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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 108 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

phishinNYC, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

jacobtulloch, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%
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!

, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -19.1%

xnicknj, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of 1p5v
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

1p5v, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

BeerPhan86, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pskiv, Dec 23, 2011
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

TEAMHOLT, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Shooter1960, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

blackened1339, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

fryer98, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

thedoubler55, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

soriondee, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jstewart1130, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

sweett3k, Dec 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cbyrd4088, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

spinrsx, Dec 08, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a small white head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is a tad on the weak side, but I get grapefruit, orange, hops, and malt. Not bad, just not quite there. The taste is mildly bitter, with a somewhat smooth fruit vibe as well. Mouthfeel is light, w/ average carbonation. Overall, this is an OK IPA, nothing outstanding here.

jayhawk73, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Donsmitty, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.