Johnsense (1034) - - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour, 1 finger of head. Floral nose - some hops, pine, bready malt. Taste is Similar - Floral with some pine and citrus fruit, biscuity malt. Noticable carbonation. Fairly easy drinker. A gateway beer, but a pretty good one. The hopping comes through better when it’s on draft.
patricks110 (2163) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a bright golden orange with a finger of yeloowish head. Some bubbly carbonation in the body with some light lacing rings. The nose is sweet with a mild malt and light lemon, NW hops, grapefruit and subtle pine notes. The taste is quite hoppy with a fresh taste and a crisp floral hop. Predominant floral hop notes and citrus with light caramel malts. Hoptical Illusion has a medium body and a crisp but slightly thin mouthfeel. overall, a good session Pale Ale with a nice hoppy taste.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a tap poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Nice light hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesn’t really feel like a pale. Pours slightly cloudy copper with thin head. Aroma is caramel malty with marginal hops. Full bodied, caramel and sweetness. Some hops in the finish. Cool bottle - if you look close there looks like some freaky midgets and shit being chased by a sea monster.
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy amber color. Aroma of piney hops, toasty and citric notes and light grainy hints. Flavor has some malty sweetness but gradually turns drier and bitter with fresh pine-needles hoppiness. Medium-bodied.
Suttree (5631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can see why they call this an "Almost Pale Ale" - it definitely seems like a hoppy amber as opposed to a pale ale. Caramel, toffee, and a bit resiny, woodsy hop bite at the finish. Not bad. Thanks to jerc for the trade!
crajun (1090) - , Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pale ale; nice citrus aroma. good mix of malt and hops in flavor - smooth hops at end not bitter. Thanks to robinvboyer for this one..
rejtable (1857) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Pretty easy sessionable ale. Some light citrusy hops up front and they give way to a bit of malt backing.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour with small head. Big hop nose with clove and bananas. A little sweet on the flavor, but still good hop character.
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. pours a dark copper colour with a reasonable head that doesn’t vanish. Typical IPA aroma, sweet, hops, citrus fruits, could linger a little longer. Inviting though. Nice bitter flavour but dissapointingly shortlived with almost nothing left on the tongue. Perhaps a little too carbonated for my tastes. Not bad but definitely room for tweeking.