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

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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (551) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
355ml bottle poured into pint glass. Pours amber with off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma of hops, flowers, caramel. Taste is lots of hops, a little citrus and caramel malt. Well-balanced with a bitter finish. This beer is a standout in the Ontario craft beer scene. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. Murky medium-brown with a vermillion infusion. Pleasant cherry aroma with distant strawberry and a healthy touch of malt. Palate begins with a nice gritty texture but gets a little thin towards the middle and finish. Good wood/bark bitterness is well balanced in the flavour profile of malt and berry fruit. Pretty good but the watery middle and finish leads to a just-slightly-better-than-average overall impression.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (532) - - JAN 11, 2014
A sweet smelling hoppy beer with a lingering bitter finish. Rated by BrewTom

3.5
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
huineman (517) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (515) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nilz (490) - 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 (488) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (485) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
Very good example of a pale ale doing it right. Poured a dark amber with a massive off white head. Aroma was of light pine, floral hops, and hints of mustiness. Tasted of caramel, toffee, pine, and light resin. Had low bitterness with a smooth medium body. I found this to be more malty than hoppy, but that is just want I needed.


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