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

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RATINGS: 347   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
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Linköping, Sweden. clear golden beer with a rich offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, citrus, grapefruit, pine apples, earthy notes, floral, biscuits, some grapes. Hoppy pine apple flavor, citrus, earthy notes, biscuits, caramel, mango, pine needles, hay, some peach. Hoppy floral finish with peach and pine apples. Good beer.

2.8
mcberko (18084) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle at tasting, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of floral and grassy hops, citrus and bready malts. Pretty decent but uninteresting.

2.5
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Dull amber. Caramelly aroma. Bland amber ale taste with only a hint of hops. Invoking hops in your beer name but only have 18 miserly IBUs = abject fail.

3
TBone (17699) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2017
Bottled 355ml (Beer Republic, bottled 02/2017)
Deep chestnut coor, small beige head. Maltyness, menthol hops in the nose. Light-bodied, a bit fizzy. Malty, nutty, even a bit bready and caramelly. Not this is not pale ale by flavour either. It’s has kind of ESB character.

3.4
FatPhil (16392) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2010
355ml bottle - at ChrisO’s - thanks!
6 Simple hoppy aroma, some citrus.
4 Deep copper, medium head
7 Hoppy retronasaly, very citrussy and zesty. Malty body, but with tons of hops there too. Fairly well balanced. I even get a hint of ginger too.
3 Slick palate, carbonation low.
14 A little sweet, and a little too hop focussed, but they’ve pulled it off well.

3.7
Benzai (15930) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2014
Bottle shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes @ weekly tasting. Slightly hazy dark orange to reddish color, small to average sized off-white head that leaves fair to good lacing. Smell and taste malts, light to moderately hoppy, some tropical fruits, nicely bitter. Medium body, medium carbonation.

4.1
Ferris (15910) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bottle - Flowery, citrus and very sweet. Clear amber with a head that won’t quit. An oily mouthfeel, hoppy and bitter but very sweet (cotton candy) and floral hops.

3.3
DSG (14922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks David C. Slightly hazy amber color. Aroma of piney hops, toasty and citric notes and light grainy hints. Flavor has some malty sweetness but gradually turns drier and bitter with fresh pine-needles hoppiness. Medium-bodied.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2012
12oz bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks jercraigs. Medium beige head, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, light head. Light-medium body, some effervescence, acidity.

3.4
Lubiere (13994) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
A reddish copper ale with a thin off white head. Lightly hopped malt aroma with faint signs of sulfur. In mouth, a surprisingly solid ale with good floral hops, over the biscuitty malts, well balanced and classic APA. Bottle from LCBO,


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