Hoptical Illusion | Blue Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Hibernator on 10-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,037
Reviews:
666
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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40
Gots:
487
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0
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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The cask version was similar and also very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptical Illusion opens with a fruity, hoppy nose that is instantly enticing. The aromas seem split fairly evenly between oranges, apricots, berries, and touches of pineapple, and citrusy grapefruits and hints of pine resin from the hops. A light undercurrent of wheat bread and biscuit lies just beneath, providing a nice grounding effect. Overall, the nose is nicely sugary and hoppy, though far less hoppy than I would have expected, given the beer's name.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an immediate hop flavor blast that proves the name is still relevant. Huge pine and grapefruit rind notes dominate here, along with a good smattering of earthy, vinous hop oils that bring stem-like qualities to the hop profile. Bitterness is not excessive--60 IBUs--but the hop flavors are full, nuanced, and delightful, and better yet, retain much of their strength through subsequent mouthfuls. The beer does boast other flavors, including a nice complement of orange and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugars and touches of wheat bread. But the hops take center stage here, as well as largely dominating the aftertaste, which burns with grapefruit rind and pine, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, bearing not only a good amount of bitterness, but a balanced and flavorful hop profile that avoids the pitfalls of its single-flavor competitors by offering a variety of tastes, all the way from grapefruit to pine to dandelion stem. Better, the beer contains just enough sugar to support the bitterness, but not enough to overpower it. Good fare.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Extremely sudsy, clear, deep amber.
S - A bit of citrusy hops, not much else.
T - Strong pale ale levels of citrusy bitterness and hop flavor. Little bit of caramel malt, not strong malt or yeast flavors.
M - Medium carb for the style, medium body, alcohol well hidden.
O - ok IPA, maybe more in the pale ale style. If they're going to call it an IPA, could really use more hop smell, and a little more hit of bitterness. Possibly a good "in" to someone who isn't experienced with the style.

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Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,037 ratings.
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