RATINGS: 932   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
comperchris (115) - - DEC 7, 2016
Pours cloudy golden. Smells of bready caramel and herby hops. Bottom taste is strong cereal malt with earthy hops upfront. Underlying floral notes come through too. Finish is strong long lasting pleasant malt. Doesnt taste its strength and is easily quaffable. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2016
330ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut!
Rich gold, brief tight head, spotty and brainy lacing. Toffee sweet caramel aroma, some orange. Taste even sweeter, more toffee, but lots of citrussy fruity hopping. Very drinkable. 7% no freakeroonies - bonus point. Lovely light feel. This is fun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (3159) - ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2016
355ml bottle, shared by Mart, thanks! Clear golden beer, white head. Fruity nose, hops, malts, some sweetness. Flavor is smooth and hoppy, caramel notes, resiny notes in the finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3546) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2016
Bottle (from saveur biere, ac #20). Pours amber. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt, some hops. Flavor is sweet and bitter, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, pine. Finish is piney. Overall: good, but simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (942) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2016
12oz bottle at The Keg Room W36th St, NYC on 12-Nov-2016, and poured into a shaker. Hazy orange amber colour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, sweet malt and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of grapefruit, mango, caramel, malt and floral hops. Bittersweet and hoppy. A refreshing and easy to drink IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (6871) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2016
Pours clear amber, OK to small white head. Smell is weak, bit malty. taste is corny, bit bitter ( bitterness builds up a bit, but stays quite weak ) . very , very mild malty aftertaste. not that much hoparoma. meh... its OK, but its very blank and weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (839) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Cigarette City. Appearance is clear golden orange with light sparkle, 2-finger width off-white foamy head with good retention and nice soapy lacing. Aroma is fruit, resin, citrus, earthy hops, over malty base. Taste is sweet fruit, offset by resin, earthy hops. Palate is medium bodied with slightly slippery texture, lively/spicy carbonation and bitter dominant finish. Overall, a little more to the bitter side than Id prefer but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4826) - 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 Spencers 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 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 InBevs politics have anything to do with this, since I havent 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 (2458) - 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 (1543) - 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.

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