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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%
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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3.7
SuperTiti33 (891) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Ambré près de roux. Foin. Gazon. Fruité. Terreuse. Fer. Belle amertume. Légère. Pêche. Cerise de terre. Très bien.

3.4
HipHopOpotamus (233) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
It is a decent beer to drink, but nothing to crazy or overpowering taste you get from other micro beers out there. It is easy drinking.

3.2
Sheffee (28) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Crazy Northwest hops nose, just a bit of caramel malt aroma. Palate is a little thin and short. Very dry, not as floral in the flavour as in the aroma. Still a pretty good beer.

3.3
bulldogops (2493) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
341mL bottle from the LCBO. Golden brown pour with a creamy white head that bubbles away quickly. Hops, hops, hops, very fragrant with mild citrus in the aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation, and bitter hops on the finish - but not overpowering, very balanced. Delicious.

3.3
BreWedge (534) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
On tap @ Corner Grill for Ontario Craft Beer Week. Pours a clear amber with a moderate, creamy, off-white head. Aromas are fairly subtle, maybe a little grainy malt and a little floral hops. Taste is very much malt up front with dry, bitter, and biscuity hops asserting themselves on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a medium astringent finish. A decent but I exciting brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.1
Canmoore (483) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
This beer poured a clear straw colour, with a minimal head. The aroma was of light malts, citrus, nuts and grains. the tasting notes include more light malts, orange peel, mango, and a slightly hoppy finish. Good overall, but I am not a fan of the style.

3.4
dresden (1581) - 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
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Great aroma. I love Pale Ales with hop. Everything I’ve had from this brewery has been great to amazing.

3.4
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
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.


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