Capa (3301) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Pours gold with a little red. has a Small fizzy white head. Citrus and grassy hops are present, but not as strong as in most IPAs. Floral and fruity sweetness are also there, as well as some malt. Nice, but could use a stronger aroma. Medium, creamy body. Has a very good flavor, but again, not like an IPA. Sweet fruit, citrus, and floral hops are the most noticeable. A touch of grass comes through in the light bitter finish. I don’t see the india part of this pale ale. Pretty decent, though. Arayaga2 (2198) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 This was not what I was expecting. The hops were there, bit not present in the way the name would suggest. Mildly aromatic, mild tasting tourist IPA, not that there is anything wrong with that. $1.50/12oz mnstorm99 (26) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Nice aroma, good head that lasted throughout. Nothing special here just a good solid IPA. Good Citrus hop flavor. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Firkin: Aroma of floral hops and black pepper. Poured a cloudy copper/amber with a small white head that diminished quickly. Small lacing. Flavor of hops! Unbalanced toward hops. Notes of grapefruit, resin, and sneakers. Bitter finish. Light to medium body. Soft carbonation. Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Decent attempt at an IPA. Nothing exciting about it though. Crisp, hoppy, and bitter. Wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Hoptical Illusion is very straightforward. No slight of hand, as the hops jump out in the aroma, and don’t disappoint in the taste. It pours a cloudy light yellow color and settles a medium amber with an off-white, fizzy head. Clear body under a fully diminishing head. Aroma is of cinammon, with flowery, grassy hops, and a strong presence of sweet hops. Initial taste is moderately bitter, simmering down to a light bitter finish with a short duration. Thin bodied, it has a dry texture for a nice, crisp finish.
Reviewed in November, 2006. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Pours a dark golden color with a slightly off white head. Aroma of grapefruits and pine. Full of hops. A great IPA. Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2007
[Bottle, February 2007] Orange/ Yellow pour. Aroma is pine and moss. Flavor is pine and potpourri. Exceptionally bitter and crisp mouthfeel. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12oz Bottle: Honeyish deep golden pour with an off-white one-finger head. Very aromatic. Lemon citrus, orangey, sweet tangerine and only a hint of pale malt. The flavor is a lot more bitter than the aroma suggests. Seems harsh and bitter, more grapefruity. Lacks malt bite in my opinion. Loads of bittering hops, with nothing to hold up the body. Long, piney, bitter rind-like finish. Not so balanced. taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Opposite end of the spectrum of a Two Hearted, where as the two hearted is somewhat bitter, this was a sweeter IPA. The first half of the glass tasted brilliant, but lagged after the class was hall full. Would drink again, draft only though.