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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Maklean's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, - APR 7, 2013
Pours cloudy amber with small diminishing head. Aroma of soft pine and citrus. Taste of cascade hops and slight caramel.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
sam_taylor (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2017
Smells foul, and appearance is an eye sore. THis beer is tough to drink and has a bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ametras (1544) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
473ml can. Clear reddish copper with a foamy off-white head. Flavors are bread, dust, earth, toffee and nuts with woodsy and fruity notes. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
97hill (183) - - MAR 13, 2017
can from the LCBO off the top nothing special, nothing bad solid tasting real beer good not great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryp (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2017
Bready flavour, with a smooth finish. Average carbonation, plain colour. A good balance of bitterness for a Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Paladares (226) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 7, 2017
Botella. Color mbar oscuro. No demasiada espuma, pero mantiene una fina capa. Aroma afrutado, con toques a caramelo. En boca sorprende mucho. No se parece al aroma. Pero sabe muy bien. Tiene cuerpo, carcter, complejidad y mucho mucho sabor. Francamente buena

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjoeng (1204) - SINGAPORE - JAN 1, 2017
5%ABV. Pale Ale. Poured out deep amber. 12SRM. Nose is nutty with peanuts, roasted chestnuts, overall the nose is reminiscent of an amber ale. Mouthfeel is light soapy. Palate has bread crusts, wheat toast, water biscuits, pale raw peanuts, Hops are earthy, vegetal, sap, resinous with some oleander sap at the end, lingering. Finish is medium-long with oleander sap at the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1713) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
Aroma is dark malts, caramel, citrus and a light earthiness. Taste is medium bodied grain with caramel, honey, light rye spiciness and some earthy bitterness on the tip. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3352) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle at Kaf Van Zanten, Amersfoort. Somewhat pale amber with a small off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bitter and subtle sweet tones. Caramel, malts, hops, bread and ripe fruits. Nice one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (908) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 13, 2016
Tapped at the brewery. Clear brown color. Aroma of fresh wood planks, nuts, malt and some sour fruits. Interesting. Taste is bitter fruits, some red dry wine. Dry bitter fruits finish. Strange beer. I dont know what to think of it. The cascade and amarillo hops make a strange flavor. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brettsky06 (393) - Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
Really nice APA. Pours a dark Amber color. Citrus and pine aromas. Same goes for the taste except also has some bread and caramel notes.

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