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

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper with average white head. Aromas of hops with notes of citrus (lemon?), florals and yeast. Strong taste of hops but not over bittering, some slight sweet maltness as well. Not a huge hop fan myself but this is a nice example.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portwood (96) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: sweet malt & citrus, caramel, somewhat floral. Taste: starts sweet & turns to bitter grapefruit & pine. Finish: balanced finish w/toffee & bitter hops. (tasted 04/16/16)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (3209) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Keg. Clear amber body a thin off-white head. Steady carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, grass and marmalade. Flavour of parma violets, blood orange and earthy hops. Thin to medium body with an oily texture. Soft fizz. Well balanced and easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3345) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2016
sample at 24 uurs, poured an amber colour with a slight white head. nose of caramel malts, citrus notes, caramel sweetness, sweet fruits, apricots, floral hops, slight resinous notes, bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (1306) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2016
20cl glaasje bij pint, Maastricht Uiterlijk: donkeroranje redelijke schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: bitter, fruitig als grapefruit, pijnboom Conclusie: lekkere Pale Ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPoole (162) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probabeer (137) - - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5132) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFF (107) - - MAY 1, 2016
Très amère, mais peu d’aromes de houblon et de manière générale pas assez bien balancé.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (940) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (3788) - 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.


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