Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPABlue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bonbright7 on 01-28-2007

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a goblet a deep slight hazed burnt orange-like color a thinner but well retained head atop.Not really DIPA in my mind in the nose or the palate for that matter,big caramel amd brown sugar malt with hints of cherry and apricot with just a noticable bit of peppery hop.A real noticable alcohol burn shows thru right away cutting thru the big caramel,sweet cherry and citrus fruit, the hops wich give off a slight apricot and peach flavor do not stand out much at least not enough for the style...in my opinion.I really thought this was gonna be better I almost bought a growler last week honestly Iam glad I didnt.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cask at the Brazen Head (Bklyn NY) as part of their tri annual cask fest, poured pretty hazy, almond amber with a typical tan head and slight lacing. Herbal, citrusy hop crunch, not overpowering. Ample malt to provide balance...in a world thankfully awash with quality DIPAs, this one is somewhere in the middle of the pack, certaintly worth a try, but nothing all too special

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

A very pleasant earthy, herby, spicy hop nose over traces of biscuit and light grain.
Pours hazy amber under a 1" amber tinted white head.
Very rich, creamy caramel biscuit palate finished with a rich does of grassy hops well into the aftertaste.
Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol is slightly warming but deceptive. Very well balanced and well rounded beer with no sharp edges.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper amber hue with a large off whtie headleaves fine even lacing around my sampling glass. Aroma has some grapefruit, citrus mixed with mild floral tones really hoppy upfront with a bit of discernable malt caramel sweetness. Flavor wise more hoppiness iwth grapfefruit peels and floral mustiness colliding quite a hop kick with a touch of caramel malt sweetness and biscuit flavors attempting to balance this out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly cabonated clings to the palate quite well with the oily hops remaining on the palate long after each sip and during the course of a pint this has a cumulative effect. Drinkability is decent a solid all around DIPA although with so many better examples flowing beside this one it would be hard to return here. Those other beers flowing beside you ask well Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and Nugget Nectar those are no brainers.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point- No Apologies

Appearance- Hazy/ cloudy orange with a thick white head. Heavy lacing throughout the beer.
Smell- Alcohol! with cherries, peach/ apricot, plum, and pine oil.
Taste- Big bitter pine oil with a huge dose of dried fruits, raisin, apricot, cherry, prune. Green unripe hop flavor makes up a strong body and alcohol is present throughout.
Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol and bitter earthy hops.

Overall- This is a mighty strong sipping beer here. 1 or 2 should be the limit otherwise you're in for some trouble.

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - amber with an orange haze; 1/4" of white head; little retention

S - bread, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol

T - bread, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, candy sugar, dark fruit

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Delicious. It's malty and hoppy and very well balanced. Some characteristics tend toward a barleywine. I very much enjoyed this beer through and through.

Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at the brewery.

A - Orange pout with a thin tan foam that clears quickly. Very clear, nice lacing, and minimal carbonation.

S - Scent is of oily hops, some kind of tropical fruit (mangos?), and a bit of pine.

T - Flavor has a fruit sweetness, and a blast of hoppy bitterness. Well balanced. I'd say the best part is how the flavor isn't over the top and the residual sugar gives it a complexity that isn't common in a DIPA. I found it enjoyable.

M - Thick, raspy, and feels like a big IPA. Even though the balance is good you will feel this one.

O - One of the better Blue Point products. I can expect that fresher is better. I would not look for this in bottles.

Photo of mangledorf
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured very appropriately for a double or imperial IPA. Strong smells of hop and alcohol. First taste is a big wow. Strong everything. Unfortunately as my mouth got used to the strong tastes, I began to notice the slickness of the liquid and it wasn't pleasant.
I'm sorry to say that this one certainly packs all its punches in the first blow. Sort of deteriorates as the glass empties.
Try one. But don't buy a whole case (or a whole growler) unless you know better.

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a beige merangue loking head that slowly settles into a rocky cap, leaving plenty of chunk lacing.

The aroma is a big tropical fruit hop presence. Mango, pineapple, and orange dominate the aroma. A bit herbal. Has a candied like sweetness. Some honey and toffee like notes from the malt.

The taste is of tropical fruit hop notes as well but there is more bitterness and more of a malt presence. Orange and pineapple bring the sweet candied flavors. There is a light resin bitterness to keep the tropical fruit notes in check. The malt is also quite sweet. Lots of honey and toffee notes. The malt is also quite bready. Some grassy notes in the end.

The beer is well bodied with prickly carbonation. Very sweet between the tropical fruit hops and malt. This is offset with a piney/resiny bitterness. As sweet as it starts, its not sticky or syrupy.

Too sweet for my liking in a DIPA, borders on hoppy barley wine. Just not a fan of the hop profile coupled with a big sweet malt but it is well made and others will like this.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste also has flavors of caramel and grapefruit and has a good balance between the malts and hops. It shares some characteristics with the flavors you would expect in a barleywine, except for the alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste, it is very smooth and there is also a good balance between the malts and hops.

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky copper hue with a finger and a half pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy resiny hop with a good piney and peppery element.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet caramel malt, a bit of tofee and lively citrusy, herbal and pepery hop. Some hints of apricot present as well. Very little alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel was full with a suprising dryness.

Overall a solid DIPA. Another good complex and big beer from Blue Point.

Photo of auxiliary
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color, nice head, and some nice lace. Did I say nice?

smell - Fruity, spicy, crisp.

taste - Nice taste of hops, but doesn't have an overpowering bitterness, like a IPA. Just a tang of bitterness.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - Not bad Not bad. Would try again. Not bad Blue Point.

Photo of PorterPatrol
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

More Imperial than IPA, with 93 IBUs, I was surprised by the lack of hops on the palate and finish. Overall, well crafted, nice and bitter but little of the anticipated piney, citric or earthy overtones as seen in typical DIPAs at this hefty 10%abv. A strong American East Coast Imperial with a lingering dryness that leaves a craving for another swallow of golden goodness. Recommended but could use a bit more dry hopping for my preferences.

Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours an ornage amber color with a medium sized and thick white head that laces nicely down the glass.
S: Very sweet malts underneath very big hop and some fruit aromas.
T: Same as the nose which was really enticing for a DIPA. Very sweet malts under a big peppery, citrisy, and piney hop flavors and then a hint of vinous fruits. Very interesting take on this style.
M: Very warming with the right amount of carbonation. It was slightly crisp from the hops but more complex than a simple DIPA with a ton of hops.
D: Very drinkable. The complexity is really interesting and makes it a very drinkable beer as it is not just a hop bomb. Even though it has a lot of alcohol, it is still very drinkable.

Photo of lehows
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Long Island Cask Ale Fest yesterday. Served from the "largest firkin' cask ever" , it poured a solid amber color with a finger-sized beige head. Great retention. Wonderful and potent aromas of citrus grapefruity hops, pine, with a distinct malt backbone. There is an explosion in the mouth of intense hops, sharp citrus, pine, as well as a doughy quality. Good mouthfeel, somewhat chewy. This is sure to please the hophead in all of us. Amazing stuff, I just hope they keep this around for a while!

Photo of david18
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They started offering this beer at my local beer pub and I was interested to taste it, as I'd never had a double IPA from Blue Point before. In general it's very much an east coast double and may be a little hot for my taste.

Appearance was typical of the style, dark straw. Very cloudy with a good fluffy head.

Aroma was not hoppy enough. Smelled strong with a lot of malt. Not bad, but not a stand out.

Flavor, as mentioned earlier did not have enough hops and was a bit to alcohol present for my taste.

Worth trying if you've never had it before but not my favorite out there.

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the IGA in Potsdam NY for around 7.50$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, pineapple, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and pineapple. There is also some caramel notes and a bit of a guava/apricot sweetness. It ends with quite a blast of hop bitterness.

Overall - An above average DIPA that packs quite a bit of hops. It's a touch too sugary/sweet, but I polished off the bomber with no issues. Not something I'd buy another bottle of, but I'd like to try it on tap and I don't regret the 8$ I spent on this bottle. I didn't see any sort of date on the bottle..

Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, pineapple, mango, caramel, floral hops, sweet malt, toasted grains, herbs and spices like pepper and coriander; big hops up front that smell juicy and like wet hops were used - very nice aroma, with just enough malt balance to bring it together and keep the hops in check.

Tastes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, pineapple, mango, caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, light toasted grains, herbs, light alcohol like rum, and spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander; hops are juicy and sweet, with mild heat and a sizzle that reminds you about the ABV - a great flavor in spite of the heat, very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a medium body, very light carbonation and some nice mild heat from the hops; very smooth for a DIPA, and overall quite enjoyable with high drinkability for such a strong beer. A great new product from Blue Point, glad I'll always be able to get it fresh.

Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For some reason, I'm inclined to like Blue Point's hoppy beers. They tend to strike a good balance and wind up very drinkable. Let's see if No Apologies strikes the same balance with a big 10% ABV. It's a good looking IPA, amber colors over a large head, it's the basic IPA look done right. The aroma is sweet, with a big tropical fruit hit over caramel malts. No Apologies is very strong on the tropical fruit flavors, with a solid caramel malt to back everything up. There's a nice lingering hoppiness on the tongue that works well with the slight booziness that really can't be avoided once you hit 10%. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly light level of carbonation, and the drinkability is incredible. Overall, No Apologies is a great sweet IPA. It does the whole sweet thing without relying on the malts to impart all of the sweetness.

Photo of troysoy2
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew on tap at my now-usual spot, and I enjoyed it enough to take a growler home with me.

Poured into a pint glass, the look is that of a slightly deeper amber. The head is an interesting egg shell color, but with a little more yellow than your average egg shell. The head dies down quickly to a film on the beer's surface, and provides sporadic lacing here and there.

Admittedly, the smell didn't strike me as all that interesting. Sweet and sticky hops, muted citrus, and a good malt backbone.

The taste actually surprised me quite a bit. The first few sips were glorious, very spicy, bitter, with a throat-warming sweet malty aftertaste. Grapefruit is present, I suppose, and the alcohol is nicely covered up by the flavor. It mellows out a bit as your taste buds adjust, but still, I really enjoy the taste. There's just something about the spiciness that I can't put my finger on...

The mouthfeel is a tad watery, but I am glad that this beer doesn't turn into a mouthfull of foam. Good carbonation, but not over the top. As some people have mentioned, a slightly thicker feel might be nice.

But hey, it's extremely, dangerously drinkable, considering its ABV, and I will very much enjoy cuddling up with a growler full of this brew.

Photo of daliandragon
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewery yesterday and was pleased to see they had so many offerings on tap:11, including five "premium" (high alcohol) choices, including this high octane DIPA.

A handsome, headless bright orange emerges from a careful pour. A cloudy body, with plenty of bubbles. Nose is citrus hops, but not overpowering. A herbal quality and touch of alcohol are also detectable.

Taste is obviously dominated with brash American hops but malt makes a good effort here as well. Caramel and toasted flavors join the citrus and pine of the hops in a tasty, alcohol laced melange. The high abv can make this a bit harsh, but the thick texture allows it to be bearable.

Overall, this is meant to shock and awe and comes pretty close. Not as overtly hoppy as some DIPAs, this still offers an awful lot of bang for the buck.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Gingerman, NYC:

Pours hazy amber/copper with a thick, white head that thins and lasts. Dotted lacing sticks to the glass.

Odd smell, but a nice one. Smoky notes with dried tobacco leaf, fried banana and other tropical fruitiness (mango?)

The taste is sweetish - tropical fruits, leaning towards banana/plantain. Herbal notes, though not too bitter (just enough to give some balance to the sweetness, and to add some spicing to the finish.

Fuller side of medium-bodied. Smooth. Alcohol pretty well covered.

A nice, unique, fruity sweetish DIPA.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an Orange amber with a decent sized head and a small tight lace.
The aroma was malts,hops and fruit tones.
The taste was sweet, big hops then malty with a bitter taste followed by fruit hints and some smoky notes.
The feel was moderate carbonation,full bodied with a smooth feel.

Notes: Drinkability was for one or two,no sessions on this baby.Even though the alcohol was well hidden I still felt this was a big beer to enjoy with a group of friends to help finish the growler and not to session off. I thought this beer was pretty good and I enjoyed it very much.Malt/hops galore. Decently balanced.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Could not find date code, bought 4/12, has to be this year’s production, and well stored.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Pours a nice ½”, white colored head, creamy, with brief longevity, no lace to speak of.
Deep classic amber color. Beautiful. Classic Ale looks.

The aroma hits you with distinct hops, spicy, resiny and bitter smelling with hints of citrus/lemon. This is followed by distinct malt, rich and toasty. Very enjoyable.

A very bitter, crisp entry on the palate of very distinct hops, herbal, resiny, and spicy with hints of lemon and citrus This is followed by distinct, rich, full malt, refined and toasty, with noticeable ale yeast. The quite distinctive hops and malt battle for dominance but in the end the hops win.
The body is full, creamy and balanced, with fine carbonation and a medium, but balanced sweetness.

Long bitter finish of hops and rich malt. The malt hangs in there but again loses to the distinct hops. The bitter hop oils linger forever.

A very, very good DIPA. Very enjoyable, powerful and in your face with flavor. A heavily malted style but the rather aggressive hops bring it all together to make this a nicely balanced Ale.
Fairly aggressive style of ale that perhaps lacks a little refinement, but then who cares as it is quite delicious with a long bitter finish.
The style may be heavy handed for some but that being said this is highly recommended for a test drive.

These notes were from a 22 oz bottle, but I have had this on tap several times and it was stellar!

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish amber color with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops. Some sweet malts as well. Flavor is bitter pine and caramel malts. Very bitter but a bit more malt flavor than I expected. Piney, resinous finish. Some floral hop flavor at the end as well as the pine. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel. Not too much alcohol burn from the high ABV. Reminds me a little bit of Bigfoot, but not nearly as good. Overall, this is a pretty good Imperial IPA worth having again.

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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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