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

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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, were 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 Amarillos 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 doesnt beat you over the head, steal your wallet, and jack your car. But you still wouldnt want meet it in a dark alley.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1518) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
Finally drank this one. Clear golden amber with a frothy white cap. Fruity citrus hop aroma. Taste is sweet with medium caramel malt, like bitterness and finishes with a nice grapefruit hop. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Great aroma. I love Pale Ales with hop. Everything Ive had from this brewery has been great to amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dpaquet (420) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours a clear copper with white head and a nice lacing. Aroma of grapefruits, little piney smell. Taste is simmilar with a nice caramel backbone wich is not overpowering. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall a good pale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Pours cloudy amber with small diminishing head. Aroma of soft pine and citrus. Taste of cascade hops and slight caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5694) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle (355 ml). Thanks to czar! Clear amber with a small creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of malt and grapefruit with some earthy notes. Taste is moderately malty with grapefruit and caramel notes. Earthy and dusty too. Low but sticky bitter finish. Medium body. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Surprised Ive never rated this. Was one of the first local IPAs I tried a couple of years ago. A nice gateway beer for people looking to breakaway from the norm. On tap. Dark copper with an active fizzy cream head. Creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity maltiness with a sweet floral aroma. Hint of grapefruit. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout with a medium bitter finish. Its a sessionable hoppy amber.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2013
355ml bottle. Deep red amber colour. Another in a mini series i've been on with red/amber ales hopped like an IPA. Nice balance between the aggressive hop and caramel malt. Overall, a good balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BelgieFan (3) - - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
If you like hops, this is a great beer! Fun marketing materials, too (beer packaging, beer cap liner, etc.).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dandeman (888) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Tasted Feb 2012. Aroma: Hoppy with lemon, green grass and flower accents. Very pleasant nose. Appearance: Typical brown, very clear. Beautiful long lasting creamy head with good lacing. Taste: Attack is all hop flowers with a lot of greenery accents. Malt, with its caramel and a bit of smoky notes, is taking over after. Finish is all bitterness. A very good almost pale ale? Naaa! Pale ale to me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Om livet smakade lika bra som en Flying Monkey Hoptical hade folk inte tryfferat sina liv med den spillning som hjrntvttsinrttningar som "Lets dance" klmmer ut i lrdagsgodissklen. andra sidan hade den hr recensionen blivit s otroligt mycket mer svrskriven. Beskriva smakerna? Ser jag ut som en poet eller? Drick, njut och hll snattran.


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