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


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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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.

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Acaro (235) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2017
Aroma: Subtle citrus fruit and toasted notes. Appearance: Dark ambar color with clear liquid and white head. Taste: Medium bitterness with light sour notes. Palate: Medium body with thin texture and soft carbonation. Toast and citrus fruits finish. Overall: Strong freatures and easy to drink, it leaves a woody memory.

kwboogieboy (10) - - JUL 15, 2017
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Emperor62 (12) - FRANCE - JUL 12, 2017
Bonne Red Ale, belle odeur, le goût reste en bouche assez longtemps. Malgré ses 5° elle parrait plus forte.

loscovar (348) - Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 7, 2017
Bottle from saveur biere.com . Nothing unbelievable but a nice beer, low abv for the afternoon

Bozo_skeleton (1157) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUL 6, 2017
Orangee sombre, petite carbo, collet fin Aromes resineux, herbeux, caramel, orange. Mince, seche, sur des saveurs maltes caramel. Une bonne biere rafraichissante

Sircatis (290) - FRANCE - JUN 14, 2017
Découverte dans la Saveur Box. Bière ambrée au nez malté et caramel. Bouche épicée et maltée. Bonne bière.

MarcoBasile (424) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2017
I’m having my first beer from Flying Monkeys outta Ontario, Canada. This is their Hoptical Illusion, a beer they describe as ’Almost Pale Ale’. It comes in at 5% ABV. It pours a very very deep golden colored body – it almost looks brown/red-ish. I do not recall ever to have had a pale ale this dark. Well, Hoptical illusion it is then. The aroma is fairly malty. I guess that’s expected given the color. There’s not much of a hoppyness coming through on the aroma. It’s just malts and a very slight roasted note. The taste is quite thin at first, a bland watery taste, but then comes the sweetness from the malts and some earthyness. There’s a very subtle pine bitterness coming through towards the end. It’s piney and at the same time it’s not. It’s weird. I would say that this is leaning towards being a hoppy brown ale. I would guess that’s why they’re calling it ’almost’ pale ale. It’s decent nontheless.

ConJoJohn (20) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2017
Slightly malt-forward aroma, mostly balanced. Nothing too strong. Small head with minimal lacing. Coloured a deep amber. Taste is very balanced, perhaps to a fault. Very drinkable, but not very distinguished in any regard. A bit malt heavy for a pale ale. Also slightly more viscous than a pale ale. I suppose the gimmick of this beer is a milder hoppiness than an a pale ale, but isn’t that what a pale ale is to an IPA? I’m not sure I understand the point of this lol. I could easily mistake this for a bitter, if not for the slightly pronounced hoppiness. Poured from a bottle into a tumbler.

javiercrasher (585) - Granada, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2017
APA de perfil maltoso. Algo de fruta en nariz y más caramelo en boca. Buen cuerpo, algo de resina y regusto amargo. Canned 19/04/2017

TBone (17542) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2017
Bottled 355ml (Beer Republic, bottled 02/2017)
Deep chestnut coor, small beige head. Maltyness, menthol hops in the nose. Light-bodied, a bit fizzy. Malty, nutty, even a bit bready and caramelly. Not this is not pale ale by flavour either. It’s has kind of ESB character.

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