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

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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewGoblin (633) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
It’s a fine lil’ brew this one is. Nothing about this screams "totally awesome" but it is tasty and sessionable as heck. Fruity citrus hops and strong caramel comprise the scent of this ruddy-honey fella. A nice lacer, too. Taste is bittersweet, leaning more to the bitter side of things but leaving a lingering sweet, fruity flavour behind. Mid-low carbonation and medium body round out this good time.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Unfiltered Draught @ Muskoka Beer Festival: Pours amber, cloudy, very nice marshmallow head on top. Aroma is nice and hoppy with floral and citrus notes, some bready malts promised. Flavour is nice and hoppy - this is from Ontario!? - with a great balancing maltiness. I’ve never enjoyed Robert Simpson so this is a definite move in the right direction.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LarryBeast (611) - - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 355 ml bottle. Pours a very deep amber/brown -- beer bottle-coulour -- with thin, foamy white head. Aroma of roasted Corn Flakes with resiny (weedlike) hops. Flavour is very bitter. Medium-bodied with a flat mid-palate blank spot that gives it a soda water quality. Abrupt finish; the bitter hopiness disappears quickly after each sip. More flash than substance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JRock72 (605) - - DEC 22, 2010
Pours a clear brown with medium head. This is a good beer. Finish is watery though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWS9 (604) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Bottle. Judging by the insanity of the label, they’ve certainly taken a new approach to their marketing strategy since the Confederation Ale days haha... Light amber brown, slight head. Hoppy malt aroma. Hoppy taste, though surprisingly smooth as well. Some caramel and a malty base. Good stuff overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Masterkush7 (580) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
I like this beer. May not be as hoppy as most ipa I drink but overall this is a good beer and definatly worth a try. Appearance is a nice dark haze. Taste is well balanced with both a nice malt background with hints of nuts and Caramel and a good hop finish. Will definatly enjoy again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (577) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (576) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senap (559) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Tämligen intetsägande med en viss dragning åt Brown Ale hållet. Ska man dricka apa finns det bättre att välja.


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