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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.


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.

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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
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.


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