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

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2014
Draft @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
Draught at Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of band-aid. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grapefruits. Dry hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1335) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
[Drack den på Malmö Öl och Whiskey festivalen 2014] tydlig beska, inte så fyllig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magela (67) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma de laranja e o amargor do grapefruit são bem equilibradas com o malte. Aroma e sabor suaves. Uma cerveja leve que não aparenta tanto ser uma American Pale Ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (410) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Murky, medium brown pour, light brown fizzy head. Lightly sweet aroma, caramel and grassy notes with a light hop edge. Taste is sweet with a slight sourness, caramel, grass and some hop bitterness. Light bodied. Not my favourite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (304) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
Pours a clear deep amber, thin white head. Aroma is earthy, floral hop notes. Flavour is hoppy but not overly so, grassy, some sweet malts.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (108) - - MAR 10, 2014
Cor âmbar escuro com tons caramelo. Cristalina com espuma levemente bege, de média/baixa formação e baixa persistência. Pouco lacing; Aroma pouco intenso de laranja e toranja com nuances de caramelo; Sabor de início de caramelo que evolui para amargor bastante comportado (almost pale ale). Retrogosto levemente amargo. Boa drinkability. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
juanenka (247) - valladolid, SPAIN - MAR 7, 2014
Botella. Presencia cobriza con gran corona beige compacta y persistente. Aroma a cereal y ligeras notas resinosas. En boca es ligera de sabor malta y mantequilla con final dulzón y resinosa pero todo muy leve.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10833) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
Grasig hopfiger Antrunk mit deutlicher Bitterkeit. Rund aber mild hopfig, wenig fruchtig. Etwas zu mild, insgesamt gut. 8/9/11/11/10/11

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7864) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2014
ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr fruchtig, etwas malzig, Aprikose. Geschmack trocken malzig, fruchtig, angenehem Aromen von Aprikose, Mirabelle und leicht Grapefruit.


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