Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
bluepointbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,021
Reviews:
658
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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40
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Photo of Gajo74
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle, it pours a mostly clear dark amber and caramel color onto the glass. A moderate head recedes and leaves a creamy looking ring that retains well and leaves lacing. It's look is its best attribute.
In the nose there is light citrus and mango. There is initially a raw grain aroma that becomes sweeter and more honey and caramel like as the drink warms.
In the mouth it is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Also, the mouthfeel was wet and oily. The husky grain flavor tends to dominate at first, along with an earthy, dry tea and tobacco leaf, resiny and bitter hops bite that does not have the zest or brightness of other IPAs. I actually viewed this as a detraction in that the flavors and mouthfeel felt a little rough and acerbic. However, as it warmed the malt profile mellowed things out and made the flavor sweeter and caramel like, and the mouthfeel a bit more creamy and silky. This did improve drinkability overall.
Although it ended up being a decent IPA, it's flaws do not allow it to measure up to the greats. In all fairness, I will disclose that I drank this after a Pliny the Elder. Perhaps a bit harsh for me to judge it alongside such an iconic beer. Perhaps I'll give this one another shot under different circumstances.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsanmarco
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D1noB
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Earthy and hoppy, leaves some to be desired. Beginning seems nice but then it trails off

Taste Rating in Words: It's a TV show you start to really like but midway through something happens and you just wish they would go back to the beginning.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale amber with an average head. The aroma starts with caramel malts, as well as resin, grass, dried mango, candied peach, cotton candy, vague floral notes, and bar soap. The flavor is lead by caramel and burnt sugar malts, with hints of peach and cannabis, some grapefruit pith, and a floral finish, with moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid amount of foamy carbonation. Overall this is an okay beer, but nothing really pops or draws me in.

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Photo of Atg1095
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MXGringo
2.26/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I recently moved to Mexico. One of the most frustrating things about being here is the availability of good beers - especially IPA's. When I found beerhouse.com.mx, I was ecstatic because I could get IPA's shipped directly to my house. This is one of the IPA's I bought. Unfortunately, it is not good. It is bitter - in a bad way - lacks depth, and is just very unpleasant. I wanted to like this so much. I wanted to have a go-to IPA that I could have while living South of the border. I ended up finding one, but it definitely isn't Hoptical Illusion.

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Photo of aficionado224
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good brew and a worthwhile example of its type. It doesn't have any truly off putting characteristics but it also isn't the kind of ale that causes any kind of inspiration. It is worth buying a six pack if only to add to your experience library but it isn't one I would keep buying because it isn't one of my favorites.

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Photo of CernMatt
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA, nothing to complain about. It had a good smell to it. The taste was good, not to piney, and not to citrusy. More on the hoppy side than not. Had a nice finish with no bad after taste. It was an average IPA. Not bad, but not a WOW factor.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

**
03/28/2015

Bottle Complements of Mike Fanning . I-95 draft 2015.

Good beer.Taste is Hops, mild citrus, grassy.

Tasty IPA; not much to go by as I drank from the bottle, but my notes say I liked this even though I drafted a crappy team (maybe that's a compliment to the beer.)

**

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Photo of RoaneLoc
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a robust amber with a modest head, soon reducing to a ring and lacing. Some pine and citrus in the nose. The mouth gets more of the same...nice!

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Photo of Nolster
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pixarnick
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Like so many other IPA's out there.....average.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason-glass

L: Clear medium golden pour. Two big fingers of foamy white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts and citrus. A bit of pine.

T/F: More malt forward than most IPA's. Definite sweetness... mingles with citrus/grapefruit and a bit of spice. Earthy... only mild bitterness. Well carbonated... medium body and fairly smooth.

O: An inoffensive IPA... a little on the sweet side. Easy to drink and refreshing. Worth a try.

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Photo of brocktune
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reasonable-enough brew... pale amber and clear, coupla fingers of head, not much lace down the glass. Aromas and flavors of mild citrus, subdued, maybe a bit of resinousness; malts were fairly forward for an IPA, lending an earthy, husky element. Fairly clean-finishing, smooth, and easy to drink. Nothing worth tracking down, but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-copper in the glass with slight head and lacing. Seemingly decent carbonation though. Smells of malts with faint hops and citrus rind. Tastes malt forward with hops and a herb. Trying to more of a UK leaning brew and give drinkers a tip on the label. Finishes clean and bittersweet. Medium-light body. This reminds me of Brooklyn's IPA. It's trying a little too hard to not to be a West Coast styled American IPA.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into a teku. A solid white foam lasting for a bit.

Smells and taste orange peel... taste passion fruit and orange.

Overall a good American IPA. Worth it at least once.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Fairly average tasting IPA. Bit of a dry finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on March 9, 2017. Look is light amber gold with a thick white head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste are nothing special. Feel is light to medium in body.

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Photo of dripa8
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IanOsea
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,021 ratings.
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