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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cachotro (12) - LH, Catalunya, - FEB 21, 2015
Daspecte trasparent, sorpren pel seu to bru-rogenc. Formaci descuma moderada i de retenci mes aviat baixa. Aromes llupulosos suaus de tons citrics i molt lleument maltosos tirant a toffee-moka. Predomina sense esces el gust amarg i floral-citric que es persistent durant fora minuts despres de la presa. Cervesa molt complexe mes enll de les primeres impresions. Fantastic regust en boca. Estil curios. Carbonataci exessiva, tendeix a produir rots de retroescuma:). BEN RECOMANABLE.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (516) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours a dark copper with wispy head and some lacing. Tastes of caramel, cereal and citrus with a just a touch of pine. Nice smoothish taste with a small citrus bite.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gomick (1) - FRANCE - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
Une tentative de pale ale qui nen est pas une. Amertume relativement prononce, on sent quand mme laromatique mais qui ne reste pas en bouche, asse sche, belle mousse qui accroche au verre

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (2975) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Flaska frn Saveur-biere. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell med toner av farinsocker. Rund och len, fina smaker, ltt kropp, lagom stma, beska med smak av grapefrukt och citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3508) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2015
Flaska frn Saveur-biere. En brnstensfrgad, klar dryck med snyggt krmigt skum. Vlbalanserad och snll med fina mjuka maltiga smaker av karamell och brd. Ltt humlad med amarillo, tallskott och lite grape, ltt beska. Trevlig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sir__v (2367) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle @ home from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear amber beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: hoppy domination with notes of caramel and resin with malt finish. Well balanced. Taste: nice taste, very great beer well balanced with good hoppy and grassy domination. Notes of caramel and bread finish. Aftertaste: malt, resin and alcohol notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (5629) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2015
One of the best looking beers Ive seen in a while, very stable head, creamy, red glowing. This translates to a great smooth body, mouth feel that is so creamy its almost not a pale ale any more. Certainly not pale are the used malts, rather biscuit, toasty and caramel. Very nice indeed. Hop aroma is perhaps somewhat dimmed, helped by the darker hop varieties used which are piney rather than floral, but the taste gets back with a lovely bitterness and long dry ending. Prototypical American fermentation, great and not (too) clean as its far from boring. I really enjoyed this beer, very well made and great recipe. Not necessarily extreme, but super smooth and tasty. Yum! (Bottle from Saveur Bire)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (283) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
Poured from bottle. Nice mild citrus aroma. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Light to medium bitter taste. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, with a bitter finish. A nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GraffitiVandal (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Poured into the tulip gives clear amber color with small-medium tan head and some lacing. Aromas are strongly hoppy, fresh, lemon, herbal. Tastes of citrusy hops with nice bitterness in aftertaste. Medium carbonation and medium body, a bit thick. Overall very good american pale ale.

PL: Butelka 355ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg. Przelana do kieliszka daje ładną klarowną bursztynową barwę, średnią jasną pianę i nieco lejsingu. Aromaty mocno chmielowe, świeże, cytrynowe, ziołowe. W smaku cytrusowe chmiele z miłą goryczką w posmaku. Średnie nasycenie i średnie ciało, nieco gęste - lepkie. Podsumowując bardzo fajny american pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vidmidia (286) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2015
Vermelha, turva, com espuma mdia de mdia durao. Aroma ctrico e floral, com toques de grama cortada. Sabor com amargor leve, com mesmas nuances do aroma. Retrogosto amargo de longa durao e final com um pouco de caramelo.


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