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

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RATINGS: 251   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours hazy copper with off white head. The aroma is spicy rye like, spicy hops, a bit earthy with mild sweet malts in the background. The taste is malt forward and a bit buttery. The hops come to the surface with notes of spice, some earthiness and mild pine. In the background sweet malts persist into the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6602) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2010
Bouteille partagée avec Jcwattsrugger. Couleur cuivre, mousse est beige. Quelques notes de citron et de mat caramel. Palais est sec avec une bonne effervescence. Reste bien légère au palais tout en conservant une fine couche d’amertume avec en retrait, un fini moyennement malt et grillé.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6590) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. From Toronto, ON.
Clear dark amber copper colour with small white head. Aroma: Fruity caramel sweet hops. Delicious. Slightly on darker side. Candy sweetness. Flavour: Dry. Caramel malt. Grainy malt. Dry fruity hops. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
On tap at Taps on Queens in Niagara Falls.Pours a clear caramel hued orange-brown with a medium sized white head. Big citrus hops with a light pine backbone and some malt holding it all up. Malty and sweet with a nice caramel note. Slow light grapefruit bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Nice grapefruit and passionfruit in the nose. Flavours are light toffee with nice grapefruit and passionfruit hop character and a medium bitter finish. The best craft brewed APA in bottles from Ontario that I’ve yet tasted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6379) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at Cest What?
Appearance: Mid deep amber with large creamy top , some lacing noted. Good apearnce.4-.
Nose: Citric, hopping nose , sweet malt as back up. Good. 7-.
Flavor/Palate : Soft , mild and approachable, organic citric hop feel with rounded malts. Late hop feel. Good citric hoped ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of caramel, resin, hints of citrus, spicy. Tastes of earth, oranges, sweat, spicy, peppery with a tea like finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2010
355 ml bottle via trade with MrManning- thanks again, Len! Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of citrusy hops, pine resin, caramel and pale malts, sugar, and a little pepper. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation and just a little lingering bitterness on the finish. Solid APA.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (6075) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with a small head. Aroma of biscuit, grass and herbal notes. Flavour is quite mild with mild caramel notes, biscuit, some fruitiness and grass. Minty herbal notes too. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Mild and boring.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2009
Draught. At C’Est What Spring Fest. Clear amber with a small creamy off-white head. Decent floral aroma against light cereal grain - moderately hoppy; clean. More bitterness in the flavour, fairly intense marigold pungency, dry, the malt is a touch sweeter than I expected. Average body, nicely carbonated, quite crisp, refreshing and dry, the linger lasts acceptably long - a pretty solid effort, would be a good pitchers on the patio brew.


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