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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
procraste (472) - FRANCE - APR 19, 2015
Ltiquette est nouveau trs laide ... Sinon, cest agrable mais la diffrence avec une autre pale ale reste tout de mme tnue ! A quoi bon une autre pale ale ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (891) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2015
Amber beer with a small white cup, low carbonation. Taste is hoppy, citrus, caramel and some sweets. Little bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - MAR 2, 2015
Lovely citrus, caramel peach aroma. Elegant dark body, caramel malt, nice fruity hops, apricot, plum, sugar cane, fresh pine, sweet hoppy finish. Nicer than I expected, quite dark, rich and hoppy, better even than your average ipa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawanna (3254) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2015
0,355 l bottle cereal, citrus, herbs, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation,

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (529) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (3100) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3639) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sir__v (2571) - 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.

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