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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (2000) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Elle est ambrée et coiffée d’une mousse typique, qui tisse une dentelle dans la règles de l’art. Elle sent le houblon, les conifères et les agrumes. Sans que ça soit trop prononcé, c’est bien dosé. Il y a un côté floral dans les odeurs. Elle est amère, avec une texture légèrement huileuse, des saveurs de zeste de citron et des pointes poivrées. L’amertume perdure jusqu’en arrière-goût et n’est pas du tout criarde. Pour moi, c’est une belle surprise. (397-141012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
Single bottle purchased from Zyn Liquor in Calgary, AB on 09/01/2012. Colour: Medium brown/orange with low white lacing. Nose: Very brown grain dominant with a mix of dirty dish towel. More swirling brings out seashore lake water. Where are the distinct hops? Taste: medium-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. If not for a slight caramel underlay, this one would have been more hop forward I’m sure. That said, the hops are present but not dominant and show a real vegetative earthy character. There is a some more brown grain (rice) late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (3967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle at VilleValla Pub. Almost clear, amber liquid with medium to big off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, grass, fresh hops, biscuit, mango and cereal. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of grass, grapefruit and biscuit. Quite bland and boring. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very average Amber Ale, not outstanding at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13316) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2012
12oz bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks jercraigs. Medium beige head, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, light head. Light-medium body, some effervescence, acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Digital_Aura (228) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours with a rich dense head. Enjoyed on a blazing hot day at a campground. Served Ice cold. Gotta say, this beer definitely hit the spot. Aromas of citrus and orange with floral overtones. Tasted "almost" like an IPA. Not as bitter. I'd say sharp enough to slake a thirst, but not enough to make you pucker. Decent balance. Does what it set out to do. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
July 28 2012. Bottle pours dark clear amber with an inch foamy head that settles to ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma of citrus and grassy pine hops. Slight grapefruit and floral hints in aroma. Taste has all of these elements in a subtle blend that balances well and doesn't struggle with each other for dominance. It is definitely a hopsy brew but only "almost". That is, the flavours are good but lacking in intensity. There is no bite or kick I expected from this brewery. Still, nice easy drinking, with smooth palate and crisp finish without the bitter aftertaste associated with others in the family. A good beginners beer to their other full-bodied brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frybeer (50) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
Light golden colour and good head. Hoppy citrus aroma. You taste the hops right away but it doesn’t necessarily take over. Theres a nice citrus and malty flavour, but the hops is the star of the show. Good if you want something with a bit of a hoppy kick but not too much. Nice balance of flavours. Enjoy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Amber colour with a frothy white head and clinging lace.. Medium to high carbonation. Lovely hop grapefruit aroma. Crisp malt hop flavour. Pine hints with a refreshing finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (12903) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bottle - Flowery, citrus and very sweet. Clear amber with a head that won’t quit. An oily mouthfeel, hoppy and bitter but very sweet (cotton candy) and floral hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a nice amber colour with a thin white head. the aroma is light grapefruit and spice from the hops. light caramel sweetness and a medium bitterness not to hoppy so would make for a good starting point for someone new to IPA’s

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