dudebun (139) - GERMANY - DEC 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another Flying Monkey offering that I was keen to try because of it’s provenance and good ratings but it was kinda unexciting, especially after the great hoppy nose. Wouldn’t buy it again.
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
An "almost pale ale" has good hop presence and dark gold in colour. Taste has some very mild bitterness.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A sharp grapefruity pale ale with a timid malt bill. Decent
How: Bottle 355ml. Consumed fresh two weeks after purchase
The look: Clear rusty amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is typical but always pleasant citrusy hops with grapefruits being the dominant fruits. Taste proposes a fragile malt bill with crisp crackery malts, a bit of residual sugar and then a sharp and strong citrusy bitterness (mostly bitter grapefruits). I prefer that kind of razor sharp grapefruity bitterness is better suited in a beer with a more round and caramelized body. So for my personal taste I found there was a mismatch between the malt bill and hop bill. Yet, this type of bitter APA when consumed fresh (as it was the case here) can only be enjoyable. An Hoptical Illusion is when I try to grab a hoppy beer but then the beer disappears and all I can see is only wood and dirt. Ok, ok, I admit, I was drunk and fell flat on my face.
Johnsense (1179) - - 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 (2356) - 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 (3029) - 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 (1586) - 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 (5844) - 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 (1138) - , 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..