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

bottled
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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
Amber pour, off-white head. Aroma - plenty of hops! Flowers + caramel. Hoppy taste, slight citrus flavour and some caramel, though I don’t know if I’m just smelling that. A little bitter on the back end, but not unpleasant. My favorite Canadian beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniel0017 (410) - Yukon, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
Chocolate / hop nose. Clear, dark amber body with thin, carbonated head, no appreciable retention. Flavour is sharp and hoppy from start to finish with bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. I found the mouthfeel rather watery. In all, it’s a very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (753) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours clear russet-amber with thinnish off-white head. Hop aromas are the main feature here - citrusy, piney hops in this case. Get a little bit of hop bitterness up front before the aroma starts to come out. Then there’s a bit of toffee maltiness to take the edge off. Pleasant and drinkable, reasonably balanced, but it doesn’t blow me away.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (525) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
355ml bottle poured into pint glass. Pours amber with off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma of hops, flowers, caramel. Taste is lots of hops, a little citrus and caramel malt. Well-balanced with a bitter finish. This beer is a standout in the Ontario craft beer scene. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunyjim (9) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010 does not count
Pours sparkling clear dark copper colour, great up front spicy hop smell hits right away from the light frothy white head. Medium bitter hop taste lingers, on a creamy background with a malt backup

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours hazy copper with off white head. The aroma is spicy rye like, spicy hops, a bit earthy with mild sweet malts in the background. The taste is malt forward and a bit buttery. The hops come to the surface with notes of spice, some earthiness and mild pine. In the background sweet malts persist into the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Wesley Chapel-I got in trade with Fred82-12oz bottle-pours a dissipating off white head and amber color. Aroma is some resin, medium malt-caramel. Taste is resin/spice hops with some bite, medium malt-caramel. OK effervescence.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (7901) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2010
Bouteille partagée avec Jcwattsrugger. Couleur cuivre, mousse est beige. Quelques notes de citron et de mat caramel. Palais est sec avec une bonne effervescence. Reste bien légère au palais tout en conservant une fine couche d’amertume avec en retrait, un fini moyennement malt et grillé.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JRock72 (605) - - DEC 22, 2010
Pours a clear brown with medium head. This is a good beer. Finish is watery though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Quite good, its pretty easy drinking, I would have this beer again. It goes down smooth and has a nice hop flavour all the way through


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