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

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RATINGS: 247   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
Draught at C’Est What Spring Festival. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size somewhat-lasting creamy off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, resiny and lightly spicy, backed by sweet malt. Flavour’s also nice, follows the aroma and is hoppier then expected. Long bitter finish. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed this -- well done!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (5948) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (5941) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle at tasting, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of floral and grassy hops, citrus and bready malts. Pretty decent but uninteresting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
In short: A sharp grapefruity pale ale with a timid malt bill. Decent
How: Bottle 355ml. Consumed fresh two weeks after purchase
The look: Clear rusty amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is typical but always pleasant citrusy hops with grapefruits being the dominant fruits. Taste proposes a fragile malt bill with crisp crackery malts, a bit of residual sugar and then a sharp and strong citrusy bitterness (mostly bitter grapefruits). I prefer that kind of razor sharp grapefruity bitterness is better suited in a beer with a more round and caramelized body. So for my personal taste I found there was a mismatch between the malt bill and hop bill. Yet, this type of bitter APA when consumed fresh (as it was the case here) can only be enjoyable. An Hoptical Illusion is when I try to grab a hoppy beer but then the beer disappears and all I can see is only wood and dirt. Ok, ok, I admit, I was drunk and fell flat on my face.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5937) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle from my trading partner Andrew - thanks! Don’t know if I’d call this an amber ale - plays like a nicely hopped rich pale ale. Citrus and floral, good hop bite, well balanced. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (5855) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of resinous hops, malts, biscuits and hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, resinous hops, biscuits and some distant berry notes. Way too "english" for me. They should have not made the u-torn but go forward at full speed. A disappointment.
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5631) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks David C. Slightly hazy amber color. Aroma of piney hops, toasty and citric notes and light grainy hints. Flavor has some malty sweetness but gradually turns drier and bitter with fresh pine-needles hoppiness. Medium-bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2013
Tap. Red amber, light haze, huge rocky offwhite head. Leafy green nose, fruity malt flavor, light berry note, grass, pine, citrus. Chewy, mellow mouthfeel. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 [2322-20090722] Tap. Mild citrus toast bite aroma. Clear, bright amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and nice thick lacing. Very tasty malt toast flavour with a long toasty hops finish. Medium body has nice bitterness. Wonderful balance of hops and malt, really enjoyable. (6/4/8/4/17) 3.9
(@ C’est What; Toronto, ON)

[2507B-20091002] Tap. Plastic hop spruce aroma. Murky, dark brown amber body with a quick bubbly white head. Spruce hops resiny bark flavour has a fruity finish. Medium body is flat. Really interesting fruity spruce hops and bizarre ’crystal’ clear taste. (6/2/7/3/14) 3.4
(21st FFOCB @ C’est What; Toronto, ON; Called "Hoppopatamonkey")

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
I can see why they call this an "Almost Pale Ale" - it definitely seems like a hoppy amber as opposed to a pale ale. Caramel, toffee, and a bit resiny, woodsy hop bite at the finish. Not bad. Thanks to jerc for the trade!


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