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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%
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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3.1
zimbo (961) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Decent piney nose. Pretty easy off white head. Clearish copper orange colour. Light narrow carb. Quick before and finish. Limited substance and little core.

3.3
jksipa (943) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from the Beer Store. Pours a slight hazy amber with a small off white head. Nose is mostly caramel and citrus. Lightly hopped for a low level of bitterness. More grassy than anything. Light to medium body that is quite drinkable. A pale ale designed not to offend anyone.

3.9
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!

3.2
RhetoricalAns (939) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
Pours a clear deep amber, thin white head. Aroma is earthy, floral hop notes. Flavour is hoppy but not overly so, grassy, some sweet malts.

3.4
Franksv6 (937) - 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.

2.6
Karol (917) - 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 don’t know what to think of it. The cascade and amarillo hops make a strange flavor. Drinkable.

2.7
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Obefintlig doft men då är den också serverad i ett okupat glas. Delar en flarra med Johan på pipes. Lättdrucken och nästan läskande

3.7
SuperTiti33 (891) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Ambré près de roux. Foin. Gazon. Fruité. Terreuse. Fer. Belle amertume. Légère. Pêche. Cerise de terre. Très bien.

3.2
LomYst (880) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Zurig... rauw... limonade gras hop.. stro.. bitter zuur.. ok... beetje rottig aan het einde

3.3
janubio (852) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
Pours an amber colour, with a big creamy head that leaves ome lace. Aroma of pine, fruits, caramel. Medium body, OK carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma: Fruits, pine and caramel. OK beer.


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