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

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RATINGS: 267   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 On tap. Easy to drink, but a bit hoppy and floral with sweet malt. Very decent - glad I had it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours copper, foamy head, average retention, small lace. Aroma is slightly malty, with some orange from the hops. Taste is slightly hoppy, more grapefruit than orange. Some caramel thrown it, but really subtle. I don’t know... That one isn’t bad, but it seems a little aimless to me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Canmoore (285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
This beer poured a clear straw colour, with a minimal head. The aroma was of light malts, citrus, nuts and grains. the tasting notes include more light malts, orange peel, mango, and a slightly hoppy finish. Good overall, but I am not a fan of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
guil0000 (279) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
Poors a clear copper amber color with a large sticky withe head. Strong aroma of hops and yeast with some caramel. taste is kind of watery with a little hoppy finish. Overall not that bad bud wanted more

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zekada (269) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fullers (268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle LCBO OCB Sampler Pack Pours coppery brown virtually no head despite obvious carbonation. Aroma faint but pleasant with hops present. Soft mouth feel, almost buttery. Crisp with not much aftertaste. Not my favourite style of beer, but this is drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2010 Re-Rate: Bottle right from the Brewery. Medium brown with slight copper tinge. Slightly sweet with a strong hoppy mouth.. slightly drying.. The Hops lasted longer this time around. Deeper, richer and smoother then my first sampling. Not sure why this got a lower rating my first tiem around. Agree with the citrus in the finish,.. almost grapefruit.. A very solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (267) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper with average white head. Aromas of hops with notes of citrus (lemon?), florals and yeast. Strong taste of hops but not over bittering, some slight sweet maltness as well. Not a huge hop fan myself but this is a nice example.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle. Tan with medium head that subsides to ring. Medium carbonation. Slightly citric hop aroma. Tastes like Munich malt. Has a combination of roasty and hop bitterness. Nice.


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