Hoptical Illusion IPAJanuary 1, 2006 Patchogue, NY
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Available: MA, MD, NY, PA
Comment: This American-style IPA features a rare (unnamed) hop exclusively grown on a farm in Oregon. Offered in six packs and on draft.
Alcohol (wt.): 5.0
Alcohol (vol.): 6.3
Original Gravity: 1060
Final Gravity: n/a
Malts used: n/a
Hops used: Rare Oregon hops.
Inviting pale bronze color. Luscious spicy hop, biscuity malt and tangy fruit aroma, followed by a palate dominated by bitter hops and juicy malt. The finish is bittersweet but the sweetness fades as peppery hops and tart fruit take over. Wonderfully refreshing: a well-crafted contribution to the IPA school.
- Roger Protz
There’s beautiful sound from the head—it really sings, and loudly—actually begging for attention. The hops (rare Oregon hops) are a wonderful welcome as they linger pleasantly both on the nose, and then on one’s palate. Crisp and almost clinging, they fold smoothly into the malt, followed by the light, but noticeable, bitterness, which is in turn swallowed almost immediately by the gathering malt tide, ebbing pleasantly into memory. The soft amber color rounds out the experience nicely.
- Fred Eckhardt
Long Island is known for many things. Beer hasn’t been one of them. But this is changing, thanks to breweries like Southampton and Blue Point. I like this beer. In fact, I’m putting my review bottles in the fridge next to the ones I already purchased. No “illusion” here: this beer’s Classic American-style IPA—loaded with hops, citrus fruit, a firm malt foundation, and a crisply bitter finish.
- John Hansell
Author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Sake (USA).
John Hansell writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate a magazine for the whiskey advocate.
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