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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.


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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3014) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2014
Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of malts, hops, apricot, spicy herbal hops, hint of citrus. Malty flavour, honey, hops and citrus. Malty finish, honey, hops, apricot, bit bitter. Nice.
(from 355mL bottle @ Joris’ & Judy’s Dinner Party. Thanks for sharing, joes!)

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oldschool_Mike (34) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle into IPA glass. Pours a rich golden colour. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Taste is of citrusy hops. Really good beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewGoblin (446) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
It’s a fine lil’ brew this one is. Nothing about this screams "totally awesome" but it is tasty and sessionable as heck. Fruity citrus hops and strong caramel comprise the scent of this ruddy-honey fella. A nice lacer, too. Taste is bittersweet, leaning more to the bitter side of things but leaving a lingering sweet, fruity flavour behind. Mid-low carbonation and medium body round out this good time.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stephane_Houle (135) - - OCT 5, 2014
Apparence: D?une couleur brun orangé translucide, elle est coiffée d?une mousse généreuse d?une bonne durée. Faible effervescence. Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des arômes de malt caramélisé léger et d’épices. Saveurs: En bouche, c’est un corps légèrement ample. Au goût, c’est des saveurs de malt légèrement caramélisé. De durée moyenne, il y a quasiment aucune effervescence et une amertume en finale franche et marquée. Fiche technique Style: Pale Ale Format: 355 ml Taux d?alcool : 5%

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle 355 ml at Selmas, Ludvika, on September 24, 2014.
Clear brown color, small white head. Malty, floral taste. A bit toasty caramel aftertaste, also bitter. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, malty, caramel scent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
Very good example of a pale ale doing it right. Poured a dark amber with a massive off white head. Aroma was of light pine, floral hops, and hints of mustiness. Tasted of caramel, toffee, pine, and light resin. Had low bitterness with a smooth medium body. I found this to be more malty than hoppy, but that is just want I needed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
manuelMTL (137) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
From 355 ml bottle. Pours a dark, clear amber with a thick frothy head. Aromas are grapefruit and bready malt sweetness. Taste is light bitterness that gets stronger in the aftertaste with a balancing malt backbone and fruity grapefruit and citrus notes. A hint of bubblegum is there too. Rather light Pale Ale. Easy to drink!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
355ml bottle from LCBO Parkway Mall, Toronto, ON. 5% Alc./Vol. Pours a clear deep amber color with 1 finger of white head. Piney aroma and notes of Elder flower. Flavour is pleasently hoppy with a spicy finish. Medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2270) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at the Ottawa Beer fest. A slightly darker copper than smashbomb. Earthy, herbal, dank aroma. Medium bodied with a round carbonation. The taste is cleanly bitter with some bready malts. A satisfying and approachable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (537) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
355 mL bottle. Pours amber with a foamy white head. Biscuit and bread malt tones with subtle citrus and pine notes. Dry and light bodied, slightly bitter on the finish. Average carbonation. Solid.


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