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Brewed by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Barrie, Canada

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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
Strangebrewer (1334) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
bottle. Poured clear auburn with a beige head and nice lacing. Strong orange citrus hop aroma. Full hoppy flavour and sweet caramel tones. Medium body, slight tartness. Lot’s of hop flavour without the high bitterness.

3.6
Freaky_tiki (1330) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Pour at the green room with marina & Janet is chestnut dark with a thin cap. Taste is light coffee, left of centre hopping & stark bitterness. Marina says she’s not so much on the finish, that it "falls off like the end of a glacier" & she has a point, don’t she? Decent.

2.4
mnurda (1289) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
On Tap at West 50 Purhouse. Was excited to try this based on the name. But was rather disappointed. Lightly carbonated and not that hoppy.

3
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.

3
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
A - Roasted caramel malt with citrus hops. A - Amber in colour, with thin, but lasting creamy head T - Thin opening, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish P - Thinner then expected O - After the first sniff it’s a bit disappointing.

3.2
crajun (1259) - , Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Nice pale ale; nice citrus aroma. good mix of malt and hops in flavor - smooth hops at end not bitter. Thanks to robinvboyer for this one..

3.5
Gangstergafje (1228) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2017
08-06-2017; bottle; at home (bought at Saveur Bière, as part of their June discovery box). The looks of the beer are fine. The beer looks like any APA. The colour is a nice dark orange amber. The beer is crystal clear. On top of the brew a nice layer of rough, slightly offwhite foam is formed. The majority of the foam collapses rather quickly, leaving a very scarce drape. So, no bad looks, but quite regular. The smell of the beer is nice. There is a nice rather sweet but also slightly spicy malt aroma at first. It reminds me a bit of pumpkin ale...but there’s no pumpkin in this. It is sweeter than most beers. There is also a touch of caramel and syrup. Not bad. On top of this there are lovely hop aromas. I smell some nice citrusy fruity aromas, but even more floral aromas. They also give a certain sweetness to the beer and a richness. There is a slightly resinous touch to it to. The taste has the same features. That same sweet and slightly spicy malt aroma, with touches of toast and caramel and the same mainly floral and slightly citrus hops. There is again something that reminds me of pumpkin ale. I love pumpkin ale, so this association ain’t bad. The hops give nice bitters and slight sours, whilst the malts provide sweetness. All is in quite good balance. Not bad. The palate of the beer is fine. Medium body, smooth and rather low carbonation. The finish of the beer is not that long and a bit thin, with some caramel and toasted malts and floral hops. All in all, surely a nice beer...but it misses a tiny bit of specialness. But, it is easy drinkable and tasty, so I wouldn’t mind having it again.

3.2
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
12 oz bottle from LCBO, poured into an English pint. Pours hazy copper with a small frothy tan head. Head mostly fades but leaves good lace. Aroma is primarily floral with strong pine and citrus, fresh bread, nuts and a hint of banana. Flavour is fairly dry and ever so slightly sour. Finish is moderate in length and distinctively Amarillo hop. Surprisingly light in body, with a thin, oily texture and delicate carbonation. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. This beer is all about its aroma and owes much of its success to the Amarillo hop--I wish it were more widely used! The light body and carbonation don’t quite stand up to the hopping, and the whole package feels a little funny. 2010-05-07

3.3
Martin243 (1214) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2017
Bottle served without a glass at Potbellys opposite the R.O.M. in Toronto. Couldn’t see the colour or judge the appearance, hence middle score. Toast and citrus aroma. Floral hops, some citrus flavour, a hintof nutty malt, but generally quite restrained. The blurb suggests they’ve aimed for the middle of the road, and got it bang on.

3.3
Diogène (1208) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle from LCBO. Clear amber with medium foamy beige head with good retention. Aroma is citrusy with pine, caramel and earthy notes. Flavor is dryer than expected with balanced malt and hops. Caramel, citrus, some pine and a bitter finish.


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