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

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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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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3.2
kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2016
Draft at Beer Temple. Hazy amber brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of fruity hops, pineapple, citrus and caramel malt. Flavour is above light sweet and above moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Wesley Chapel-I got in trade with Fred82-12oz bottle-pours a dissipating off white head and amber color. Aroma is some resin, medium malt-caramel. Taste is resin/spice hops with some bite, medium malt-caramel. OK effervescence.

3.4
Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
C’est What Spring Festival of brewers. Surprisingly good, one of the winners this night. Lightly hop aroma and taste. Orangey colour and lacey. A nice bitterness. Reasonable pale ale.

3.4
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. From Toronto, ON.
Clear dark amber copper colour with small white head. Aroma: Fruity caramel sweet hops. Delicious. Slightly on darker side. Candy sweetness. Flavour: Dry. Caramel malt. Grainy malt. Dry fruity hops. Easy to drink.

3.6
j12601 (11000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
On tap at Taps on Queens in Niagara Falls.Pours a clear caramel hued orange-brown with a medium sized white head. Big citrus hops with a light pine backbone and some malt holding it all up. Malty and sweet with a nice caramel note. Slow light grapefruit bitter finish.

3.5
BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle from my trading partner Andrew - thanks! Don’t know if I’d call this an amber ale - plays like a nicely hopped rich pale ale. Citrus and floral, good hop bite, well balanced. Very good.

3.5
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 2009-10-01. Hazy brown, near headless. (3+) Aroma of leafy vegetation, hops, smells like fresh hop pellets. 7+ Flavour is likewise quite leafy and green. It tastes like sucking on hop pellets. Surprisingly not bitter actually considering the obvious hop presence, mild malt character is pretty much overwhelmed. Average palate is lightly carbonated. Lacks a cohesive vision, or rather the vision is dominated by green leaf hops, and your enjoyment of this will be entirely based on how much you like that profile. 7/3/6/3/13 - 3.2Hoppoatamonkey, On tap at C’est What

2009-07-30. No notes but this seemed a LOT more hoppy than my last sample. Interesting! On tap at Hart House

2009-07-22. Crisp orange amber body with a creamy beige head. (3+) Pleasant modest aroma, hoppy with sweet orangey citrus notes. (7+) Flavour has pleasant hop profile, sweet citrus, oranges, tangerines and a just a kiss of lemon. Mild malt base. (7+) Average palate is a touch light, but pleasantly smooth. Rather nice. Bit less assertive than expected but I enjoyed it. On tap at Cest What

3.3
DuffMan (10276) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Nice grapefruit and passionfruit in the nose. Flavours are light toffee with nice grapefruit and passionfruit hop character and a medium bitter finish. The best craft brewed APA in bottles from Ontario that I’ve yet tasted.

3.4
gnoff (10226) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle 355 ml at Selmas, Ludvika, on September 24, 2014.
Clear brown color, small white head. Malty, floral taste. A bit toasty caramel aftertaste, also bitter. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, malty, caramel scent.

3.1
olio (10168) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of resinous hops, malts, biscuits and hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, resinous hops, biscuits and some distant berry notes. Way too "english" for me. They should have not made the u-torn but go forward at full speed. A disappointment.
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