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


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RATINGS: 336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFF (147) - - 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 (1151) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (4208) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Light copper color. Aroma of malt, pine and grassy hop. Mild taste of pine, herbs, rye, caramel and some malt. Simple, but allright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (2253) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo 26/02/2016 Color ambar, sabor caramelo, frutal, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eduardeller (69) - Xixon, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2016
Color ámbar, espuma blanquecina con buena retencion, aroma medio-bajo , frutal, herbaceao, dulce. Cuerpo medio, carbonatacion media-alta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11222) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2016
Draft at Beer Temple. Hazy amber brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of fruity hops, pineapple, citrus and caramel malt. Flavour is above light sweet and above moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LomYst (823) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Zurig... rauw... limonade gras hop.. stro.. bitter zuur.. ok... beetje rottig aan het einde

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1842) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
On tap at Kaapse Brouwers, Rotterdam. Nose is honey and citrus. Body is clear amber, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is caramel, pineapple, tropical fruits, wood, tea. Medium sweet, light to medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty and hoppy medium bitter. Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Easy, tasty, interesting, nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (3509) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2016
helder caramel met minimale witte kraag. aroma van caramel, mout, toffee overall wat beperkt. smaken zijn matig zoet, redelijk bitter, zwak fruitig, redelijk gemout caramout en ambermout, zoethout, den, hop. medium body, dun van textuur, lage co2. overall caramelmoutig bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sirmantric (12) - - DEC 23, 2015
Tapped half pint at Hoppy (Zgz, Esp) A: apa clásica con intenso aroma, llaman la atención naranja, mango, herbal (lúpulo fresco o pino) y caramelo. A: cobriza con espuma poco consistente y leve turbidez T&P: Cuerpo ligero con amargor inicial que va creciendo y persiste. Retrogusto a maltas tipo munich o vienna

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