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


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RATINGS: 308   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, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gomick (1) - FRANCE - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
Une tentative de pale ale qui n’en est pas une. Amertume relativement prononcée, on sent quand même l’aromatique mais qui ne reste pas en bouche, asse sèche, belle mousse qui accroche au verre

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Flaska från Saveur-biere. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell med toner av farinsocker. Rund och len, fina smaker, lätt kropp, lagom sötma, beska med smak av grapefrukt och citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (2852) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2015
Flaska från Saveur-biere. En bärnstensfärgad, klar dryck med snyggt krämigt skum. Välbalanserad och snäll med fina mjuka maltiga smaker av karamell och bröd. Lätt humlad med amarillo, tallskott och lite grape, lätt beska. Trevlig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sir__v (1463) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle @ home from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear amber beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: hoppy domination with notes of caramel and resin with malt finish. Well balanced. Taste: nice taste, very great beer well balanced with good hoppy and grassy domination. Notes of caramel and bread finish. Aftertaste: malt, resin and alcohol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4621) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2015
One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a while, very stable head, creamy, red glowing. This translates to a great smooth body, mouth feel that is so creamy it’s almost not a pale ale any more. Certainly not pale are the used malts, rather biscuit, toasty and caramel. Very nice indeed. Hop aroma is perhaps somewhat dimmed, helped by the darker hop varieties used which are piney rather than floral, but the taste gets back with a lovely bitterness and long dry ending. Prototypical American fermentation, great and not (too) clean as it’s far from boring. I really enjoyed this beer, very well made and great recipe. Not necessarily extreme, but super smooth and tasty. Yum! (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (206) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
Poured from bottle. Nice mild citrus aroma. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Light to medium bitter taste. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, with a bitter finish. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Poured into the tulip gives clear amber color with small-medium tan head and some lacing. Aromas are strongly hoppy, fresh, lemon, herbal. Tastes of citrusy hops with nice bitterness in aftertaste. Medium carbonation and medium body, a bit thick. Overall very good american pale ale.

PL: Butelka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg. Przelana do kieliszka daje ładną klarowną bursztynową barwę, średnią jasną pianę i nieco lejsingu. Aromaty mocno chmielowe, świeże, cytrynowe, ziołowe. W smaku cytrusowe chmiele z miłą goryczką w posmaku. Średnie nasycenie i średnie ciało, nieco gęste - lepkie. Podsumowując bardzo fajny american pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vidmidia (181) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2015
Vermelha, turva, com espuma média de média duração. Aroma cítrico e floral, com toques de grama cortada. Sabor com amargor leve, com mesmas nuances do aroma. Retrogosto amargo de longa duração e final com um pouco de caramelo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (6480) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass, bought in January 2015. Clear light amber with a medium head. Light aroma and taste of malt, grapefruit, some hay and caramel. Not that hoppy and with a low bitterness. A bit tired?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalflake (73) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Finally getting around to rating this. Poured into a shaker, deep orange in colour with a bright head that lasts and gives good lacing. Aromas of citrus, bitter hops and a slight maltiness. Taste is bitter-sweet, leaning strongly to the bitter side. Finishes clean and crisp with just enough lingering bitterness. This is a constant in my beer fridge, I could drink this all day long. Really good, emminently sessionable beer.

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