Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale

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

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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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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3.8
kessel99 (3) - - FEB 11, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2018 Tuoksussa tulee mukavasti humalat esille. Maku jää hyvin viipymään suuhun ja katkeroa on juuri sopivasti.

3.8
weark (951) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2018 Canette achetée à La Mise En Bière - De couleur brune rouge avec une mousse blanc cassée - Au nez un mélange herbacé, agrumes, orange, caramel, biscuit, céréale, c'est plutôt leger mais sympa - En bouche on reste sur une belle base maltée, pain, céréale, biscuit caramel et un joli houblonnage agrumes orange et herbacé sur la fin- Corp léger/moyen, amertume légère/moyenne, carbonation correcte, douce, final herbacé malté citroné moyen - Jolie interprétation du style anglais

3.4
venom666 (1137) - Elche, Alicante, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2018
Pours a clean deep amber color with medium beige head. Aroma is bready and citrusy, with sweet malts, slightly caramel and grass notes. Taste follows the nose, citrusy, floral, grassy, bready and malty, finishing with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

3.3
hellonearth (157) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 Nez frais de houblon floral. Bière rousse écumeuse. Au goût, céréales, caramel, malt. Malgré ces arômes, elle reste vive et fraîche.

3.6
mr_bitter (4) - - NOV 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2017 very little aroma. darker with a brown head. acidic mouth feel. smooth easy swallow. slight hoppy flavour.

3.6
tofuipa (2) - - NOV 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2017 Servida en ampolla. Cervesa d'un intens color àmbar-ataronjat amb molt bona presència. Gust maltos amb final de llupuls citricoflorals. Cervesa descarada amb un kaos de gustos. Molt interessant de provar.

3.1
labeerinthum (1251) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 15, 2017
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso si ferma su luppolo, mandarino, floreale e agrumato. L'intensità olfattiva è elevata e la continuità olfattiva è sufficiente. Il cappello di schiuma color beige ha una scarsa tenuta. La grandezza delle bollicine è medio-fine. La carbonazione è nella norma. La consistenza del liquido è limpida. Il perlage consiste di bollicine medio-fini. Qui la carbonazione è media e morbida. Il colore è ambrato. Il corpo è rotondo. L'amaro è medio. L'intensità gustativa è elevata e la costanza gustativa è sufficiente. Il gusto è piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di pronta beva. Il finale è amarognolo, pulito e semplice. Il retrogusto è di media intensità. Sulla lingua si depositano impressioni di caramello, miele e crosta di pane.

3
chrisv10 (18837) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2017
Bottle, 5%. Clear dark amber with small off white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit and hop. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, hops, medium sweet, little toasted and a little bitter.

3.3
Martin243 (1245) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2017
Bottle served without a glass at Potbellys opposite the R.O.M. in Toronto. Couldn’t see the colour or judge the appearance, hence middle score. Toast and citrus aroma. Floral hops, some citrus flavour, a hintof nutty malt, but generally quite restrained. The blurb suggests they’ve aimed for the middle of the road, and got it bang on.

3.5
andrepintado (3790) - Porto, PORTUGAL - JUL 29, 2017
Bottle. Dark orange, brown. Thin white head. Medium body. Aroma and flavour is resin, pine, orange.


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