There is something a little off with Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion IPA. The body is a really clear, bright, golden color with only a bit of lace. The smell is a little unpleasant. There is a medicinal, astringent quality that dominates the smell, and raising the glass isn’t much fun. But the flavor is a little better. The strong, piney hops don’t completely cover a smooth background malt. Just take a deep breath before each sip and you can probably get through the bottle.