Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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2,049 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,049
Reviews:
668
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
492
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,049 |  Reviews: 668
Photo of JackVegas83
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Bf_89
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of florisj135
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hazedandconfused13
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JasW
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Discovered this at Yankee Stadium, where it and Goose Island are the only IPAs currently available (other than Blue Point's session IPA, that is). Nice, citrusy, resiny taste and a chewy feel. I wouldnt go out of my way to get it, but it was a nice find at the ballpark.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion a good beer has a nice blend of hops and malts...not too bitter... nor too sweet. This one falls into that category for me. This has the best of both worlds..a great blend.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhart96
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottspencer
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zombles222
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gator1992
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chasegator
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled pint glass
Look- Cloudy gold with a cream head
Smell- heavy citrus and grassy hops, sweet floral hints
Taste- citrus and floral hints up front followed by a crisp hop flavor
Feel- light to medium bodied
Overall- not a bad beer but certainly not a go to. The only reason I even tried it is that they were on bogo.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is certainly not a bad beer. But it's certainly not a great one either. It calls itself an "east coast IPA" but it seems to me to be a "midwestern" IPA. In other words it is neither a west or east coast IPA. I'd grab it over a bud light but that's about as high praise as I can give it.

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a soft bronzed burnt brown color with a slim transparency about it. Carbonation rises at a nice pace. A one finger white foamy head dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing clung nicely in a mild filmy foamy manner. The smell had some earthy and grassy hops rolling over a light herbal quality and having a nice caramel backbone to it. The taste copied the smell and added a light tobacco in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat fairly dry with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right as an IPA. Bitterness seemed decent. Overall, I don’t mind it for me, but there’s a part of me that wants to say this is closer to an English IPA because of the way the hops come across and the smell and flavor. I could see myself having this again.

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Photo of antmarweb
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I guess I've been spoiled by all the new hoppy beers. When Hop Gun is not available, I will reach for Hoptical Illusion, just recently though. It's an OK beer, might even say it's good for about 2 pints. It's good beer, give it a try.

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Photo of Zuidman
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Redman414
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acforster2
1.57/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I don't know if I got a bad six pack. But this is terrible. I am unable to finish a single bottle. Harsh acidic taste and feel. Disgusting drain pour.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Winzlow
1.4/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

As horid as Three Daughters Bimini Twist. This is not an IPA. The sickening sweet back channel malt taste is just wrong. Ewwww. No! Just...NO! Malty pine cones anyone?

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,049 ratings.
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