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


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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Randy4Beer (153) - - APR 26, 2014
On tap at Johnny Farinas. Pours a very dark amber with a moderate white head leaving moderate lacing. On the nose citrus hops with just a hint of tea. Tastes of citrus with some light maltiness. More tea and a mild bitterness on the follow through. An offbeat quality brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Deep amber pour with a thick white head. The nose is lightly hoppy with a bit of soft sweet caramelly maltiness. A light grapefruit and citrus nose along with a touch of pine. The malts show a kiss of cookie dough as well. Lightly sweet, but the beer still has a lovely balance. A simple, but tasty, APA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Ilusion...... Well I guess from the name it’s hard to know what to expect..... Are there flying monkeys?.....no Is the beer "hoptical"?.........not really Is there any sort of Illusion?.....Not at all.. But it’s good beer! Pours dark dark amber with a off white lightly sticky head. Aroma is floral, hoppy, some citrus, malty, burnt sugar, bread. Flavour is really pretty good, a fair bit of hops up front, some citrusy notes, a tad watery in the middle, some mild malty biscuity sweetness, and the some more hops in the finish. It is a pretty good, tasty beer, I just feel it seems a little watered down, like they were holding back. Still, I will most likely buy this again. Is it just me or are the craft beers here in Ontario slowly starting to get better?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle from the LCBO. Rich copper colour and off-white head that look very inviting, and an equally inviting hit of citrusy Amarillo hops in the aroma. The awesome Amarillo notes also come through in the flavour, especially in the lingering finish, but are well balanced by some toffee-like malt. Nothing fancy going on, just a really nicely flavoured and exceedingly drinkable pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigFella65 (2) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010 does not count
Fair tasting beer, with a hint of citrus hobst. Overall an average tasting beer, with a decent aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (843) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
bottle. Poured clear auburn with a beige head and nice lacing. Strong orange citrus hop aroma. Full hoppy flavour and sweet caramel tones. Medium body, slight tartness. Lot’s of hop flavour without the high bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
Very clean and crisp tasting with good lace and a thick, foamy head. Caramel colours and notes which give it a sweetness that is nicely balanced out by the hops. Very tasty overall but I feel it could have used even MORE hops to live up to its name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is crisp grapefruity and wooden hoppy. Sweet fruity, citrusy to grapefruity. Fruity and citrusy into a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2235) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Originally rated December 2009. This is their first beer under the name "Flying Monkey" since they changed it at the beginning of 2009 (from Robert Simpson). Pours an amber colour with an off-white head that is creamy, has great retention and nice sticky lacing. The nose is a beautiful blend of the hop (which is not overpowering) with some mild spices, caramel and vanilla. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel created by the hop. Hoppy taste with a little roasted malt and coffee in the background. The oak/vanilla flavours come out in the aftertaste. A pretty interesting "almost pale ale" that surprises for an Ontario beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1487) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2011 Bouteille 355 ml. 5%. Couleur ambrée très légèrement voilée. Arôme de malt, houblon et un peu de sucrée. En bouche, malt grillé et caramel, le tout houblonné à souhait mais dans un équilibre exemplaire. Finale avec une amertume qui invite la prochaine gorgée. Très bonne

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