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

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RATINGS: 293   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (4769) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Thanks to brentfeesh for this one as a bonus. Cheers, Brent! Pours a hazy brown-amber with an off-white head. Nose is malt, some biscuit, slight cardboard, and some mild hops. Flavor is similar with a full body for the style and lingering biscuity malt in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2012
Poured rich amber in colour with a smallish head a light carbonation. A subtle note of hops on the nose followed by some hop flavour but mostly the roasty backbone dominates...not a bad beer by any standards but more illusion than hoptical....

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Dull amber. Caramelly aroma. Bland amber ale taste with only a hint of hops. Invoking hops in your beer name but only have 18 miserly IBUs = abject fail.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neurotek (2) - - JAN 14, 2012 does not count
Had a pint at the Hogtown Vegan. Almost pale ale seems apt. Amber colour with a slight bitterness and clean finish. Went well with the vegan burger I mowed down (too much meat this week, a vegan meal was on the menu). A nice fall/winter/spring beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle provided by a potential supplier. Hazy amber pour with a wispy head. Light pine and citrus aroma on light grain. Spice meets pine in the flavor but its not particularly strong. Well balanced with the grainy malts. Medium mouth feel with a bit of a creamy finish that tappers its way to semi-dry. Easy drinking and OK.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (9339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle at tasting, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of floral and grassy hops, citrus and bready malts. Pretty decent but uninteresting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IWillBeLight (9) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
From bottle. Rusty brown w small white head that quickly fades. Big citrusy hop aroma. Taste is mild fruit and hops-light bodied easy to drink beer. Good for the patio.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
dudebun (137) - GERMANY - DEC 29, 2011
Another Flying Monkey offering that I was keen to try because of it’s provenance and good ratings but it was kinda unexciting, especially after the great hoppy nose. Wouldn’t buy it again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
An "almost pale ale" has good hop presence and dark gold in colour. Taste has some very mild bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: A sharp grapefruity pale ale with a timid malt bill. Decent
How: Bottle 355ml. Consumed fresh two weeks after purchase
The look: Clear rusty amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is typical but always pleasant citrusy hops with grapefruits being the dominant fruits. Taste proposes a fragile malt bill with crisp crackery malts, a bit of residual sugar and then a sharp and strong citrusy bitterness (mostly bitter grapefruits). I prefer that kind of razor sharp grapefruity bitterness is better suited in a beer with a more round and caramelized body. So for my personal taste I found there was a mismatch between the malt bill and hop bill. Yet, this type of bitter APA when consumed fresh (as it was the case here) can only be enjoyable. An Hoptical Illusion is when I try to grab a hoppy beer but then the beer disappears and all I can see is only wood and dirt. Ok, ok, I admit, I was drunk and fell flat on my face.


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