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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
very good

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 BeerFan95
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice orange amber body with a white head that had some lacing and little retention

S- A nice hop presence. Good resinous pine and floral hops upfront. Some mild citrus and a slight soapy note in the back. Caramel malts were mildly sweet.

T-A good balance of hop flavors. Pine notes paired well with the floral notes and a slight grapefruit quality rounded it out. The malts were nice and sweet. Sweeter then the aroma indicated to me.

M-Smooth and easy to drink. A nice dry finish.

O-A well balanced IIPA. Really enjoyed the level of hops and the malts really balanced out the bitterness just enough. The alcohol seemed well hidden. Nice. (647 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel color, light bubbles on the body with an off-white head that has a heavy frame. Head rose to about an inch.

Smell: Light hops, deep floral and light hops did i say that twice.

Taste: Superb, little sweet caramel touch and soft piney feel. Literally enjoying every minute of it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth with sticking after taste. It is a little bitter sweet but almost as good as it gets.

Overall: This is my second time having this beer, first being at the actual brewery here in Long Island on tap. This second time around is almost as good (tap is always better than the bottle). In all honesty this is pretty damn good beer, I definitely don't take it for granted there was work put into making this, sure the smell is blah but it is everything else that leaves you wanting more. Salud! (861 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 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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
1.34/5  rDev -65%
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. (968 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 Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright orange color. Slightly murky. Small white head. Light lacing as well.

S-Balanced and not overly intense. Sweetness mixed with citrusy hops. Lightly boozy. Hops are mostly citrus and display both orange and grapefruit notes.

T-I find the taste to be an upgrade over the aroma. The citrus is quite lively. Fresh orange flesh and white grapefruit. Plenty of malty balance. Not very abrasive. One sip would leave me a bit disappointed, but the next step somehow revamped my attraction to the flavor.

M-Dry and moderately bitter. Booze comes out in the feel. Not very resinous. Medium carbonation.

O/D-I did enjoy this beer a bunch. Its overall lack of coercive hoppiness does't allow this beer to be a very memorable DIPA. But it was a damn good DIPA. Just a shade below awesome. (797 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of spunionring
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Blue Point Steal the Pint night. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a deep reddish-copper color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Maltier than I thought it would be.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine hops, fruity malts, and light floral hops. More hops in the taste, and some medium bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth with no alcohol; doesn't feel like 10%.

o - Overall a pretty nice DIPA. The nose is decent and malty, but the taste is much better and full of fresh hops and fruity. Would have it again. (744 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review

Clear dark amber, rich beige head that only slowly climbs down. Hefty sheets of lace cling heartily to the glass.

Orange peel, spicy hop, light pine resin, hints of lemon, some floral backed by a deep sweet caramel and candy.

All the flavors of the nose are in the mouth, plus some really righteous herbal bitter that wasn't. Really comes on strong at the end of the sip. Not as sweet as feared, but a definite alcohol presence that is a bit hot. Strong flavors are the hallmarks of BP, and this baby doesn't disappoint.

Nicely viscous, med. carbonation, fine finish, interesting and brisk. Best in class? No. First rate? You bet.

Glad they decided to bottle this baby again, it is quite delicious. Highly recommended to all serious hopheads. (759 characters)

Photo of pjs234
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (635 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 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 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 cosmo4u
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (506 characters)

Photo of david18
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (584 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 lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,246 characters)

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