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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%
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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (894) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (888) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Ambr prs de roux. Foin. Gazon. Fruit. Terreuse. Fer. Belle amertume. Lgre. Pche. Cerise de terre. Trs bien.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LomYst (871) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
Zurig... rauw... limonade gras hop.. stro.. bitter zuur.. ok... beetje rottig aan het einde

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jksipa (863) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a thick bubbly head. Aroma is floral, grass, citrus and bread. Flavour the same. Muted and bland.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (826) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (823) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (783) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
355ml bottle. Pours a dark amber. Off white head that disappeared quickly. Lots of citrusy (grapefruit peel) hops on the nose. Slight dark malt flavour, with LOTS of fresh citrus hops. A bargain for what it costs. One of the best Ontario craft brews around.

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.


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