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


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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1568) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks David C. Slightly hazy amber color. Aroma of piney hops, toasty and citric notes and light grainy hints. Flavor has some malty sweetness but gradually turns drier and bitter with fresh pine-needles hoppiness. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle. Lasting thin head on dark amber. Swirling the glass gives up a great foam but ony a light woody scent. Malt first flavour, foamy body, and as the hops arrive a sourness creeps into the finish taking away from the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
Part of a 6 pack sampler. Pours copper with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops and some caramel malt. Good balance with a nice bitter finish - decent hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
355ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours amber, with a nice hop aroma. Good malt body, and nice hops in the finish. Not bad.

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