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

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (504) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
355ml bottle poured into pint glass. Pours amber with off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma of hops, flowers, caramel. Taste is lots of hops, a little citrus and caramel malt. Well-balanced with a bitter finish. This beer is a standout in the Ontario craft beer scene. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewGoblin (494) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
beautiful amber red appearance. aroma of faint hops. taste was hoppy and a hint of lemon. the finish was almost nonexistent, almost watery. tasty and refreshing, not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle at a tasting: some grapefruit and mandarin in the aroma, some cardboard, weak malt, weak meaty notes, some flowery hops, some banana, nice aroma, weak taste, watery, good aftertaste, mediocre.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (456) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2012
2 finger head. smell some grapfruite and pine,mint & grass. Taste is grapefruit,elmon and or lime,pine,grass a bite heavy bodied. Earlie on not bad. Not a hop head but hoppy pale ale’s haved more flavour then pther ho[[y beers so i tend to enjoy trying them out but wouldnt want a caSE OF THEM. eARLIE ON GOOD THE MORE INTO THE MORE THE FLAVOURS SHOW THE LESS I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (443) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Nice pour from bottle into jar-like glass. Beer is dark bronze--almost light brown. Definitely darker than a normal pale ale (hence the name?). Huge head that sticks for a while. Aroma is deep, rich balance of piney hops and malt. Pretty bitter. Nice beer. You’d expect it to be a lot higher in ABV--impressed that they packed this much flavor into it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (435) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
definitely a hard beer to describe. good hop profile, but fairly subdued at the same time. body is extremely light. certainly a good beer, but far from great. more for people who want to slowly move from macro brews to something worth drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Surprised I’ve never rated this. Was one of the first local IPAs I tried a couple of years ago. A nice gateway beer for people looking to breakaway from the norm. On tap. Dark copper with an active fizzy cream head. Creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity maltiness with a sweet floral aroma. Hint of grapefruit. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout with a medium bitter finish. It’s a sessionable hoppy amber.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (427) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from the Beer Store. Pours a slight hazy amber with a small off white head. Nose is mostly caramel and citrus. Lightly hopped for a low level of bitterness. More grassy than anything. Light to medium body that is quite drinkable. A pale ale designed not to offend anyone.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (423) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from LCBO in Ottawa, pours a rich dark amber with a little white head. The aroma was hoppy and sweet, some molasses. Taste a bitterness with hops, some grapefruit and gentle sweet malts. Somewhat forceful but I thought it balanced and a nice ale.


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