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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2868) - 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 (155) - 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 (2274) - 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 (663) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
355ml bottle. Deep red amber colour. Another in a mini series i've been on with red/amber ales hopped like an IPA. Nice balance between the aggressive hop and caramel malt. Overall, a good balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Randy4Beer (332) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
Very good example of a pale ale doing it right. Poured a dark amber with a massive off white head. Aroma was of light pine, floral hops, and hints of mustiness. Tasted of caramel, toffee, pine, and light resin. Had low bitterness with a smooth medium body. I found this to be more malty than hoppy, but that is just want I needed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vidmidia (70) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2015
Vermelha, turva, com espuma média de média duração. Aroma cítrico e floral, com toques de grama cortada. Sabor com amargor leve, com mesmas nuances do aroma. Retrogosto amargo de longa duração e final com um pouco de caramelo.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GraffitiVandal (125) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Poured into the tulip gives clear amber color with small-medium tan head and some lacing. Aromas are strongly hoppy, fresh, lemon, herbal. Tastes of citrusy hops with nice bitterness in aftertaste. Medium carbonation and medium body, a bit thick. Overall very good american pale ale.

PL: Butelka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg. Przelana do kieliszka daje ładną klarowną bursztynową barwę, średnią jasną pianę i nieco lejsingu. Aromaty mocno chmielowe, świeże, cytrynowe, ziołowe. W smaku cytrusowe chmiele z miłą goryczką w posmaku. Średnie nasycenie i średnie ciało, nieco gęste - lepkie. Podsumowując bardzo fajny american pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - 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


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