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

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RATINGS: 267   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BreWedge (335) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
On tap @ Corner Grill for Ontario Craft Beer Week. Pours a clear amber with a moderate, creamy, off-white head. Aromas are fairly subtle, maybe a little grainy malt and a little floral hops. Taste is very much malt up front with dry, bitter, and biscuity hops asserting themselves on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a medium astringent finish. A decent but I exciting brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1108) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
341mL bottle from the LCBO. Golden brown pour with a creamy white head that bubbles away quickly. Hops, hops, hops, very fragrant with mild citrus in the aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation, and bitter hops on the finish - but not overpowering, very balanced. Delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1080) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle to tulip Aroma of citrus and hay. Reddish colour with a tan head. Taste is hay and some hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano21 (18) - Toronto, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 355ml bottle from The LCBO. Pours with a large head that dissipated quickly, but did have a bit of lacing. Taste was smooth with only a hint of bitter hops. A good starter Pale Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (417) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from the Beer Store. Pours a slight hazy amber with a small off white head. Nose is mostly caramel and citrus. Lightly hopped for a low level of bitterness. More grassy than anything. Light to medium body that is quite drinkable. A pale ale designed not to offend anyone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2347) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. Dark coppery colour with an off-white head with good lasting and very nice lacework. Aroma is floral hops, some earthy, light caramel and roasty. Flavor has a medium bitterness with floral and red fruity notes, light citrus in the final with a dry mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (138) - - MAR 10, 2014
Cor âmbar escuro com tons caramelo. Cristalina com espuma levemente bege, de média/baixa formação e baixa persistência. Pouco lacing; Aroma pouco intenso de laranja e toranja com nuances de caramelo; Sabor de início de caramelo que evolui para amargor bastante comportado (almost pale ale). Retrogosto levemente amargo. Boa drinkability. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Excalibur123 (190) - Soria, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
Presenta color ámbar claro con media cabeza de espuma con buena retención; aromas a malta totada, mango y frutos secos, en boca entrada suave con amargor medio, notas a pino y resina, no presenta matices reseñables es muy plana, esperaba más de una cerveza de su precio, pos gusto corto y maltososo una pale ale que no me dice mucho.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippyHop (267) - Quebec, 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
terrybail (670) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
12 oz bottle from the LCBO pours a nice darkish copper with a good sized head and pretty good lacing The aroma is strong malt with a touch of hops trown in really nice the taste is slightly bitter hops


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