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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (753) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (746) - HONG KONG - SEP 13, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2016 Nice clear amber with a creamy head and good lacing (the darkest pale ale Ive ever seen). Sweet aroma of caramel and resins. Taste goes malty, some caramel, but nicely balanced by some fruity hops. Low bitterness, light body and a nice taste!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
12 oz bottle from the LCBO pours a nice darkish copper with a good sized head and pretty good lacing The aroma is strong malt with a touch of hops trown in really nice the taste is slightly bitter hops

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
355 mL bottle. Pours amber with a foamy white head. Biscuit and bread malt tones with subtle citrus and pine notes. Dry and light bodied, slightly bitter on the finish. Average carbonation. Solid.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
An "almost pale ale" has good hop presence and dark gold in colour. Taste has some very mild bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours a nice amber colour with a thin white head. the aroma is light grapefruit and spice from the hops. light caramel sweetness and a medium bitterness not to hoppy so would make for a good starting point for someone new to IPAs

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWS9 (670) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Bottle. Judging by the insanity of the label, theyve certainly taken a new approach to their marketing strategy since the Confederation Ale days haha... Light amber brown, slight head. Hoppy malt aroma. Hoppy taste, though surprisingly smooth as well. Some caramel and a malty base. Good stuff overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from the LCBO. Nice clear amber colour, good head and lace. Noticeably hoppy, but quite balanced. Good carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senap (660) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Tmligen intetsgande med en viss dragning t Brown Ale hllet. Ska man dricka apa finns det bttre att vlja.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Pour copper/amber with decent beige head great lacing. Aroma grapefruit, pine, citrus fruits, malty backbone. Taste biscuit, caramel, pine, grapefruit, citrus. MF medium body nice fizzy carb. Overall an excellent easy to drink Ontario hoppy beer.


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