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

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO’s "Raise the Roof" tasting, 31st July 2010, courtesy of jerc and mabel. Clear amber. Bit buttery, popcorn notes. The hops never really let loose, alas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is crisp grapefruity and wooden hoppy. Sweet fruity, citrusy to grapefruity. Fruity and citrusy into a dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2010
Bottled. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, some mild wooden notes as well as slight notes of toffee. Flavour is quite much fruity, sweet caramel malts, mild dry dark fruits as well as some grassy notes. Quite a straight forward APA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
This is admittedly an old bottle (6 mos) and I’d love to try this beer fresh. It is quite mellow with some hoppiness which seems nice although hops were too faded at this point I think. Very little aroma, but still great mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle from LCBO. Clear amber with medium foamy beige head with good retention. Aroma is citrusy with pine, caramel and earthy notes. Flavor is dryer than expected with balanced malt and hops. Caramel, citrus, some pine and a bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
guil0000 (279) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
Poors a clear copper amber color with a large sticky withe head. Strong aroma of hops and yeast with some caramel. taste is kind of watery with a little hoppy finish. Overall not that bad bud wanted more

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7037) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Nice grapefruit and passionfruit in the nose. Flavours are light toffee with nice grapefruit and passionfruit hop character and a medium bitter finish. The best craft brewed APA in bottles from Ontario that I’ve yet tasted.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
Aroma:grapefruit,light caramel... Appearance:Clear cooper,good head... Flavor:Hopy grapefruit,citrus,light oxydation....

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10488) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
A reddish copper ale with a thin off white head. Lightly hopped malt aroma with faint signs of sulfur. In mouth, a surprisingly solid ale with good floral hops, over the biscuitty malts, well balanced and classic APA. Bottle from LCBO,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of caramel, resin, hints of citrus, spicy. Tastes of earth, oranges, sweat, spicy, peppery with a tea like finish.


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