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Hoptical Illusion - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,645
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 160 | 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

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Beer added by: Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,645 ratings.