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

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RATINGS: 338   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BelgieFan (3) - - DEC 29, 2012
If you like hops, this is a great beer! Fun marketing materials, too (beer packaging, beer cap liner, etc.).


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (1570) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2016
Aroma is dark malts, caramel, citrus and a light earthiness. Taste is medium bodied grain with caramel, honey, light rye spiciness and some earthy bitterness on the tip. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2885) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle at Kaf Van Zanten, Amersfoort. Somewhat pale amber with a small off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bitter and subtle sweet tones. Caramel, malts, hops, bread and ripe fruits. Nice one.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (881) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 13, 2016
Tapped at the brewery. Clear brown color. Aroma of fresh wood planks, nuts, malt and some sour fruits. Interesting. Taste is bitter fruits, some red dry wine. Dry bitter fruits finish. Strange beer. I dont know what to think of it. The cascade and amarillo hops make a strange flavor. Drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brettsky06 (230) - Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
Really nice APA. Pours a dark Amber color. Citrus and pine aromas. Same goes for the taste except also has some bread and caramel notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rouhlas (2906) - GREECE - SEP 24, 2016
From tap at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Clear amber color with off white head. Malty and light (old) hoppy aroma, caramel, bread, light citrus, pine, grass. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Probably not fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (291) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2016
Color mbar oscuro, translcido, con capa de espuma blanca de un dedo de grosor (buena retencin). Carbonatacin media. Aroma a malta, un mnimo de ctrico y algo tostado. No se capta mucho lpulo ni en aroma ni en sabor. El sabor vuelve a ser maltoso, algo tostado, ligeramente ctrico. Muy rica, algo lejos de lo que venden (recuerda ms a una buena Amber Ale), pero disfrutable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3749) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is bready malt, caramel, soft earthy hops, mild fruits, toffee, tea, with a hint of pine. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium. A bit on the malty side for my taste, but certainly enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (713) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (18109) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle from Saveur Biere. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy - old hops. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Not fresh. 100916

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
calern (34) - - SEP 2, 2016
Amber body with off white foam. Malty with caramel and toast aromas, soft carbonation. Its okay


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