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Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Hoptical IllusionHoptical Illusion
BEER INFO

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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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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Photo of undeadozzy
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Boddington's pub glass vigorously. Massive head that leaves insane lacing around glass, nice sticky look. Perfect golden amber hue with some columns of carbonation rising to the surface. Good lookin' beer!

S - Picking up a burst of hops, that then kinda dies down into nothin. Still feel some citrusy cereal sweetness that also fades away.

T - First taste is a powerful bitter punch of hops, some corrosiveness and acidity with huge licks of citrusy lemon and a little pineapple. Aftertaste is some salty cracker and pound cake heaviness, maybe even some cereal sweetness at the end. Very pleasant flavor.

M - Smooth and sticky at the same time, it really lingers on the inside of your mouth, but it feels opaque, like something's missing.

O - Not a bad IPA by any means, quite the opposite actually, wonderful flavor and color. A great beer for the end of a hard day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 2622-11:55-7C. Sampled on July 23, 2013.

The color is generally medium amber to copper or maybe orange with an off-white head that sticks around for most of the session. Slight cloud.

The nose has a likable earthy hop feel with pale malts, a little citrus, and an overall clean ester.

The body is light to medium but it does come with a slight astringency.

Unlike the aroma the taste brings forward the earthy hoppiness ahead of everything else followed by a decent biscuit malt palate and some sweetness. It finishes a little dry and lingers briefly. A drinkable IPA.

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Photo of FLima
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a one finger thick head with average retention and leaving laces.
Nice fruity aroma, tropical fruits and grapefruit.
Flavorful fruity, citrus and floral hoppy taste, with notes of guaraná, pineapples, grapefruits and pine. Hints of resin and toasted malts. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Well executed beer, very pleasant to drink. Super balanced... for hop heads like me.

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Photo of apants007
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

a: light gold or amber... thin, quick head. The color seems a bit thin to me... it looks fine, but nothing special.

s: a little citrus bite, some nice round malt...

t: bye bye malt, hello hops! the malty smell disappears and the hops come in full force... in a good way, not too piney, nicely bittersweet, the orange is still there, some hints of sweet and sour chicken...

mf: medium-light carbonation and fairly light body pair well with the full tongue bitterness...

a good beer. probably won't be my go to IPA but i will likely pick up another single from time to time.

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Photo of hackmann
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice clear golden-amber body with a thin white head that was gone in a second; lacing on the glass with each sip but nothing clinging to the glass

Aroma: faint overall, some fruit, biscuit, touch of sea grass

Flavors and Mouthfeel: crisp, light crisp citrus bitterness, faint stone fruit, light toasted grains, malty backbone, firm carbonation, moderate citrusy aftertaste, prickly feel on the back and aftertaste, refreshing feel for an IPA

To the Point: a nice tasting IPA or PA; not big or bold; just easy to drink;

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Two fingers worth of ultra lush, slightly fizzy, moderate creamy, delicate and fluffy off-white colored head... Rock solid retention... A near infinite amount of swirling moderate to rapid paced carbonation throughout... The color is a vibrant light bronze with some distinctive amber hue... There is a slight haziness as well... Rings of lacing clings to the glass...

S - More malts than hops, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing... Caramel... Toasted malts... Loads of cracker and biscuit... The hops are present, but take a distant back seat... Once encountered they are of a light tropical fruit presence... A light hint of bubble gum as well...

T - The taste is a near mirror image of the aroma... A heavy malt base... Biscuit... Dough... Caramel... Lightly toasted malts... The hops again take a back seat... The are equal parts piney, citrusy, and earthy... Nothing earth shattering, but solid all the way around...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lush to start... Crisp in the middle... Finishes smooth with just a slight touch of dryness... Limited carbonation... Even and consistent... Very nice...

D - What we have here is a simple, straight-forward and unpretentious American IPA... Quaffability of off the charts... If you're looking for a hop bomb, you may want to reconsider... If you're looking for an enjoyable, well-round, malt-forward American IPA... Lucky for me I enjoy both types...

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super clear yellow orange...very much a looker here. Smells hoppily floral, and fruit and pine and hops and little malt or grain note to go along. Tastes great...low malt showcasing the hops. Nice bitterness and mouthfeel throughout. Like this one a whole lot and would get this again.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this off tap at the green dot in detroit, served to me in a mug.

A: is a dark gold color with a short off white head with medium amounts of lacing.

S: crisp scent, wheat, citrus, and of course hops

T: very smooth, crisp, wheat, citrus, malts, herbs, with a strong hop finish, but not as extreme as other IPAs I have had, so I'd say it's fairly mild but still quite present.

M: refreshing, light body, medium carbonation

O: First beer from Blue point, not too bad, not a big fan of IPAs but this was fairly decent, not to say they skimped on the style, the hops were super evident, just a bit more mild and more citrus, recommended.

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Photo of DragonzBreath
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion...I got this one from the Tap at Ashleys Throw down.
Saugatuck brewery verses Blue Point.. Copper color with a nice, small white foam.
As I raised it to my mouth, the aroma of a meadow deep within a pine forest hit me hard.
The smell of this IPA is unlike any I have smelled. Taste was the same. The hops are unusual in here..interesting taste and flavor. a must try for the IPA lovers in the house...Very little citrus and a bit light at the end. Abv 6.80
(Saugatuck Brewery one by 4 pints)

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a six-pack, code 2622 11:41 7E (whatever the hell that means).

A moderate pour generates 1/2" of short-lived bubbly white head, disappears quickly leaving a meniscus of dense white foam along the glass. Some very spotty watery lace. Clear copper colored brew. Smells of a malty candy-like sweetness, light and clean, with a nice dose of hop riding on top of that. A good mix of bitter floral, fruity hop. Taste follows right from the smell. A nice pungent resiny hop bite is really upfront and lasts straight through to the finish. The hop is mostly a strong generic bitterness, with some floral, fruity, herbal flavors playing second fiddle. Body is a little thicker than something I'd call crisp... has a little sweet viscosity... but rigorous carbo cuts right though it easily.

Overall a decent IPA, though it'd be a heck of a lot better if the hop was more diverse and flavorful.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep golden color, brilliant clarity, thin head doesn't last.

S: Pine, floral and crystal malt aromas. Clean alcohol appears as it warms. Weak for an IPA.

T: Piney hops up front, then some citrus and fruity notes. Finishes with firm hop bitterness and crystal malt flavors. Very clean.

M: A little watery (despite the pretty substantial ABV and heavy crystal malt).

O: I'd like to see more going on; this is more of a slightly overbittered pale ale than an IPA. Pleasant but not exceptional in any way.

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Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a three finger white head.

S- Grapefruits, some tropical fruits, some caramel malts.

T- Citrus, touch of tropical fruits, some pine/resin bitterness in the finish, decent malt backbone. Flavors are good but a little weak.

M- Smooth, body is a little light.

O- Pretty good, has enough hops, but could be bigger. Feel that this would be a great be for summer.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Living on Long Island, I love that we have great local breweries that produce quality beers like this one.

Color and clarity are nice, with mild carbonation and patchy lacing.

The aroma is sensational. One that's freshly bottles and poured can be smelt from a foot away. Fruit leaning towards tropical varieties such as passion fruit and pineapple with nice hops molded in leads to many reveling moments of appreciation for the aroma.

Flavors glide gracefully across the palate with the hops not being overwhelming or aggressive. For an IPA, actually very mild. A great 'any-time' or summer IPA. Notes of pineapple, white tea with just enough hops lead to a refreshing feeling, with a nice cloying finish. Each sip makes you hungrier for the next.

As stated prior, a great starter or anytime IPA for the warmer months.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 16th, 2012, poured into a regular old pint glass. It's pretty old.

Appearance: Gold/copper color depending on the lighting. Head bubbles away pretty quickly. Lacing's patchy.

Smell: Mild malt and hop characteristics... seeing as how the beer's about 10 months old, I feel like a lot of the aroma has gone away. Subtle, but nice nose on this one.

Taste/feel: Despite it being as old as it is, it's still a very enjoyable IPA ... certainly above average. While there's nothing too unique about it (other than its awesome name), it's delicious and drinkable as hell. The tea-like hops in Hoptical Illusion make it very refreshing. I think of most IPAs as a summer or spring-ish beer (especially those made by Lagunitas), and this one certainly fits that bill. The lack of extreme bitterness and nice balance would make this beer a great starter's IPA. There's nothing offensive about it, and it's just a really solid beer.

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Photo of scootsmal
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a MYO 6 Pack as id been eyeing it for a while.

A - Pourly a very clear straw to golden color, small head no lacing at all

S - pretty unique smell, dont catch alot of hops at all. Some citrus smell. not bad.

T - Unique again, definitely cant point it to another similar IPA. Some citrus, little hops, maybe a little grass.

M - Very light feel to it, not IPA'ish at all.

O - Average at best. Like i said unique but not in a 'must have again' way. I would almost consider it a LIPA (Light IPA), easy on the palette.

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Photo of JakesCrew
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - straw colored with minimal lacing
S - Peachy, lychee, floral, fresh. Very pleasant Spring aroma.
T - Bitter, weak hops, no malt. Poorly balanced with little complexity. Grass and grapefruit.
M - Unremarkable. Medium to above average carbonation.
O - A very lackluster beer. Smell raised expectations of a good IPA. Hoptical Illusion is an appropriate name.

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Photo of JG-90
2.08/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into glass

A - Pours medium-large head, recedes to a small head with minimal lacing

S - Not a strong smell, malt, bread, perhaps a little citrus/ flower as well

T - At first is light and rather tasteless for an IPA, finishes with bitterness and alcohol flavor

M - high carbonation, very light body for an IPA

O - Just not enough flavor to go along with the alcohol bite and bitterness for an IPA. I think that cutting down on the alcohol bite would make this a good beer.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.