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


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RATINGS: 272   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
Bouteille 355ml, courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur ambrée et claire. Nez de houblon citrique, légèrement floral et aux notes résineuses, moyen de caramel aux notes rôties avec des traces de butterscotch et de pain. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture légèrement huileuse et aux notes crémeuses. Goût moyennement amer de houblon floral et légèrement citrique (pamplemousse, une amertume qui est présente toute la gorgée) accompagné d’un léger goût de grains de malt aux notes rôties ainsi que de faibles traces épicées (poivre doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen-léger goût de caramel et un léger goût de pain puis en finale se retrouve un regain d’amertume de houblon légèrement résineux et herbeux (herbes fraîches). Post-goût moyen et aux petites notes sèches, moyennement amer de houblon légèrement citrique, résineux et herbeux avec des notes fruitées (zest d’agrumes) et des petites traces de rôti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (437) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
definitely a hard beer to describe. good hop profile, but fairly subdued at the same time. body is extremely light. certainly a good beer, but far from great. more for people who want to slowly move from macro brews to something worth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3388) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
Le liquide est ambré. La tête mousseuse ne résiste pas. Une dentelle est observée. Les arômes de houblons sont modérés et dévoilent du citron avec des parfums d’herbes et de fleurs. Les grains maltés sont discrets en offrant un soutien aux houblons amérisants et aromatiques. Le goût est davantage celui des houblons citronnées et résineux qui laissent d’emblée sur la langue une amertume convenable. Les saveurs de grains maltés ne sont pas négligeables : elles cherchent plutôt à se rendre et s’accrocher aux papilles. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen avec une effervescence nerveuse et une texture légèrement huileuse. En finale, les notes amères des houblons démontrent une certaine intensité et une assez bonne persistance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3094) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
355ml bottle, dark amber color, with a beige head, leaving some laces, light toasted malt nose with an upfront floral hop leafy, citrusy, lime, piney bitter accent, with some cedary, leafy, grassy notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a predominant flowery hop, piney, leafy, grassy character with a toasted, roasted malt undertone, and some faint pine niddle, coniferous bark notes, leading towards a juicy hop. leafy, grassy, piney bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1578) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2011 Bouteille 355 ml. 5%. Couleur ambrée très légèrement voilée. Arôme de malt, houblon et un peu de sucrée. En bouche, malt grillé et caramel, le tout houblonné à souhait mais dans un équilibre exemplaire. Finale avec une amertume qui invite la prochaine gorgée. Très bonne

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3156) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle - 355ml. Hazy amber body with a fair off-white frothy head. Decent malty/hoppy aroma with grainy and bready hints. Taste is slightly dominated by hoppy flavors. It lacks complexity and ends with a good bitter finish. Average Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2454) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Originally rated December 2009. This is their first beer under the name "Flying Monkey" since they changed it at the beginning of 2009 (from Robert Simpson). Pours an amber colour with an off-white head that is creamy, has great retention and nice sticky lacing. The nose is a beautiful blend of the hop (which is not overpowering) with some mild spices, caramel and vanilla. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel created by the hop. Hoppy taste with a little roasted malt and coffee in the background. The oak/vanilla flavours come out in the aftertaste. A pretty interesting "almost pale ale" that surprises for an Ontario beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3569) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Thanks for the bottle robinboyer! It pours dark copper color with an orange head. The aroma is malty with some orange and caramel. The flavor is the same with some soapiness in the mouthfeel and a slight bitter finish. I like the chewiness of the malts and those Amarillo hop aromatics. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours copper, foamy head, average retention, small lace. Aroma is slightly malty, with some orange from the hops. Taste is slightly hoppy, more grapefruit than orange. Some caramel thrown it, but really subtle. I don’t know... That one isn’t bad, but it seems a little aimless to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2010 Re-Rate: Bottle right from the Brewery. Medium brown with slight copper tinge. Slightly sweet with a strong hoppy mouth.. slightly drying.. The Hops lasted longer this time around. Deeper, richer and smoother then my first sampling. Not sure why this got a lower rating my first tiem around. Agree with the citrus in the finish,.. almost grapefruit.. A very solid brew.

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