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


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GRM (2914) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
Brown bottle, 355 ml, gift from Karl Probst or Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on April 6 2010; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, grain, dusty, nuts, slight hops; mouth: malt, grain, light nuts, light hops, dry and short finale in malt with presence of nuts, light body, below-average carbonation; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 355 ml, cadeau de Karl Probst ou Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 6 avril 2010; œil : cuivrée, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, grain, poussière, noix, très léger houblon; bouche : malt, grain, léger noix, léger houblon, finale courte et mince en malt avec légère présence de noix, corps léger, carbonatation sous la moyenne; en résumé : ordinaire

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle. Lasting thin head on dark amber. Swirling the glass gives up a great foam but ony a light woody scent. Malt first flavour, foamy body, and as the hops arrive a sourness creeps into the finish taking away from the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Pours a deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is a slight malt with a strong citrus floral nose like a mild IPA. Flavor is medium floral front with a bit of roasted malt behind it(just a hint) no real after taste pretty clean. pretty good for and American style pale ale but would be weak and watered down for a and IPA so good for it’s style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper with average white head. Aromas of hops with notes of citrus (lemon?), florals and yeast. Strong taste of hops but not over bittering, some slight sweet maltness as well. Not a huge hop fan myself but this is a nice example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duckdown (81) - GTA, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
6pack of bottles bought at the LCBO. This is an interesting beer. I seem to have different tastebuds than the others, because I find it to be citrusy, more specific, lemony in both the taste and the smell. Of course the main thing that jumps out is hops, but I pick up on the citrus big time with it. Pours a clear amber color with a short lived head. The taste is.. again.. citrus/lemon, caramel, and hops. And I also agree with what another poster wrote with that it could use even MORE hops to balance out that citrus flavor I detect so much.. Either way, its refreshing and definitely makes you say "Hmmmmmmmm" after you’ve had your first sip. Not something I buy all the time, but have purchased it a few times now and would buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
Very clean and crisp tasting with good lace and a thick, foamy head. Caramel colours and notes which give it a sweetness that is nicely balanced out by the hops. Very tasty overall but I feel it could have used even MORE hops to live up to its name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a generous head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hops with some floral notes is actually better then I had hoped. Taste is also a very nice balanced mix between some caramel malt notes with a nice touch of citrus and bitter hoppy notes. Body is just about right with good carbonation. Well done for the style with good quaffing quality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle, thanks to jerc for the trade! Pours mildly hazy dark amber, with a thin white head that laces surprisingly well. Nose is sweet malt, caramel/butterscotch, mild hop aroma, more a perfumey suggestion of hops than hoppiness per se. Flavor is thin and metallic, a slightly metallic and honestly bland mid-palate, some hops but not terribly hoppy nor particularly complex. Something I rather intensely dislike in the finish. I originally had tabbed this as Average, but I’m gonna say Below Average on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to I don’t remember who. Update : it was from Robin (happy now ? ;) )
Appearance : Deep clear amber with a smal head. Extensive thick lacing.
Aroma : Very sweet, resinous hops, citrus-y. Quite malty. Some alcohol.
Taste : Lighter than you would think. Brown sugar, hops, some malt. Finish is moderately bitter and citrusy with some sweet malt and hops. A bit watery at the end
Overall : A rather drinkable however sweet APA. Light bitterness with a nice malt and hoppy finish. Nice stuff !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (829) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
bottle. Poured clear auburn with a beige head and nice lacing. Strong orange citrus hop aroma. Full hoppy flavour and sweet caramel tones. Medium body, slight tartness. Lot’s of hop flavour without the high bitterness.

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