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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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86
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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 312
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 312
Photo of lehows
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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! (514 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Atricapilla
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and hazy amber in appearance. A bit fizzy at first with a dirty white head which laces away to a nice ring. Slightly astringent in mouth feel slightly resinous as well. Taste is of malt and dark bread followed by pine and yeast. Light aroma of pine and bread dough. (270 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at MaHaffey's in lovely Canton/Baltimore. Poured a hazy gold color with decent lacing on the glass.
I first thought I smelled a barleywine, with vanilla, malt and hops exploding all over the place.
The taste was also unexpected; alcohol for sure, but sugar and sweet and sour fruits. Also a healthy dose of piney hops.
The feel was bitting and bittersweet up front, with a fade into sweet and smooth coming ni the finish.
Overall an excellent beer, although I'm not sure I'd call it an IPA. I'm nto sure what I'd call it... (545 characters)

Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer this evening @ cantebury ales in Huntington. NY. I was amazed to see this on tap because I had only ever seen it previously @ the brewery. I was also laughing @ the guy at the bar that kept referring to it as a "wine because it has so much alcohol" Ah it sucks to be so elite around here with your tastes, so few you can share with. The appearance is beautiful, a cloudy amber with a slight white head. The smell is very rich of nuts, citus and malts. The taste is beautiful as well, very malty for a dipa imo but not overly so. The citurs and malts are perfectly balanced and with a 10 % alcohol level its very well hidden! All around a homerun in my eyes. I am amazed that they haven't started selling bombers of this and the sour cherry imperial stout yet. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and its something I could drink all night but I am aware many can not. Well done! (888 characters)

Photo of Kelpius
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The sweetness of this beer is strictly due to the high abv. Otherwise, a healthy hop flavor and underrated beer for drinkers who like simplicity and kick. No clove, vanilla, citrus or other overtones here, just plain strong beer with a smooth front. Perhaps a bit untidy, but still has a bitter edge that I appreciated. I think it is underrated on this site. (358 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant amber with a neverending rocky tan head that provides lasting lace.

S - Silky rich and mildy warming spicy and citrusy with gentle increasing bitterness into the finish.

T - Sweet and sour cherry like fruitiness blends with cedar and vanilla earthy flavors. Herbal, piney and lemony hops attack with a huge presence.
An overall sugary bordering on syrupy and oiliness from an abundance flavoring and aroma hops. A prickly grapefruitiness is taste with bitterness that is anything but shy - a hop head's dream.

D - Welcome smoothness with a bite that is only evident at the very last tastes. Sweet enough to balance all the huge hop flavor that is offered here. Wonderful balance for such a big beer and excellent texture to make it worth tasting again. (769 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Beer arrived with the classic IPA look, frothy head. Smells of sweet hops and candied goodness. A bit sticky and sweaty. Taste opens with sweet hops, then gets an almost american barleywine malty twist before finishing pretty bitter. I really liked this one. Great local double IPA!!! (311 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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. (392 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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! (1,530 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was standing in the Blue Point Brewery this afternoon, during the Real Ale Festival, admiring their huge vats, the old mash tun, and the black kegs when I noticed the employees were pouring from what was billed as the "Largest Cask". As I made my way to the bar, my friend asked one of the workers about the ale's brewing and I partially heard the response about the use of 4 kinds of hops in the process.

The light orange/brown/tan ale looked interesting in my glass and the first taste had no shortage of hops taste. It was much stronger than the Hoptical Illusion I had tasted earlier and the robust energy was colored by apricots, grapefruit, and light caramel malts.

This was a good match for the Famous Dave's BBQ that was being served on the other side of the event.

As for the brewing availability, I thought the workers said it was limited in its run, but I could be mistaken. (896 characters)

Photo of outland
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Very nice pairing with pepperoni pizza in that it stands up to strength of flavor nicely without overwhelming. Would benefit from a heavier citrus rather than caramel notes, however. (182 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that leaves a sheet of sticky lacing.

S - tropical fruits and lots of citrus.

T - bitter hops upfront with a balance of sweet citrus flavors turning dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - a fine example of the style. (335 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (376 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was orange amber in color, with a large three finger thick head. The aroma was very hoppy and loaded with tropical fruits like mango and papaya. The taste was a bit of a step down from the potent smell, as there was relatively low bitterness up front. I could taste some spicy and herbal hops, and toasted caramel malts, and both were well balanced. The finish was somewhat floral and delicate. The alcohol was well hidden, and the beer did not produce a lot of burn. The body was just thicker than medium, and a little sticky. I like my DIPAs aggressively bitter, and this wasn't quite that. (601 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a tulip. A shade or 2 lighter than mahoghany, with a tight, frothy, not-quite white head. Plenty of stick and retention. Dark for the style, butbim assuming it reflects a solid Caramel malt base.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and citrus with some subtle malts. Smell is very inviting and very hop forward.

Taste is also hop forward, malts lend a hint of caramel. Bitter from beginning to end but not overly astringent or overpowering, with soft tropical fruit notes. A well balanced IIPA, but wih a tilt towards a dry-hopped high alpha profile. Quite tasty.

Viscousity is right, medium body.

This is a good IIPA. No apologies necessary, seek this out. (671 characters)

Photo of wscotti
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a snifter

A - Pours a light copper color with a tight head which fades very quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S - A citrus and grapefruit aroma with a moderate piney / hops aroma in the backround.

T - Bitter up front with almost a citrusy barleywine type finish on the back end. A nice combination of pine, citrus and hops. Doesn't have any overpowering alcohol taste that you might expect with other 10% IIPAs.

M - A medium bodied, yet solid mouthfeel.

O - A very good representation of a IIPA with 10% ABV. This is a limited release that is definitely worth a try. (609 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle at Gainesville House of Beer. My first Blue Point, and it's a good one. Pours orange with half finger white creamy head. There is an aroma of caramel, booze and some solid pine and grapefuit. Nice bite an complex sweetness, lots of big grapefruit and toffee. Pretty heavy mouthfeel for the style, but plenty of carbonation. Very good. (348 characters)

Photo of troysoy2
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured on-tap into a pint glass. Brownish in color with a large off white head that documents every sip.

Smells of hops and caramel.

This beer drinks smoothly and has a earthy, mineral hop taste. Caramel malt lays the foundation for balance. Dark fruits are brought out as the chill dies out.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, not as stinging to the palate as some D.I.P.A's tend to be.. The smoothness made drinking very enjoyable.

The balance in this beer was most surprising. Piney, fruity hops played with the malt sweetness and everything was balanced very well. Worthy. (585 characters)

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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.