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

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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (244) - - JAN 11, 2014
A sweet smelling hoppy beer with a lingering bitter finish. Rated by BrewTom

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
juanenka (244) - valladolid, SPAIN - MAR 7, 2014
Botella. Presencia cobriza con gran corona beige compacta y persistente. Aroma a cereal y ligeras notas resinosas. En boca es ligera de sabor malta y mantequilla con final dulzón y resinosa pero todo muy leve.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
This is admittedly an old bottle (6 mos) and I’d love to try this beer fresh. It is quite mellow with some hoppiness which seems nice although hops were too faded at this point I think. Very little aroma, but still great mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (233) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HipHopOpotamus (229) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
It is a decent beer to drink, but nothing to crazy or overpowering taste you get from other micro beers out there. It is easy drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours with a rich dense head. Enjoyed on a blazing hot day at a campground. Served Ice cold. Gotta say, this beer definitely hit the spot. Aromas of citrus and orange with floral overtones. Tasted "almost" like an IPA. Not as bitter. I'd say sharp enough to slake a thirst, but not enough to make you pucker. Decent balance. Does what it set out to do. Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
355ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours amber, with a nice hop aroma. Good malt body, and nice hops in the finish. Not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2012
Poured rich amber in colour with a smallish head a light carbonation. A subtle note of hops on the nose followed by some hop flavour but mostly the roasty backbone dominates...not a bad beer by any standards but more illusion than hoptical....

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
Clear copper with pathetic white head that disappears like a balding man’s hairline. Faint but pleasant hoppy aroma. Bit harsh carbonation but well blended clear, crisp hop taste. Clear aftertaste too.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
Found a 6 pack of it at the LCBO and really enjoyed it. Not quite hoppy enough for me but there was a good depth of flavour that made up for it. Also very sessionable, I could really drink it all night. Also just love the packaging a marketing of it, really just makes it a much more intriguing beer to drink.


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