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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (4389) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (14028) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tiger_08 (138) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frybeer (50) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
Light golden colour and good head. Hoppy citrus aroma. You taste the hops right away but it doesnt necessarily take over. Theres a nice citrus and malty flavour, but the hops is the star of the show. Good if you want something with a bit of a hoppy kick but not too much. Nice balance of flavours. Enjoy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Amber colour with a frothy white head and clinging lace.. Medium to high carbonation. Lovely hop grapefruit aroma. Crisp malt hop flavour. Pine hints with a refreshing finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (14405) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bottle - Flowery, citrus and very sweet. Clear amber with a head that wont quit. An oily mouthfeel, hoppy and bitter but very sweet (cotton candy) and floral hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a nice amber colour with a thin white head. the aroma is light grapefruit and spice from the hops. light caramel sweetness and a medium bitterness not to hoppy so would make for a good starting point for someone new to IPAs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2012
A rich carmel color similar to pale ales but a bit more cloudy. The notes of the hops jump forth from the glass and immediately hit the whole tongue. The bitter units are rich but well blended into the overall flavor of the beer. If you like an IPA with a bit more, then try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LarryBeast (616) - - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 355 ml bottle. Pours a very deep amber/brown -- beer bottle-coulour -- with thin, foamy white head. Aroma of roasted Corn Flakes with resiny (weedlike) hops. Flavour is very bitter. Medium-bodied with a flat mid-palate blank spot that gives it a soda water quality. Abrupt finish; the bitter hopiness disappears quickly after each sip. More flash than substance.

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