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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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very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 312
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 AleWatcher
1.34/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Got this bomber in the Disc Golf BIF of 2012...
Served in standard pint.

Looks dark reddish amber until backlit when it looks orangey apricot colored. Two fingers of foam turned into one rather quickly, but that one held for a while. Some spotty lacing left behind.

Brown sugar, caramel, and even maple syrup come across on the nose, while some piney/resiny hops sit quietly in the background like a polite sheep on a distant mountainside softly clearing its throat. The hops don't take long to be noticed, but I am not a huge fan here. Some chalky dry feeling lingers. Medium oily body. Decent carbonation.

This is waaay to malty, and not hoppy enough. It feels pretty terrible, and the booziness is quite unwelcome. Overall- this is not an enjoyable beer. I couldn't imagine buying this for anything other than the loss of a bet or perhaps with intentions of punishing some one.

This beer is a travesty to all things India, Pale, or Ale.
In fact, doubly so.

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Photo of spunionring
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a decent, slightly less than good DIPA. Overall it was very bland and mediocre. There was an okay hop presence, but not what I would call solid. The quality of the brew was also only okay. Its a decent beer, but nothing noteworthy to go out of your way for. And its way oversold on the freakiness factor on the label, while being a very plain beer on the inside.

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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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a sticky, hazy orange color with a finger of resinous foam. Aroma is full of crystal malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. Smells like a barleywine!

First sip is extremely sweet, cloying, with a moderately bitter finish. I pick up tropical fruit sweetness, pineapple, mango flavors as well. While I don't disagree with the 93 IBUs listed on the label, this beer is just far too sweet to be considered a good DIPA. I don't see a freshness date on the bottle, but it does say copyright 2012, so it can't be THAT old... It is stamped with a permanent graphic that says "Extremely Fresh".

I just can't tell if this beer is supposed to be like this, or if all the hop aroma and flavor has disappeared to age. It would score much higher from me if it was listed as a barleywine, because this is not the hop bomb I was craving when I popped the top.

I know this is called No Apologies, but Bluepoint should apologize for this under attenuated mess.

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Photo of aaronh
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange body topped by a thick, off-white head that lasts a long time. A decent amount of lacing is also left on the glass. Aroma has some hops in it, but nothing all that impressive. A touch of biscuit malt also comes through. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional, leaning heavily towards piney hop bitterness. The accompanying powerful malt that I usually enjoy in a DIPA is lacking. Constant bitterness begins to wear on the palate. Mouthfeel is OK, but again much thinner than expected. Drinkability also suffers from lack of balance in this beer. Not a bad beer, but definitely not near the top of the DIPA heap


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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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Four fingers of level snow white foam. Burnished copper body.

Strong assertive pine aroma. Supported with apricot. Strong whiff of alcohol.

Rich, sweet deep caramel beginning. Pine follows. Some warming alcohol which lingers on. Needs more hops out front, especially some fruitiness.

Solid medium mouthfeel gives you something to chew on.

An okay beer to give a try, but not what I'm looking for in an IPA/DIPA.

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Photo of Ego
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Gotta love all the silly ransom letter rants and skulls on the bottle... yawn (this screams need to be "extreme" rather than just being good)
anyway, here goes the beer...

2 full fingers of fluffy white foam with a hint of audible sizzle, hazy straw orange tone, rush hour traffic of carbonation races up throughout the glass keeping the head quite alive, lacing is good, an absolutely nice looking beer from out on the point

brownish herbal hops, hint of alcohol peeking out from behind the sweet malt, it smells like an english ESB on crack

taste etc...
the malts are extremely sweet, the hops used are not the type best for mega hopping (to my pallete), it is not overly bitter but the hops don't have that really nice alpha kick and wind up tasting old-ish, the beer is very drinkable aside from that... in terms of the bite it really hides the ABV REALLY well and has a super nice slick/thick mouthfeel

this really reaches near my limit of sweetness, I prefer alpha hops. this just isn't my thing, it isn't bad but it is not in my wheelhouse flavor wise. This brewery should learn how to make a nice hoppy IPA before moving on to this style imo.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep orange with a small white, creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops. Flavor of sweet malt, citrusy hops, slight pine. Pretty decent and somewhat balanced, although it is a bit sweet.
7/4/7/3/12 (3.3/5)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Braudog
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at KClingers. Very dark rusty orange with virtually no head. The aroma is almost peppery, but still has a fruity component. The beer is smooth and oily but not quite as viscuous as many big IPAs I’ve had. There’s a moderate sting from the alcohol. While somewhat citrusy, this is bordering on a dirty spice-edged beer. (#2713, 2/18/2007)

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Updatd review as of 5/20/13
Had on tap, pours a clear, reddish/amber color. Has a light, even, creamy head across the top, no carbonation to speak of. The aroma is of sweet, piney hop character with a little malt doughiness. Taste has a mild, sweet malt up front followed with some sweet citrus before moving into an assertive floral, lavender-like sticky finish. The mouthfeel is velvet smooth, medium body, and finishes with a slightly boozy, big sweet citrus and lavender with a lingering sweet citrus bitterness.

The first time I had this it was a real let down and over a year later this particular keg is much improved over the previous one.

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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.

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

A pretty intense IPA, and not just from the hop-side either. Aromas bring up a lot of syrup-type malts -- similar to English Barleywines, but with a hop boquet that soon dominates the glass. A phenolic twang comes through right before the first sip. Tastes very sweet initially with maple syrup flavors, right before the intense centinneal hops claim the palate. Fruity with oranges, apples, peaches, and appricots. Grapefruits and lemongrass set the tone for the bittering agents which hit hard in the mouthfeel. Again a plastic / soapy note rides in on the hops and provides the only deterant. The feel is quite heavy and syrupy, shy of cloying because of the hop dryness and alchohol kick. Finishes piney and sticky sweet and alcoholic and phenolic. It's kinda like 120 Minutes little brother.

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

Had this on cask at Mahar's in Albany. Had never heard of it before, and didn't realize (although I should have) how high ABV it was until a few minutes ago!

Overall, a pretty run-of-the-mill double IPA, improved by the fact that it was on cask. It was a little abrasive even so, so I'm not sure I would like a bottled version. Anyway... decent colour, good hoppy aroma, restrained citrus hop flavour with a good, strong malt backbone. Way too much "soap" to the hops, which made it mildly unpleasant. Wouldn't try this again, most likely.

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

Had this one on tap at the Khyber after Anthrax, Motorhead, and Slayer beat the heck out of Camden in this year's Mayhem Fest. Needed some quality beers after a long, hot sweaty night where the venue overcharged for crappy macro beers, but I digress...

This one is a hoppy beer with a bubble gum-like sweetness. Copper in color with amber tints. Nice lacing. Tastes bready with sweet candy and tropical hop notes (mango, pineapple, citrus, etc.). Agree with a previous review that it borders a barley wine. Very tasty. Alcohol is masked but my head can tell it's there. A good brew, maybe just a little too sweet tasting.

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

I have never heard of this beer, but saw it on tap last night so I decided to grab it. This is retired? Not sure why a retired DIPA just went on tap, but here goes...

A: Pours a murky, completely hazy copper with a small bone-white head. Not a very impressive look, but not the worst either. Not much lacing at all.

S: Smell is very, very barleywine-like with tons of sweet caramel, sweet toffee, munich malts, and aged hops. Some vanilla creeps through in the smell as well. This DIPA smells like is has some age on it.

T: Just like the smell, this DIPA seems like it has some age on it, but the flavors are still pretty good. Sweet caramel comes to the forefront with some sweet vanilla beans and toffee.

Oveall, there is nothing great about this beer that makes it stand out. It is a decent IPA with tons of barleywine characteristics.

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

On tap at The Batdorf in Annville, PA on 10/1/08. Looks like this brew came out of retirement.

A - Hazy burnt orange body with an unfiltered appearance and one-finger creamy white head that settled into a thin film of retention and left huge swatches of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Caramel malt and burnt sugar up front with a bit of piney hops, followed by a fruity aroma with hints of sweet pineapple, mango and peach. A touch of alcohol also sneaks through. With that said, the nose is a little musty overall.

T - Juicy and fruity with mango, grapefruit and pineapple as well as more more subtle hints of pine. There is also quite a bit of caramel malt with a slight burnt flavor. A musty character also appears, which throws off the flavor and bit, resulting in a slightly muddled flavor profile.

M - Full bodied with a creamy yet slightly thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter and metallic.

D - Nobody at my table cared for this at all, but I thought it was decent. It has potential, but the hop profile needs to be cleaned up a bit and the musty qualities need to disappear. Otherwise, this is a drinkable DIPA.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:

Deuane's Quote of the Day:
"Tastes like a hoppy gym sock!"

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Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a barely translucent copper-bronze with decent layer of sustained head. Unfortunately, I don't get much in the nose, but it does seem a little malty (dark sweet).

The barely perceptible to me nose does come through in the taste. A butterscotch malt sweetness that does have some fig-like flavors, maybe some quite subdued cherry flavor. The feel is decently carbonated, but I agree with other reviews that this is lacking any real hops bite. It's not that bad a beer, average I'd say, but it doesn't quite hit DIPA style I like.

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Photo of pjs234
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from 22oz bomber, there was a thick, creamy 2 finger head that was yellowish. Looking down at it, the head is very thick, almost looks soap suds. The beer is a nice, very clear golden color.

S - The aroma is not overwhelming, but I am picking up some nice hop/citrus/piney smells.

T - Fairly hoppy and a tad bitter at first taste. There is a little bit of bready/malty flavor that comes on towards the middle/end of the sip. There is a slightly off taste to this beer. Not sure what, but it kinda hangs around for a while afterwards.

M - Probably the strongest trait of this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and a tad oily, really just what I would expect from a IIPA.

O - Not a bad IIPA, but definitely not spectacular. A good offering that I would be happy to try again, although i would not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy copper with a little of white head.
S: It smelled like nectarine and citrus and rye bread.
T: It tasted like nectarine and citrus and rye bread. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent drink, but really nothing special. The scent and taste and body were average. It had a smooth finish with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Meh.

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

Had this on tap at KClingers in Hanover. Big head, but fully diminished. Aroma - not much aroma for a double IPA, A little citrus, a little pine sesin, but not what I would expect froma DIIPA. Taste - a hint of pepper. Palate - creamy, can really taste the alcohol.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out amber hue.

Smells of sweetness and hops.

Booze bomb. Taste is very sweet with hops and plenty of malt. A smooth and dry finish with some citrus . This is a much more earthy and sweet double rather than a hop bomb or pine forward one but still a pretty decent brew.

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