Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - nice amber colour, pretty clear, decent white head that stayed for a bit
S - hoppy, citrusy, absolutely delicious
T - very balanced ipa, starts out a little sweet and then the hop bite kicks in, the malts come through at the end
M - smooth creamy, a little thin but good overall
O - not a bad beer at all, but it looks and smells much better than it tastes

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle a while back:

Everything about this beer is great except for the stated style. I would definitely call this a pale ale; not an India Pale ale. As a pale ale it's excellent. Great color, good pale ale flavor, great hop aroma and very good balance. Almost too much balance to be an IPA. Very good, however.


The cask version was similar and also very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.7% out of 100 with 2,058 ratings
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