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

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7419) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7415) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7059) - 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")

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7038) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6885) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
(Bottle, Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 12 March 2012) Dark amber colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with caramel, red fruit, orange and citric hops. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and a mild citric bitterness. Medium body, with some sweetness. Tasty and well balanced but nothing extraordinary. Quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6514) - 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!

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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - 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.


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