In this beer blog, we are going to get into one of my favorite India Pale Ales. I am talking about Blue Point Brewing and the beer is their Hoptical Illusion India Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on this brewery, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not read those beer posts, please, read them to know everything about this brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It has a dark golden color without a head on the beer. The smell is weird malt to the beer. There is really no hop smell. The taste of this full body IPA is earthy to piney with a slight dry hop finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.bluepointbrewing.com):
We won’t go as far as saying you’ll see things after partaking in a few, but one or two will leave you craving more. Ancient Egyptians stuffed their pillows with fresh hops, believing the hop’s aroma brought on intense, vivid dreams. Today, our classic, American-style India Pale Ale (IPA) features a rare hop grown exclusively on a small farm in Oregon. One taste and you’ll understand why we bought the entire crop. Our 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. Hoptical Illusion tantalizes beer lovers’ taste-buds, while its colorful, psychedelic packaging is candy for the eyes.
1.064 OG and 66 IBU’s 6.8% ABV
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Ending, I miss getting this beer in the Chicago market. However, I was visiting friends and family in Michigan, I was able to pick up some beer and this one of them. I love this India Pale Ale while I was there. I always call this beer the “Hippie Package” or “Hippie IPA.” I love the hops that they are using in this beer. I highly recommend you trying this great beer from the Long Island, New York brewery. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser