Hoptical Illusion

American IPA Blue Point Brewing Company


Hoptical Illusion, an American IPA by Blue Point Brewing Company

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Hoptical Illusion is an American IPA brewed by Blue Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a bottle.


The IPA pours a tawny hue and is topped by an off-white cap of foam. The head lingers briefly before reducing to leave a smattering of lacing on the glass.


Aroma is a mix of orange, honey, floral hops, and a hint of booze.


The palate opens with a hoppy bite that’s herbal and earthy, backed by a hefty amount of malt. The taste profile finishes sweetly with orange marmalade.


Its feel has a body that’s less than medium with moderate carbonation.


The Hoptical Illusion is a nicely balanced, yet imperfect IPA. Most glaring, its body is too thin for the style.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.