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

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RATINGS: 283   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (379) - 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 (900) - - 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 (2467) - 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,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cachotro (9) - L’H, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2015 does not count
D’aspecte trasparent, sorpren pel seu to bru-rogenc. Formació d’escuma moderada i de retenció mes aviat baixa. Aromes llupulosos suaus de tons citrics i molt lleument maltosos tirant a toffee-moka. Predomina sense esces el gust amarg i floral-citric que es persistent durant força minuts despres de la presa. Cervesa molt complexe mes enllà de les primeres impresions. Fantastic regust en boca. Estil curios. Carbonatació exessiva, tendeix a produir rots de retroescuma:). BEN RECOMANABLE.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (438) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours a dark copper with wispy head and some lacing. Tastes of caramel, cereal and citrus with a just a touch of pine. Nice smooth’ish taste with a small citrus bite.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gomick (1) - FRANCE - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
Une tentative de pale ale qui n’en est pas une. Amertume relativement prononcée, on sent quand même l’aromatique mais qui ne reste pas en bouche, asse sèche, belle mousse qui accroche au verre

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1906) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Flaska från Saveur-biere. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell med toner av farinsocker. Rund och len, fina smaker, lätt kropp, lagom sötma, beska med smak av grapefrukt och citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (2336) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2015
Flaska från Saveur-biere. En bärnstensfärgad, klar dryck med snyggt krämigt skum. Välbalanserad och snäll med fina mjuka maltiga smaker av karamell och bröd. Lätt humlad med amarillo, tallskott och lite grape, lätt beska. Trevlig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sir__v (837) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle @ home from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear amber beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: hoppy domination with notes of caramel and resin with malt finish. Well balanced. Taste: nice taste, very great beer well balanced with good hoppy and grassy domination. Notes of caramel and bread finish. Aftertaste: malt, resin and alcohol notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4017) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 4, 2015
One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a while, very stable head, creamy, red glowing. This translates to a great smooth body, mouth feel that is so creamy it’s almost not a pale ale any more. Certainly not pale are the used malts, rather biscuit, toasty and caramel. Very nice indeed. Hop aroma is perhaps somewhat dimmed, helped by the darker hop varieties used which are piney rather than floral, but the taste gets back with a lovely bitterness and long dry ending. Prototypical American fermentation, great and not (too) clean as it’s far from boring. I really enjoyed this beer, very well made and great recipe. Not necessarily extreme, but super smooth and tasty. Yum! (Bottle from Saveur Bière)


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