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


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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cueto (12) - - DEC 4, 2013
Es una cervesa k sospren el seu aroma. Es molt suau de gust i l’amargo no es nota molt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oldschool_Mike (195) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle into IPA glass. Pours a rich golden colour. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Taste is of citrusy hops. Really good beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (210) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2015
On tap at the Arrow and Loon.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber colour with a finger or so of white head. Average retention and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma: Malt, grass and hops.

Flavours: Malt, hops, hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Average viscosity and carbonation.

Overall: I can’t believe I haven’t rated this already. I like the good malt/hop balance on this one. While I tend to prefer the speciality beers that Flying Monkeys produces, this is a great go to beer available year round that always comes through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1436) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 19, 2015
Ambar, ligeramente nebulosa y con un par de dedos de espuma blanquecina. Rico aroma, bien acaramelado y ricamente floral. Estupenda en boca, muy bebible y agradable. Excelente base malteada, bien tostada, y contrapunto de lúpulos de calidad, muy florales. Cuerpo moderado, gas perfecto. Final amargo, y con mucho de todo. Grande sin necesidad de mucha graduación.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 1. From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010 (Thanks Jeremy) Hoppy aroma. Golden coloured and hoppy with some alcohol present. A hint of dryness in a bitter hop finish. 2. From the Bottle at Chris O’s, Kensal Rise 05/08/2010 Fruity hop aroma. Golden coloured fruity and hoppy with a pineapple flavour. A hint of dryness in a full malt finish. 3. 355ml Bottle in Powassan, Ontario 04/11/2010 Big hop aroma. Amber coloured very hoppy and fruity with orange and pine flavours. Nutty dry slightly creamy and bitter malt finish. 4. 355ml Bottle in Powassan, Ontario 05/11/2010 Big hop aroma. Amber coloured very hoppy and fruity with pine and orange flavours. A hint of dryness in a nutty and bitter malt finish. 5. 355ml Bottle in Powassan, Ontario 13/11/2010 Big hop aroma. Amber coloured hoppy and fruity with a pine flavour. Smooth on the palate with a hint of bitterness and dryness in a pale malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madoming (28) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 3, 2014
Otima Aparência turva, aroma nao mto forte mas um pouco cítrico. Ótimo amargor do lúpulo constante. Espuma nao presente. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1900) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2014
Overall: Tropical fruits, grass, nettles,
Note: Bottle 355 ml at Pitcher’s. Reviewed 2014-05-15.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
355ml bottle from LCBO Parkway Mall, Toronto, ON. 5% Alc./Vol. Pours a clear deep amber color with 1 finger of white head. Piney aroma and notes of Elder flower. Flavour is pleasently hoppy with a spicy finish. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalflake (70) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Finally getting around to rating this. Poured into a shaker, deep orange in colour with a bright head that lasts and gives good lacing. Aromas of citrus, bitter hops and a slight maltiness. Taste is bitter-sweet, leaning strongly to the bitter side. Finishes clean and crisp with just enough lingering bitterness. This is a constant in my beer fridge, I could drink this all day long. Really good, emminently sessionable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (4340) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2015
One of the best looking beers I’ve seen in a while, very stable head, creamy, red glowing. This translates to a great smooth body, mouth feel that is so creamy it’s almost not a pale ale any more. Certainly not pale are the used malts, rather biscuit, toasty and caramel. Very nice indeed. Hop aroma is perhaps somewhat dimmed, helped by the darker hop varieties used which are piney rather than floral, but the taste gets back with a lovely bitterness and long dry ending. Prototypical American fermentation, great and not (too) clean as it’s far from boring. I really enjoyed this beer, very well made and great recipe. Not necessarily extreme, but super smooth and tasty. Yum! (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

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