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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%
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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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4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
355 ml bottle. Pours a clear pale amber with a rather short lasting white head Smell is earthy, citrus, malt, floral. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, biscuit. Good bitterness, some earth, a touch of citrus, lemon in the finish. Some lingering toffee, malt, cookie dough taste. Great! Medium body, medium to weak carbonation. Excellent pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9935) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle from my trading partner Andrew - thanks! Dont know if Id call this an amber ale - plays like a nicely hopped rich pale ale. Citrus and floral, good hop bite, well balanced. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from the LCBO. Nice clear amber colour, good head and lace. Noticeably hoppy, but quite balanced. Good carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle Poured a hazy coppery orange with an off white frothy head. The aroma was nice citrus hops and malt. This is a very drinkable with nice fresh hops citrus grapefruit and nice blend of malts that balance it very nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (2080) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Elle est ambre et coiffe dune mousse typique, qui tisse une dentelle dans la rgles de lart. Elle sent le houblon, les conifres et les agrumes. Sans que a soit trop prononc, cest bien dos. Il y a un ct floral dans les odeurs. Elle est amre, avec une texture lgrement huileuse, des saveurs de zeste de citron et des pointes poivres. Lamertume perdure jusquen arrire-got et nest pas du tout criarde. Pour moi, cest une belle surprise. (397-141012)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
Single bottle purchased from Zyn Liquor in Calgary, AB on 09/01/2012. Colour: Medium brown/orange with low white lacing. Nose: Very brown grain dominant with a mix of dirty dish towel. More swirling brings out seashore lake water. Where are the distinct hops? Taste: medium-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. If not for a slight caramel underlay, this one would have been more hop forward Im sure. That said, the hops are present but not dominant and show a real vegetative earthy character. There is a some more brown grain (rice) late.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (4034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle at VilleValla Pub. Almost clear, amber liquid with medium to big off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, grass, fresh hops, biscuit, mango and cereal. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of grass, grapefruit and biscuit. Quite bland and boring. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very average Amber Ale, not outstanding at all.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2012
12oz bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks jercraigs. Medium beige head, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, light head. Light-medium body, some effervescence, acidity.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Digital_Aura (228) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours with a rich dense head. Enjoyed on a blazing hot day at a campground. Served Ice cold. Gotta say, this beer definitely hit the spot. Aromas of citrus and orange with floral overtones. Tasted "almost" like an IPA. Not as bitter. I'd say sharp enough to slake a thirst, but not enough to make you pucker. Decent balance. Does what it set out to do. Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
July 28 2012. Bottle pours dark clear amber with an inch foamy head that settles to ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma of citrus and grassy pine hops. Slight grapefruit and floral hints in aroma. Taste has all of these elements in a subtle blend that balances well and doesn't struggle with each other for dominance. It is definitely a hopsy brew but only "almost". That is, the flavours are good but lacking in intensity. There is no bite or kick I expected from this brewery. Still, nice easy drinking, with smooth palate and crisp finish without the bitter aftertaste associated with others in the family. A good beginners beer to their other full-bodied brews.


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