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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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615 Reviews
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Reviews: 615
Hads: 1,780
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 30
Gots: 288 | 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

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Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Reviews: 615 | Hads: 1,780
Photo of DragonzBreath
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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) (525 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of scootsmal
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of JakesCrew
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of JG-90
2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice two fingered head. Head was off white in color. Brew itself was a slightly brownish gold. Left some nice lacing to the sides of the glass. Had a nice hop flowery smell going on. Also notes of malt. Tasted of pine, malt, and a slight fruity taste. Also tasted slightly sweet. Had a after taste that was bitter. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was good also. Overall a good IPA. I got this beer from a friend. Ill definately buy when its available in my home state of Michigan (495 characters)

Photo of Calypso
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, creamy off-white head. Slightly cloudy copper color.
S: Minty, or perhaps pine resin, with citrus notes.
T: Hops and faint citrus. Pine. Hints of malt and toffee.
M: Medium body, light and crisp.
O: Very enjoyable session beer. Some different flavors than I'm used to from an American IPA, but well-balanced. (318 characters)

Photo of hays23
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Just such a bland beer. The appearance looks like your typical IPA. The hoppiness is certainly there. It hits you full in the mouth mid-sip, but the flavor is just not great. The after-taste leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, the after-taste is just bad. I love the IPA, but this beer doesn't really do it for me at all. Try a Sweetwater instead. (348 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in a trade. I think it has an extremely clever name. Lets hope it lives up to it.
Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Really? A twist off cap? Hmmm, interesting. Ok Hoptical Illusion pours a perfectly clear golden amber color with 1 to maybe 1 1/2 fingers of foamy white head that didn't linger very long but seems very sticky, leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as I drink.

S- Hoppy yes. Overly hoppy? No. Really wanted it to have more on the nose. Getting mostly pine aromas. Behind that resinous piney scent there is a solid amount of sweet caramel malt that really comes out as it warms.

T- A decent IPA. Pine is the dominate hop flavor coming though. Not getting much in the citrus or grapefruit dept. There is a strong amount of sweet caramel malt goodness that seems only slightly overpowered by the hops.

M- Maybe on the low side of medium body. Moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Slightly disappointed with this one. Maybe I hyped it up too much with the awesome name. Don't get me wrong, this is a solid easy everyday drinker. Just not worth seeking out if it's not available in your area. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a New Holland Brewing glass, Hoptical Illusion yielded a half-finger of white head which immediately dissipated. Minor lacing as I tilt the glass to and fro, with decent retention. The beer itself doesn't look like a whole lot, to be perfectly honest. Perfectly translucent light bronze color, with carbonation bubbles visible. We certainly 'can't judge a beer by its color', but this one is not a looker.

S: A strong, spicy hop scent hits the nose immediately with underlying caramel malt notes.

T: A moderate hop front end hits your palette, immediately followed by a grainy, almost Aspirin-like back end. The weak taste of this beer is rather unremarkable and the carbonation is a bit much for the style. I can't believe this is really a 6.8% ABV brew!

M: Rather oily and moist across the tongue with too much carbonation (as mentioned above).

O: Coming from a microbrewery, this is rather amateur stuff. This beer is more in line with what a 'Michelob take' on the IPA formula might be. A lack of complexity in all aspects, except smell, which is frankly misleading. Casual drinkers might give this a try, but serious IPA connoisseurs, steer clear- Hoptical ILLUSION indeed! (1,223 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to martin123012 for filling up my fridge with some hoppy goodness. A 12 oz. bottle sorely needed to soothe the nerves after listening the the clamor of a horde of 10-11 year old girls all night.

Pop goes the top, hand grabs the glass, & voila'! The bottle runneth over with foam. The pour doesn't seem so aggressively carbonated, light yellow. Not much sensory stuff coming off the surface, I have to sniff hard to come up with faint oily hops & sweet malt.

Hoptical Illusion is a beer I pursued because it's cousin, Rasta Rye, was so damn good, I hope this would follow in its footsteps. Negatory. One of the blandest tasting beers I've had in a long time - like the nose, there just ain't much home. Little sweet, little grain, grass, then a tiny hop tug of bitterness at the end. Weak, thin, almost watery.

This beer is boring, which almost worse than being really bad. All I taste is blahblahblah. Sub this for a micro & hardly anyone would notice. Sub-mediocre all the way. (991 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much but turned out I liked this one. Must have been very fresh. Pours golden copper with small white head. Aroma is fresh citrus, some tropical notes, and a nice caramel malt backbone. Nice balance here, with some sweetness in both the nose and the taste. This is what an IPA should be. Tropical pine notes on the flavor, with a nice sweetness coming from the malts that makes this come off as some slight pineapple or mango flavor (but not overly sweet). Bitter is right on, giving this a clean finish. Slick mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to make this easily drinkable. Was actually surprised by this one. (631 characters)

Photo of OneWheelJoe
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard, room temperature pint glass. The label is interesting. Let's leave it at that.

Appearance - Very light amber color. Translucent with a magnitude of carbonation bubbles. The head comes off very thin, but a large amount of bubbles continue to rise to the top long after the head has all but disappeared.

Aroma - An interesting combination of yeast and citrus scents are distinctly noticeable in the nose. The aroma can be hard to pick up at first, but diving into your glass nose will make it easier to find.

Taste - The prevalent flavor is citric in nature. The flavor is not as strong as the bite. Between the carbonation and the sharp hop notes, the taste falls a little by the wayside. The taste feels more similar to a pale ale than an IPA.

Mouthfeel - The body is light and pleasant. I would have no problem tossing a few of these back in fairly rapid fashion on a warm afternoon. The carbonation tingles all areas of the mouth before leaving a mild aftertaste, no sticky residue.

Overall - Slightly disappointed in the overall quality. The highest redeeming factor of this brew is the feel. It is an easy brew, if you are willing to sacrifice some of the key pleasantries of an IPA. (1,237 characters)

Photo of isaiahcutright
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber, white head quickly disappearing not much lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, sweet maltness, citrusy, a touch of crystal malt.

Taste:Citrusy, crystal malt, a bunch of C hops, nice hops, bitterness, and balanced by a sweet, rich but light malt bill.

Mouthfeel: light, sappy, resiny, good carbonation.

Overall a nice IPA wish I would have had a chance to buy more. (383 characters)

Photo of Mister_Falcon
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would expect this beer from some Macrobrewer as their entry into microbrew-a-like market, it's just so average.

Pours an gold/amber color with a half inch of head that sticks around for a few minutes. Smells like sickly sweet cheap malt scent I associate with the playing surface of a college beer pong table, I really don't sense that there's much hoppiness here.

There isn't. There isn't much in the taste of this beer either, at least good hops. Tastes sweet and malty and feels alright as it washes down.

I won't be recommending this beer to anyone if I ever find myself in the position to.

Edit: I stated earlier that this beer is average, but I will have to amend that to mean average for any beer someone might hand you at a cookout sight unseen. This is subpar for an IPA these days in my opinion. (812 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy dark amber with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Tempting as everything! Rich, hoppy aroma has a malty underpinning and a good fruity note. Generously hoppy flavor has a nice fruity and malty undertone; bitterness is not minimal, but not ferocious either. Got some woody, apple and grapefruit notes in there plus a hint of fresh-cut pine. Body is firm, and fizz is quite lively and persistent. Another must for IPA fanatics! (449 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a nice sized 1 finger head. Smell is huge piney hops and a malty sweetness. Taste is very hop forward the first sip is like drinking a christmas tree after a few sips you get a very nice citrus sweetness that goes down with a great malty backbone. mouthfeel is slightly thicker than most other beers in this style and carbonation is on the lower side. overall very good local beer i have had it a few times this summer in bottles but the fresh draft version is a completely different beast. (508 characters)

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fell short of my expectations...

Appearance - Probably the best thing about the beer. Poured into a tulip glass from bottle. 1 finger white head, tight bubbles at bottom and surface, larger in center.

Smell - Definitely not the best smelling IPA. Old hops, grassy, machinery-like smell (As if Budweiser tried to make an IPA). A little hint of metal.

Taste - Again, not impressed... Not floral, not citrusy, not piney, tasted like "manufactured beer" if you know what I mean.

Mouthfeel - watered-down IPA. Definately not medium-bodied or full-bodied

Overall - I'd take a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (stock beer) any day over this one in terms of an every-day "cheap" drinking beer. (683 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #199
Served On: 07/24/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware on summer vacation.

Look: Color was a lighter copper with a white 1-finger head that collapsed quickly leaving a thin film and some head lacing. Clarity level was high along with decent carbonation.

Smell: Aroma was of grassy and herbal hops. A sweet malt in the background. Nothing too pungent. Who knows what the intended aroma is without a bottle date?

Taste: First was an herbal and citrusy hop note that turned to all bitterness almost immediately. The middle was a malt sweetness and then more bitterness. Finish was mainly clean with some bitterness lingering.

I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. The name of the beer seemed to hype up the expectations of a more complex hop profile, and the beer just didn’t seem to deliver in my opinion. Won’t probably pick this up again. (965 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with big fluffy white head that leaves nice sheets of lace behind as it settles.

Aromas begin with citrus and piney hops and an underlying herbal/grassiness also hop generated. Fairly resiny and piney but there are also some sweet bready, toasted maltiness to back it up. Border-line caramel maltiness emerges more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose exactly. It has a well balanced flavor of pale, toasted bready, light caramel maltiness along with a substantial hop flavors of citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite dry and the bitterness lingers ever so slightly.

A slightly sweet caramel maltiness keeps this somewhat in check but this ale is most definently a hop bomb,a damn good east coast IPA glad to try it.

Overall this is a solid American IPA, nothing spectacular, just super solid. Well worthy to comsume at a local bar over the macro swill or the faux craft offerings. Recommeneded if you can get it fresh. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack. Brewed with "a rare hop grown exclusively on a small farm in Oregon. One taste and you’ll understand why we bought the entire crop. Our Hoptical Illusion IPA is brewed with a generous amount of this select hop that’s added five different ways for maximum hop flavor." No other ingredients listed. OG=1.064, 60 IBU’s, 6.8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep golden, forming a tall white creamy head with excellent retention and solid sticky sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. Appears filtered. The nose has a mild fruity and grapefruity hop nose with a hint of toffee, but more in the line with a pale ale than an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium. Kinda lighter bodied compared to other IPAs. Taste opens with grapefruit and a hint of mango, followed by a pleasantly sweet malt body, suggestions of grain husk and biscuits. Moderately firm bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. No perceptible off-flavors, but I don't really dig their yeast...kinda has that Dogfishhead character that I'm not a fan of.

An average beer, and an average IPA. It doesn't really do much for me. After sampling the 4 beers in this 12 pack, I'm not inclined to buy their stuff again. (1,209 characters)

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.