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

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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8923) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8789) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (8787) - 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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8014) - 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")

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7679) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7649) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (7166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass, bought in January 2015. Clear light amber with a medium head. Light aroma and taste of malt, grapefruit, some hay and caramel. Not that hoppy and with a low bitterness. A bit tired?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7072) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7020) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Pours nice copper with a decent head. Aroma and taste is of good quality malts and freshly harvested (and end-of-process added) hops, which gives this floral and citrus freshness to the beer, without being too bitter. A good APA with high drinkability.


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