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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%
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, 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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3.4
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap at C’Est What Spring Fest. Orange pour, small white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma. Good taste - light malt, lots of hops (was expecting less given the stated IBU’s), easy to drink. A nice light hoppy APA.

3.4
Sammy (12096) - 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
Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at Cest What?
Appearance: Mid deep amber with large creamy top , some lacing noted. Good apearnce.4-.
Nose: Citric, hopping nose , sweet malt as back up. Good. 7-.
Flavor/Palate : Soft , mild and approachable, organic citric hop feel with rounded malts. Late hop feel. Good citric hoped ale.

3.4
pootzboy (1713) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
Tap sample from the brewery: Deep amber lightly hazed ale with a decent cap that lasts. Aroma is sweet malts with a distinct Amarillo hop aroma - spicey citrus. Lovely dose of biscuity malts in the fron are instantly matched by a pine-citrus resinous hop rush, creamy mouth feel, drying finish gets mildly bitter. Nice ! If I closed my eyes I’d have thought I was drinking a Propeller pale ale..

3.4
robinvboyer (4586) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
Nice floral, citrucy and slightly piney aroma. Earthy hops and earthy malt in the flavor. Fruity hoppy finish with a light bitterness.

3.4
fonefan (48648) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, moderate to light light heavy hoppy, citrus - orange. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, orange, peel bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100805]

3.4
phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2010
355 ml bottle via trade with MrManning- thanks again, Len! Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of citrusy hops, pine resin, caramel and pale malts, sugar, and a little pepper. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation and just a little lingering bitterness on the finish. Solid APA.

3.4
rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
355ml bottle, dark amber color, with a beige head, leaving some laces, light toasted malt nose with an upfront floral hop leafy, citrusy, lime, piney bitter accent, with some cedary, leafy, grassy notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a predominant flowery hop, piney, leafy, grassy character with a toasted, roasted malt undertone, and some faint pine niddle, coniferous bark notes, leading towards a juicy hop. leafy, grassy, piney bitterness finish.

3.4
thorongil2 (2997) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
(bottle) clear dark amber colour with small tan head; aroma of lychee; faint flavour of fruit, long light bitter finish; quite drinkable, lovely hops

3.4
FatPhil (15964) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2010
355ml bottle - at ChrisO’s - thanks!
6 Simple hoppy aroma, some citrus.
4 Deep copper, medium head
7 Hoppy retronasaly, very citrussy and zesty. Malty body, but with tons of hops there too. Fairly well balanced. I even get a hint of ginger too.
3 Slick palate, carbonation low.
14 A little sweet, and a little too hop focussed, but they’ve pulled it off well.


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