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

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4061) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 4, 2015
One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a while, very stable head, creamy, red glowing. This translates to a great smooth body, mouth feel that is so creamy it’s almost not a pale ale any more. Certainly not pale are the used malts, rather biscuit, toasty and caramel. Very nice indeed. Hop aroma is perhaps somewhat dimmed, helped by the darker hop varieties used which are piney rather than floral, but the taste gets back with a lovely bitterness and long dry ending. Prototypical American fermentation, great and not (too) clean as it’s far from boring. I really enjoyed this beer, very well made and great recipe. Not necessarily extreme, but super smooth and tasty. Yum! (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (144) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
Poured from bottle. Nice mild citrus aroma. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Light to medium bitter taste. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, with a bitter finish. A nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GraffitiVandal (100) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Poured into the tulip gives clear amber color with small-medium tan head and some lacing. Aromas are strongly hoppy, fresh, lemon, herbal. Tastes of citrusy hops with nice bitterness in aftertaste. Medium carbonation and medium body, a bit thick. Overall very good american pale ale.

PL: Butelka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg. Przelana do kieliszka daje ładną klarowną bursztynową barwę, średnią jasną pianę i nieco lejsingu. Aromaty mocno chmielowe, świeże, cytrynowe, ziołowe. W smaku cytrusowe chmiele z miłą goryczką w posmaku. Średnie nasycenie i średnie ciało, nieco gęste - lepkie. Podsumowując bardzo fajny american pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vidmidia (51) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2015
Vermelha, turva, com espuma média de média duração. Aroma cítrico e floral, com toques de grama cortada. Sabor com amargor leve, com mesmas nuances do aroma. Retrogosto amargo de longa duração e final com um pouco de caramelo.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (5344) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass, bought in January 2015. Clear light amber with a medium head. Light aroma and taste of malt, grapefruit, some hay and caramel. Not that hoppy and with a low bitterness. A bit tired?

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalflake (31) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Finally getting around to rating this. Poured into a shaker, deep orange in colour with a bright head that lasts and gives good lacing. Aromas of citrus, bitter hops and a slight maltiness. Taste is bitter-sweet, leaning strongly to the bitter side. Finishes clean and crisp with just enough lingering bitterness. This is a constant in my beer fridge, I could drink this all day long. Really good, emminently sessionable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (4331) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
355ml bottle from Saveur-Biere

Pours dark reddish orange with a small white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, toffee, hints of citrus, floral hops and grass. Taste is malty, crisp and earthy with some grass and floral notes. Finish is malty, bitter and earthy with some hints of floral notes. Decent, but doesn’t feel very fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5025) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle at Salt Lick, Hualien, Taiwan. Dark amber, medium head. Citrus caramel nose, followed by rye spiciness. Lightish body, but quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3105) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Copper amber clear. Caramels, citrus, some peachyness on nose. Med light bodied, bit light on the malts. Hoppy though, bitter with a slight piney finish. Ok drink. Feels like a honest baseline US ipa/pale ale.

-- bb

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dojken (306) - - DEC 11, 2014
Flaska. Härliga toner av fotbira o lagård. Smaken något tunn med en bra balanserad efterbeska. En hyfsad pale ale.


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