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


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5388) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle (355 ml). Thanks to czar! Clear amber with a small creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of malt and grapefruit with some earthy notes. Taste is moderately malty with grapefruit and caramel notes. Earthy and dusty too. Low but sticky bitter finish. Medium body. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Surprised I’ve never rated this. Was one of the first local IPAs I tried a couple of years ago. A nice gateway beer for people looking to breakaway from the norm. On tap. Dark copper with an active fizzy cream head. Creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity maltiness with a sweet floral aroma. Hint of grapefruit. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout with a medium bitter finish. It’s a sessionable hoppy amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
355ml bottle. Deep red amber colour. Another in a mini series i've been on with red/amber ales hopped like an IPA. Nice balance between the aggressive hop and caramel malt. Overall, a good balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BelgieFan (3) - - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
If you like hops, this is a great beer! Fun marketing materials, too (beer packaging, beer cap liner, etc.).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dandeman (834) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Tasted Feb 2012. Aroma: Hoppy with lemon, green grass and flower accents. Very pleasant nose. Appearance: Typical brown, very clear. Beautiful long lasting creamy head with good lacing. Taste: Attack is all hop flowers with a lot of greenery accents. Malt, with it’s caramel and a bit of smoky notes, is taking over after. Finish is all bitterness. A very good ’’almost’’ pale ale? Naaa! Pale ale to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Om livet smakade lika bra som en Flying Monkey Hoptical hade folk inte tryfferat sina liv med den spillning som hjärntvättsinrättningar som "Let’s dance" klämmer ut i lördagsgodisskålen. Å andra sidan hade den här recensionen blivit så otroligt mycket mer svårskriven. Beskriva smakerna? Ser jag ut som en poet eller? Drick, njut och håll snattran.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
355 ml bottle. Pours a clear pale amber with a rather short lasting white head Smell is earthy, citrus, malt, floral. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, biscuit. Good bitterness, some earth, a touch of citrus, lemon in the finish. Some lingering toffee, malt, cookie dough taste. Great! Medium body, medium to weak carbonation. Excellent pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle from my trading partner Andrew - thanks! Don’t know if I’d call this an amber ale - plays like a nicely hopped rich pale ale. Citrus and floral, good hop bite, well balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from the LCBO. Nice clear amber colour, good head and lace. Noticeably hoppy, but quite balanced. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle Poured a hazy coppery orange with an off white frothy head. The aroma was nice citrus hops and malt. This is a very drinkable with nice fresh hops citrus grapefruit and nice blend of malts that balance it very nicely.

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