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

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.


3.9
   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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (942) - SPAIN - MAR 10, 2016
From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Playing Millenium 2. It has a hop profile that isnt bad but that i dont end up completely liking, like if it had some rancidness. Hasnt BB date

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Staffan47 (904) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zimbo (872) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Decent piney nose. Pretty easy off white head. Clearish copper orange colour. Light narrow carb. Quick before and finish. Limited substance and little core.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Ambré près de roux. Foin. Gazon. Fruité. Terreuse. Fer. Belle amertume. Légère. Pêche. Cerise de terre. Très bien.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a thick bubbly head. Aroma is floral, grass, citrus and bread. Flavour the same. Muted and bland.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
At The Morrissey in London, bottle. Very dark red pour. Light white head. Scent of grapefruit, tangy citrus. Very very hoppy. They say almost pale ale but this tastes more like a cascade pale ale to me. Tangy hops is the majority of the taste. Pretty clean finish without any of the lingering bitterness, maybe that’s where the almost comes from. Rather nice though Pale Ales are most definitely not my favourites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours copper in colour, nice caramel coloured head., which leaves a small trail of lace. Fairly strong herbal, earthy aroma of hops, with similar taste, finishing strong with the hop hit. Drying mouthfeel, with lots of fine carbonation. Very drinkable. I was pleasantly surpised that the beer was this good, despite what feels to me like cheesy marketing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (804) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
Pours a clear deep amber, thin white head. Aroma is earthy, floral hop notes. Flavour is hoppy but not overly so, grassy, some sweet malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours clear russet-amber with thinnish off-white head. Hop aromas are the main feature here - citrusy, piney hops in this case. Get a little bit of hop bitterness up front before the aroma starts to come out. Then there’s a bit of toffee maltiness to take the edge off. Pleasant and drinkable, reasonably balanced, but it doesn’t blow me away.


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