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

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1152) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle 355cl. Clear deep amber, medium frothy off-white head, half-way lasting, good lacing; sweet malty aroma, fruity, orange peel, pine, light caramel, grass; taste medium sweet and bitter, fruity citrus notes, light toffee; medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lasting finish, dry bitter, pine and herbal notes; nice smooth and rich American Pale Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guiroul33 (248) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle 33cl from Le Barboteur, @ home. Transparent Amber color, thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pine. Taste is bitter and a bit astringent. Enjoyable.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (794) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
Tried at Edmonton Craft Beerfest 2015. Always enjoy Flying Monkeys. This one is comparable to their other IPAs/ISAs in the fruity, tropical citrus notes; but it also has a distinctive malt profile and a dangerous drinkability with the 5% abv. Delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (2415) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere.com. Pours a deep hazy amber. Aroma is light and fruity. Hop flavours a balanced with citric fruits and light pine. Alright.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Franckg (440) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Acheté à la LCBO en septembre 2014. Goût vraiment trop malté et un côté suret désagréable envahit le palais. Manque flagrant de houblon. Malheureusement un manque de fraicheur évident. À réessayer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
huineman (400) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 24, 2015
Cloudy dark amber. Thick bone-colored head. Smells quite strongly of honey and molasses. And that’s all. Soft and pungent. Long bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
procraste (155) - FRANCE - APR 19, 2015
L’étiquette est à nouveau très laide ... Sinon, c’est agréable mais la différence avec une autre pale ale reste tout de même ténue ! A quoi bon une autre pale ale ?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (503) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2015
Amber beer with a small white cup, low carbonation. Taste is hoppy, citrus, caramel and some sweets. Little bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (1223) - - MAR 2, 2015
Lovely citrus, caramel peach aroma. Elegant dark body, caramel malt, nice fruity hops, apricot, plum, sugar cane, fresh pine, sweet hoppy finish. Nicer than I expected, quite dark, rich and hoppy, better even than your average ipa.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawanna (2619) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2015
0,355 l bottle cereal, citrus, herbs, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation,


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