiencies, but it's easy to drink and likeable.

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Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I seek this out for the shelves of my beer pantry. This is a consistently great IPA. To just pop the cap off the bottle and take in the aroma makes me want to purr like a cat. I went out and bought a Blue Point pint glass specifically to enjoy this in. I like it's color and weight and consistent taste and aftertaste. I particularly enjoy this paired with dark chocolate or salty snacks. Of all of the Blue point product line this is an absolute winner for me. One of my top IPA choices.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: orange, with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit;

T: light citrus up front; earthy mid-palate; back to light citrus with moderate bitterness at the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: this used to be a WOW IPA for me; probably is the same as it was, but so many other IPAs have since surpassed it; having said that, there's nothing wrong with this:

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Photo of WVU
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft from Pizza Joint Penn Station NYC 11/30/2014

Really enjoyed this NY based brewery's hopped up American IPA.
Nice golden colored with adequate bitterness for real "hop heads" and a
lingering oily resin to keep reminding you of this brew. Wouldn't go out of my way
to get it, but surely wouldn't turn one down either. Great beer for the price too.

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Photo of jkrich
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured a hazy, golden-orange hue with a sustained foamy off-white head. The aroma was surprisingly sweet with fresh tropical fruit being the dominant.

The flavor was slightly unbalanced as the first sip introduced a sharp and lasting bitter taste and feel that was similar to a hyped up orange rind. Strangely, the next several sips were fruity and sweet with a pleasant, hoppy and bitter aftertaste on palate. There are hints of marmalade and pineapple as well as bittersweet, tropical fruit. That initial flavor seems a bad memory now.

This is my third offering from this brewery: all were good but not memorable. This one is not very consistent from one sip to another. While it is an enjoyable ale, you never know when that unpleasant bitterness will return.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Rich citrus, grass and resin aromas on the nose with a hint of earthiness. Pours brilliant gold with a dense snow white foam cap. Clean and sweet malt begin the attack with light citrusy fruit and spice flavors from the hops. Dries on the finish with a moderately strong lingering bitterness. Medium light body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle into wine glass of same size. Hazy copper, one finger short livened head, scent lacing. Hoppy aroma, citrusy, but tastes of grapefruit and pine. Nicely bittered and carbonated. Lasting aftertaste consistent with first sip. Could be a regular rotation brew

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Photo of hophugger
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice color, great hoppy, resin aroma with a punch of citrus. Taste is same with plenty of resin balanced extremely well with the citrus and feels great on the palate. A great, very drinkable, cant put it down, IPA. Great Job !!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden to almost amber in color in the body. An off white in color and foamy in consistency head forms a layer about two fingers thick on the top. Lacing form the dense head is well above average.

S- Just about what you would imagine form the name of this beer, the scent is almost all hops. Mostly pine and grapefruit like, the hop profile on the scent is moderate in strength and foreshadows some bitterness to come in the taste.

T- Starts off with the same hop bang as the scent. Mildly strong in bitterness, the hops display a more piney flavor with more of a resinous quality. Hops are the dominant flavor throughout, as expected, but there is a slight bit of balance from a light malt mixed in. Lingering bitterness is rather dry on the whole.

M- A little thicker on the tongue than most IPA's here, but not a whole lot thicker. Carbonation is right in the middle of the road as it should be. Alcohol is undetectable and it is easy drinking.

Overall, your standard American IPA. A quality beer that is served fresh with a good dose of hops bitterness, but not so much as to destroy your palate. A good quality brew right here.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: crystal-clear amber-gold liquid... sort of loose, spongy white foam - a bit rocky...

S: zesty, leafy, dirt weed aromas from the hops... perhaps some green onion... toasty, crackery malts below the hop canopy, with a mild caramel edge... don't know if it's from the hops, but I'm getting potential bacteria buzz

T: bitter yellow grapefruit... moderately peppery-spicy, dry... woody/leafy hop bitterness... not really overtly fruity - more earthy, vine/stem-like hop character... fair balance of toasty, lightly sweetish malt in the base, but this is truly a showcase for bitter, ripping hops here

M: dry and snappy, with a bit of rubbery resin/malt wiggle in the body going down... small glow of alcohol in the gut...

O: not bad... nothing distinct... seems like an old, tried-and-true, craft IPA recipe from the old days... I don't know if it's supposed to be as dry as it was here... it'd be a tough one to showcase, but as a cheap go-to, it's fine

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Amber pour with a light sweet and hoppy smell. Clean, smooth, and sweet start with a hoppy finish. Pretty easy going and more on the mild side for any hop head. The malt backbone brings plenty of sweetness. Noting great but not horrible either. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a slight foamy head. The aroma is mild with a balanced hop scent. The flavor is raw and full of hoppy flavor. The texture is smooth and delicious. This pack a much stronger hop flavor than I would have expected. Well worth a try!

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Photo of AyeMito
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I enjoyed this one, its not quite my style of IPA. It has a strong taste of pine and citrus like most other IPAs. However, it has a sweet note that seems a little unbalanced when combined with how piney this beer is. Its strong and crisp! I love the name and the graphics on the bottle also!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Coppery orange with nice off white head and lots of lacing
S- Aroma on this one is great. Sweet hops characteristics like floral and citrus flesh notes
T- Nice spicey hops up front moving to a sweet citrus taste and heading back to a piney/slightly shart/spicey hops note
M- Classic IPA... not too thick, not too thin

O- Solid IPA. Aroma is amazing and taste does a pretty decent job of backing it up

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Photo of fscottkey
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2 a finger of head cover a amber beer. The head has nice tight bubbles. Fantastic lacing. Completely coats the glass.

S: Very slight sweet smell. Some floral scent. The nose is weak overall.

T: Sweet balances out the bitter. The bitter is totally subdued. There is a slight hint of a skunked taste. I can't decode the born on date. It is possible that the hops have faded - but I like the swet and not bitter profile.

M: Nice level of carbonation. Nice body.

O: I like this - it is a departure from the hop bombs that everyone is producing. There is a nice balance that allows the malts to showcase teh sweetness.

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Photo of mnrider
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Brown Bottle. Into Pint Glass.

A: Pours clear dark golden color. Thin white head turns to nothing within a few minutes. not much lacing to be seen.

S: Malts. Sugar. Light hops. Some caramel and fruits. Nothing special but not bad.

T/M: Sweet malts and bitter hops are balanced well. hops are piney but on the weaker less noticeable side. The malts are chewy with fruity notes. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Also has an overall sugary taste.

O: Good IPA. Not enough of a hop presence. Malts taste good. Sugary. The beer has a good balance even though the ingredients are not too strong. There are much better IPA's around, but this one is still worth a look.

Cheers!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack.

Pours a hazy golden copper color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, sweet caramel malt, and a little bit of booze.

I don't know if it's age or just how they made it, but this is a pretty malty IPA. That's not horrible, though, because the hop flavor is pretty nice nonetheless- grassy, piney, and a little bit grapefruity. The malt flavor brings to mind caramel glazed toasted bread.

Medium bodied, lingering, but pleasant bitterness, medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

All in all, not too bad. Nothing crazy good, more of an old-fashioned IPA, but still tasty.

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Photo of Jimbo62
1.66/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Why do I think a slightly hoppy Bud Light. Better than Coors but not by much. Very disappointed. I really would have been better off with a Bud Light or Coors and saved about five bucks! I would not recommend this beer at all. It's the first High Point I've tried and probably the last.

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Photo of jbridi
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color; slightly cloudy in glass; minimal head; left heavy lacing on glass
S: Faint citrus hoppiness; slight grassy notes; not pleasant
T: Nothing to distinguish this ale; a bit of a hop bite at first followed by an unpleasant aftertaste - almost astringent
M: Fairly watery mouthfeel
O: Generally disappointing - was hoping for better; nothing distinguishing about this beer

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Photo of DBrewnnan
1.62/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

No hop no head no color... No bueno. If they had spent half the time they did on the label brewing... maybe this would taste better than over priced Coor's Light. I am disappointed because their toasted lager is one of my favorites. Maybe I was just expecting too much or this is an enter level IPA if there is asuch a thing.

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Photo of Pdragon
1.79/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

A: white foamy head, clear yellow orange body, very light

S: very light hint of citrus, not much else

T: Not tasty at all, seems somewhat of a small jump up from beers like Budweiser. Does not have complexity, nor balance, and has somewhat of an astringent taste. Doesn't leave a flavorful aftertaste.

M: Very light, watery.

O: Not a good beer, hard to get down. I definitely wish I chose differently.

Serving type: Bottle to IPA glass

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a copper color with a well formed head. Slithery lacing. Pretty clear in body.

S-Balanced and pretty standard. Caramel maltiness and a modest pine and citrus hop combo.

T-Quite the same as the nose. Balanced. Caramel malt and a light, wet breadiness. Hops are again the standard pine and grapefruit tag team. It's boring but it's also tried and true. A standard IPA flavor can still be a tasty flavor and happens to be timeless.

M-Medium bodied. Medium bitterness. Bubbly, fizzy carbonation. Drinks well.

O/D-A normal IPA. Normal IPAs are still pretty awesome. A great IPA kick start beer. Wouldn't buy a six pack if many of my consistent local options were available but wouldn't mind a pint on tap from a weak draft list.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-malt, citrus, pine, floral

T-citrus, floral, pine, caramel malt, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, but fairly straightforward, easy drinking

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
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