No Apologies
Blue Point Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,770
Ranked #21,571
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This double IPA packs a big punch, and no, we’re not going to apologize for it.

No Apologies is our double IPA. To ensure every batch is as good as the last, we selectively brew it in small batches from the finest European malts and five varieties of American hops. Its earthy, dry-hop aroma finishes with a caramel sweetness. If you don’t like it, that’s your problem - we're not gonna apologize.

93 IBU
Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 324 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 01/20/16 so it is over 6 months old on July 12, 2016. My bad.

It is a handsome looking orange-amber tone with a modest white head. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

The aroma has an herbal, spicy, and orange zest sensation but given its age the stale breaded malts are coming more forward than they might have back in February.

Medium to above medium body.

The taste has become a slight malt bomb given its age although I recognized a sweet fruity and bitter spicy after taste. No booze for 10%. I might rate it higher if I try it fresher next time.

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Photo of movethroughspace
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rick amber color with a nice, foamy head. Very clear, slight lace. (3.75)

Smell: This beer has a very citrusy, hoppy, and earthy aroma. (3.75)

Taste: The taste starts out with sweet twang followed by a thick, bitter happiness that melts away into some citrus notes and a bittersweet caramel finish. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, and uncarbonated. Very smooth. Light. The sweetness in a sip stays on the tip of your tongue. (4.25)

Overall: A great beer, could see myself throwing back a few of these on a nice summer day. Light beer with huge, consistent flavor. (4.0)

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Photo of CTHomer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger moussy, ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: earthy and floral;

T: ripe orange for a moment, then floral all the way; relatively sweet, but a touch of bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; light carbonation; hides the ABV well;

O: really smooth;

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%

A very pleasant earthy, herby, spicy hop nose over traces of biscuit and light grain.
Pours hazy amber under a 1" amber tinted white head.
Very rich, creamy caramel biscuit palate finished with a rich does of grassy hops well into the aftertaste.
Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol is slightly warming but deceptive. Very well balanced and well rounded beer with no sharp edges.

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Photo of outland
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Very nice pairing with pepperoni pizza in that it stands up to strength of flavor nicely without overwhelming. Would benefit from a heavier citrus rather than caramel notes, however.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy deep orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Mix of malts, grassy hops, and a touch alcohol.

T - Sweet malts are right upfront with floral hops finish out the flavors. Finish has a slight hop bitterness. Light alcohol presence in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a decent malt forward DIPA. Definetly drinkable.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a barely translucent copper-bronze with decent layer of sustained head. Unfortunately, I don't get much in the nose, but it does seem a little malty (dark sweet).

The barely perceptible to me nose does come through in the taste. A butterscotch malt sweetness that does have some fig-like flavors, maybe some quite subdued cherry flavor. The feel is decently carbonated, but I agree with other reviews that this is lacking any real hops bite. It's not that bad a beer, average I'd say, but it doesn't quite hit DIPA style I like.

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Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wish this bottle was fresher. There is no date on the bottle or label but judging by the labels this is supposed to be a hoppy lil bitch. Instead its deep and rich but all malt. The pour is a beautiful cloudy amber color with a thin tan head and very decent lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with caramel and toffee notes. Flavor follows suit and is very rich but also very sweet. I'm sure that this is not how this was meant to taste but it is what it is. Very good but not what I expected. Should be a lot better.

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Photo of MPSTARR
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Second offering enjoyed by Blue Point Brewing Company. Loved the label on he bottle and had to try it.

Appearance- Light poor into tulip glass, somewhat hazy copper color with a one finger head, Good retention on the lacing.
Smell- Mostly sweet malts with some hops present.
Taste- Once again the sweet malts are picked up, not a bitter hop bomb as the label might suggest, 93 IBU,s. Alcohol well hidden.
Mouth-Feel- Light carbonation with a smooth consistency.
Overall- For an imperial beer I would have expected more hop bitterness, but this might be due to the age of the beer, no date given on label. It is sad that this has been retired I would like to have tried it again maybe with a fresher bottle or on tap. I hope more offerings are to come from Blue Point . Cheers.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from my beer journal dated 3/9/12

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a nice brownish copper. Finger-thick head slowly fades leaving a healthy lacing. Mild amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice balance of malts, strong hops, a hint of alcohol, and just a touch of bubblegum.

Taste: Hops are king here - strong, bitter, citrus, and slightly floral. Sweet malts offer a nice balance. A strong yet simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body offers a soft and gentle feel with a nice carbonated bite.

Overall: A solid brew from Blue Point. It succeeds in having a simple, almost even predictable flavour without being boring.

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Photo of Ego
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Gotta love all the silly ransom letter rants and skulls on the bottle... yawn (this screams need to be "extreme" rather than just being good)
anyway, here goes the beer...

2 full fingers of fluffy white foam with a hint of audible sizzle, hazy straw orange tone, rush hour traffic of carbonation races up throughout the glass keeping the head quite alive, lacing is good, an absolutely nice looking beer from out on the point

brownish herbal hops, hint of alcohol peeking out from behind the sweet malt, it smells like an english ESB on crack

taste etc...
the malts are extremely sweet, the hops used are not the type best for mega hopping (to my pallete), it is not overly bitter but the hops don't have that really nice alpha kick and wind up tasting old-ish, the beer is very drinkable aside from that... in terms of the bite it really hides the ABV REALLY well and has a super nice slick/thick mouthfeel

this really reaches near my limit of sweetness, I prefer alpha hops. this just isn't my thing, it isn't bad but it is not in my wheelhouse flavor wise. This brewery should learn how to make a nice hoppy IPA before moving on to this style imo.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy copper with a little of white head.
S: It smelled like nectarine and citrus and rye bread.
T: It tasted like nectarine and citrus and rye bread. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent drink, but really nothing special. The scent and taste and body were average. It had a smooth finish with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Meh.

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Photo of Durge
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently not retired here at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT. This stuff is a clear copper color with a decent off-white skin of head and beautiful cascading lace. The aroma is a solid bit of pine-citrus hop and grain malt but I also detect some grassy alcohol. The flavor follows this idea with caramel malt and more pissy citrus/pine hops. Again I get some astringent grassiness mixed in and some alcohol which tempers the mellowed woodsy character that shows up initially. The body is medium with a wispy carbonation and somewhat slick feel. There's a bit of cinnamon nutmeg spice to it as well. Very good DIPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler fill at Got-Ta-Go in Chambersburg, PA. Poured into a mason jar that I got from the wedding we were at this weekend. No glassware at the hotel.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a nice copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toffee, fruity, a little booze, citrus, and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with the hops a little hidden behind the sweet malts. A little bitterness in the end, but mostly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, a little dry, and a little tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid DIPA here folks. So happy to get this growler filled while traveling through PA.

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Photo of PorterPatrol
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

More Imperial than IPA, with 93 IBUs, I was surprised by the lack of hops on the palate and finish. Overall, well crafted, nice and bitter but little of the anticipated piney, citric or earthy overtones as seen in typical DIPAs at this hefty 10%abv. A strong American East Coast Imperial with a lingering dryness that leaves a craving for another swallow of golden goodness. Recommended but could use a bit more dry hopping for my preferences.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of a robust sunset orange coloring. It holds a two finger head of eggshell colored foam. This retains excellently, leaving patterned lacing and a fatty aggregate of larger bubbles sitting atop the liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is sticky, hoppy, and sweet. Of the five advertised hop varietals, we detect floral, earthy, spicy, and bittered citric notes. The malts that balance are pale, but heartily brushed with toasted caramel. Filling the space in between is clovey spice, fusel booze, grassy raw herbs, iron, and an organic raw meatiness. With warmth comes black pepper, apricot, strawberry, light red apple sugars, phenolic plastics, and tangy yellow mustard. Our first impression is that the hops definitely take center stage, and mix with nice sweetness and thorough bitterness, but the ultimate blend is a bit muddled. As we sip, brown and metallic malts start things off, with raw plastics and chemically phenols, hugely bittering herbal and citric rind hoppiness, and raw grassiness. The peak comes with a wash of big booziness, pine, puckered soap, lighter metallics, and faint sweetness of caramel maltiness. The bittering onslaught of herbal and soapy hops continue, moving us to the finale, where they crash into lightly toasted pale malts, mineral, muddy grassiness, and booze, which gives a cherry cough syrup quality to the last drop. The aftertaste breathes of fiery ethanol, mineral, stone, chalky yeastiness, juicy citric, herbal, and earthy hops, garlic husk, dried grass, and bittering plastic phenols. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to each sip. The palate is softly coated, with eventual astringent dryness following a massive pucker of biting booze and hop oiliness. The abv is full and subtly warming, and the beer sips nicely once you get used to it.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. This aspect proved quite dynamic, with an initial classic clash between malts, hops, and booze giving way to a phenolic, spicy, herbal, and fruity change with warmth. The flavoring, as advertised, showcased bitterness, again, between the earthy and herbal hops, booze, and bright phenols. At times it actually tasted like you were sucking water off the roots of freshly plucked hop plant. At first it seems over the top, but once you figure out exactly what this beer is all about, you’ll be looking for another bottle to follow.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of mango, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; with a good malt balance that is not overwhelming. Taste of pineapple, orange zest, mango, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, honey, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruits, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice hop flavor complexity; with a nice malt balance that isn’t overwhelming; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; but still definitely a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. Very nice hop complexity and balance with malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was orange amber in color, with a large three finger thick head. The aroma was very hoppy and loaded with tropical fruits like mango and papaya. The taste was a bit of a step down from the potent smell, as there was relatively low bitterness up front. I could taste some spicy and herbal hops, and toasted caramel malts, and both were well balanced. The finish was somewhat floral and delicate. The alcohol was well hidden, and the beer did not produce a lot of burn. The body was just thicker than medium, and a little sticky. I like my DIPAs aggressively bitter, and this wasn't quite that.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head with nice lacing and head retention on a clear a light amber golden body. Aroma is very citrusy with mostly tangerine, fresh vegetables, earthy hops and hint if pine resin. Little on the malt side. Flavors are more malty and piney with notes of candy sugar and candied citrus, mostly orange. Medium body and moderate carbonation, a little oily. I really liked this one. It's not very complex but no bad flavors here. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice one to try.

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Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For some reason, I'm inclined to like Blue Point's hoppy beers. They tend to strike a good balance and wind up very drinkable. Let's see if No Apologies strikes the same balance with a big 10% ABV. It's a good looking IPA, amber colors over a large head, it's the basic IPA look done right. The aroma is sweet, with a big tropical fruit hit over caramel malts. No Apologies is very strong on the tropical fruit flavors, with a solid caramel malt to back everything up. There's a nice lingering hoppiness on the tongue that works well with the slight booziness that really can't be avoided once you hit 10%. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly light level of carbonation, and the drinkability is incredible. Overall, No Apologies is a great sweet IPA. It does the whole sweet thing without relying on the malts to impart all of the sweetness.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out amber hue.

Smells of sweetness and hops.

Booze bomb. Taste is very sweet with hops and plenty of malt. A smooth and dry finish with some citrus . This is a much more earthy and sweet double rather than a hop bomb or pine forward one but still a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Kelpius
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The sweetness of this beer is strictly due to the high abv. Otherwise, a healthy hop flavor and underrated beer for drinkers who like simplicity and kick. No clove, vanilla, citrus or other overtones here, just plain strong beer with a smooth front. Perhaps a bit untidy, but still has a bitter edge that I appreciated. I think it is underrated on this site.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep amber in color, 2 fingers of off white detergent-like head, patchy lacing. smells of pine, grapefruit, lots of sweet malt. immediate malty taste makes this one super sweet, hints of caramel, grapefruit, pine.. there is an overall fruity/floral hoppy flavor in this one that's pretty great. medium body, nicely carbonated, leaves behind a sticky/creamy feel. bottle feels a little old due to the subtle hops, would LOVE to try this one fresh, as it is - it's really good.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a sticky, hazy orange color with a finger of resinous foam. Aroma is full of crystal malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. Smells like a barleywine!

First sip is extremely sweet, cloying, with a moderately bitter finish. I pick up tropical fruit sweetness, pineapple, mango flavors as well. While I don't disagree with the 93 IBUs listed on the label, this beer is just far too sweet to be considered a good DIPA. I don't see a freshness date on the bottle, but it does say copyright 2012, so it can't be THAT old... It is stamped with a permanent graphic that says "Extremely Fresh".

I just can't tell if this beer is supposed to be like this, or if all the hop aroma and flavor has disappeared to age. It would score much higher from me if it was listed as a barleywine, because this is not the hop bomb I was craving when I popped the top.

I know this is called No Apologies, but Bluepoint should apologize for this under attenuated mess.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the IGA in Potsdam NY for around 7.50$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, pineapple, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and pineapple. There is also some caramel notes and a bit of a guava/apricot sweetness. It ends with quite a blast of hop bitterness.

Overall - An above average DIPA that packs quite a bit of hops. It's a touch too sugary/sweet, but I polished off the bomber with no issues. Not something I'd buy another bottle of, but I'd like to try it on tap and I don't regret the 8$ I spent on this bottle. I didn't see any sort of date on the bottle..

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No Apologies from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 324 ratings