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


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RATINGS: 303   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
355 mL bottle. Pours amber with a foamy white head. Biscuit and bread malt tones with subtle citrus and pine notes. Dry and light bodied, slightly bitter on the finish. Average carbonation. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
An "almost pale ale" has good hop presence and dark gold in colour. Taste has some very mild bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a nice amber colour with a thin white head. the aroma is light grapefruit and spice from the hops. light caramel sweetness and a medium bitterness not to hoppy so would make for a good starting point for someone new to IPA’s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (666) - Toronto, Ontario, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from the LCBO. Nice clear amber colour, good head and lace. Noticeably hoppy, but quite balanced. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (660) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
355ml bottle. Pours a dark amber. Off white head that disappeared quickly. Lots of citrusy (grapefruit peel) hops on the nose. Slight dark malt flavour, with LOTS of fresh citrus hops. A bargain for what it costs. One of the best Ontario craft brews around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Franckg (652) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Acheté à la LCBO en septembre 2014. Goût vraiment trop malté et un côté suret désagréable envahit le palais. Manque flagrant de houblon. Malheureusement un manque de fraicheur évident. À réessayer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Pour copper/amber with decent beige head great lacing. Aroma grapefruit, pine, citrus fruits, malty backbone. Taste biscuit, caramel, pine, grapefruit, citrus. MF medium body nice fizzy carb. Overall an excellent easy to drink Ontario hoppy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (647) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2015
Amber beer with a small white cup, low carbonation. Taste is hoppy, citrus, caramel and some sweets. Little bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 Re-rate, from the bottle - aroma much cleaner with more citrus and floral qualities from the Amarillo coming through. Flavour similar to the original, but again, it seems that this batch is fresher and a touch hoppier. Really nice bitterness and a bit of sourness as well, but certainly not off-putting. This one is evolving very nicely and is certainly a beer to keep an eye on, as the brewer has been experimenting with increased hop levels on each batch. I, for one, am happy to be along for the ride. And I’m sure this will warrant a re-rate in a year or so when the recipe is dialled in. Original rating: On tap at C’est What - came a brown/red mix with a good sticky white cap that lasts for a long time. Muted aroma with some woody/piney hop and a touch of chocolate. Flavour much the same - I was hoping for something a bit bolder, but it seems at best to be a muted Tankhouse. Still good, just not great.

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