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Hoptical Illusion IPA 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. 6.80 ABV.
Winner of the Silver Medal at the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
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.
Blue Point Brewing Company
When Mark and Pete named Blue Point Brewery, they knew it was a name that would
come with high expectations. For years, the pair traveled the world, exploring
different cultures, people, and, most importantly, beer. Combining their skills,
discoveries and trained palates, in 1998 they launched a brewery worthy of its
historic name. After all, you can’t associate yourself with the home of the
famous Blue Point Oysters that were loved by Queen Victoria without being the
absolute best at your craft. Nearly 20 years later, it’s obvious they’ve risen
to the call.
What started as two beer nuts chatting over a few pints quickly grew into Long
Island’s first and finest craft brewery. Mark and Pete’s shared passion for beer
comes through with every recipe, barrel and pint. Pour yourself our flagship
Toasted Lager alongside a platter of oysters on the half-shell. Then take home a
six-pack of Hoptical Illusion or Mosaic to remind yourself and your friends what
really, really good beer tastes like. Our job is simple—keep brewing good beer
that we like to drink. If you don’t like it, well… to each his own.