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


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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BreWedge (313) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1048) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
terrybail (615) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
12 oz bottle from LCBO, poured into an English pint. Pours hazy copper with a small frothy tan head. Head mostly fades but leaves good lace. Aroma is primarily floral with strong pine and citrus, fresh bread, nuts and a hint of banana. Flavour is fairly dry and ever so slightly sour. Finish is moderate in length and distinctively Amarillo hop. Surprisingly light in body, with a thin, oily texture and delicate carbonation. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. This beer is all about its aroma and owes much of its success to the Amarillo hop--I wish it were more widely used! The light body and carbonation don’t quite stand up to the hopping, and the whole package feels a little funny. 2010-05-07

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle from trade with cfrancis. Pours a copper color with almost no head. Nose of grapefruit hops. Some sweet malts and fruits as well. Not a whole lot of flavor. Some grapefruit bitterness and some light malts. Not much else. A slight bitter aftertaste. Well balanced. Good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
guil0000 (261) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
Poors a clear copper amber color with a large sticky withe head. Strong aroma of hops and yeast with some caramel. taste is kind of watery with a little hoppy finish. Overall not that bad bud wanted more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
Pours a cloudy transparent brown-orange, with head that dissipates instantly. Smells very hoppy. Very very hoppy, but not unpleasant. Hints of bananas and cloves, some vanilla. Palate is medium bodied. Slightly watery, but very smooth. Taste is simple but good. Quite sweet, slightly bitter, no nasty aftertaste. One of the few Ontario beers I’ve tried and not hated :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1298) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Pretty easy sessionable ale. Some light citrusy hops up front and they give way to a bit of malt backing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (960) - , Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Nice pale ale; nice citrus aroma. good mix of malt and hops in flavor - smooth hops at end not bitter. Thanks to robinvboyer for this one..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
I can see why they call this an "Almost Pale Ale" - it definitely seems like a hoppy amber as opposed to a pale ale. Caramel, toffee, and a bit resiny, woodsy hop bite at the finish. Not bad. Thanks to jerc for the trade!

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