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


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
355ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on October 14, 2009 afgter purchasing a 6 pack from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent red into the glass with a huge rocky off-white head that lasted a while. The aroma was weakly hoppy with a definite malt presence. The mouthfeel was weak-bodied, almost watery with a low level of carbonation. The flavour was mildly malty with a good hoppy finish. A hoppier flavour profile would have been nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (1095) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 355ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a creamy, half-finger, off-white head that thins to a ring and film. Solid lacing clings to the glass.Aroma is hoppy with a hint of bread and citrus.Taste is a bit bitter with a short, slightly dry aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. A touch watery in the mouth but still plenty of texture to hang on to.Not a bad offering. Overall pretty tasty. Bready toasted biscuit, bit of pine and resin, and some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (1063) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (1043) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
This ale poured a dark amber colour with a quick living, light tan coloured head. Scents include hopps, grass, citrus and caramel. First taste was nicely carbonated with flavours of tea, malt, hopps, and grass. Finish is slightly hoppy with a little bitter flavor with tea lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
Single bottle purchased from Zyn Liquor in Calgary, AB on 09/01/2012. Colour: Medium brown/orange with low white lacing. Nose: Very brown grain dominant with a mix of dirty dish towel. More swirling brings out seashore lake water. Where are the distinct hops? Taste: medium-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. If not for a slight caramel underlay, this one would have been more hop forward I’m sure. That said, the hops are present but not dominant and show a real vegetative earthy character. There is a some more brown grain (rice) late.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
341ml bottle. Coppery orange pour with slightly off-white head. Very little lacing. Smells of burnt malt and sugar with some cow pattie and yeasty notes. Just plain weird and confused in the mouth. Thin, and the only impression I really got was danelion stalk with a little bitter twang. I don’t know if the name is supposed to purposefully misguide people or if these guys are still trying to get their act together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle purchased at the LCBO. Pours a copper/ gold with very small amount of white head and no real lacing at all. The Aroma is a little hop, maybe subtle berry. Taste is hoppy (but not nearly what I expected), and bitter. Not bad, glad to have something out of Ontario to be a little proud of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taboada (950) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
Tried at Edmonton Craft Beerfest 2015. Always enjoy Flying Monkeys. This one is comparable to their other IPAs/ISAs in the fruity, tropical citrus notes; but it also has a distinctive malt profile and a dangerous drinkability with the 5% abv. Delicious!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Obefintlig doft men då är den också serverad i ett okupat glas. Delar en flarra med Johan på pipes. Lättdrucken och nästan läskande

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