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Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale

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Brewed by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Barrie, Canada

bottled
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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 essences that resonate from the Amarillo’s small, tight cone is a subtle but unique maltiness blended from amber kiln and roasted specialty malts. Finishing with a final Amarillo reference, Hoptical Illusion is a beer that doesn’t beat you over the head, steal your wallet, and jack your car. But you still wouldn’t want meet it in a dark alley.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alanthebeerguy (119) - - APR 13, 2014
Dark amber. Light smell, malt, light hop. Taste is mild IPA. Malt with light hop finish. Easy drinking. Good for newbie of Ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVah (50) - SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
På fat @ Akkurat. Mörk bärnstensfärgad med en liten skumkrona. Doftar svagt blommigt. Torr smak av humle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (6460) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2014
Bottle shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes @ weekly tasting. Slightly hazy dark orange to reddish color, small to average sized off-white head that leaves fair to good lacing. Smell and taste malts, light to moderately hoppy, some tropical fruits, nicely bitter. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3510) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2014
Bottle @ joes shared by benzai. Hazy amber with a small, slightly creamy, off-white coloured head. Smells some mandarin/orange, fresh, slightly fruity, slightly hoppy, slightly tea. Not a lot of smell. Tastes orange and orangepeel, fresh, slightly hoppy. Quite a subtle beer. Medium body, soft carbo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (1719) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2014
Bottle 355 ml at home, into a tulip, ABV 5% Amber coloured, clear body, with a small light off-white head on top. Good retention. A big wall of lacing left around the glass. Aroma of caramel, citrus, cookie dough, light orange peel. Taste begins malty and sweet but quickly becomes bitter, quite hoppy, citrus, green tea, orange peel. Even more bitter on the aftertaste. Medium thin body, soft carbonation, tangy on the palate. Nice beer, especially considering the low ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15596) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2014
Draft @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19671) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
Draught at Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of band-aid. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grapefruits. Dry hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (997) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
[Drack den på Malmö Öl och Whiskey festivalen 2014] tydlig beska, inte så fyllig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magela (52) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma de laranja e o amargor do grapefruit são bem equilibradas com o malte. Aroma e sabor suaves. Uma cerveja leve que não aparenta tanto ser uma American Pale Ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (170) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Murky, medium brown pour, light brown fizzy head. Lightly sweet aroma, caramel and grassy notes with a light hop edge. Taste is sweet with a slight sourness, caramel, grass and some hop bitterness. Light bodied. Not my favourite.


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