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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle from trade with cfrancis. Pours a copper color with almost no head. Nose of grapefruit hops. Some sweet malts and fruits as well. Not a whole lot of flavor. Some grapefruit bitterness and some light malts. Not much else. A slight bitter aftertaste. Well balanced. Good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours amber colour with minmal head. Nice caramel malts with mild citrus hops. Easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senap (514) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Tämligen intetsägande med en viss dragning åt Brown Ale hållet. Ska man dricka apa finns det bättre att välja.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (512) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (510) - - JAN 11, 2014
A sweet smelling hoppy beer with a lingering bitter finish. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (501) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (482) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (470) - 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.

   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.

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