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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1350
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%

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 ujsplace


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH chalice.

Pours a deep golden colored brew with a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of oily, resinous hops; piney and Earthy with some citrus notes.

Tastes like it smells for the most part. A tad on the mild side for me, but this is a good, easy drinking IPA.

Light and crisp, easygoing brew.

A good, not great IPA. Although this is a good brew, there are quite a few others that pack more punch, which is my preference, but this brew does stand well enough on its own - it's just a bit on the mild side. Great summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 21:46:33 | More by ujsplace
Photo of busterwhite


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with 1 finger head and no lacing. Smells of some citrus -tangerine, grapefruit, and some sweetness from the malt. Bitter taste up front followed by a tangerine/mango flavor. Grapefruit rind aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin with prickly carbonation. Overall an average IPA, thinness and carbonation drag it down a little.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:10:31 | More by busterwhite
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask IPAs... thank you jryans.

The beer pours a hazy, dark amber with a head that fades quickly and leaves rich white lacing down the sides. The beer is slightly warm to the touch which helps bring out bursting fruitiness reminiscent of pineapple rock candy and other various citrus fruits mellowed by the beer's intense sweetness. Tasting the beer lends a delicious blend of citrusy hops, slightly biting alcohol and tremendous sweetness. This is a highly drinkable cask ale with almost no bitterness in the aftertaste and minimal carbonation. Definitely slightly syrupy, but not gross. Tasty beer worth trying on cask!

Serving type: cask

05-14-2012 20:36:09 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of iHeartmanyHops

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautifuly rich amber color with a nice 2 finger head. Though it dissipates pretty fast, the first sight of this beer poured into a thick pint glass is amazing.

S: Pretty typical ipa smell. Definitely on the light side. Citrusy floral?

T: Wow! On the first tenth of a second of the first sip, tastes very light. Then the hops roll in like a freight train. Very strong citrus taster. Almost like your chewing grapefruit rind. Very slight honey or cherry undertone.

M: light and smooth. My mouth is watering... Literally.

Definitely a good beer. Lives up to its name with such a light smell and surprisingly bold flavor. Bought this in a mix a 6 pack, but will buy a few of these next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:22:29 | More by iHeartmanyHops
Photo of Brad007


4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. Not bad for the style. I love the artwork on the bottle!

Lightly hopped in the nose with a bit of citrus and buttery malt. It won't grab your nose.

Mango and grapefruit flavors from the hops with a peppery touch. Wow, you can almost taste the grapefruit juices. Again, very light for the style.

Lingering citrus at the back of the throat with not much else.

Wow. This is an underdog of sorts. You don't expect the hops until the liquid touches the tip of your tongue. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 05:03:05 | More by Brad007
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.
No "enjoy by" date.

A: It is a nice golden color and very clear. There is a about one-and-a-half fingers of a cream colored head. The head dispates fairly quickly.

S: The aroma is a blend of floral and pine with just a little underlying sweetness. Overall, the aroma is very mild.

M: It is dry and a little sticky, with a a good amount of carbonation.

T: The taste starts with an earthy and bitter hops, and only a touch of malt sweetness comes through to balance. Still, the hops bitterness is not over-the-top. There is a mildly bitter after taste that last a reasonably long time.

O: This is a good IPA, and the hops will get your attention; but, this just does not standout in todays' field of IPAs. The earthy bitterness and strong hop focus are what I expect from an IPA and this beer delivers. So, this is a good and enjoyable IPA, but it does not standout from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:41:02 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of ChrisPratz


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color, totally transparent. Fingers worth of head lingers around for awhile and then smooths out to a very nice thick lace.

S: Lots of floral hops with a great amount of sweet citrus flavors with some cherry and maybe some honey notes. Its almost teasing you to drink it. Very enjoyable.

T: Hops flavor comes on REAL strong, but the bitterness is kept to a minimum. Can taste pine flavors and alot of citrus; tangerine and most predominantly grapefruit bitters, even the rind flavor as it rolls across the palette. Also getting some pepper notes here which adds flavor. Bitterness isn't over powering and recedes quickly with a very crisp and clean after taste with some spice. Flavors seemed to work even better once it warmed a bit.

M: Mild carbonation, works very well with the bitterness and spicyness. Leaves a clean feeling on the palette. Not dry at all which surprised me with an almost 7% ABV.

O: Really enjoyed this beer. I always tell my friend i'm not a Hop-Head but this came out of left field and thoroghly impressed. Will def be enjoying this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:43:53 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of vicsju1991


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - nice amber colour, pretty clear, decent white head that stayed for a bit
S - hoppy, citrusy, absolutely delicious
T - very balanced ipa, starts out a little sweet and then the hop bite kicks in, the malts come through at the end
M - smooth creamy, a little thin but good overall
O - not a bad beer at all, but it looks and smells much better than it tastes

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:24:49 | More by vicsju1991
Photo of BEERchitect


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion is a strong flavored IPA that shows a firm malty taste and feel to balance the deeply resiny hop bitterness. Effortless and zesty to taste, the beer carries enough punch to appease the most dire hop head.

While pouring a hazy copper or bronze color, the beer builds a substantial head of ivory white foam with very solid staying power and leaving classic pockets of lace behind.

Deep aromatics of caramel and hops weave together to create a zesty citrus notion of oranges and grapefruit. Bready and somewhat yeasty, the beer also has the scent of freshly mulled grasses and herbs.

Strong flavors of malty caramels and sweet breads balance against the sharp citrus flavors of orange zest, bruised tangerines, and white grapefruit pith and pulp. As the session develops the beer turns hop forward and introduces the earthy and resiny bitterness of grasses, herbs (somewhat oniony an garlicy) until the biting taste of pine resin grips the throat in finish and reducing the malt flavors to a subtle support.

Firm textures of creamy maltiness resists a fade to dryness until late in the taste and keeping the beer a bit more balanced than is usual for IPAs. Alas, the hops prevail in bitterness, dryness, and mild grassy astringency in finish and provide a long resiny bitterness in aftertaste.

Hoptical Illusion is a substantial IPA that balances better than most- problem is that IPAs shouldn't be balanced; they should showcase hops and suppress malt flavor and feel. The hop profile seems muddled as to not show independent and tangible character. A drier beer, less sweet, and simplified hop profile would surely improve.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 16:07:12 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle a while back:

Everything about this beer is great except for the stated style. I would definitely call this a pale ale; not an India Pale ale. As a pale ale it's excellent. Great color, good pale ale flavor, great hop aroma and very good balance. Almost too much balance to be an IPA. Very good, however.


The cask version was similar and also very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2012 19:09:42 | More by david18
Photo of jondeelee


4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptical Illusion opens with a fruity, hoppy nose that is instantly enticing. The aromas seem split fairly evenly between oranges, apricots, berries, and touches of pineapple, and citrusy grapefruits and hints of pine resin from the hops. A light undercurrent of wheat bread and biscuit lies just beneath, providing a nice grounding effect. Overall, the nose is nicely sugary and hoppy, though far less hoppy than I would have expected, given the beer's name.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an immediate hop flavor blast that proves the name is still relevant. Huge pine and grapefruit rind notes dominate here, along with a good smattering of earthy, vinous hop oils that bring stem-like qualities to the hop profile. Bitterness is not excessive--60 IBUs--but the hop flavors are full, nuanced, and delightful, and better yet, retain much of their strength through subsequent mouthfuls. The beer does boast other flavors, including a nice complement of orange and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugars and touches of wheat bread. But the hops take center stage here, as well as largely dominating the aftertaste, which burns with grapefruit rind and pine, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, bearing not only a good amount of bitterness, but a balanced and flavorful hop profile that avoids the pitfalls of its single-flavor competitors by offering a variety of tastes, all the way from grapefruit to pine to dandelion stem. Better, the beer contains just enough sugar to support the bitterness, but not enough to overpower it. Good fare.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:10:35 | More by jondeelee
Photo of gaugebozo

New York

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Extremely sudsy, clear, deep amber.
S - A bit of citrusy hops, not much else.
T - Strong pale ale levels of citrusy bitterness and hop flavor. Little bit of caramel malt, not strong malt or yeast flavors.
M - Medium carb for the style, medium body, alcohol well hidden.
O - ok IPA, maybe more in the pale ale style. If they're going to call it an IPA, could really use more hop smell, and a little more hit of bitterness. Possibly a good "in" to someone who isn't experienced with the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:17:58 | More by gaugebozo
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice example of an American pale ale.

Pours a clear and bright reddish amber with limited head, surprising given the almost excessive carbonation in the mouthfeel. Beautiful aroma of caramelized malts highlighted by the citrus hop notes. The flavour is very enjoyable, but thinner than anticipated by the aroma. Malt sweetness with pink and white grapefruit underpinnings followed by a pleasantly dry & lingering finish.

Definitely a beer I'd purchase again, although not (yet) the absolute pinnacle of its style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 22:42:25 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of adam42381


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium gold/caramel color with a 1-2 finger frothy off-white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bitter citrus with a touch of pine and sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet and bitter citrus up front followed by a touch of black pepper and sweet malt in the middle before ending with pine. Aftertaste is bitter and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very solid beer overall. I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:09:08 | More by adam42381
Photo of TeHStalker


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Glass has a Golden ambery colour with a white head that lingers.

S: Decent pine scent also get some faint citrus coming through.

T:Smooth up front with a balanced hop character. Not very bitter but definitely decently hopped. A bit dry as well mainly towards the finish.

M: Nice feel on the pallet seems to strike a good balance of carbonation among other.

Overall: I like this beer as a easy to drink IPA. Not one of my favorites by any means but it is a solid brew from top to bottom.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:47:31 | More by TeHStalker
Photo of DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on a visit to the Blue Point Brewery Tasting Room over the summer.

A: The beer was a light amber color with a decent head and some mild lacing.

S: Floral smell of hops and a light malt smell.

T: The beer had a good taste. It seemed like a nice balance of floral and bittering hops. On the back of the tongue there was some malt taste.

M: This beer tasted well bodied with a dry hops taste.

O: This is a good, easily consumable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 16:45:26 | More by DapperGrowler
Photo of david131


3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear yellow/ orange liquid with a creamy white half-finger thick head that has pretty good retention.

S- Grass, pine, caramel, orange rind steamed vegetables, apples, and black pepper.

T- Earthy and herbal up front with some pine bitterness. Lingering citrus and caramel. Simple.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps it light and just a bit spicy.

O- Drinks alright, but I find nothing to be unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:48:03 | More by david131
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A really bright amber color provides the base for a two-finger head; plenty of sticky lace action

Smell: Sugar-coated grapefruit esters

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors are quickly shuffled aside by the citrusy hops, with both bitterness and surgary sweetness building by mid-palate; floral and citrusy, after the swallow, with perhaps a hint of apricot

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very quaffable West Coast style IPA; perhaps a bit to sugary for my palate, but still a good example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 18:57:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- Light Yellow/Gold. Pretty light with medium to light head

Aroma- Hop forward with pine and citrus notes

Taste- Intense grapefruit flavor. Not overwhelming but certainly fairly present. Interesting, because it starts a little slow, but revs-up in the second half and pushes forward with the grapefruit.

MF- Just about right for carbonation. Enough to know that it is there, but not so much that it overwhelms and takes away from the taste.

This beer is a little bit lighter in appearance than I expected from an ipa. The nose is certainly that of an ipa. The taste is interesting, because it is subtle when it hits your pallet and then the backend fills-in with flavor. I love the name of name of this beer, because the appearance and the frontend give you the illusion that this beer is light in flavor and then reveals the flavor at the end. Overall, I think this a good ipa. The hops are heavier in grapefruit than I expect in an ipa, but it is accessible for the non-hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:41:49 | More by Kyrgyzbrewer
Photo of chefhatt


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a light gold color body with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell is of hops and a little grapefruit come through and smoe pine notes also. The taste is very hoppy up front then mellows a little bit on the back of the tongue. This one has a nice mouth feel and overall is a average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:03:21 | More by chefhatt
Photo of

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Grabbed this bottle out of a friends fridge the other day. Usually enjoy a nice IPA, not this one.
The citrus taste is overwhelming to me, really hard to pick up on any other flavors, even the hops are masked.
Almost tasted grapefruit-ish, which I didn't care fore and just all around acidic.
Won't try again, but then again, its just not my style!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:12:37 | More by
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool label, cool name. This IPA is bound to attract hopheads. The twist off cap was somewhat of a letdown for me, I just don't understand the reasoning behind using this over your normal tightly sealed craft beer cap.

A - Pours a surprisingly clear straw golden color with just about half finger of some off-white head. Lots of carbonation evident bubbling up. One of the most clear IPAs I have ever poured, doesn't appear any different than your normal domestic macro.

S - Lots of sweet nutty malt and citrus hops. Some earthy/piney notes in there as well.

T - Balanced and refreshing. Lots of sweet malt up front that rides out to somewhat of a disjointed hop profile. It's not overly hopped for an IPA and what is there is mostly grapefruit hops, and yet it's so light and quenching that it is still pretty good. Not your normal heavily hopped IPA, maybe more of an APA in my book.

M - A bit thin and watery, but the carbonation is spot on.

O - Pretty light for an IPA but still very well balanced and pleasing to drink. The alcohol level is very well hidden and may bite you on the ass due to the drinkability of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:50:03 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice copper tint, that had no head at all and barely any lacing around the glass.

S- Average IPA, notes of grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes on the tail end.

T- Lots of Hops, I felt the bitterness was very straightforward with this brew. Grapefruit and booze on the tail end. Not to bad of balance.

M- Medium Bodied not to much carbonation.

O- A simple IPA, with strong bitterness and notes of everything IPA'S have to offer. A pretty good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 16:47:01 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of sweett3k


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a long day at work, went hunting and missed a nice 6 point
whitetail time to stop at the pub. I saw this mystical pyramid tap stated HOPTICAL ILLUSION. I love my IPA my day/night just got better.
A: orangey brown in color. Head disipates to pencil thin. Lacing is loght but sticky.
S: For an IPA not a big blast of aroma you would expect. Very mild with notes of floral and seet hops
T: The flavor is the best part. Hoppy and mellow with hints of citrus and a nice honey end note.
M: A great smack in the mouth with a dry bitter tastey bite.
O: A nice IPA up to most standards if the aromas where tighter I would give it a higher score.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 02:26:30 | More by sweett3k
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and it comes across is slightly watery. I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also notes of lemons, apricots and a touch of grapefruit. Unfortunately the beer has an odd sweetness to it.. almost like it contains a packet of splenda/sugar twin. It ends with a caramel and sugary sweet aftertaste with only a bit of hop bitterness.

Overall - I'm really surprised at how highly this beer is rated on this site. Either they changed the recipe or I had an old/bad batch. It's very unbalanced and the flavours are really weak. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 20:01:53 | More by spinrsx
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.