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


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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.

XtraStout's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XtraStout (46) - Alberta, - OCT 29, 2009
Excellent beer. Great aroma, darkish colour, tasted quite hoppy though not as much so as a Tankhouse, maybe a little citrus and well rounded malts. Its the kind of nice hoppy beer you could drink more than oe of easily. Not just a sipper. I’m liking this brewery as I also like the Robert Simpson Confederation Amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPoole (135) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours clear amber with a creamy off white head that laces the glass. Aroma is fruity hops, carmel and citrus. Taste is pine, fruity hops, carmel and citrus with a decent bitterness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probabeer (119) - - MAY 7, 2016
Muy buena. El aroma inicial es como a caramelo. El sabor es muy bueno, intenso, pero más corto de lo que me gustaría.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5106) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
Bottled. 33cl sample. The aroma has caramel, pine, light citrus. Clear, amber coloured beer with an off-white, lastng head. The taste is light sweet and moderate bitter, has toffee/caramel, pine mostly. Light-medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFF (97) - - MAY 1, 2016
Très amère, mais peu d’aromes de houblon et de manière générale pas assez bien balancé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (880) - SPAIN - MAR 10, 2016
From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Playing Millenium 2. It has a hop profile that isnt bad but that i dont end up completely liking, like if it had some rancidness. Hasnt BB date

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (3692) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Light copper color. Aroma of malt, pine and grassy hop. Mild taste of pine, herbs, rye, caramel and some malt. Simple, but allright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1768) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo 26/02/2016 Color ambar, sabor caramelo, frutal, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eduardeller (69) - Xixon, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2016
Color ámbar, espuma blanquecina con buena retencion, aroma medio-bajo , frutal, herbaceao, dulce. Cuerpo medio, carbonatacion media-alta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (9559) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2016
Draft at Beer Temple. Hazy amber brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of fruity hops, pineapple, citrus and caramel malt. Flavour is above light sweet and above moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LomYst (758) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Zurig... rauw... limonade gras hop.. stro.. bitter zuur.. ok... beetje rottig aan het einde

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