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

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RATINGS: 286   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1590) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Pretty easy sessionable ale. Some light citrusy hops up front and they give way to a bit of malt backing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Orange pour with small head. Big hop nose with clove and bananas. A little sweet on the flavor, but still good hop character.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
From bottle. pours a dark copper colour with a reasonable head that doesn’t vanish. Typical IPA aroma, sweet, hops, citrus fruits, could linger a little longer. Inviting though. Nice bitter flavour but dissapointingly shortlived with almost nothing left on the tongue. Perhaps a little too carbonated for my tastes. Not bad but definitely room for tweeking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2454) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Bottle. This is not too bad. Very hoppy, but not too hoppy. I’d definitely have this one again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7933) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. From Toronto, ON.
Clear dark amber copper colour with small white head. Aroma: Fruity caramel sweet hops. Delicious. Slightly on darker side. Candy sweetness. Flavour: Dry. Caramel malt. Grainy malt. Dry fruity hops. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1481) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Amber orange, decent off white head. Floral, fruity aroma, medium carbed, nice balance of lightly roasted sweet malts and floral citrusy hops, smooth dry finish. Love the label and the ’tude! LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2605) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
Tasting at the 18th Mondial de la bičre, June 10, 2011. Honey copper, thin head. Aromas of peach and citrus hop sweet enough, notes of herbs. Taste of raw barley, slightly hoppy, not too sweet, not bad bitterness. It’s not bad, it’s I’m not sure what it’s thit!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Pour copper/amber with decent beige head great lacing. Aroma grapefruit, pine, citrus fruits, malty backbone. Taste biscuit, caramel, pine, grapefruit, citrus. MF medium body nice fizzy carb. Overall an excellent easy to drink Ontario hoppy beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle. Tan with medium head that subsides to ring. Medium carbonation. Slightly citric hop aroma. Tastes like Munich malt. Has a combination of roasty and hop bitterness. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
Pours a cloudy transparent brown-orange, with head that dissipates instantly. Smells very hoppy. Very very hoppy, but not unpleasant. Hints of bananas and cloves, some vanilla. Palate is medium bodied. Slightly watery, but very smooth. Taste is simple but good. Quite sweet, slightly bitter, no nasty aftertaste. One of the few Ontario beers I’ve tried and not hated :)


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