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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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623 Reviews
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Reviews: 623
Hads: 1,832
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 21.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 332 | 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

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Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Reviews: 623 | Hads: 1,832
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.


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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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Photo of watermelon
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date on the bottle

A: Clear orange gold body, with a white head. Head went away quickly, and left minimal lacing.

S: I can smell citrus hops as well as some bread flavors and malt. Not a very strong nose.

T: Decent taste, hops are a bit weak, but that alright with me. Malt is present, and there is just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Really pleasant mouthfeel, not super bitter, leaves a juicy feeling on the back teeth. The carbonation is decent for the style.

O: Its a decent single IPA, I would recommend it, as well as drink it again.

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Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light cloudy copper with a thin film of head. The nose is weak for an IPA. The flavor profile begins with a blast of oranges upfront followed by light malt flavor and a dry hop finish that gets more bitter as one drinks this offering down.

This offering started off below average and picked up a bit by the finish. However, in the end this is just a poor man's Two-Hearted and I am not a big fan of Two-Hearted.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting name, not sure what they are trying to say, but let's give it a whirl. Popping the top on this brew yields a complex aroma of butterscotch, brown bread and molasses. Pours into a SAPP to a pale orange bronze with a thin head that holds and clings as it slowly recedes. On the taste this brew starts up front with a strong citrus hopping somewhat grapefruity and orange zest blend with some butterscotch. After the initial hop flavor the sweetness of the malt appears for a moment then is masked by a charred bitterness that grows in intensity and clings to the palate. What this brew lacks in malt and mouthfeel is made up in a very complex and constantly transitioning hop flavor variety. Unusually chalky dry finish for an IPA. Something out of the ordinary, I find it tasty.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point Brewing
Hoptical Illusion

Pours a clear light copper, with a tightly beaded foam head.

Smells of citrus, sweet herb and caramel. A signature American IPA aroma with a strong hop scent and the caramel malt.

In the taste, caramel, citrus and other earthy notes. Pine, grapefruit pith, tangerine and clementine orange compete for dominance with caramel and the solid bitterness.

Medium bodied ale with a good level of carbonation and mild drying hoppiness. Flavors of citrus and pine linger in a nice hoppy finish.

This is what an American IPA was before the west coast explosion. A strong pale ale, with the usual trademarks of the style, citrus hops and caramel.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber color with a one finger of pure white foamy head. The head fades slowly over time leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a citrus smell. The citrus is a mix of grapefruit hop and some tangerine and orange. Along with these smells are some lighter notes of tropical fruits with some mango and pineapple as well as a bit of pine hop. Overall the aroma is sweet and nicely hopped.

Taste – The taste begins with a grapefruit hop flavor and some sweeter flavors of a tangerine nature. Along with these, are some bready flavors, with the three flavors (bready, tangerine, and grapefruit) creating a base for the beer. Soon after the initial taste other flavors of a light pine and a bit of caramel sweetness comes to the tongue. The tangerine in the base then starts growing more intense with it really sweetening the beer at the end. With more grapefruit hop coming to the tongue at the end of the taste as well, a rather sweet and citrusy hopped taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather nice for the blend of sweet and hoppy and make a rather enjoyable drinking brew overall.

Overall – A very tasty, sweeter, and citrusy IPA. Not a hop super-powerhouse, but very easy drinking, and more balanced then many. Quite nice.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden straw yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy head. Some nice lacing.

Smell - Pineapple, orange, grapes, lemon, Some caramel malts, added yeasty sugars. Maybe a little floral in the finish.

Taste - Light citric hops with some malts mixed in. Moreso farmhouse/floral like with big lemon and grape flavors. Has a tart grape flavor also. Some spices and added sugars give this some extra flavors but nothing too strong or bold. Finish has some grapefruit, orange and a crisp clean note.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets hops mixed with some sugars. Palate gets remaining citric hops, some malts and plenty of lemon crispness. The aftertaste is very crisp, dry hoppy, and clean.

Overall - Not bad, nothing groundbreaking here just easy to drink, not high hopped ipa. The amount of lemon and the farmhouse flavor/feel makes this a great summertime beer. Worth a drink.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.