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RATINGS: 905   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Generous amount of selected hops balance out the malty backbone of this delicious golden India Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2016
An IPA from one of those American craft breweries that fell into the clutches of that horrible AB InBev. Medium sized, initially frothy, egg-white head eventually leaving a dense, moussy rim on the edge of the glass but dissipating into small dots of foam in the middle; lightly hazy warm orange blonde robe. Aroma of cheese crackers, biscuit, subdued dried mango, candied orange, sweet paprika powder or even some red curry, fresh toast, old dried dill, curcuma powder, white pepper, hints of dry hay, iron and lime zest - in all, not unpleasant, but certainly not the hugely aromatic New World hops profile I expect from an American IPA. Cleanly fruity onset, some dried mango and candied orange again, vague white candi sugar sweetness lingering somewhere, dim sourishness underneath, rather fizzy carbonation with very minerally effect, smooth and lightly oily mouthfeel, yet on the thin side, with even a very faint metallic touch to it somewhere halfway. Biscuity and nutty malt core in the middle while hop bitterness starts to develop on top of it, debouching into a gently but effectively bittering finish, resinous and spicy, with retronasal hints at dried grapefruit peel and curry spices; this bitterness lasts for quite a long time while traces of that biscuity malt sweetness peep through. Far from unpleasant but a bit odd, seems obsolete in this day and age; the cheese cracker-like flavor reminds me a bit of Spencer’s trappist IPA. Comes across as a bit obsolete: people expecting a fiercely aromatic hop bomb may be disappointed, though the hop certainly delivers in terms of pure flavor. Has certain English IPA-like traits in a clean, polished way without becoming overly industrial, though we are very far removed from the great American IPAs of our day and age, as created by Stone, AleSmith or small enterprises à la Trillium and Tree House. This beer, though perfectly enjoyable by itself and suitable as an introduction to the style for those who never tasted a ’new’ or international IPA before, belongs in the eighties or nineties, but seems to have little meaning in 2016. I cannot judge if AB InBev’s politics have anything to do with this, since I haven’t tasted any Blue Point beer from before they were taken over, but I would not be surprised if they have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (2037) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking a Hoptical Illusion by Blue Point Brewing Company at Mikkeller Bar takie dosc slodko przejrzalo tropikalne, dosc ciezkie jak na styl, ale smaczne

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ebone1988 (1414) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Frank. Aroma is burnt malt, bitter, pine, floral, not really fruity but something else is happening. Appearance is amber golden, off white light tan head, mostly clear. Taste is burnt malt, tropical fruit, caramel, pine, bitter, floral, not good. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, almost syrupy, light carbonation, bitter caramel malt aftertaste. Overall, bad but almost as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Punkero (303) - FINLAND - AUG 7, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2016 Lovely copper colour. Fierce citric hops. Lovely. Some maltiness. Awesome. Really States. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sircatis (121) - FRANCE - JUL 23, 2016
Découverte dans la Saveur Box. Bière ambrée avec petit col mousseux. Bière savoureuse et rafraîchissante. Bonne bière et bon moment de dégustation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jerome13 (1) - Martigues, FRANCE - JUL 13, 2016 does not count
Bière moyenne sans prétention, peu de mousse, robe caramel, légère amertume, surtout en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (1362) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Smelled really good but was a bit lacking in flavor. It wasn’t bad it just didn’t stand out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msdrbeat (497) - East Lansing, USA - JUN 21, 2016
On tap at Hard Times. Pours light Amber with white head. Light grassy aroma. Not too floral. Not overly bitter either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerplace (910) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2016 355nl bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is malty, slightly hoppy. Taste is piney hops, malt. Meh. Probably spoiled?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4803) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle at marlins stadium. Pours clear golden amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like nutty malt, grapefruit hops, toast, and caramel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like toasted malt, grapefruit hops, caramel, grapefruit, and nutty.

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