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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bonbright7 on 01-28-2007)
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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.

WVbeergeek, May 29, 2007
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an orange amber color, with decent head retention and good lacing. On the nose one gets a nice wash of citrus from the hops, with a hint of underlying sweetness from the malt. On the palate one gets a sweet cherry cough drop taste, but with a balancing blast of citrus from the hops. This beer is quite well balanced, with neither the hops nor the malt out of proportion. The beer is quite drinkable, and I would never guess this beer had an abv. of 10%. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, and has a long, soft, lingering finish. This is a very nice beer, though not as hoppy as I normally expect from a DIPA.

John_M, May 22, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

auxiliary, May 20, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Slatetank, May 14, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Billolick, May 13, 2007
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.

crwills, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

NJpadreFan, Apr 17, 2007
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.

oberon, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

plaid75, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of aaronh
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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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aaronh, Mar 20, 2007
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)

Braudog, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of lehows
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

lehows, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of bonbright7
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

bonbright7, Jan 28, 2007
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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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