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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPABlue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 323
Photo of beerloserLI
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +13.4%
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 +1.6%
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 -19.9%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle at Gainesville House of Beer. My first Blue Point, and it's a good one. Pours orange with half finger white creamy head. There is an aroma of caramel, booze and some solid pine and grapefuit. Nice bite an complex sweetness, lots of big grapefruit and toffee. Pretty heavy mouthfeel for the style, but plenty of carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly murky orange color with a nice white head. Head forms a thin cap and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- A pretty good balance going on here between the malts and hops. A good amount of tropical fruit hops, with sweet bready malts and just a bit of alcohol.

T- Follows the nose really well. Quite a bit of hops here with a strong malt back bone. Nothing over the top.

M- Medium in both body carbonation.

O- Not my favorite but a very solid example of the style.

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Photo of BeerFan95
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice orange amber body with a white head that had some lacing and little retention

S- A nice hop presence. Good resinous pine and floral hops upfront. Some mild citrus and a slight soapy note in the back. Caramel malts were mildly sweet.

T-A good balance of hop flavors. Pine notes paired well with the floral notes and a slight grapefruit quality rounded it out. The malts were nice and sweet. Sweeter then the aroma indicated to me.

M-Smooth and easy to drink. A nice dry finish.

O-A well balanced IIPA. Really enjoyed the level of hops and the malts really balanced out the bitterness just enough. The alcohol seemed well hidden. Nice.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Khyber after Anthrax, Motorhead, and Slayer beat the heck out of Camden in this year's Mayhem Fest. Needed some quality beers after a long, hot sweaty night where the venue overcharged for crappy macro beers, but I digress...

This one is a hoppy beer with a bubble gum-like sweetness. Copper in color with amber tints. Nice lacing. Tastes bready with sweet candy and tropical hop notes (mango, pineapple, citrus, etc.). Agree with a previous review that it borders a barley wine. Very tasty. Alcohol is masked but my head can tell it's there. A good brew, maybe just a little too sweet tasting.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel color, light bubbles on the body with an off-white head that has a heavy frame. Head rose to about an inch.

Smell: Light hops, deep floral and light hops did i say that twice.

Taste: Superb, little sweet caramel touch and soft piney feel. Literally enjoying every minute of it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth with sticking after taste. It is a little bitter sweet but almost as good as it gets.

Overall: This is my second time having this beer, first being at the actual brewery here in Long Island on tap. This second time around is almost as good (tap is always better than the bottle). In all honesty this is pretty damn good beer, I definitely don't take it for granted there was work put into making this, sure the smell is blah but it is everything else that leaves you wanting more. Salud!

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and hazy amber in appearance. A bit fizzy at first with a dirty white head which laces away to a nice ring. Slightly astringent in mouth feel slightly resinous as well. Taste is of malt and dark bread followed by pine and yeast. Light aroma of pine and bread dough.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - amber with an orange haze; 1/4" of white head; little retention

S - bread, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol

T - bread, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, candy sugar, dark fruit

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Delicious. It's malty and hoppy and very well balanced. Some characteristics tend toward a barleywine. I very much enjoyed this beer through and through.

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, pineapple, mango, caramel, floral hops, sweet malt, toasted grains, herbs and spices like pepper and coriander; big hops up front that smell juicy and like wet hops were used - very nice aroma, with just enough malt balance to bring it together and keep the hops in check.

Tastes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, pineapple, mango, caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, light toasted grains, herbs, light alcohol like rum, and spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander; hops are juicy and sweet, with mild heat and a sizzle that reminds you about the ABV - a great flavor in spite of the heat, very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a medium body, very light carbonation and some nice mild heat from the hops; very smooth for a DIPA, and overall quite enjoyable with high drinkability for such a strong beer. A great new product from Blue Point, glad I'll always be able to get it fresh.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Could not find date code, bought 4/12, has to be this year’s production, and well stored.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Pours a nice ½”, white colored head, creamy, with brief longevity, no lace to speak of.
Deep classic amber color. Beautiful. Classic Ale looks.

The aroma hits you with distinct hops, spicy, resiny and bitter smelling with hints of citrus/lemon. This is followed by distinct malt, rich and toasty. Very enjoyable.

A very bitter, crisp entry on the palate of very distinct hops, herbal, resiny, and spicy with hints of lemon and citrus This is followed by distinct, rich, full malt, refined and toasty, with noticeable ale yeast. The quite distinctive hops and malt battle for dominance but in the end the hops win.
The body is full, creamy and balanced, with fine carbonation and a medium, but balanced sweetness.

Long bitter finish of hops and rich malt. The malt hangs in there but again loses to the distinct hops. The bitter hop oils linger forever.

A very, very good DIPA. Very enjoyable, powerful and in your face with flavor. A heavily malted style but the rather aggressive hops bring it all together to make this a nicely balanced Ale.
Fairly aggressive style of ale that perhaps lacks a little refinement, but then who cares as it is quite delicious with a long bitter finish.
The style may be heavy handed for some but that being said this is highly recommended for a test drive.

These notes were from a 22 oz bottle, but I have had this on tap several times and it was stellar!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Four fingers of level snow white foam. Burnished copper body.

Strong assertive pine aroma. Supported with apricot. Strong whiff of alcohol.

Rich, sweet deep caramel beginning. Pine follows. Some warming alcohol which lingers on. Needs more hops out front, especially some fruitiness.

Solid medium mouthfeel gives you something to chew on.

An okay beer to give a try, but not what I'm looking for in an IPA/DIPA.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.34/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Got this bomber in the Disc Golf BIF of 2012...
Served in standard pint.

Looks dark reddish amber until backlit when it looks orangey apricot colored. Two fingers of foam turned into one rather quickly, but that one held for a while. Some spotty lacing left behind.

Brown sugar, caramel, and even maple syrup come across on the nose, while some piney/resiny hops sit quietly in the background like a polite sheep on a distant mountainside softly clearing its throat. The hops don't take long to be noticed, but I am not a huge fan here. Some chalky dry feeling lingers. Medium oily body. Decent carbonation.

This is waaay to malty, and not hoppy enough. It feels pretty terrible, and the booziness is quite unwelcome. Overall- this is not an enjoyable beer. I couldn't imagine buying this for anything other than the loss of a bet or perhaps with intentions of punishing some one.

This beer is a travesty to all things India, Pale, or Ale.
In fact, doubly so.

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Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at the brewery.

A - Orange pout with a thin tan foam that clears quickly. Very clear, nice lacing, and minimal carbonation.

S - Scent is of oily hops, some kind of tropical fruit (mangos?), and a bit of pine.

T - Flavor has a fruit sweetness, and a blast of hoppy bitterness. Well balanced. I'd say the best part is how the flavor isn't over the top and the residual sugar gives it a complexity that isn't common in a DIPA. I found it enjoyable.

M - Thick, raspy, and feels like a big IPA. Even though the balance is good you will feel this one.

O - One of the better Blue Point products. I can expect that fresher is better. I would not look for this in bottles.

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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a beige merangue loking head that slowly settles into a rocky cap, leaving plenty of chunk lacing.

The aroma is a big tropical fruit hop presence. Mango, pineapple, and orange dominate the aroma. A bit herbal. Has a candied like sweetness. Some honey and toffee like notes from the malt.

The taste is of tropical fruit hop notes as well but there is more bitterness and more of a malt presence. Orange and pineapple bring the sweet candied flavors. There is a light resin bitterness to keep the tropical fruit notes in check. The malt is also quite sweet. Lots of honey and toffee notes. The malt is also quite bready. Some grassy notes in the end.

The beer is well bodied with prickly carbonation. Very sweet between the tropical fruit hops and malt. This is offset with a piney/resiny bitterness. As sweet as it starts, its not sticky or syrupy.

Too sweet for my liking in a DIPA, borders on hoppy barley wine. Just not a fan of the hop profile coupled with a big sweet malt but it is well made and others will like this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright orange color. Slightly murky. Small white head. Light lacing as well.

S-Balanced and not overly intense. Sweetness mixed with citrusy hops. Lightly boozy. Hops are mostly citrus and display both orange and grapefruit notes.

T-I find the taste to be an upgrade over the aroma. The citrus is quite lively. Fresh orange flesh and white grapefruit. Plenty of malty balance. Not very abrasive. One sip would leave me a bit disappointed, but the next step somehow revamped my attraction to the flavor.

M-Dry and moderately bitter. Booze comes out in the feel. Not very resinous. Medium carbonation.

O/D-I did enjoy this beer a bunch. Its overall lack of coercive hoppiness does't allow this beer to be a very memorable DIPA. But it was a damn good DIPA. Just a shade below awesome.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish amber color with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops. Some sweet malts as well. Flavor is bitter pine and caramel malts. Very bitter but a bit more malt flavor than I expected. Piney, resinous finish. Some floral hop flavor at the end as well as the pine. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel. Not too much alcohol burn from the high ABV. Reminds me a little bit of Bigfoot, but not nearly as good. Overall, this is a pretty good Imperial IPA worth having again.

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Photo of spunionring
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a decent, slightly less than good DIPA. Overall it was very bland and mediocre. There was an okay hop presence, but not what I would call solid. The quality of the brew was also only okay. Its a decent beer, but nothing noteworthy to go out of your way for. And its way oversold on the freakiness factor on the label, while being a very plain beer on the inside.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Blue Point Steal the Pint night. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a deep reddish-copper color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Maltier than I thought it would be.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine hops, fruity malts, and light floral hops. More hops in the taste, and some medium bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth with no alcohol; doesn't feel like 10%.

o - Overall a pretty nice DIPA. The nose is decent and malty, but the taste is much better and full of fresh hops and fruity. Would have it again.

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review

Clear dark amber, rich beige head that only slowly climbs down. Hefty sheets of lace cling heartily to the glass.

Orange peel, spicy hop, light pine resin, hints of lemon, some floral backed by a deep sweet caramel and candy.

All the flavors of the nose are in the mouth, plus some really righteous herbal bitter that wasn't. Really comes on strong at the end of the sip. Not as sweet as feared, but a definite alcohol presence that is a bit hot. Strong flavors are the hallmarks of BP, and this baby doesn't disappoint.

Nicely viscous, med. carbonation, fine finish, interesting and brisk. Best in class? No. First rate? You bet.

Glad they decided to bottle this baby again, it is quite delicious. Highly recommended to all serious hopheads.

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Photo of pjs234
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from 22oz bomber, there was a thick, creamy 2 finger head that was yellowish. Looking down at it, the head is very thick, almost looks soap suds. The beer is a nice, very clear golden color.

S - The aroma is not overwhelming, but I am picking up some nice hop/citrus/piney smells.

T - Fairly hoppy and a tad bitter at first taste. There is a little bit of bready/malty flavor that comes on towards the middle/end of the sip. There is a slightly off taste to this beer. Not sure what, but it kinda hangs around for a while afterwards.

M - Probably the strongest trait of this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and a tad oily, really just what I would expect from a IIPA.

O - Not a bad IIPA, but definitely not spectacular. A good offering that I would be happy to try again, although i would not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy copper-amber with a small ivory head. Good lacing.

S: Not really an in-your-face nose at all. Some juicy hops - tropical fruit and citrus - but not too strong at all.

T: Hops dominate. Juicy but bitter hops, with some sweet citrus or tropical fruit mid-sip, then finishing lemony dy and bitter - lingering "green" hops , i.e., grass or pine. Spicey bite, likely from high (10%) ABV. Heat felt at back end and down gulley.

M: Medium in heft, slight gritty feel.

O: A decent DIPA, but not approaching world-class levels by any stretch. Good and hoppy though.

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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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