Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -2.7%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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 pro45
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad but seems more like an entry level IPA. Rather thin for a 7%er. Don't get much citrus but more sweet malts and faint hop notes. Also get a sweet green pepper on the finish. I wouldn't seek out again, and probably wouldn't seek out any more beers from Blue Point. Rather unoffensive brew but far from being a very good IPA. Sampled from a fresh six pack, 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt and orange marmalade. Taste starts sweet and malty, continues with an interesting fennel note and the aftertaste lingers with a light but abrasive hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. My bottle was quite old but the beer held up well.

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Photo of sinclairbeergarden
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- light colored. Clear. Quickly fading head. Very little lacing.
S- decent IPA nose. Some malt characteristics. Orange peel.
T- Heavy hops. Very earthy notes. Fairly thin for a 7%'er
F- good. Hop finish. Thin for sure.
O- decent IPA. Don't think I'd buy it again given all the other IPA's I love even more. But not a bad choice if someone brings it to a party.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid and hoppy, albeit a bit thin. First from this brewer and would seek out others based on this brew. No lacing on the glass and an aftertaste, but not a negative in my view.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A--Slightly hazy orange color. Nice head initially that quickly dissipated into a thin coating. There's actually a coating of bubbles on the bottom of the tulip's bowl; cool.

S--Sweet, fruity, some pine notes also.

T--Sweet, nicely balanced between hops and malt. Apricots.

M--Nicely carbonated. Coats the mouth. Nothing astringent like a lot of IPAs.

O--My 1st beer from Blue Point. I'll give it two thumbs up and I'll keep my eye out for others from them.

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Photo of cfalls
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - amber, no haze, decent head fades to a thin layer

S - mild honey, malt, apricot

T - more honey, nonspecific citrus, pine, medium plus maltiness, earthy finish, clean throughout

F - medium plus thickness, high carbonation

O - I had this right after a much higher rated IPA and this was still totally unobjectionable, but I wouldn't seek it out

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

A-a clear golden orange color with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-aroma of citrus and pine and some sweet malts

T-taste is similar to the smell but a bit more on the bitter side

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a nice easy drinking IPA, I would drink again

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a quarter inch of tan head. Heavy lacing. The aroma is lightly piney with light malt. I taste piney hops with a bitter citrus edge. The mouth is resinous and lightly chalky.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a sample pour (a few ounces) from Mellow Mushroom. It tasted good, but it wais not a great IPA. I liked it enough that I'd order a full pint in the future if given a chance.

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Photo of Megan2000
4.87/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting. Delivers hops as promised balanced nicely with high alcohol content. Really enjoyed drinking this one at the pier 97 blues festival (high alcohol content really got me grooving too).

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft 18oz ice cold at California Pizza Kitchen Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Burnished orange color with nice white foamy cap. Fairly light citrus hop aroma: orange, lemon, pineapple with just a slight dank edge. Flavor is more malt than hop initially with hop bite increasing as it drinks. Hops more bitter than flavorful, not exactly pithy but has bite. Slightly weedy and a bit dank. Doesn't overwhelm in any way. Just a nice solid quaff that doesn't rate high but is comfortable.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from draft into a plastic cup (problem #1- but it's a high volume bar area). Amber color w modest head. Hops are evident to the nose with some nice malts. Taste was just okay; had better. Slightly warm and seemed a little flat. I may need to try another.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

as a consumer you can do better, brought to me by a friend. look more amber than orange, smell was faint, taster was middle of the road, no citrus notes, dry and steady, just a normal offering nothing special.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a small but moderately persistent off-white head. Nice aroma of hops with some malt beneath, but not too big. Flavor a nice if not especially distinguished balance of sweet malts and IPA type hoppiness. Great balance and drinkability, just not standing out too much in a crowded field. Mouthfeel follows suit, pleasant and a bit of creaminess that appears & disappears, good if not superb. I would (will?) gladly have more of this beer.

Brown bottle dated "BTLD 02/08/16" poured into a glass, 1 May 2016.

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Photo of Beermeister69
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan , it is a great easy drinking beer with a smooth great hop flavor. Some hop beers try to knock you down with ABV but this beer hangs at the high 6's and wears it proudly. Let's you drink a good hoppy beer with no aftertaste all night long . If Those 11% Abv beers knock you out too fast . This beer is for you, big hop flavor without the super charged Abv

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Photo of CommonSense
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Support your local craft brewer. Even if it costs an extra buck or 2 for a 6-pack, it's worth it.

Better ingredients, better beer, better company.

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Photo of Stout7
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a surprisingly good beer for the price ($8.49/six, 6.8%...every other beer above 6.2% is now at least $9-$11 bucks from what I see), excellent choice when it's hot and/or having more than one. My immediate thought was, wow, this is why I don't drink lager/pilsner any more. This beer reminds me of, but has a lot more robustness than, the slap-label imports most of us around 50 have experienced. It's crisp, refreshing, almost tingly like sparkling wine, which may not be your bag but it's a great palate cleanser that still has some gravitas. Great BBQ or picnic beer, or finishing up the lawn.

If you hate Heineken as much as most folks here, this should be good revenge and a great price.

Paired this with a ground sirloin burger, black and blue. Try *that* after a round of golf.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like an English pale ale..more copper than gold

Smells very malty, low florality compared to other hop heavy American pale ales

Taste very toasty with heavy malt profile. High bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel is spot on

Overall good. Nothing to write home about if you are looking for a great American pale ale. There's so much competition in this category. This one's been around a while and is just not a hop leader in today's market

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Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy Amber with a small creamy white head, good retention. Smells of piney and floral hop, bready malt. Taste is similar with notes of citrus & floral hop, bready malt. Medium body and carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is an amber orange with a white head. The aroma is a blend of citrus, caramel & hops. The taste is first made by the malt and then the hops take over, really good flavor.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/1/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey/bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/resinous/sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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