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

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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BelgieFan (3) - - DEC 29, 2012
If you like hops, this is a great beer! Fun marketing materials, too (beer packaging, beer cap liner, etc.).


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
355ml bottle from LCBO Parkway Mall, Toronto, ON. 5% Alc./Vol. Pours a clear deep amber color with 1 finger of white head. Piney aroma and notes of Elder flower. Flavour is pleasently hoppy with a spicy finish. Medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1857) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at the Ottawa Beer fest. A slightly darker copper than smashbomb. Earthy, herbal, dank aroma. Medium bodied with a round carbonation. The taste is cleanly bitter with some bready malts. A satisfying and approachable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (455) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
355 mL bottle. Pours amber with a foamy white head. Biscuit and bread malt tones with subtle citrus and pine notes. Dry and light bodied, slightly bitter on the finish. Average carbonation. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Decent piney nose. Pretty easy off white head. Clearish copper orange colour. Light narrow carb. Quick before and finish. Limited substance and little core.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Bière rousse, sur levure et où flotte une dense écume marquant franchement leverre. Au nez, un léger caramel, puis un houblonnage floral poignant. Elle est moyennement amère, peu sucrée. Elle est de corps étrangement léger, de texture aqueuse et peu effervescente. Elle se termine sur une légère amertume et de forts arômes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zekada (102) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
Tap at Bishops Arms. Nose is bready and malty. Pours Amber with a small white head. Taste is a bit sweet and has notes of caramel. Palate is good and sticks to the tongue. Overall a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartholos (14) - GERMANY - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from an online beer club in Santos, Brazil. The Hoptical Illusion starts with fruity, slightly flora aromas with some citrus as well as a hint of malt. It is light amber colored with a strong rocky head. The taste is medium bitter and lightly sour with a strong fruity flavor a balanced hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (65) - CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours a nice caramel colour, almost amber. First whiff is huge hop resin, which is strange because it’s not a hoppy beer at all. After it breathes a bit the malt character starts to come through: sweet caramel, a bit of hay/grass. Taste is both sweet and bitter without actually being either. Finish is dry and floral with a hint of pine. If nothing else this beer is very well-named.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
355ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Rich amber in colour with a thin off-white head, light lacing. The aroma is sweet, lots of caramel, grains, cereal and cookies. The flavour is of orange citrus, caramel sweetness, bready and cookies. Sweet mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long and sweet. Not to bad, sweet with some hop balance.


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