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


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RATINGS: 310   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.

sinkhole's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LomYst (697) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Zurig... rauw... limonade gras hop.. stro.. bitter zuur.. ok... beetje rottig aan het einde

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1300) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
On tap at Kaapse Brouwers, Rotterdam. Nose is honey and citrus. Body is clear amber, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is caramel, pineapple, tropical fruits, wood, tea. Medium sweet, light to medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty and hoppy medium bitter. Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Easy, tasty, interesting, nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (2799) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2016
helder caramel met minimale witte kraag. aroma van caramel, mout, toffee overall wat beperkt. smaken zijn matig zoet, redelijk bitter, zwak fruitig, redelijk gemout caramout en ambermout, zoethout, den, hop. medium body, dun van textuur, lage co2. overall caramelmoutig bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sirmantric (11) - - DEC 23, 2015
Tapped half pint at Hoppy (Zgz, Esp) A: apa clásica con intenso aroma, llaman la atención naranja, mango, herbal (lúpulo fresco o pino) y caramelo. A: cobriza con espuma poco consistente y leve turbidez T&P: Cuerpo ligero con amargor inicial que va creciendo y persiste. Retrogusto a maltas tipo munich o vienna

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
anstei (645) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 19, 2015
Tap at Erzbierschof. Aroma of sweet pastry, some citric aroma hops well hidden. Round taste, good beer, nothing exceptional though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
15th December 2015
Light haze on this gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry. Modest fine carbonation. Slightly papery and tired tasting malts. Thin cream. A residue of some floralness and a modicum of spice. Light semi dry finish. Tastes very tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4945) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2015. Fruity smell with sponge cake. Similar taste with some hops, but mostly malts. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jetulio (119) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - OCT 2, 2015
355 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... Amber  beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox Aroma...............   malt, grass and pine.  Malt aroma predominance Taste........ Some citric and caramel notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time. Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very recomendable pale ale, hops are present at the end in a good balance with malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frkleal (8) - Joinville, BRAZIL - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
Tasted on 355ml bottle bought in Brazil. Pretty good pale ale, I excepted it to be a little hoppier, but perhaps it isn't as fresh as it should be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (1647) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2015
Draft. Clear red brown body, fine medium head. Almost smoky aroma, like weed. Musky, but very nice. The taste is refreshingly hoppy, with a fullness of nutty flavours to go with it.

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