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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 68 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004)
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Photo of rtepiak


3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a good look and formal attire. Gold with a mild carbonation of big bubbles. Nose of mild minerals... Apple and pine resin... And mild aromatics. Palate is mineral dry, husk and fingernails. Hop pine apple and a separate booze. Bitter is a part of caramel and dryness. Feels like a pedantic over interpretation. Rather simple and average but tight around the corners.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:36:20 | More by rtepiak
Photo of neophilus


2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A fluffy, white head crowns the top of this crystal clear brew. The head slides off the sides of the glass but maintains some body as it slowly dies down. The color is of a pure yellow I normally associate with a pilsener - neither straw-like nor possessing any amber hue. Within a few moments the head has fully died down.

I go in looking for hop aroma but I get mostly malt up front. I look more carefully and find the hops I'm looking for, but quite faint and hiding behind the sweet and heavy malt scent. After some warming I am reminded of the unpleasant odor of a bar after the late night crowd has been ushered out.

I take a first sip - but something is missing. There is a dull and flat bitterness that hangs over my tongue. The taste is slick and oily, there are hops here but they are not coming out to play. It is definitely hoppy but more bitter than flavor or aroma. The aftertaste leaves mild bitterness with more oily hop residue. Letting the beer warm does nothing to improve the beer and brings out a sticky malt flavor.

I've had this beer about a year ago and remember liking it much more than this. I will try this beer again in the future to see if this 6 pack was not fresh or a fluke and if so re-rate accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 00:40:11 | More by neophilus
Photo of stckhndlr


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a Hooters in Norfolk, VA
Review is from notes

A- No head really, just a golden clear looking ale.

S- Strong hops and fruity smells.

T- hop flavor, with floral and fruits assisting. really pops on the palate.

M- Smooth and not too over hopped or bitter.

O- it's a good brew but its not anything super WOW. just a little above average I would say. Just has a lot of fruitiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:26:43 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of pburland23


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a golden orange color, quite clear, with a finger of bright, white head. Fairly typical looking pint of IPA.

Aroma is hoppy and a touch bitter. Nothing really stands out in terms of the smell. The taste is citrusy, but the flavor doesn't pop or stand out.

Mouthfeel is average. Again, nothing too exciting. Overall, as you can probably guess, there isn't much going on here in my opinion. It's a good, middle of the road IPA, nothing to seek out when there are so many outstanding American IPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:01:30 | More by pburland23
Photo of HoopTime


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

A- Bright golden, orange tint pour with a modest, white head that dissipates leaving next-to-no lacing. Clear, with heavy carbonation bubbles when first poured.

S- Fruity hops hit the nose with a grapefruit wallop as the beer pours. In the glass it's a little more reserved, but the hops leads the aroma with piney, herbal backing.

T- Hoppy bitterness dominates the taste. At first it is very citrus, pineapple like, but the backside is a little earthier hoppiness. But it is hops throughout, with not much sweetness to smooth the heavy dose of hops

M- Medium body, not nearly as carbonated as it looked when it was first poured.

O – This is not a bad beer. But there is nothing outstanding, or special about it. It's just pretty much a solid, middle of the road American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:04:39 | More by HoopTime
Photo of metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, citrus flavors from the hops stand out in the taste, although these aren’t quite as prominent because they are subdued by caramel flavors and hints of sweetness from the underlying malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because there is a good balance between the hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:02:37 | More by metter98
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours a clear gold with thin white head, fades quickly to a thin ring, leaving a couple of blobs of lace. Smell: lightly grainy and fruity (apricot), hopping is floral and grassy with a note of orange peel. Balanced from the nose. Taste: sweet pale malt, lightly toasted, grassy with notes of orange and grapefruit. White grape. Body is somewhat fluffy with some oily hop presence. Enjoyable for sure, though nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 22:23:36 | More by babaracas
Photo of chilly460


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice gold/copper color with a bright white head that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing.

S- Very pungent nose leads with grapefruit, peaches, and some pineapple. Extreme fruity hops.

T- Much like the nose, hops hit first providing grapefruit and pineapple flavors. It finishes with a solid malt backbone with a slight caramel flavor.

M- About right for the style not too thick or carbonated.

O - Pretty good version of the style. The aroma stood out as the most impressive aspect, the other points are all solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 15:26:36 | More by chilly460
Photo of micromaniac129


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color with a dense white head.
Well carbonated, clear and good lacing.
Citrus hops are present in the aroma as is a malty backbone.
Bitter tasting with great hop flavor. I can taste grapefruit and other citrus tones as well as light pale malt backbone.
Pretty clean and balanced but there is a bitter slifghtly dry finish lingering into the aftertaste.
I think this is a pretty good all round beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:59:36 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

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

Served in a flared half pint glass.

The body is a translucent light gold color. There's a 1/2 finger head and decent lacing, and lazy carbonation bubbles rise.

Pleasant fruity, tropical, citrus aromas and flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. A very smooth, aromatic, hoppy beer without any biting bitterness... BUT I like the bitterness which is lacking here!

Balanced dry/sweet with little to no pine. This beer is all about balance and late hop additions. There is some of the metallic taste rubs off from the cap. These are twist off caps and that probably has something to do with it.

Mouthfeel is nice. Light body, smooth, easy drinker.

My second favorite Blue Point beer. Their Pale Ale takes the cake and Toasted Lager comes in third.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 22:12:53 | More by aficionado
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy gold color with a frothy bubbling cauldron of a head. Amazing retention like a fluffy Care Bare cloud car stalled atop my ever diminishes beer. Leaves clumpy tufts of lace. Unfortunately only one of the three HIs in the mix packed looked this good. Minus .5 for inconsistency.

Aroma is wonderful skunky, leafy, wet citrus hops. A lil' spicy.

Light body, almost a bit thing but sticky hop resin saves the day somewhat. Citrus hops with a spice that blends into the slightly juicy and mildly dry at the finish malt character. Not much malt to speak of, even for an IPA.

Neck label claims that ancient Egyptians stuffed their pillows full of hops to have enlightening dreams. If you want really lucid dreams take a mega dose of vitamin C before you go to bed - it will knock your socks off. I kid you not.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:30:05 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear, dark golden/amber with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit fruity with some citrus flavors mixed into a floral aroma in the nose. The hops seem to dominate the aroma but there is a bit of sweetness here as well off in the background.

The taste is hoppy and scratchy with some fruity bitterness. There is a balance there as the malt flavor evens things out a bit with a sweetness that is relaxing after being hit with hops.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a slightly crispy mouth feel. It is smooth going down and is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:12:34 | More by Duhast500
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poored a deep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable, if I had more access to this I could be in trouble! Overall highly recommended, excellent hop bomb!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:35:06 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very much disappointed that it was a twist off as I was looking for a few more standard bottles for homebrew. ow well... Sounded like ginger ale pouring. I figured it would be overly carbonated but it wasn't. Light amber with off white head which quickly dissipated. Floral aroma with some earthy fruit. Starts light, then a floral hop bite followed by some earthiness and ending sort of metallic like. In summary, reasonably true to style. Nothing a hop head is going to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:38:54 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber color, minimal head. Scent is of earthy and floral hops, faint hint of pine an dcitrus, decent nutty and carmely background. First sip follows scent, bitter earthy hops are present, big nutty and semi-sweet carmel backbone, touches of pine on the finish. Medium bodied, lower carbonation for the style. A decent IPA, more malty than expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 15:12:27 | More by rfgetz
Photo of aepb1


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

On tap at Joe's Place, notes from phone

A- Amber semi-opaque body with a creamy white head

S- Herbal and earthy hops

T- Caramel malt up front that provides a nice body with lots of hops all through it too

M- Medium-bodied and a good level of carbonation

D- Easy to drink and will likely return when back at Joe's

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 15:12:40 | More by aepb1
Photo of Tartarus


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A&S: Translucent golden amber with little head to speak of, the thin layer of head clings to the edges of the glass. Smell is of faint citrus hops.

T&M: Tasty citrus hops, slight carbonation, medium bodied mouthfeel.

D: Definitely could drink a couple of these in one sitting, not a bad brew with pretty good IPA taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 03:22:23 | More by Tartarus
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got two impressions of this beer from one six pack:

"Fresh" from the store fridge, kept very cold, didn't notice 2 bottles were frozen.

"Less than fresh" after I lugged around a few bottles and they reached room temperature, were jostled around a bit, but drank a day later.

The difference was noticeable in the smell and taste as far as hops go.

Pours with a booming head when at the proper temperature and has a wonderful bouquet of citrus/hop scents which becomes sweeter and more honey like as the brew warms up. The beer has a good hop bitterness and flavor with an excellent balance of malt and an ever-so-slight pleasant booziness which is acceptable at 6.8%. Carbonation makes it not too sweet and the beer *when fresh* is very refreshing. Very average if not handled properly.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 12:58:46 | More by wcintula
Photo of smakawhat


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Kramer's books in DC into a shaker pint glass.

A slightly cloudy amber to burnt orange body shows up. A simple small creamy cream colored head was poured in a faint light brown color. There is some visible carbonation and the drink leaves excellent lacing.

First whiff on the nose is some simple hop, but it gets more malt forward afterwords, only some small citrus hints out but not much. Caramel malts although small come out to be much forward than anything else. It is a good nose I'll say that much.

The first thing upon tasting is how wet this is. Unfortunately it's a little watery, however there is a real good dried bread and hop sensation, but then also some sweet malts that come through which feels a little unusual for this style. The finish also felt to me really "quick".

Despite all this, this is a very easy drinking IPA for the style, and has good things to find and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 00:30:20 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Kadonny


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

Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a one finger white head. Some glass lacing.

S: Bready, biscuity malts with some nice herbal and piney hops. A bit of fruit is detected.

T: Slight hop bitterness first with some citric flavors. They get overcome by the real deep biscuit sweetness with some caramel sweetness. Heavy malt allows the herbal and pine hops come out a bit, but the malt takes over to finish out the beer. A bit of bitterness on the end but not in large amounts. Sort of a one dimensional beer that could use some more hopping IMO.

M: Actually a bit thin. No real bitterness and nothing lingers.

D: Not bad, but it would be better with some more hops to balance.

Overall this is a decent IPA, but nothing I would go out of my way for. I think if they hopped it up a bit to balance the malt sweetness it would do wonders for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 15:36:51 | More by Kadonny
Photo of mrbeery

New York

4.93/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just poured this out of a cask and it looks like crap. It looks flat...BUT IT'S NOT! It's cold out of the cask and it's delish. maybe I am bias cause I am a Long Island guy but this could be one of the greatest moments of my life. I am going to be at the Blue Point cask festival this month, can't tell you how hoppy I am.

Serving type: cask

03-05-2011 00:48:51 | More by mrbeery
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very good looking golden color, head does not take long to fade, no lacing.
The smell is about the same as most AIPAs
Taste is hoppy up front, Hoppy in the middle, and hoppy in the finish, sweet taste, slight malt back bone at the finish that balances this one out.
Mouthfeel is nice, good amount of carbonation, medium body
Drinkability is high on this one, I will definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:29:08 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of negroobserver

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

C: Clear Golden Sunflower color. Pours with about an inch of head which dissipates quickly and leaves behind some light lacing.

S: HOPS!!! WONDERFUL HOPS!!! Light sweetness. Woody herbal scent. Earthy moss.

T: Hops totally dominate this beer. Moderate Bitterness at the front. The hoppy flavors fill the mouth and nostrils in the middle and it finishes with a moderate bitterness, which builds into a much stronger bitter taste.

M: Nice carbonation. Not too overwhelming. It has good texture and depth.

D: Enjoyable beer. I could probably drink another, but probably not more than that.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 04:12:07 | More by negroobserver
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a disappointing Oatmeal Stout, I gave Blue Point another try with the Hoptical Illusion.

Poured a golden amber color. Bright and sunny.

Smell was very hoppy as it should be. A hint of citrus mixed with a generous amount of hops and malt.

Quite balanced for such an intense IPA. Makes for easy drinking.


Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 19:13:04 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of kirok1999


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light gold with a decent head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace.
Smell is piney and herbal. Slight sweetness comes through as it warms up a bit.
Taste is a bit dry and astringent. Lots of pine and some grass and hay. Mildly carbonated and smooth on the tongue. Easy to drink and a well crafted AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:24:21 | More by kirok1999
Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
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