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


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RATINGS: 310   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
Tap at Bishops Arms. Nose is bready and malty. Pours Amber with a small white head. Taste is a bit sweet and has notes of caramel. Palate is good and sticks to the tongue. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartholos (140) - GERMANY - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from an online beer club in Santos, Brazil. The Hoptical Illusion starts with fruity, slightly flora aromas with some citrus as well as a hint of malt. It is light amber colored with a strong rocky head. The taste is medium bitter and lightly sour with a strong fruity flavor a balanced hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (548) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours a nice caramel colour, almost amber. First whiff is huge hop resin, which is strange because it’s not a hoppy beer at all. After it breathes a bit the malt character starts to come through: sweet caramel, a bit of hay/grass. Taste is both sweet and bitter without actually being either. Finish is dry and floral with a hint of pine. If nothing else this beer is very well-named.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2582) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
355ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Rich amber in colour with a thin off-white head, light lacing. The aroma is sweet, lots of caramel, grains, cereal and cookies. The flavour is of orange citrus, caramel sweetness, bready and cookies. Sweet mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long and sweet. Not to bad, sweet with some hop balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1752) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Copper colour with white head. Citric, fruity, pineapple aroma. Bitter, citric, fruity, slightly sweet and malty taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Excalibur123 (323) - Soria, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
Presenta color ámbar claro con media cabeza de espuma con buena retención; aromas a malta totada, mango y frutos secos, en boca entrada suave con amargor medio, notas a pino y resina, no presenta matices reseñables es muy plana, esperaba más de una cerveza de su precio, pos gusto corto y maltososo una pale ale que no me dice mucho.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
zweird (1) - - JUN 2, 2014 does not count
Caramel, caramel, bread, bread, hay, hay, resin, resin, resin, bread, bread, resin, resin, resin, resin, resin, bread

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1927) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2014
Caña en el lúpulo en 17-05-2014. color bronce con espuma beige no muy persistente. Aromas maltosos con ligeros toques dulces de caramelos tostados, cuerpo medio fácil de beber. Aromas también maltosos con ligeros toques dulces de caramelo y frutas,, manzanas,, acabando con un ligero amargo que dura en boca durante un buen rato. Buena, se podría repetir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1994) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2014
Overall: Tropical fruits, grass, nettles,
Note: Bottle 355 ml at Pitcher’s. Reviewed 2014-05-15.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guitartown (61) - SPAIN - MAY 1, 2014
Botella 33cl. Color Ámbar oscuro. Densidad media. Lupulosa pero con matices de amber ale. Estupenda!

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