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%
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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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.

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.

pintbypint (3640) - 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.

VertBaconStrips (2389) - 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 didn’t 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.

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.

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.

cards04 (2793) - 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.

omhper (25114) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2012
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Clear golden, small head. Faint grapefruit aroma. Some bread. Light-medium boy, clean rounded mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Some caramel. Dull.

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.

reebtogi (6267) - 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.

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