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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1329) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - APR 25, 2012
Nice. You want to know what Amarillo tastes like? This is the prototypical Canadian ale to find out. Since Flying Monkeys are known for their hops, it was great to try this out and see that they know what theyre doing on the other side, the malt (yeast is on another plane). If I hadnt tried this, I couldnt be certain that theyre one of the best brewers in English Canada. This is proof, to me.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neongolden (1332) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
(on tap at Grad Club, Kingston ON) Poured cold, a dark hazy amber with a briefly-lived rocky off-white head. Aroma mostly sweet honey and caramel malts, a little hint of the flowery, fruity Amarillo hops peeks through but not much. Flavour of sweetish crystal and roasted malts with a tinny bitterness, not particularly flavourful or hoppy. Mouthfeel relatively moderate, flavours not too concentrated. Disappointing pale ale, seems to be stranded between styles and not great at any.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (8007) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
(Bottle, Bishops Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 12 March 2012) Dark amber colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with caramel, red fruit, orange and citric hops. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and a mild citric bitterness. Medium body, with some sweetness. Tasty and well balanced but nothing extraordinary. Quite nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
355mL thanks to solidfunk. Pours a deep amber with a massive, creamy, rocky, off-white head. Excellent ice cream scoop retention and lace. Nose is sticky malt and honey. Taste is coppery metallic, bland, watery, lightly tannic. Iron, rust finish.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (515) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2012
2 finger head. smell some grapfruite and pine,mint & grass. Taste is grapefruit,elmon and or lime,pine,grass a bite heavy bodied. Earlie on not bad. Not a hop head but hoppy pale ales haved more flavour then pther ho[[y beers so i tend to enjoy trying them out but wouldnt want a caSE OF THEM. eARLIE ON GOOD THE MORE INTO THE MORE THE FLAVOURS SHOW THE LESS I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (8062) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Has a hoppy smell with some earthiness. Smells a little of caramel as well, though I cant detect any sweetness in the taste.Actually promises more in the smell than the taste delivers, though the taste isnt bad by any means. Hoppy and bitter. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
Pours a red amber with a soft foam head. Subtle citrus and hop aroma, really nothing overpowering. Flavourful, but not as bitter as I like, when it comes to your typical pale ale. Almost pale is right.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (5309) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Thanks to brentfeesh for this one as a bonus. Cheers, Brent! Pours a hazy brown-amber with an off-white head. Nose is malt, some biscuit, slight cardboard, and some mild hops. Flavor is similar with a full body for the style and lingering biscuity malt in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2012
Poured rich amber in colour with a smallish head a light carbonation. A subtle note of hops on the nose followed by some hop flavour but mostly the roasty backbone dominates...not a bad beer by any standards but more illusion than hoptical....

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (16128) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Dull amber. Caramelly aroma. Bland amber ale taste with only a hint of hops. Invoking hops in your beer name but only have 18 miserly IBUs = abject fail.


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