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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 310   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 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neurotek (2) - - JAN 14, 2012 does not count
Had a pint at the Hogtown Vegan. Almost pale ale seems apt. Amber colour with a slight bitterness and clean finish. Went well with the vegan burger I mowed down (too much meat this week, a vegan meal was on the menu). A nice fall/winter/spring beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (6482) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Has a hoppy smell with some earthiness. Smells a little of caramel as well, though I can’t detect any sweetness in the taste.Actually promises more in the smell than the taste delivers, though the taste isn’t bad by any means. Hoppy and bitter. Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap @ C’est What Spring Fest. Aroma is hoppy orange, orange wearing a small custard head. Flavour is a burst of orange with some nice malt. Medium bodied, very well balanced, resiny. Good example.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1570) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Dark amber. active head. Starts off a bit rough aroma with grains ans solvent, which seems to dissipate as the glass a few minutes. Taste loads of grassy hop bitterness, which is a bit unbalanced at first, but tastes decent with my Bison Burger. The sweet malts and fruit seem to come through later.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
Clear copper with pathetic white head that disappears like a balding man’s hairline. Faint but pleasant hoppy aroma. Bit harsh carbonation but well blended clear, crisp hop taste. Clear aftertaste too.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 On tap. Easy to drink, but a bit hoppy and floral with sweet malt. Very decent - glad I had it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. Murky medium-brown with a vermillion infusion. Pleasant cherry aroma with distant strawberry and a healthy touch of malt. Palate begins with a nice gritty texture but gets a little thin towards the middle and finish. Good wood/bark bitterness is well balanced in the flavour profile of malt and berry fruit. Pretty good but the watery middle and finish leads to a just-slightly-better-than-average overall impression.


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