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Hoptical Illusion Brewed by Blue Point Brewing - Patchogue, NY

Blue Point Hoptical Illusion Brewed by Blue Point Brewing Company - Patchogue, New York   

Classic, American-style India Pale Ale features a rare hop grown exclusively on a small farm in Oregon. One taste and you'll understand why BPBC bought the entire crop. Hoptical Illusion IPA is brewed with a generous amount of this select hop that's added five different ways for maximum hop flavor. The delicious, resiny, citrus-burst that you taste is the "Essence of the Hop" which is balanced by a malty backbone yielding an intense, golden ale. 6.08 ABV.


Blue Point Hoptical Illusion American IPA

Beer Review by Beer Advocate
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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Blue Point Brewing Company
Since 1998 we've been handcrafting some of the finest microbrews around. Our traditional 30-barrel English brew house in Patchogue, Long Island produces a complex portfolio of more than 15 tasty beers that have made us one of the fastest growing microbreweries in the United States.

Brewing isnt just our business, it's our passion. Were beer people. We started Blue Point Brewing Company because we wanted to make beer we would want to drink. To quench that desire, we select only top-quality ingredients, use a direct-fire, brick brew kettle, and brew all-natural, unpasteurized beer. Its this approach that put us on the world beer map from the World Beer Cup to the Great American Beer Festival and the Australian International Beer Awards were becoming noticed the world over. But we believe you should be the judge. Let us know what you think, and well continue brewing great beer as long as you keep drinking it.


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