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

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RATINGS: 263   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5738) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2013
Tap. Red amber, light haze, huge rocky offwhite head. Leafy green nose, fruity malt flavor, light berry note, grass, pine, citrus. Chewy, mellow mouthfeel. Nice balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cueto (12) - - DEC 4, 2013
Es una cervesa k sospren el seu aroma. Es molt suau de gust i l’amargo no es nota molt

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frulertruler (118) - San Rafael, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2013
Botella. Buena pale con muy buen equilibrio maltas/lúpulo. Ligera y sabrosa ideal como cerveza de sesión para beber litros

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senap (383) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Tämligen intetsägande med en viss dragning åt Brown Ale hållet. Ska man dricka apa finns det bättre att välja.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
Amber color, plenty of hops on the nose. More tame than expected but a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (783) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 28, 2013
C’est bien sympa ces Pale Ale à la ricaine, c’est léger et moins écoeurant que les IPA que j’ai bu Bar Volo

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (414) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from LCBO in Ottawa, pours a rich dark amber with a little white head. The aroma was hoppy and sweet, some molasses. Taste a bitterness with hops, some grapefruit and gentle sweet malts. Somewhat forceful but I thought it balanced and a nice ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11349) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Linköping, Sweden. clear golden beer with a rich offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, citrus, grapefruit, pine apples, earthy notes, floral, biscuits, some grapes. Hoppy pine apple flavor, citrus, earthy notes, biscuits, caramel, mango, pine needles, hay, some peach. Hoppy floral finish with peach and pine apples. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (407) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from the Beer Store. Pours a slight hazy amber with a small off white head. Nose is mostly caramel and citrus. Lightly hopped for a low level of bitterness. More grassy than anything. Light to medium body that is quite drinkable. A pale ale designed not to offend anyone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano21 (18) - Toronto, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 355ml bottle from The LCBO. Pours with a large head that dissipated quickly, but did have a bit of lacing. Taste was smooth with only a hint of bitter hops. A good starter Pale Ale.


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