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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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizza Plant Transit it was a unique IPA, and long bitterness gave depth and character to taste. Much more drinkable than bottle review below:

Bottle: An average IPA. Astringent bitter on palate, found it hard to finish bottle which is not true for 95% of IPAs I have had. Some acidic orange flavour but mouth puckered too much, needs more malt. Mouthcleansing and lingering dry taste like a listerene, will not seek out again.

My rating is based on the cask.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My lower than normal rating comes from the water-ed down taste of this IPA. On the broad IPA spectrum this beer is trying to be something it is not. The hop flavor may be apparent to a non-beer drinker but to IPA lovers, it leaves more to be desired. Perhaps that is why it was created however the taste is lacking though the mouthfeel is comfortable unlike many IPAs, likely due to its "lighter" taste.

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Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion - 6.8%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Golden color with off white head. Super fresh hoppy aroma, also notes of citrus and pine. Sweet citrus hoppy flavors with a little carmel and earthiness. Very flavorful and balanced. Crisp mouthfeel, but not as drinkable as your average fresh ipa.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a different take on an ipa. this one has a very sweet smelling aroma, like raw sugar in the mix. the hops are definitely more of the grassy meadow nose than anything else, although some lighter fruit does come in as well. english style malts, almost smells sweet like an english brown ale, but then the hops hit you too, hard to place really. flavor is good, and the hops are way more in the background than the nose indicated. this syrupy sweetness is there again and i cant seem to move past it. just a totally different flavor in an ipa. feel is not syrupy at all, in fact its quite bright and lively. medium body, excellent carbonation. this is a year round beer i think, but i like it best in summertime. not a hophead ipa, but perhaps a gateway ipa for those still warming up to the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing of this beer is pretty good. The smell is nice a hoppy with a decent malts undertone. The taste of the beer is a crisp and bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and dry. Overall this beer is a pretty good IPA. I feel that this beer is a pretty good choice if you're looking for something thats a little more hoppy than some regular IPA's out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, citrus flavors from the hops stand out in the taste, although these aren’t quite as prominent because they are subdued by caramel flavors and hints of sweetness from the underlying malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because there is a good balance between the hops and malts.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty disappointed by this IPA. I see it got pretty good reviews but I don't really agree. Way too malty for an IPA and has barely any hop kick to it. It smells and looks okay but the over maltiness makes the taste and drinkability scores get dragged down. I've had much better IPA's than this one and wouldn't try it again unless offered for free.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion is a strong flavored IPA that shows a firm malty taste and feel to balance the deeply resiny hop bitterness. Effortless and zesty to taste, the beer carries enough punch to appease the most dire hop head.

While pouring a hazy copper or bronze color, the beer builds a substantial head of ivory white foam with very solid staying power and leaving classic pockets of lace behind.

Deep aromatics of caramel and hops weave together to create a zesty citrus notion of oranges and grapefruit. Bready and somewhat yeasty, the beer also has the scent of freshly mulled grasses and herbs.

Strong flavors of malty caramels and sweet breads balance against the sharp citrus flavors of orange zest, bruised tangerines, and white grapefruit pith and pulp. As the session develops the beer turns hop forward and introduces the earthy and resiny bitterness of grasses, herbs (somewhat oniony an garlicy) until the biting taste of pine resin grips the throat in finish and reducing the malt flavors to a subtle support.

Firm textures of creamy maltiness resists a fade to dryness until late in the taste and keeping the beer a bit more balanced than is usual for IPAs. Alas, the hops prevail in bitterness, dryness, and mild grassy astringency in finish and provide a long resiny bitterness in aftertaste.

Hoptical Illusion is a substantial IPA that balances better than most- problem is that IPAs shouldn't be balanced; they should showcase hops and suppress malt flavor and feel. The hop profile seems muddled as to not show independent and tangible character. A drier beer, less sweet, and simplified hop profile would surely improve.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notched "APR" but no corresponding year. I'm guessing it's fresh since it just showed up in the area.

Pours a light gold, hazy with suspended sediment. White foam leaves a little lace as the glass is sipped. Head retention is ok, a ring and bare skim across the bottom 1/3 of the glass.

Floral aroma, with some underlying pale malt. Gently hoppy without getting into punisher territory. Some grapefruit rind or zest comes out as the beer is tasted and smelled again. Mild hops in the taste, bitterness is low to medium. Balanced and malty, it has a supple and ligtly creamy mouthfeel.

Stopped after one, it was a fine IPA, but i'll probably still stick to my local favorites.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A really bright amber color provides the base for a two-finger head; plenty of sticky lace action

Smell: Sugar-coated grapefruit esters

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors are quickly shuffled aside by the citrusy hops, with both bitterness and surgary sweetness building by mid-palate; floral and citrusy, after the swallow, with perhaps a hint of apricot

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very quaffable West Coast style IPA; perhaps a bit to sugary for my palate, but still a good example of the style

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion (contract brewed at Clipper City in Baltimore, MD) delivers a clear, peachy-gold body beneath a decent-sized head of bright white foam that dwindles to a wide collar and keep a whispy surface covering over most of the surface. Additionally, it leaves lacing with every sip, but it just can't seem to stick. The nose, however, is more impressive with a bounteous amount of sweetly fruity (tangerine, grapefruit, peach ... Simcoe?) and subtly piney hops. It's crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled carbonation and medium body. The flavor adds some lightly sweet and subtly biscuity malt to its already impressive hop arsenal; and it's backed by a solid-but-restrained bitterness that dries it in the finish while still retaining a good deal of drinkability. The alcohol never appears until you go to get up from your seat; and some nice spruce-like hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Quite nice!!!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice label and name.

Amber colored with coarse carbonation. Crystal clear with nice highlights. A rather thin head lasts longer than expected.

Aroma is very promising, with clear notes of caramel malt, spicy hops, and citrus (hops). Thankfully, the taste largely follows this aroma, although the flavor from the hops is more resiny and pink grapefruit and less orange. There's plenty of sweet malt here too, and the end result seems very much in line with the IBU=60 claimed by the brewer. Lingering hoppy aftertaste with some subtle malt hanging in there too.

O - another well crafted IPA with ample hop flavor and aroma and a moderate hop hit, yet not too challenging to quaff.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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