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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Photo of troysoy2
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew on tap at my now-usual spot, and I enjoyed it enough to take a growler home with me.

Poured into a pint glass, the look is that of a slightly deeper amber. The head is an interesting egg shell color, but with a little more yellow than your average egg shell. The head dies down quickly to a film on the beer's surface, and provides sporadic lacing here and there.

Admittedly, the smell didn't strike me as all that interesting. Sweet and sticky hops, muted citrus, and a good malt backbone.

The taste actually surprised me quite a bit. The first few sips were glorious, very spicy, bitter, with a throat-warming sweet malty aftertaste. Grapefruit is present, I suppose, and the alcohol is nicely covered up by the flavor. It mellows out a bit as your taste buds adjust, but still, I really enjoy the taste. There's just something about the spiciness that I can't put my finger on...

The mouthfeel is a tad watery, but I am glad that this beer doesn't turn into a mouthfull of foam. Good carbonation, but not over the top. As some people have mentioned, a slightly thicker feel might be nice.

But hey, it's extremely, dangerously drinkable, considering its ABV, and I will very much enjoy cuddling up with a growler full of this brew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Pony Bar in New York.

Pours a deep, orangey copper colour, with a beautiful, fine head of cream-coloured bubbles. Lacing is rich, languid and full—it sticks to much that as the beer goes down it looks as though the head just falls into a cavern. Body is surprisingly light, but I forgive that; everything else is awesome.

Nose is big. Resiny, pungent hops with big, sticky, gooey caramel mix together to form a slightly savoury salted toffee kind of character. It's a big brew and a pungent one; not redolent and fruity and tropical like a big West Coast example. It's almost roasty-astringent with hop bitterness. Potent at least.

Taste is biting and bitter, with enough malty, grainy sweetness to drag it back into the realms of decency. But the bitterness is all earth, and roast and bite and astringency. Phew. It's something to wrap your lips around. The thin feel doesn't help the palate overall, making it a bit weak, and lacking the cushion to soften the blow of the hops.

No one's disputing the strength of this. This is a big IPA, full of booze and bitterness. I'd love it to use more of the palate, but there's certainly no complaints at this end about the strength.

I know what they'd say if I complained, anyway.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste also has flavors of caramel and grapefruit and has a good balance between the malts and hops. It shares some characteristics with the flavors you would expect in a barleywine, except for the alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste, it is very smooth and there is also a good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Beer arrived with the classic IPA look, frothy head. Smells of sweet hops and candied goodness. A bit sticky and sweaty. Taste opens with sweet hops, then gets an almost american barleywine malty twist before finishing pretty bitter. I really liked this one. Great local double IPA!!!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Updatd review as of 5/20/13
Had on tap, pours a clear, reddish/amber color. Has a light, even, creamy head across the top, no carbonation to speak of. The aroma is of sweet, piney hop character with a little malt doughiness. Taste has a mild, sweet malt up front followed with some sweet citrus before moving into an assertive floral, lavender-like sticky finish. The mouthfeel is velvet smooth, medium body, and finishes with a slightly boozy, big sweet citrus and lavender with a lingering sweet citrus bitterness.

The first time I had this it was a real let down and over a year later this particular keg is much improved over the previous one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured on-tap into a pint glass. Brownish in color with a large off white head that documents every sip.

Smells of hops and caramel.

This beer drinks smoothly and has a earthy, mineral hop taste. Caramel malt lays the foundation for balance. Dark fruits are brought out as the chill dies out.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, not as stinging to the palate as some D.I.P.A's tend to be.. The smoothness made drinking very enjoyable.

The balance in this beer was most surprising. Piney, fruity hops played with the malt sweetness and everything was balanced very well. Worthy.

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

I have never heard of this beer, but saw it on tap last night so I decided to grab it. This is retired? Not sure why a retired DIPA just went on tap, but here goes...

A: Pours a murky, completely hazy copper with a small bone-white head. Not a very impressive look, but not the worst either. Not much lacing at all.

S: Smell is very, very barleywine-like with tons of sweet caramel, sweet toffee, munich malts, and aged hops. Some vanilla creeps through in the smell as well. This DIPA smells like is has some age on it.

T: Just like the smell, this DIPA seems like it has some age on it, but the flavors are still pretty good. Sweet caramel comes to the forefront with some sweet vanilla beans and toffee.

Oveall, there is nothing great about this beer that makes it stand out. It is a decent IPA with tons of barleywine characteristics.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep orange with a small white, creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops. Flavor of sweet malt, citrusy hops, slight pine. Pretty decent and somewhat balanced, although it is a bit sweet.
7/4/7/3/12 (3.3/5)

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

On tap at The Batdorf in Annville, PA on 10/1/08. Looks like this brew came out of retirement.

A - Hazy burnt orange body with an unfiltered appearance and one-finger creamy white head that settled into a thin film of retention and left huge swatches of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Caramel malt and burnt sugar up front with a bit of piney hops, followed by a fruity aroma with hints of sweet pineapple, mango and peach. A touch of alcohol also sneaks through. With that said, the nose is a little musty overall.

T - Juicy and fruity with mango, grapefruit and pineapple as well as more more subtle hints of pine. There is also quite a bit of caramel malt with a slight burnt flavor. A musty character also appears, which throws off the flavor and bit, resulting in a slightly muddled flavor profile.

M - Full bodied with a creamy yet slightly thick, syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter and metallic.

D - Nobody at my table cared for this at all, but I thought it was decent. It has potential, but the hop profile needs to be cleaned up a bit and the musty qualities need to disappear. Otherwise, this is a drinkable DIPA.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:

Deuane's Quote of the Day:
"Tastes like a hoppy gym sock!"

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Photo of mangledorf
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured very appropriately for a double or imperial IPA. Strong smells of hop and alcohol. First taste is a big wow. Strong everything. Unfortunately as my mouth got used to the strong tastes, I began to notice the slickness of the liquid and it wasn't pleasant.
I'm sorry to say that this one certainly packs all its punches in the first blow. Sort of deteriorates as the glass empties.
Try one. But don't buy a whole case (or a whole growler) unless you know better.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an Orange amber with a decent sized head and a small tight lace.
The aroma was malts,hops and fruit tones.
The taste was sweet, big hops then malty with a bitter taste followed by fruit hints and some smoky notes.
The feel was moderate carbonation,full bodied with a smooth feel.

Notes: Drinkability was for one or two,no sessions on this baby.Even though the alcohol was well hidden I still felt this was a big beer to enjoy with a group of friends to help finish the growler and not to session off. I thought this beer was pretty good and I enjoyed it very much.Malt/hops galore. Decently balanced.

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

L: Pours an ornage amber color with a medium sized and thick white head that laces nicely down the glass.
S: Very sweet malts underneath very big hop and some fruit aromas.
T: Same as the nose which was really enticing for a DIPA. Very sweet malts under a big peppery, citrisy, and piney hop flavors and then a hint of vinous fruits. Very interesting take on this style.
M: Very warming with the right amount of carbonation. It was slightly crisp from the hops but more complex than a simple DIPA with a ton of hops.
D: Very drinkable. The complexity is really interesting and makes it a very drinkable beer as it is not just a hop bomb. Even though it has a lot of alcohol, it is still very drinkable.

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Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer this evening @ cantebury ales in Huntington. NY. I was amazed to see this on tap because I had only ever seen it previously @ the brewery. I was also laughing @ the guy at the bar that kept referring to it as a "wine because it has so much alcohol" Ah it sucks to be so elite around here with your tastes, so few you can share with. The appearance is beautiful, a cloudy amber with a slight white head. The smell is very rich of nuts, citus and malts. The taste is beautiful as well, very malty for a dipa imo but not overly so. The citurs and malts are perfectly balanced and with a 10 % alcohol level its very well hidden! All around a homerun in my eyes. I am amazed that they haven't started selling bombers of this and the sour cherry imperial stout yet. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and its something I could drink all night but I am aware many can not. Well done!

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

On Cask @George Keely's 83rd and Amsterdam in Manhattan NY.

A: poured a hazy off yellow, 1 finger head with respectbale lacing.

S: Malt and hops together with some sweentess I could not get the name of.

T: ABV hits you fast which I enjoyed. Sour notes and pine cones.

M: Light to medium, bitter to start then warms to smoothness toward mid to end.

D: The Patchaouge boys brought this one back and I was glad to have it on cask.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at KClingers in Hanover. Big head, but fully diminished. Aroma - not much aroma for a double IPA, A little citrus, a little pine sesin, but not what I would expect froma DIIPA. Taste - a hint of pepper. Palate - creamy, can really taste the alcohol.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Gingerman, NYC:

Pours hazy amber/copper with a thick, white head that thins and lasts. Dotted lacing sticks to the glass.

Odd smell, but a nice one. Smoky notes with dried tobacco leaf, fried banana and other tropical fruitiness (mango?)

The taste is sweetish - tropical fruits, leaning towards banana/plantain. Herbal notes, though not too bitter (just enough to give some balance to the sweetness, and to add some spicing to the finish.

Fuller side of medium-bodied. Smooth. Alcohol pretty well covered.

A nice, unique, fruity sweetish DIPA.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich amber body with thin off-white head... fades fast.. minimal lacing

S: Floral hops up front with a sweet malt balance...

T: For a double IPA the hop taste is slightly bland... the aroma left me with higher hopes but the taste was a bit too balanced...

M: Crisp and smooth. Medium bodied.

D: Not too bad. 10% is well hidden, but the lack of a hop barrage in the flavor profile left me a tad disappointed.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at MaHaffey's in lovely Canton/Baltimore. Poured a hazy gold color with decent lacing on the glass.
I first thought I smelled a barleywine, with vanilla, malt and hops exploding all over the place.
The taste was also unexpected; alcohol for sure, but sugar and sweet and sour fruits. Also a healthy dose of piney hops.
The feel was bitting and bittersweet up front, with a fade into sweet and smooth coming ni the finish.
Overall an excellent beer, although I'm not sure I'd call it an IPA. I'm nto sure what I'd call it...

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice hop scent that is accompanied by a solid crystal and bisquit malt aroma. It's not over the top hoppy, but it's well balanced. The taste is good as well. It has a very bitter hop flavor as well as a jacked up malt presence. It's full of caramel flavor that goes down easy and warm in the finish. The alcohol warmth is noticable, but what do you expect at 10% abv. It's got great hop character that resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking DIPA. It could use a bit more body, but it drinks well regardless. A bit more caramel or other specialty malt might have hidden the alcohol burn a little better, but it's a fine beer nevertheless

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahar's in Albany.
From notes

A) Beautiful amber color. Nice thick and fluffy white head.

S) Hoppy and earthy.

T) Hoppy, slightly malty taste. Hoppy again in the finish.

M: Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

D) Very drinkable for the style and ABV. This was my fourth big beer that night and I was wondering why it hit me so hard when I got home. I place the blame squarely on this beer. I would have this again if available though.

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

A pretty intense IPA, and not just from the hop-side either. Aromas bring up a lot of syrup-type malts -- similar to English Barleywines, but with a hop boquet that soon dominates the glass. A phenolic twang comes through right before the first sip. Tastes very sweet initially with maple syrup flavors, right before the intense centinneal hops claim the palate. Fruity with oranges, apples, peaches, and appricots. Grapefruits and lemongrass set the tone for the bittering agents which hit hard in the mouthfeel. Again a plastic / soapy note rides in on the hops and provides the only deterant. The feel is quite heavy and syrupy, shy of cloying because of the hop dryness and alchohol kick. Finishes piney and sticky sweet and alcoholic and phenolic. It's kinda like 120 Minutes little brother.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smokin' Joes, South Side of Pittsburgh, PA.
A: Orange-amber in color, with a medium layer of lightish tan head that fell back pretty slowly and left a thin layer of cling down the glass.
S: Nippy, citrus and floral hops. Overtones of grapefruit, flowers, and lemony zest; lesser notes of caramel, too.
T: A pretty solid citrus hop character leads the way, with strong flavors of bitter grapefruit and lemon. Floral hops kinda mellow out the bitterness towards the finish. Aftertaste is an interesting mix of these two tastes. It left me smacking my lips a little.
M: Somewhat drying in the finish, but fine other than that, pretty much what I expected from a DIPA.
D: Really good. Never noticed the 10% ABV. One of the more quaffable DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange-ish / yellow color, with a white head. Aromas are all hops, very small grapefruit too. In the taste, big hops and a little sweet. Deffinatly a east coast style IPA. A smooth small bitter mouthfeel, and a hoppy aftertaste. Big hops, but balanced, a nice bitter, yet smooth. It hides the ABV very well.

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Photo of garcia2a
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rare treat. This beer poured a deep golden color with a satisfactory amount of haze. A thinning head that dissipated within a few moments.

The bouquet was sweet with a hoppy balance. The taste was full bodied with hops enveloping the taste buds. The hoppy nature of the beer lead to a heavy, full bodied mouth feel. The beer finished well with a light, fading aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer that is sure to refresh!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewery yesterday and was pleased to see they had so many offerings on tap:11, including five "premium" (high alcohol) choices, including this high octane DIPA.

A handsome, headless bright orange emerges from a careful pour. A cloudy body, with plenty of bubbles. Nose is citrus hops, but not overpowering. A herbal quality and touch of alcohol are also detectable.

Taste is obviously dominated with brash American hops but malt makes a good effort here as well. Caramel and toasted flavors join the citrus and pine of the hops in a tasty, alcohol laced melange. The high abv can make this a bit harsh, but the thick texture allows it to be bearable.

Overall, this is meant to shock and awe and comes pretty close. Not as overtly hoppy as some DIPAs, this still offers an awful lot of bang for the buck.

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Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
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