Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Hoptical IllusionHoptical Illusion

Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a New Holland Brewing glass, Hoptical Illusion yielded a half-finger of white head which immediately dissipated. Minor lacing as I tilt the glass to and fro, with decent retention. The beer itself doesn't look like a whole lot, to be perfectly honest. Perfectly translucent light bronze color, with carbonation bubbles visible. We certainly 'can't judge a beer by its color', but this one is not a looker.

S: A strong, spicy hop scent hits the nose immediately with underlying caramel malt notes.

T: A moderate hop front end hits your palette, immediately followed by a grainy, almost Aspirin-like back end. The weak taste of this beer is rather unremarkable and the carbonation is a bit much for the style. I can't believe this is really a 6.8% ABV brew!

M: Rather oily and moist across the tongue with too much carbonation (as mentioned above).

O: Coming from a microbrewery, this is rather amateur stuff. This beer is more in line with what a 'Michelob take' on the IPA formula might be. A lack of complexity in all aspects, except smell, which is frankly misleading. Casual drinkers might give this a try, but serious IPA connoisseurs, steer clear- Hoptical ILLUSION indeed!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of maximum12
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to martin123012 for filling up my fridge with some hoppy goodness. A 12 oz. bottle sorely needed to soothe the nerves after listening the the clamor of a horde of 10-11 year old girls all night.

Pop goes the top, hand grabs the glass, & voila'! The bottle runneth over with foam. The pour doesn't seem so aggressively carbonated, light yellow. Not much sensory stuff coming off the surface, I have to sniff hard to come up with faint oily hops & sweet malt.

Hoptical Illusion is a beer I pursued because it's cousin, Rasta Rye, was so damn good, I hope this would follow in its footsteps. Negatory. One of the blandest tasting beers I've had in a long time - like the nose, there just ain't much home. Little sweet, little grain, grass, then a tiny hop tug of bitterness at the end. Weak, thin, almost watery.

This beer is boring, which almost worse than being really bad. All I taste is blahblahblah. Sub this for a micro & hardly anyone would notice. Sub-mediocre all the way.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,045 ratings.
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