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


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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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, weíre 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 Amarilloís 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 doesnít beat you over the head, steal your wallet, and jack your car. But you still wouldnít want meet it in a dark alley.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2749) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
Tasting at the 18th Mondial de la biŤre, June 10, 2011. Honey copper, thin head. Aromas of peach and citrus hop sweet enough, notes of herbs. Taste of raw barley, slightly hoppy, not too sweet, not bad bitterness. Itís not bad, itís Iím not sure what itís thit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Pour copper/amber with decent beige head great lacing. Aroma grapefruit, pine, citrus fruits, malty backbone. Taste biscuit, caramel, pine, grapefruit, citrus. MF medium body nice fizzy carb. Overall an excellent easy to drink Ontario hoppy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle. Tan with medium head that subsides to ring. Medium carbonation. Slightly citric hop aroma. Tastes like Munich malt. Has a combination of roasty and hop bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
Pours a cloudy transparent brown-orange, with head that dissipates instantly. Smells very hoppy. Very very hoppy, but not unpleasant. Hints of bananas and cloves, some vanilla. Palate is medium bodied. Slightly watery, but very smooth. Taste is simple but good. Quite sweet, slightly bitter, no nasty aftertaste. One of the few Ontario beers Iíve tried and not hated :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scantron (63) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
May 20, 2011; 330mL bottle, refrigerated but warmed, BBD: None, Strong fruity and floral (highly appetizing) aroma of mango, citrus, alpha hops with a slight sweetness. Pours a very deep copper-chestnut with a puffy 1.5" off-white tanned head. Nice active carbonation with steady stream of small bubbles. Head stays there for the duration initially hiding the very nice lace. Taste isnít as strong or impressive as the aroma. Fruity mango and citrus withe some floral to start with malty sweetness with a bit of caramel. Bitterness isnít abrupt but lingers for a long time. Quite a light, slightly watery body with nice carbonated mouthfeel; almost lager like. Not what I expected or hoped. Not nearly as refreshing as a lager nor satisfying like an ale. Solid beer but the taste doesnít match up to the aroma and the body is a little light. I guess thatís what they meant when they said almost pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (2436) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2011
341ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a finger biege head, fades to a nice layer of lacing. Nice upfront aroma of hops although not overwhelming, some citrus and must. Unfortunate lager initial taste, little thin and watery, hint of bitterness but very disappointing compared to the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (1012) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
This ale poured a dark amber colour with a quick living, light tan coloured head. Scents include hopps, grass, citrus and caramel. First taste was nicely carbonated with flavours of tea, malt, hopps, and grass. Finish is slightly hoppy with a little bitter flavor with tea lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PictouRx (159) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
floral and fruits hits the nose on smelling after pouring into glass. dark amber in color, with noticeable carbonation in glass. Smooth texture and with a bitter finish but not too yowzah! I get from some hoppier beers. This is not a bad beer and is 5% ABV, some of the other IPAís and hoppier beers I have had are over 6%. This is a surprising beer, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5325) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2011
Amber coloured body with a copper glow and a nice, dense thick tan head. Aroma of a mix of fresh hops with a lot of caramel and malt - nice. Medium-bodied; Pungent hoppy flavour with a nice assertive malt backbone and a good strong hop taste with some light caramel and other sweetness. Aftertaste is quite nice with a lot of residual hoppiness and some good malt notes tucked in with caramel and some very light spices. Overall, a nice APA with a bunch of fresh hoppy flavours and some good malt backbone with a touch of assertive, yet mild sweetness. I sampled this pint on draught at Smokeless Joe in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 11-October-2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3167) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle thanks to Russ. An almost pale ale is a good deScription. A little bit watery with bland hop flavors.

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