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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2176) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
on tap at the KW craft beer and rib fest. many, many samples of this, actually 6 out of my 11 samples were of this. pours amber with an off white head that stays. hoppy nose, man i love amarillo, with some backing malt structure. the flavour is exactly what the nose led me to believe. bursting with hop flavour but not very bitter. best beer of the fest IMO. cant wait to see it hit stores.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours copper in colour, nice caramel coloured head., which leaves a small trail of lace. Fairly strong herbal, earthy aroma of hops, with similar taste, finishing strong with the hop hit. Drying mouthfeel, with lots of fine carbonation. Very drinkable. I was pleasantly surpised that the beer was this good, despite what feels to me like cheesy marketing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (559) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
355ml bottle. Pours a dark amber. Off white head that disappeared quickly. Lots of citrusy (grapefruit peel) hops on the nose. Slight dark malt flavour, with LOTS of fresh citrus hops. A bargain for what it costs. One of the best Ontario craft brews around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (427) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
definitely a hard beer to describe. good hop profile, but fairly subdued at the same time. body is extremely light. certainly a good beer, but far from great. more for people who want to slowly move from macro brews to something worth drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (457) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
355ml bottle poured into pint glass. Pours amber with off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma of hops, flowers, caramel. Taste is lots of hops, a little citrus and caramel malt. Well-balanced with a bitter finish. This beer is a standout in the Ontario craft beer scene. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (739) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle purchased at the LCBO. Pours a copper/ gold with very small amount of white head and no real lacing at all. The Aroma is a little hop, maybe subtle berry. Taste is hoppy (but not nearly what I expected), and bitter. Not bad, glad to have something out of Ontario to be a little proud of.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2254) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle thanks to Russ. An almost pale ale is a good description. A little bit watery with bland hop flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PictouRx (142) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
floral and fruits hits the nose on smelling after pouring into glass. dark amber in color, with noticeable carbonation in glass. Smooth texture and with a bitter finish but not too yowzah! I get from some hoppier beers. This is not a bad beer and is 5% ABV, some of the other IPA’s and hoppier beers I have had are over 6%. This is a surprising beer, pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2158) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Amber colour with a frothy white head and clinging lace.. Medium to high carbonation. Lovely hop grapefruit aroma. Crisp malt hop flavour. Pine hints with a refreshing finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from the LCBO. Nice clear amber colour, good head and lace. Noticeably hoppy, but quite balanced. Good carbonation.


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