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

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RATINGS: 327   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, moderate to light light heavy hoppy, citrus - orange. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, orange, peel bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100805]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9305) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3253) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
355ml bottle, dark amber color, with a beige head, leaving some laces, light toasted malt nose with an upfront floral hop leafy, citrusy, lime, piney bitter accent, with some cedary, leafy, grassy notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a predominant flowery hop, piney, leafy, grassy character with a toasted, roasted malt undertone, and some faint pine niddle, coniferous bark notes, leading towards a juicy hop. leafy, grassy, piney bitterness finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle. Tan with medium head that subsides to ring. Medium carbonation. Slightly citric hop aroma. Tastes like Munich malt. Has a combination of roasty and hop bitterness. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (10188) - Tampere, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2011
From a tap poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Nice light hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (1322) - - NOV 14, 2011
Copper pour, 1 finger of head. Floral nose - some hops, pine, bready malt. Taste is Similar - Floral with some pine and citrus fruit, biscuity malt. Noticable carbonation. Fairly easy drinker. A gateway beer, but a pretty good one. The hopping comes through better when it’s on draft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IWillBeLight (9) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
From bottle. Rusty brown w small white head that quickly fades. Big citrusy hop aroma. Taste is mild fruit and hops-light bodied easy to drink beer. Good for the patio.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle provided by a potential supplier. Hazy amber pour with a wispy head. Light pine and citrus aroma on light grain. Spice meets pine in the flavor but its not particularly strong. Well balanced with the grainy malts. Medium mouth feel with a bit of a creamy finish that tappers its way to semi-dry. Easy drinking and OK.


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