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


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RATINGS: 344   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, 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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   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

   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.).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dandeman (928) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (10122) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4952) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (2157) - 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)

   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.

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