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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Obefintlig doft men då är den också serverad i ett okupat glas. Delar en flarra med Johan på pipes. Lättdrucken och nästan läskande

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (692) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a creamy, half-finger, off-white head that thins to a ring and film. Mild lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of bread and citrus. Taste is a bit bitter with a short, slightly dry aftertaste. Low to medium body and carbonation. A touch watery in the mouth but still plenty of texture to hang on to. Not a bad offering. I think it does what (I think) It is meant to do. Bridge the gap between Well Crafted Beer and Mass Produced Swill in an attempt to reach a broader audience. Good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1044) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle to tulip Aroma of citrus and hay. Reddish colour with a tan head. Taste is hay and some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Masterkush7 (559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
I like this beer. May not be as hoppy as most ipa I drink but overall this is a good beer and definatly worth a try. Appearance is a nice dark haze. Taste is well balanced with both a nice malt background with hints of nuts and Caramel and a good hop finish. Will definatly enjoy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1859) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with white head. Sweet honey, caramel fruity aroma. It's pretty bitter, some nice funkiness, lots of hop, dry and quite light bodied. OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (3478) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2013
355 ml bottle. Dark amber with orange head. Aroma with big toffee, burnt sugar, butterscotch and malt. Taste is sweet with thick mouthfeel, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar. Medium bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (2154) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2013
Pours hazy reddish amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of resin, caramel, grapefruit, peach. Taste is bitter up front with a subtle balancing sweetness. Bitter, light lingering finish. Light body with soft-ish carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (567) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Ambré près de roux. Foin. Gazon. Fruité. Terreuse. Fer. Belle amertume. Légère. Pêche. Cerise de terre. Très bien.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HipHopOpotamus (233) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
It is a decent beer to drink, but nothing to crazy or overpowering taste you get from other micro beers out there. It is easy drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sheffee (27) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Crazy Northwest hops nose, just a bit of caramel malt aroma. Palate is a little thin and short. Very dry, not as floral in the flavour as in the aroma. Still a pretty good beer.

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