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

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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, 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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LomYst (833) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Zurig... rauw... limonade gras hop.. stro.. bitter zuur.. ok... beetje rottig aan het einde

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleRider78 (831) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
"I like that theres always a clever/funny message under the bottle caps. Mine says "Thats what she said". Ok, not that funny. Well, this one poured a dark amber colour with a thin layer of head, just a bit foamy. Has good lacing. Hops are strong in the aroma but mixed well with the malts. Also a bit of barley, grains, somewhat smokey. Flavours are also very hoppy but not as in your face as their Smashbomb IPA. Much more subdued and actually pretty smooth. Very good."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (829) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
At The Morrissey in London, bottle. Very dark red pour. Light white head. Scent of grapefruit, tangy citrus. Very very hoppy. They say almost pale ale but this tastes more like a cascade pale ale to me. Tangy hops is the majority of the taste. Pretty clean finish without any of the lingering bitterness, maybe thats where the almost comes from. Rather nice though Pale Ales are most definitely not my favourites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (813) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours clear russet-amber with thinnish off-white head. Hop aromas are the main feature here - citrusy, piney hops in this case. Get a little bit of hop bitterness up front before the aroma starts to come out. Then theres a bit of toffee maltiness to take the edge off. Pleasant and drinkable, reasonably balanced, but it doesnt blow me away.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours copper in colour, nice caramel coloured head., which leaves a small trail of lace. Fairly strong herbal, earthy aroma of hops, with similar taste, finishing strong with the hop hit. Drying mouthfeel, with lots of fine carbonation. Very drinkable. I was pleasantly surpised that the beer was this good, despite what feels to me like cheesy marketing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Om livet smakade lika bra som en Flying Monkey Hoptical hade folk inte tryfferat sina liv med den spillning som hjrntvttsinrttningar som "Lets dance" klmmer ut i lrdagsgodissklen. andra sidan hade den hr recensionen blivit s otroligt mycket mer svrskriven. Beskriva smakerna? Ser jag ut som en poet eller? Drick, njut och hll snattran.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Bire rousse, sur levure et o flotte une dense cume marquant franchement leverre. Au nez, un lger caramel, puis un houblonnage floral poignant. Elle est moyennement amre, peu sucre. Elle est de corps trangement lger, de texture aqueuse et peu effervescente. Elle se termine sur une lgre amertume et de forts armes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
janubio (761) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Ilusion...... Well I guess from the name its hard to know what to expect..... Are there flying monkeys?.....no Is the beer "hoptical"?.........not really Is there any sort of Illusion?.....Not at all.. But its good beer! Pours dark dark amber with a off white lightly sticky head. Aroma is floral, hoppy, some citrus, malty, burnt sugar, bread. Flavour is really pretty good, a fair bit of hops up front, some citrusy notes, a tad watery in the middle, some mild malty biscuity sweetness, and the some more hops in the finish. It is a pretty good, tasty beer, I just feel it seems a little watered down, like they were holding back. Still, I will most likely buy this again. Is it just me or are the craft beers here in Ontario slowly starting to get better?


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