jdobbs (67) - - MAY 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Defying real focus (how unlike us!), we had to call Hoptical Illusion an Almost Pale Ale (5% Alc./Vol. / IBU 17.5 / Colour SRM 3.44). Hoptical Illusion approaches the characteristics of a pale ale, but takes a quick u-turn at the end. At 18 IBUs versus 25 and up for English Pale Ales, we’re hoppier than most commercial beers, but not too crazy. The star of the show is the dizzying aroma of the privately grown Amarillo hop. Beyond the provocative citrus and floral
Hoppypocket (112) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with white head and a nice lacing. Aroma of grapefruits, little piney smell. Taste is simmilar with a nice caramel backbone wich is not overpowering. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall a good pale.
JamesChamp (108) - Oakville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is a decent beer to drink, but nothing to crazy or overpowering taste you get from other micro beers out there. It is easy drinking.
Maklean (38) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy amber with small diminishing head. Aroma of soft pine and citrus. Taste of cascade hops and slight caramel.
tom10101 (1058) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (355 ml). Thanks to czar! Clear amber with a small creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of malt and grapefruit with some earthy notes. Taste is moderately malty with grapefruit and caramel notes. Earthy and dusty too. Low but sticky bitter finish. Medium body. Decent.
herrbrown1974 (348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised I’ve never rated this. Was one of the first local IPAs I tried a couple of years ago. A nice gateway beer for people looking to breakaway from the norm. On tap. Dark copper with an active fizzy cream head. Creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity maltiness with a sweet floral aroma. Hint of grapefruit. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout with a medium bitter finish. It’s a sessionable hoppy amber.
HeistAlmighty (820) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Deep red amber colour. Another in a mini series i've been on with red/amber ales hopped like an IPA. Nice balance between the aggressive hop and caramel malt. Overall, a good balance.
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BelgieFan (3) - - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If you like hops, this is a great beer! Fun marketing materials, too (beer packaging, beer cap liner, etc.).
dandeman (214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted Feb 2012.
Aroma: Hoppy with lemon, green grass and flower accents. Very pleasant nose.
Appearance: Typical brown, very clear. Beautiful long lasting creamy head with good lacing.
Taste: Attack is all hop flowers with a lot of greenery accents. Malt, with it’s caramel and a bit of smoky notes, is taking over after. Finish is all bitterness. A very good ’’almost’’ pale ale? Naaa! Pale ale to me.
dnoaksson (559) - , SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Om livet smakade lika bra som en Flying Monkey Hoptical hade folk inte tryfferat sina liv med den spillning som hjärntvättsinrättningar som "Let’s dance" klämmer ut i lördagsgodisskålen. Å andra sidan hade den här recensionen blivit så otroligt mycket mer svårskriven. Beskriva smakerna? Ser jag ut som en poet eller? Drick, njut och håll snattran.