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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AleRider78 (1146) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
"I like that there’s always a clever/funny message under the bottle caps. Mine says "That’s what she said". Ok, not that funny. Well, this one poured a dark amber colour with a thin layer of head, just a bit foamy. Has good lacing. Hops are strong in the aroma but mixed well with the malts. Also a bit of barley, grains, somewhat smokey. Flavours are also very hoppy but not as in your face as their Smashbomb IPA. Much more subdued and actually pretty smooth. Very good."

KoNrRiI (1520) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2015
0.355 bottle. Clear, light brown color and a medium, off-white head which leaves a basic lacing. The aroma is obviously hoppy but with a strong, malty, resinous backbone. Taste is bittersweet; naturally the bitterness comes from hops while the sweetness is somewhat fruity but also malty and caramel in character. Medium body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is long, filled with caramel, brown sugar, resin, and some wood. Overall a surprisingly good beer.

HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2015
On tap at the Arrow and Loon.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber colour with a finger or so of white head. Average retention and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma: Malt, grass and hops.

Flavours: Malt, hops, hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Average viscosity and carbonation.

Overall: I can’t believe I haven’t rated this already. I like the good malt/hop balance on this one. While I tend to prefer the speciality beers that Flying Monkeys produces, this is a great go to beer available year round that always comes through.

Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2015
Tap @ La Vache Folle. Amber colour, offwhite head. Nose is tropical fruits, resin, caramel. Flavour is hoppy, caramel malts, citric, bit of pine. Some hopbitterness, fairly sweet. Good drinkable.

Jorn69 (3159) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle (355 ml) @ Lilla Puben, Kalmar 150720. Fruity, malty and hoppy, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and fruity.

elcondeorlok (16) - - JUL 19, 2015
Botella de 355 ml. Suave de amargor que perdura ligeramente. En grandes cantidades se ve lupulo donde no lo hay!

blackisle (2590) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle 355cl. Clear deep amber, medium frothy off-white head, half-way lasting, good lacing; sweet malty aroma, fruity, orange peel, pine, light caramel, grass; taste medium sweet and bitter, fruity citrus notes, light toffee; medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lasting finish, dry bitter, pine and herbal notes; nice smooth and rich American Pale Ale.

guiroul33 (255) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle 33cl from Le Barboteur, @ home. Transparent Amber color, thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pine. Taste is bitter and a bit astringent. Enjoyable.

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MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
Tried at Edmonton Craft Beerfest 2015. Always enjoy Flying Monkeys. This one is comparable to their other IPAs/ISAs in the fruity, tropical citrus notes; but it also has a distinctive malt profile and a dangerous drinkability with the 5% abv. Delicious!

minutemat (5566) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere.com. Pours a deep hazy amber. Aroma is light and fruity. Hop flavours a balanced with citric fruits and light pine. Alright.

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