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:
2,022
Reviews:
659
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
475
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

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1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of DBrewnnan
1.62/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

No hop no head no color... No bueno. If they had spent half the time they did on the label brewing... maybe this would taste better than over priced Coor's Light. I am disappointed because their toasted lager is one of my favorites. Maybe I was just expecting too much or this is an entry level IPA if there is such a thing.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
1.63/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another extra courtesy of cosmicevan. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a pale iodine-tinted orange, high clarity, with half a finger of fizzy white head. Meh.

Smell -- Dab of honey malt sweetness, dry bread, floral hops, and a faint mineral character.

Taste -- Bready malt, hint of amber roastiness, mild honey sweetness, and floral hops. Bitterness on the palate is lacking, though the finish brings about an unpleasant bitterness akin to swallowing a gnat.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with harsh fizzy carbonation and a dry, slighty astringent finish. I really don't like.

Overall -- Miss. Had I not known this was an IPA, I would have guessed perhaps a ho-hum Altbier. Really uneventful, plus the amount of forced carbonation makes this feel like BMC. Pass.

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Photo of Jimbo62
1.66/5  rDev -55.7%
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 nynata
1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of JeffKowalek
1.75/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Pdragon
1.79/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

A: white foamy head, clear yellow orange body, very light

S: very light hint of citrus, not much else

T: Not tasty at all, seems somewhat of a small jump up from beers like Budweiser. Does not have complexity, nor balance, and has somewhat of an astringent taste. Doesn't leave a flavorful aftertaste.

M: Very light, watery.

O: Not a good beer, hard to get down. I definitely wish I chose differently.

Serving type: Bottle to IPA glass

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of edificio5
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

To be fair I am not a big fan of IPA's

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Photo of jriggins6
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of CristinaVivia
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of JG-90
2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into glass

A - Pours medium-large head, recedes to a small head with minimal lacing

S - Not a strong smell, malt, bread, perhaps a little citrus/ flower as well

T - At first is light and rather tasteless for an IPA, finishes with bitterness and alcohol flavor

M - high carbonation, very light body for an IPA

O - Just not enough flavor to go along with the alcohol bite and bitterness for an IPA. I think that cutting down on the alcohol bite would make this a good beer.

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Photo of clager
2.1/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of albelair
2.19/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This has to be one of the worst IPAs I have ever consumed. Far to malty to even taste like an IPA. No good bitters. Heavy aftertaste. Would not recommend.

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Photo of Justinbshelton
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -40%

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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2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Grabbed this bottle out of a friends fridge the other day. Usually enjoy a nice IPA, not this one.
The citrus taste is overwhelming to me, really hard to pick up on any other flavors, even the hops are masked.
Almost tasted grapefruit-ish, which I didn't care fore and just all around acidic.
Won't try again, but then again, its just not my style!

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2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color; slightly cloudy in glass; minimal head; left heavy lacing on glass
S: Faint citrus hoppiness; slight grassy notes; not pleasant
T: Nothing to distinguish this ale; a bit of a hop bite at first followed by an unpleasant aftertaste - almost astringent
M: Fairly watery mouthfeel
O: Generally disappointing - was hoping for better; nothing distinguishing about this beer

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,022 ratings.
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