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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3531) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
355ml brown bottle. Pours out orange, clear. Fat off-white head with a rocky top. Good lace rings. Nose has fruity orange, a bit zesty. Taste has nice grapefruity and orange peel like hops up front, sweet malt middle with light caramel. Finishes with light graepfruity bitterness, thins out a bit at the end. Light to medium body, big carbonation. Decent session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VertBaconStrips (2383) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUL 2, 2012
Poured out a wonderful deep amber color with a large and compact light tan head and filthified my glass. I didnt really expect this much English malts. Creamy. After a bit of a sit the light hops have mostly faded into memory.... orange..... orange........ I made a mistake letting this open up. The taste is pretty good and would be a pretty safe option for an intro into the craft beer scene. Orange, light peppery spice and a watery bitterness, caramel and biscuit, mellow mellow mellow. Smooth feel with mild bubbs. I heard that this is exactly what little blue penguin teeth taste like from a friend of a friend of a friend. As boring as listening to you tell me anything.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchLuv (4) - Brampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012 does not count
Spruce,hops, smooth,loads of flavour off the get-go. A very interesting example of an IPA, but not your typical IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
Dark amber with a massive crown floating on top reducing to the always popular nipple cap. Lacing is ridiculous!! BIG citrus aroma, lemon, orange peel, a sharpness is here but what is it? Taste is not as good as the aroma seems watered down and thinner but still yummy. Hoppy bitterness with a light citrus flavor, malts are smooth and nondescript. The after taste is all wood. I could drink this all day long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2771) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Delicious. Pours a dark orange with creamy white head. Good retention. Lots of nice juicy aromas. Pineapple, peach, and citruses. Malty caramel flavours up front. Bitterness throughout. Great balance. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (24793) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2012
Bottled at Bishops Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Clear golden, small head. Faint grapefruit aroma. Some bread. Light-medium boy, clean rounded mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Some caramel. Dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a thick bubbly head. Aroma is floral, grass, citrus and bread. Flavour the same. Muted and bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (6205) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
First of all, I have to admire the amazing artwork on the label. Now, a 355ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a small white head which leaves some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is light citrus and flowery notes with a light toasty grain. Taste is bold citrus hop bitterness with a nice balance of sweetness from the malts and also a light roastiness from the darker grains. Light to medium body with adequate carbonation. Quite a pleasing amber style ale and recommend others to try it out as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (2447) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
Average looks with a heavily carbonated body and a small darker-than-usual white head on top. Aroma is a lot of hops, softer than an IPA or something similar and very sweet hops at that. Flavour is sweet hoppiness with just a hint of malty goodness underneath. Good for sessioning, good thing I bought a six pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Nice pour from bottle into jar-like glass. Beer is dark bronze--almost light brown. Definitely darker than a normal pale ale (hence the name?). Huge head that sticks for a while. Aroma is deep, rich balance of piney hops and malt. Pretty bitter. Nice beer. Youd expect it to be a lot higher in ABV--impressed that they packed this much flavor into it.

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