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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

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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (304) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
Very good example of a pale ale doing it right. Poured a dark amber with a massive off white head. Aroma was of light pine, floral hops, and hints of mustiness. Tasted of caramel, toffee, pine, and light resin. Had low bitterness with a smooth medium body. I found this to be more malty than hoppy, but that is just want I needed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
manuelMTL (68) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
From 355 ml bottle. Pours a dark, clear amber with a thick frothy head. Aromas are grapefruit and bready malt sweetness. Taste is light bitterness that gets stronger in the aftertaste with a balancing malt backbone and fruity grapefruit and citrus notes. A hint of bubblegum is there too. Rather light Pale Ale. Easy to drink!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (160) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
355ml bottle from LCBO Parkway Mall, Toronto, ON. 5% Alc./Vol. Pours a clear deep amber color with 1 finger of white head. Piney aroma and notes of Elder flower. Flavour is pleasently hoppy with a spicy finish. Medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2048) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at the Ottawa Beer fest. A slightly darker copper than smashbomb. Earthy, herbal, dank aroma. Medium bodied with a round carbonation. The taste is cleanly bitter with some bready malts. A satisfying and approachable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (480) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
355 mL bottle. Pours amber with a foamy white head. Biscuit and bread malt tones with subtle citrus and pine notes. Dry and light bodied, slightly bitter on the finish. Average carbonation. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zimbo (559) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Decent piney nose. Pretty easy off white head. Clearish copper orange colour. Light narrow carb. Quick before and finish. Limited substance and little core.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Bière rousse, sur levure et où flotte une dense écume marquant franchement leverre. Au nez, un léger caramel, puis un houblonnage floral poignant. Elle est moyennement amère, peu sucrée. Elle est de corps étrangement léger, de texture aqueuse et peu effervescente. Elle se termine sur une légère amertume et de forts arômes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zekada (137) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
Tap at Bishops Arms. Nose is bready and malty. Pours Amber with a small white head. Taste is a bit sweet and has notes of caramel. Palate is good and sticks to the tongue. Overall a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartholos (17) - GERMANY - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from an online beer club in Santos, Brazil. The Hoptical Illusion starts with fruity, slightly flora aromas with some citrus as well as a hint of malt. It is light amber colored with a strong rocky head. The taste is medium bitter and lightly sour with a strong fruity flavor a balanced hoppy finish.


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