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%
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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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.

thb (829) - 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 there’s a bit of toffee maltiness to take the edge off. Pleasant and drinkable, reasonably balanced, but it doesn’t blow me away.

dnoaksson (827) - , SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Om livet smakade lika bra som en Flying Monkey Hoptical hade folk inte tryfferat sina liv med den spillning som hjärntvättsinrättningar som "Let’s dance" klämmer ut i lördagsgodisskålen. Å andra sidan hade den här recensionen blivit så otroligt mycket mer svårskriven. Beskriva smakerna? Ser jag ut som en poet eller? Drick, njut och håll snattran.

gilvanblight (825) - 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 that’s where the almost comes from. Rather nice though Pale Ales are most definitely not my favourites.

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.

Frothmeister (799) - 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.

GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
Bière rousse, sur levure et où flotte une dense écume marquant franchement leverre. Au nez, un léger caramel, puis un houblonnage floral poignant. Elle est moyennement amère, peu sucrée. Elle est de corps étrangement léger, de texture aqueuse et peu effervescente. Elle se termine sur une légère amertume et de forts arômes.

wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Ilusion...... Well I guess from the name it’s 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 it’s 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?

kaserov (754) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2016
Color ámbar oscuro, translúcido, con capa de espuma blanca de un dedo de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación media. Aroma a malta, un mínimo de cítrico y algo tostado. No se capta mucho lúpulo ni en aroma ni en sabor. El sabor vuelve a ser maltoso, algo tostado, ligeramente cítrico. Muy rica, algo lejos de lo que venden (recuerda más a una buena Amber Ale), pero disfrutable.

Senap (741) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Tämligen intetsägande med en viss dragning åt Brown Ale hållet. Ska man dricka apa finns det bättre att välja.

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