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%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, moderate to light light heavy hoppy, citrus - orange. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, orange, peel bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100805]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40140) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is crisp grapefruity and wooden hoppy. Sweet fruity, citrusy to grapefruity. Fruity and citrusy into a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25822) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
Draught at Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles with notes of band-aid. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grapefruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25182) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2010
Bottled. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, some mild wooden notes as well as slight notes of toffee. Flavour is quite much fruity, sweet caramel malts, mild dry dark fruits as well as some grassy notes. Quite a straight forward APA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (23317) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2012
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Clear golden, small head. Faint grapefruit aroma. Some bread. Light-medium boy, clean rounded mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Some caramel. Dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2014
Draft @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
15th December 2015
Light haze on this gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry. Modest fine carbonation. Slightly papery and tired tasting malts. Thin cream. A residue of some floralness and a modicum of spice. Light semi dry finish. Tastes very tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (17973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Linköping, Sweden. clear golden beer with a rich offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, citrus, grapefruit, pine apples, earthy notes, floral, biscuits, some grapes. Hoppy pine apple flavor, citrus, earthy notes, biscuits, caramel, mango, pine needles, hay, some peach. Hoppy floral finish with peach and pine apples. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16801) - 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 (16457) - 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.

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