Stuck in the center, but not complaining
A Review of Hoptical Illusion by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/29/2011 by Chops
Sometimes you just want a non-abrasive representation of a beer style, the happy middle ground between stellar and crap. The kind of beer you take a sip of and have absolutely no significant reaction to. Doesn't offend, doesn't impress, just is. Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion is a great example of this.

I wouldn't say this is a great IPA, nor is it a bad IPA, but it's certainly a tasty IPA. For anyone looking to break into craft brews and just need a taste comparison between styles, this is a good beer to do it with. IPAs are typically front loaded with hop aggression, which can be quite off-putting to the novice beer drinker. Hoptical Illusion is quite mild, easy to drink, and gives you a decent representation of what to expect from IPAs.

The smell of this beer is pleasant and mild with no real surprises. Smells like an average IPA with citrus notes and a flowery hop profile. Once in the glass, it takes on more of a lager appearance than an IPA. The mouthfeel is soft and uneventful, no real hop battle to speak of. The taste is also pretty standard and mirrors the flowery citrus aroma.

Overall, Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion IPA isn't exciting or memorable, but isn't bad either. Again, I would happily use it as an intro or maintenance beer, but nothing more than that. Hop heads might find this beer to be bland and forgettable, but novices may find it to be an interesting new experience. Enjoy it for what it is: an unassuming standard IPA.

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