BigFella65 (2) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fair tasting beer, with a hint of citrus hobst. Overall an average tasting beer, with a decent aroma.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky medium-brown with a vermillion infusion. Pleasant cherry aroma with distant strawberry and a healthy touch of malt. Palate begins with a nice gritty texture but gets a little thin towards the middle and finish. Good wood/bark bitterness is well balanced in the flavour profile of malt and berry fruit. Pretty good but the watery middle and finish leads to a just-slightly-better-than-average overall impression.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 On tap. Easy to drink, but a bit hoppy and floral with sweet malt. Very decent - glad I had it.
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Production date on underside of carrier: December 16, 2009 - date signifies new hop infusion device. Pours a coppery red with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, pine and malt. Great aroma, better than previous batches. Taste is a nice caramel malt with a bit of lingering bitterness. Could use more bitterness to balance out the malt bill. Nice session beer and a welcome addition to the bland Ontario bottle market.
mmacleod75 (94) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Re-rated from Jan/10 (didnít think it was that long ago). Poured from bottle. Poured dark copper colour with medium frothy head. Wonderful hops aroma with cirtus. Hops bitterness, but well balanced out flavour with very noticable citrus taste. Grapefruit with mild sweetness. I rated it higher than last time. Quite enjoyable.
dedelste (16) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gift bottle, LCBO or Beer Store. Small head, nice copper colour. Nice and hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Hint of caramel. Feels good on the back of the tongue. Just a nice beer, want more.
beerface1 (10) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely a beer-face beer - this is not a beer for people who donít really like beer. Like me. Bitter and carbonated. I really donít know how to describe the aroma or texture, but Iím sure it was there, somewhere under the carbonated bitter beer taste.
terrybail (450) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from the LCBO
pours a nice darkish copper with a good sized head and pretty good lacing
The aroma is strong malt with a touch of hops trown in really nice
the taste is slightly bitter hops
GregClow (2796) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Rich copper colour and off-white head that look very inviting, and an equally inviting hit of citrusy Amarillo hops in the aroma. The awesome Amarillo notes also come through in the flavour, especially in the lingering finish, but are well balanced by some toffee-like malt. Nothing fancy going on, just a really nicely flavoured and exceedingly drinkable pale ale.
BierMonger (22) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A guest tap at Taps On Queen in Niagara Falls.
Aroma is muted, but I pick up some caramel, biscuity malts, and citrus hops.
The server had trouble pouring it, the tap was just spitting foam at first. It was copper coloured, with a small white head that had poor retention. Little lace.
Tasted biscuity and carmelly. Little hops, not much bitterness. Some citrus.
Medium bodied and lower than average carbonation (due to the foamy pour?).
Overall, I have to say that I expected more hops with a name like "Hoptical Illusion".