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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with big fluffy white head that leaves nice sheets of lace behind as it settles.

Aromas begin with citrus and piney hops and an underlying herbal/grassiness also hop generated. Fairly resiny and piney but there are also some sweet bready, toasted maltiness to back it up. Border-line caramel maltiness emerges more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose exactly. It has a well balanced flavor of pale, toasted bready, light caramel maltiness along with a substantial hop flavors of citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite dry and the bitterness lingers ever so slightly.

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.

Overall this is a solid American IPA, nothing spectacular, just super solid. Well worthy to comsume at a local bar over the macro swill or the faux craft offerings. Recommeneded if you can get it fresh.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack. Brewed with "a rare hop grown exclusively on a small farm in Oregon. One taste and you’ll understand why we bought the entire crop. Our Hoptical Illusion IPA is brewed with a generous amount of this select hop that’s added five different ways for maximum hop flavor." No other ingredients listed. OG=1.064, 60 IBU’s, 6.8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep golden, forming a tall white creamy head with excellent retention and solid sticky sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. Appears filtered. The nose has a mild fruity and grapefruity hop nose with a hint of toffee, but more in the line with a pale ale than an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium. Kinda lighter bodied compared to other IPAs. Taste opens with grapefruit and a hint of mango, followed by a pleasantly sweet malt body, suggestions of grain husk and biscuits. Moderately firm bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. No perceptible off-flavors, but I don't really dig their yeast...kinda has that Dogfishhead character that I'm not a fan of.

An average beer, and an average IPA. It doesn't really do much for me. After sampling the 4 beers in this 12 pack, I'm not inclined to buy their stuff again.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is pine and citrusy (orange, mango) hops, and some bready malt. The brew tastes like floral and citrusy (grapefruit, citrus peel, apricots) hops, and a bit of bready malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth, and easy to drink. It's a solid brew, I wouldn't turn one down!

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,076 ratings