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


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RATINGS: 334   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1814) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2016
330 ml from a cousin in Canada. The ale poured a dark Amber color with an off white head. Nice ale citrus on the nose. Very balanced with a medium body and average carbonation. The hops were well selected for a hoppy grapefruit finish. There is also a nice fruity taste as the ale comes to an end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portwood (167) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: sweet malt & citrus, caramel, somewhat floral. Taste: starts sweet & turns to bitter grapefruit & pine. Finish: balanced finish w/toffee & bitter hops. (tasted 04/16/16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (3421) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Keg. Clear amber body a thin off-white head. Steady carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, grass and marmalade. Flavour of parma violets, blood orange and earthy hops. Thin to medium body with an oily texture. Soft fizz. Well balanced and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3801) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2016
sample at 24 uurs, poured an amber colour with a slight white head. nose of caramel malts, citrus notes, caramel sweetness, sweet fruits, apricots, floral hops, slight resinous notes, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (1330) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2016
20cl glaasje bij pint, Maastricht Uiterlijk: donkeroranje redelijke schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: bitter, fruitig als grapefruit, pijnboom Conclusie: lekkere Pale Ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPoole (281) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours clear amber with a creamy off white head that laces the glass. Aroma is fruity hops, carmel and citrus. Taste is pine, fruity hops, carmel and citrus with a decent bitterness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probabeer (174) - - MAY 7, 2016
Muy buena. El aroma inicial es como a caramelo. El sabor es muy bueno, intenso, pero más corto de lo que me gustaría.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5274) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
Bottled. 33cl sample. The aroma has caramel, pine, light citrus. Clear, amber coloured beer with an off-white, lastng head. The taste is light sweet and moderate bitter, has toffee/caramel, pine mostly. Light-medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFF (138) - - MAY 1, 2016
Très amère, mais peu d’aromes de houblon et de manière générale pas assez bien balancé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (1096) - SPAIN - MAR 10, 2016
From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Playing Millenium 2. It has a hop profile that isnt bad but that i dont end up completely liking, like if it had some rancidness. Hasnt BB date

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