Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Hoptical IllusionHoptical Illusion

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of claspada
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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Photo of JoePQ
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Mitchster
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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Photo of bluejacket74
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Danny1217
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a white head. Smells mostly of hops, but a little subdued compared to other American IPAs. Taste is rather delicious. It's actually very smooth and drinkable, but with a crisp, dry finish. A nice hoppy bite, balanced by a bit of sweet malt.

A very nice, easy-drinking IPA.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TurboBrew
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice clear golden color. with 1 finger head. looks great.

S: Not a lot here, smells like a typical IPA.. but less hoppy in the nose.

T: Takes you by surprise, definitely hits your tongue right away with grapefruit and bitter citrus/fruit

M: Carbonation is perfect here in my opinion! Not too bubbly, and not too watery. Leaves you begging for more.

O: Definitly a drinkable IPA.. Will (and did) purchase again. Also had on draft at a tap take over, and it was EVEN BETTER on draft.. Mmmmm. Blue Point continues to impress me.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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 Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz Growler from Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Kegged May 3, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours mostly clear amber with a three finger white head that leaves a ring and some drips of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is orange, apricot and floral hops, a bit of fruit, pine, caramel & bread as well. Good strength.

Flavor delivers more of a kick with a good bit of orange and citrus, apricot, a little pine, decent caramel malt backbone, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness. Well-balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

A solid IPA. On the balanced end of the spectrum and I usually go for the unbalanced hop bombs, but this is still very tasty. Very easy drinking, goin’ down fast!

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of ujsplace
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH chalice.

Pours a deep golden colored brew with a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of oily, resinous hops; piney and Earthy with some citrus notes.

Tastes like it smells for the most part. A tad on the mild side for me, but this is a good, easy drinking IPA.

Light and crisp, easygoing brew.

A good, not great IPA. Although this is a good brew, there are quite a few others that pack more punch, which is my preference, but this brew does stand well enough on its own - it's just a bit on the mild side. Great summertime brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,083 ratings