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

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RATINGS: 350   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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3.5
frybeer (50) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
Light golden colour and good head. Hoppy citrus aroma. You taste the hops right away but it doesn’t necessarily take over. Theres a nice citrus and malty flavour, but the hops is the star of the show. Good if you want something with a bit of a hoppy kick but not too much. Nice balance of flavours. Enjoy!

3.5
AlainG (2361) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Elle est ambrée et coiffée d’une mousse typique, qui tisse une dentelle dans la règles de l’art. Elle sent le houblon, les conifères et les agrumes. Sans que ça soit trop prononcé, c’est bien dosé. Il y a un côté floral dans les odeurs. Elle est amère, avec une texture légèrement huileuse, des saveurs de zeste de citron et des pointes poivrées. L’amertume perdure jusqu’en arrière-goût et n’est pas du tout criarde. Pour moi, c’est une belle surprise. (397-141012)

3.5
SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle Poured a hazy coppery orange with an off white frothy head. The aroma was nice citrus hops and malt. This is a very drinkable with nice fresh hops citrus grapefruit and nice blend of malts that balance it very nicely.

3.5
BVery (11364) - 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
dnoaksson (826) - , 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.

3.5
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Surprised I’ve never rated this. Was one of the first local IPAs I tried a couple of years ago. A nice gateway beer for people looking to breakaway from the norm. On tap. Dark copper with an active fizzy cream head. Creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity maltiness with a sweet floral aroma. Hint of grapefruit. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout with a medium bitter finish. It’s a sessionable hoppy amber.

3.5
Ktwse (5464) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Pours hazy reddish amber with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of resin, caramel, grapefruit, peach. Taste is bitter up front with a subtle balancing sweetness. Bitter, light lingering finish. Light body with soft-ish carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Frulertruler (136) - San Rafael, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2013
Botella. Buena pale con muy buen equilibrio maltas/lúpulo. Ligera y sabrosa ideal como cerveza de sesión para beber litros

3.5
anstei (2610) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 19, 2015
Tap at Erzbierschof. Aroma of sweet pastry, some citric aroma hops well hidden. Round taste, good beer, nothing exceptional though.

3.5
fombe89 (4039) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo 26/02/2016 Color ambar, sabor caramelo, frutal, cuerpo medio.


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