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

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senap (465) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Tämligen intetsägande med en viss dragning åt Brown Ale hållet. Ska man dricka apa finns det bättre att välja.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Franckg (462) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (458) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (454) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours a dark copper with wispy head and some lacing. Tastes of caramel, cereal and citrus with a just a touch of pine. Nice smooth’ish taste with a small citrus bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (451) - - JAN 11, 2014
A sweet smelling hoppy beer with a lingering bitter finish. Rated by BrewTom

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (445) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours a nice caramel colour, almost amber. First whiff is huge hop resin, which is strange because it’s not a hoppy beer at all. After it breathes a bit the malt character starts to come through: sweet caramel, a bit of hay/grass. Taste is both sweet and bitter without actually being either. Finish is dry and floral with a hint of pine. If nothing else this beer is very well-named.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (444) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
Tap at Bishops Arms. Nose is bready and malty. Pours Amber with a small white head. Taste is a bit sweet and has notes of caramel. Palate is good and sticks to the tongue. Overall a good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
huineman (413) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 24, 2015
Cloudy dark amber. Thick bone-colored head. Smells quite strongly of honey and molasses. And that’s all. Soft and pungent. Long bitter finish.


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