Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA - Blue Point Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy copper-amber with a small ivory head. Good lacing.
S: Not really an in-your-face nose at all. Some juicy hops - tropical fruit and citrus - but not too strong at all.
T: Hops dominate. Juicy but bitter hops, with some sweet citrus or tropical fruit mid-sip, then finishing lemony dy and bitter - lingering "green" hops , i.e., grass or pine. Spicey bite, likely from high (10%) ABV. Heat felt at back end and down gulley.
M: Medium in heft, slight gritty feel.
O: A decent DIPA, but not approaching world-class levels by any stretch. Good and hoppy though.
03-03-2012 22:36:45 | More by Kendo
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-26-2012 04:24:20 | More by wscotti
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-21-2012 04:36:38 | More by nitro0292
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-12-2012 01:08:56 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
cask at bronx ale house 12/3/11
Started off somewhat promising...Pours a deep orange with a very large frothy and well sustained head. Fruity and bright aroma, almost berry-like, yet it was slightly artificial and perfumy (not like pure hop resins or juicy) The flavor is astrigent, perfumy and syrupy with a burning backgroundand a harsh bitter finish. Sometimes IIPAs have no hop character, rather they just kill your taste buds with an unidentifiable assertiveness. Was hoping for more from the brewery
12-04-2011 02:04:22 | More by cosmo4u
3.03/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
12-02-2011 20:31:17 | More by david18
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-30-2011 01:05:34 | More by troysoy2
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
On-tap at The Pony Bar in New York.
Pours a deep, orangey copper colour, with a beautiful, fine head of cream-coloured bubbles. Lacing is rich, languid and full—it sticks to much that as the beer goes down it looks as though the head just falls into a cavern. Body is surprisingly light, but I forgive that; everything else is awesome.
Nose is big. Resiny, pungent hops with big, sticky, gooey caramel mix together to form a slightly savoury salted toffee kind of character. It's a big brew and a pungent one; not redolent and fruity and tropical like a big West Coast example. It's almost roasty-astringent with hop bitterness. Potent at least.
Taste is biting and bitter, with enough malty, grainy sweetness to drag it back into the realms of decency. But the bitterness is all earth, and roast and bite and astringency. Phew. It's something to wrap your lips around. The thin feel doesn't help the palate overall, making it a bit weak, and lacking the cushion to soften the blow of the hops.
No one's disputing the strength of this. This is a big IPA, full of booze and bitterness. I'd love it to use more of the palate, but there's certainly no complaints at this end about the strength.
I know what they'd say if I complained, anyway.
08-05-2011 03:33:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-17-2011 11:35:24 | More by metter98
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
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!!!
07-14-2011 20:15:30 | More by cosmicevan
3.54/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-19-2009 05:48:34 | More by jzeilinger
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-07-2009 21:38:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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