December 4th and another new brewery to me, Blue Point Brewing Company from long Island, New York.
According to the brewery’s website: “Long Islanders want more than the status quo, they want you to skip the bullshit and give it to them straight.” Adding “we first and foremost brew beer that we want to drink. If there’s some leftover, we’ll sell it.”
Blue Point describe Hoptical Illusion as “a hop lover’s dream” stating that they add “plenty of hops five different ways” to “allow the “Essence of the Hop” to really shine through”.
At 7% ABV this is verging on Double IPA strength, but what the heck, it’s December!
It pours a dark amber with a sparse head that fades almost before I could get the photo taken.
The nose is malty, with hints of barley sugar, not too much evidence of the ‘Essence of the Hop‘ in the nose.
The flavour is more balanced, the bitterness of the hops nestle on the bed of complex malts, along with a warming alcohol buzz of 7% alcohol.
It’s one of those brews that reveals something different with each sip, but within that malty, barley sugar framework. I struggle to see how this is described as an ‘IPA’.
Okay, ‘skipping the bullshit‘ as the brewery demands – it’s interesting, but just not for me.
Just two and a half Brewclub Stars for this one, I’m afraid.