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

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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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.


DutchLuv's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchLuv (4) - Brampton, Ontario, - JUN 23, 2012
Spruce,hops, smooth,loads of flavour off the get-go. A very interesting example of an IPA, but not your typical IPA.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - SEP 24, 2016
From tap at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Clear amber color with off white head. Malty and light (old) hoppy aroma, caramel, bread, light citrus, pine, grass. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Probably not fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (169) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2016
Color ámbar oscuro, translúcido, con capa de espuma blanca de un dedo de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación media. Aroma a malta, un mínimo de cítrico y algo tostado. No se capta mucho lúpulo ni en aroma ni en sabor. El sabor vuelve a ser maltoso, algo tostado, ligeramente cítrico. Muy rica, algo lejos de lo que venden (recuerda más a una buena Amber Ale), pero disfrutable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3511) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is bready malt, caramel, soft earthy hops, mild fruits, toffee, tea, with a hint of pine. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium. A bit on the malty side for my taste, but certainly enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
colui72 (661) - HONG KONG - SEP 13, 2016
Nice clear amber with a creamy head and good lacing (the darkest pale ale I’ve ever seen). Sweet aroma of caramel and resins. Taste goes malty, some caramel, but nicely balanced by some fruity hops. Low bitterness, light body and a nice taste!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (17529) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle from Saveur Biere. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy - old hops. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Not fresh. 100916

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
calern (33) - - SEP 2, 2016
Amber body with off white foam. Malty with caramel and toast aromas, soft carbonation. It’s okay

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taboada (920) - 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 (2816) - 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 (5376) - 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 (705) - 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.


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