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

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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Maklean's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, - APR 7, 2013
Pours cloudy amber with small diminishing head. Aroma of soft pine and citrus. Taste of cascade hops and slight caramel.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taboada (885) - Compostela (Galiza), - AUG 25, 2016
Tasted from the tap on the 25/08/2016. Medium orange colour with a frothy off-white head. Earthy and floral aroma with masty and caramel taste. Next one please!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (2759) - SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Tap. @ Slainte, Salamanca, Spain. A: Amber. T: Malt, sweet, hoppy, fruity, citrusy, slightly resinous.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (5309) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
Light brown colour with thin lacy head. Aroma and flavour have some malty elements with some toasty malt and a touch of fruity sweetness. Moderated bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
janubio (694) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
Pours an amber colour, with a big creamy head that leaves ome lace. Aroma of pine, fruits, caramel. Medium body, OK carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma: Fruits, pine and caramel. OK beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1772) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2016
330 ml from a cousin in Canada. The ale poured a dark Amber color with an off white head. Nice ale citrus on the nose. Very balanced with a medium body and average carbonation. The hops were well selected for a hoppy grapefruit finish. There is also a nice fruity taste as the ale comes to an end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portwood (143) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: sweet malt & citrus, caramel, somewhat floral. Taste: starts sweet & turns to bitter grapefruit & pine. Finish: balanced finish w/toffee & bitter hops. (tasted 04/16/16)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (3377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Keg. Clear amber body a thin off-white head. Steady carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, grass and marmalade. Flavour of parma violets, blood orange and earthy hops. Thin to medium body with an oily texture. Soft fizz. Well balanced and easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3717) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2016
sample at 24 uurs, poured an amber colour with a slight white head. nose of caramel malts, citrus notes, caramel sweetness, sweet fruits, apricots, floral hops, slight resinous notes, bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (1326) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2016
20cl glaasje bij pint, Maastricht Uiterlijk: donkeroranje redelijke schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: bitter, fruitig als grapefruit, pijnboom Conclusie: lekkere Pale Ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPoole (248) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours clear amber with a creamy off white head that laces the glass. Aroma is fruity hops, carmel and citrus. Taste is pine, fruity hops, carmel and citrus with a decent bitterness. Very enjoyable.


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