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): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
636
Ratings:
1,958
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
22.34%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
445
For Trade:
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Reviews: 636 | Ratings: 1,958
Reviews by HBeezley:
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3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honnestly, I usually go for weird, humorous, or creative graphic design and/or name of beer; but I would have never bought this beer if it were not for a recommendation from a friend - I didn't like BP's toasted lager and "hoptical illusion" just seemed like they were trying too hard to cater towards people like me.

A - Solid looking. Poured into a glass. Nice orange/gold color and pretty little inch thick head that recedes slowly to a very very thin white lace.

S - Fruity! But also those hoppy/grassy/earthy notes come through (what I go crazy for in an IPA!). What I found interesting and unexpected was that you can actually smell the slight hint of alcohol in it - they usually try to cover that up - but it works!!

T - Ok, its not the best. With that said, it is good though! Not overly hopped, which makes this a good brew to go along with a meal or snack. Has a good apple skin flavor that gets sacked by the hops and alcohol. Also, some malt/toasty hints? That's unexpected, but not bad at all! I would describe it as a brooklyn lager meets smuttynose IPA. Maybe?

M - Basic. Like a solid IPA. Strong enough, complex enough, smooth enough. This beer just seems like a good middle-ground-winner.

O - An interesting brew that I'm sure I'll go back for again. If you want just a decent IPA that also has something that others might not, then this would be a golden ticket for you!

I like it, but not a favorite by any means!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StevenMilligan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy golden orange, with a thin eggshell head. Some lacing.

S: Orange peel, passion fruit

T: Oranges, grapefruit rind, with a slightly bread malt. Finishes with bitter sticky hops, very floral.

F: Medium carbonation, no complaints. The sweetness makes it feel a little heavier than it is.

O: I wouldn't seek it out, but it's a solid IPA. Could use a something more? Very floral, but not in a complex way. I would've loved the addition of something herbal.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with big fluffy white heat that leaves nice sheets of lace behind as it settles,fresh hop aromas dominate very piney with an underlying herbal/grassiness made me wanna jump in.True to form this is hop driven very resiny and piney and quite dry and very fresh tasting.A slightly sweet caramel maltiness keeps this somewhat in check but this ale is most definently a hop bomb,a damn good east coast IPA glad to try it.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was the mystery choice on tap at Willibrew. It was golden yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation. Head started out finger high and slowly receded to a nice foamy covering which provided some of the best cling to the glass that I've seen.

Smell is dominantly citrus hops with a bicuity malt aroma coming through. Taste is heavily hopped, but with a nice citrus flavor and spiced enough to counter the hops slightly. The hops are complex with an herbal and orange-citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and this is very easy to drink, a solid filtered IPA.

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Photo of JeffDam
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rocketman900rr
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hoptical Illusion pours from the 12oz bottle into my SN tulip a crisply autumnal amber orange with a nice inch of cragly white foam on top. Lots of active carbonation rushes up from the bottom. Aromas of rich sweet caramel intertwine with resinous citric, pine bough hops. Fresh sticky green hops flash in my mind. Pink grapefruit, orange, peach, herbal goodness.

First sip brings an underlying body of caramelly pale malts overlayed by a heavy helping of grapefruity citric hops. Hints of pine needles. A sweet onset is followed by a steady increase in bitterness on the way down. Slightly bready on the finish with a lingering green bitter hop oil. A pretty darn tasty IPA that brings the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with small, fast moving cluster carbonation that dances across the palate. This is the type of brew that is almost gone before you even start drinking it. I would love to have a sixer...but alas this lone bottle is all I have. A nice showing here out of Long Island.

Music: Machine Drum - Wishbone Be Broken

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Photo of Jimbo62
1.66/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Why do I think a slightly hoppy Bud Light. Better than Coors but not by much. Very disappointed. I really would have been better off with a Bud Light or Coors and saved about five bucks! I would not recommend this beer at all. It's the first High Point I've tried and probably the last.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of kevrob802
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a clear golden color with a small white head and no lacing whatsoever. Wonderful aroma: floral, citrus, sweet malt, all blending well together. The sweet malt was upfront in the taste, quickly turning to grapefruit and a bit of pine. Mild, not a hop bomb. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BK2084
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured into pint glass from a brown 12oz bottle. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It had a deep golden color with good clarity and a nice average size head on top. The head had a nice creamy off white color and good retention. This made for some cool lacing as the slow fading cap made its way down the glass.

Smell: There was a wonderful bright fruity hop character with solid notes of citrusy grapefruit rind with some leafy/spicy hops over milder sweet malt.

Taste/Palate: Its firm medium body has solid hop bitterness and hop flavor notes mildly balanced buy sweet almost fruity maltiness. Mostly I get citrusy grapefruit like hops with a hint of apricot and pine as well as light white bready sweetness. Towards the finish there is a bit of raw grain from the malt with still brings some sweetness but hop bitterness holds on the tongue deeper into the slow lingering finish. Its carbonation keeps the texture lively but still smooth and pleasing.

Notes: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Its cool bright label art matches its bright tasty flavor.

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Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a good inch, beige head. Smells of sticky sweet malts and huge citrusy hops. Very juicy. Taste is the same, but even more pleasant. Sweet malts and big citrus hoppiness up front, ending a little dry and hoppy with a deathgrip on the palette. Tremendous balance between the sweet & bitter on this one. This is definitely hop juice. Ridiculously easy to drink.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
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