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

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RATINGS: 287   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (8175) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fullers (268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle LCBO OCB Sampler Pack Pours coppery brown virtually no head despite obvious carbonation. Aroma faint but pleasant with hops present. Soft mouth feel, almost buttery. Crisp with not much aftertaste. Not my favourite style of beer, but this is drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Nice grapefruit and passionfruit in the nose. Flavours are light toffee with nice grapefruit and passionfruit hop character and a medium bitter finish. The best craft brewed APA in bottles from Ontario that I’ve yet tasted.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6844) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
(Bottle, Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 12 March 2012) Dark amber colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with caramel, red fruit, orange and citric hops. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and a mild citric bitterness. Medium body, with some sweetness. Tasty and well balanced but nothing extraordinary. Quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
Dark orange-amber w/ auburn hue. Pillowy, off-white finger of foam. Fresh, breezy, citrusy aroma w/ an underlying sweetness. Creamy feel, but the alcohol numbs in the finish. Flavour profile has potential--it is sufficiently earthy & bitter--but alcohol dominates the finish, giving the beer slightly unpleasant, medicinal quality. A relatively decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a nice amber colour with a thin white head. the aroma is light grapefruit and spice from the hops. light caramel sweetness and a medium bitterness not to hoppy so would make for a good starting point for someone new to IPA’s

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
July 28 2012. Bottle pours dark clear amber with an inch foamy head that settles to ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma of citrus and grassy pine hops. Slight grapefruit and floral hints in aroma. Taste has all of these elements in a subtle blend that balances well and doesn't struggle with each other for dominance. It is definitely a hopsy brew but only "almost". That is, the flavours are good but lacking in intensity. There is no bite or kick I expected from this brewery. Still, nice easy drinking, with smooth palate and crisp finish without the bitter aftertaste associated with others in the family. A good beginners beer to their other full-bodied brews.


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