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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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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | 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 doubleipa
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

doubleipa, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Gingerman, NYC:

Pours hazy amber/copper with a thick, white head that thins and lasts. Dotted lacing sticks to the glass.

Odd smell, but a nice one. Smoky notes with dried tobacco leaf, fried banana and other tropical fruitiness (mango?)

The taste is sweetish - tropical fruits, leaning towards banana/plantain. Herbal notes, though not too bitter (just enough to give some balance to the sweetness, and to add some spicing to the finish.

Fuller side of medium-bodied. Smooth. Alcohol pretty well covered.

A nice, unique, fruity sweetish DIPA.

jwc215, May 18, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich amber body with thin off-white head... fades fast.. minimal lacing

S: Floral hops up front with a sweet malt balance...

T: For a double IPA the hop taste is slightly bland... the aroma left me with higher hopes but the taste was a bit too balanced...

M: Crisp and smooth. Medium bodied.

D: Not too bad. 10% is well hidden, but the lack of a hop barrage in the flavor profile left me a tad disappointed.

callmemickey, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of sinistrsam
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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...

sinistrsam, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice hop scent that is accompanied by a solid crystal and bisquit malt aroma. It's not over the top hoppy, but it's well balanced. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop flavor as well as a jacked up malt presence. It's full of caramel flavor that goes down easy and warm in the finish. The alcohol warmth is noticable, but what do you expect at 10% abv. It's got great hop character that resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking DIPA. It could use a bit more body, but it drinks well regardless. A bit more caramel or other specialty malt might have hidden the alcohol burn a little better, but it's a fine beer nevertheless

WesWes, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahar's in Albany.
From notes

A) Beautiful amber color. Nice thick and fluffy white head.

S) Hoppy and earthy.

T) Hoppy, slightly malty taste. Hoppy again in the finish.

M: Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

D) Very drinkable for the style and ABV. This was my fourth big beer that night and I was wondering why it hit me so hard when I got home. I place the blame squarely on this beer. I would have this again if available though.

aerozeppl, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smokin' Joes, South Side of Pittsburgh, PA.
A: Orange-amber in color, with a medium layer of lightish tan head that fell back pretty slowly and left a thin layer of cling down the glass.
S: Nippy, citrus and floral hops. Overtones of grapefruit, flowers, and lemony zest; lesser notes of caramel, too.
T: A pretty solid citrus hop character leads the way, with strong flavors of bitter grapefruit and lemon. Floral hops kinda mellow out the bitterness towards the finish. Aftertaste is an interesting mix of these two tastes. It left me smacking my lips a little.
M: Somewhat drying in the finish, but fine other than that, pretty much what I expected from a DIPA.
D: Really good. Never noticed the 10% ABV. One of the more quaffable DIPAs I've had.

LeftyBWS, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange-ish / yellow color, with a white head. Aromas are all hops, very small grapefruit too. In the taste, big hops and a little sweet. Deffinatly a east coast style IPA. A smooth small bitter mouthfeel, and a hoppy aftertaste. Big hops, but balanced, a nice bitter, yet smooth. It hides the ABV very well.

OWSLEY069, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of garcia2a
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rare treat. This beer poured a deep golden color with a satisfactory amount of haze. A thinning head that dissipated within a few moments.

The bouquet was sweet with a hoppy balance. The taste was full bodied with hops enveloping the taste buds. The hoppy nature of the beer lead to a heavy, full bodied mouth feel. The beer finished well with a light, fading aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer that is sure to refresh!

garcia2a, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewery yesterday and was pleased to see they had so many offerings on tap:11, including five "premium" (high alcohol) choices, including this high octane DIPA.

A handsome, headless bright orange emerges from a careful pour. A cloudy body, with plenty of bubbles. Nose is citrus hops, but not overpowering. A herbal quality and touch of alcohol are also detectable.

Taste is obviously dominated with brash American hops but malt makes a good effort here as well. Caramel and toasted flavors join the citrus and pine of the hops in a tasty, alcohol laced melange. The high abv can make this a bit harsh, but the thick texture allows it to be bearable.

Overall, this is meant to shock and awe and comes pretty close. Not as overtly hoppy as some DIPAs, this still offers an awful lot of bang for the buck.

daliandragon, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter typ glass at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A-Very deep amber in color with a thin tan head.

S- Very sweet, malty, some flowery hops in the nose.

T- Exceptionally malty, alcoholic, but balanced with a good finishing dose of hops.

M- Very smooth, very fine bubbles, medium-thick on the tongue, velvety.

D- At 10% ABV, it isn't a great quaffing beer, but is an excellent dessert beer.

cichief, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 +5%
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 -0.8%
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 +13.6%
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 +9.7%
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 -7.3%
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%
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%
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 +10.8%
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 -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


aaronh, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +20.7%
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 +12.3%
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
86 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.