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

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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 (43888) - 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 (9384) - 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 (3256) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2360) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
(bottle) clear dark amber colour with small tan head; aroma of lychee; faint flavour of fruit, long light bitter finish; quite drinkable, lovely hops

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2010
355ml bottle - at ChrisO’s - thanks!
6 Simple hoppy aroma, some citrus.
4 Deep copper, medium head
7 Hoppy retronasaly, very citrussy and zesty. Malty body, but with tons of hops there too. Fairly well balanced. I even get a hint of ginger too.
3 Slick palate, carbonation low.
14 A little sweet, and a little too hop focussed, but they’ve pulled it off well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9313) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - 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.

3.4
   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 (10399) - 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.


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