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


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RATINGS: 287   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (522) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (200) - BRAZIL - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
juanenka (256) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (12180) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (9939) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lowenbrau (2520) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 28, 2014
12 fl oz bottle f@Cimmeria, Oviedo. 28-2-2014.
In short: a harsh amber ale.
Pours hazy amber with some soapy off white head. Poor head retention, some lacing. Caramel, liquorice and liquor aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is quite bitter, dry, some high alcohols in there, some caramel. Harsh and unpleasant mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (6946) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with a small head. Aroma of biscuit, grass and herbal notes. Flavour is quite mild with mild caramel notes, biscuit, some fruitiness and grass. Minty herbal notes too. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Mild and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of resinous hops, malts, biscuits and hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, resinous hops, biscuits and some distant berry notes. Way too "english" for me. They should have not made the u-torn but go forward at full speed. A disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4659) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2014
355ml bottle. Clear, almost reddish amber colour with small, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Piney, hoppy aroma, biscuity malty background, a touch of mandarine and orange zest. Taste is fruity hoppy, minimally bitter, minimally citrusy, hints of red berries, malty basis with hints of orange biscuit. Concerning taste almost a "blend" of APA and Bitter with an APA prevalence. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Pour at the green room with marina & Janet is chestnut dark with a thin cap. Taste is light coffee, left of centre hopping & stark bitterness. Marina says she’s not so much on the finish, that it "falls off like the end of a glacier" & she has a point, don’t she? Decent.

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