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

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RATINGS: 353   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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frkleal (8) - Joinville, BRAZIL - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
Tasted on 355ml bottle bought in Brazil. Pretty good pale ale, I excepted it to be a little hoppier, but perhaps it isn't as fresh as it should be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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zvikar (6609) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 18, 2010
@ a tasting, thanks David, pours orange with a nice head, aroma of tangerine, grapefruit and marmalade, feels bitter dry on the tongue with flavors of tangerine, cardboard and nice vinous acidity in the aftertaste, medium to low body. Nice

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tomer (3892) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 18, 2010
At a tasting, thanks David, medium head that dissapears quickly, darkish orange colour, aroma of grapefruit, pine and herbs. flavours of malt and orange marmaladewith traces of barnyard and a touch of metal which leads to a little unpleasant aftertaste, a little bland.

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oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2010
Bottled. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, some mild wooden notes as well as slight notes of toffee. Flavour is quite much fruity, sweet caramel malts, mild dry dark fruits as well as some grassy notes. Quite a straight forward APA.

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MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours copper, foamy head, average retention, small lace. Aroma is slightly malty, with some orange from the hops. Taste is slightly hoppy, more grapefruit than orange. Some caramel thrown it, but really subtle. I don’t know... That one isn’t bad, but it seems a little aimless to me.

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thepegjett (1281) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
A - Roasted caramel malt with citrus hops. A - Amber in colour, with thin, but lasting creamy head T - Thin opening, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish P - Thinner then expected O - After the first sniff it’s a bit disappointing.

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Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
From bottle. pours a dark copper colour with a reasonable head that doesn’t vanish. Typical IPA aroma, sweet, hops, citrus fruits, could linger a little longer. Inviting though. Nice bitter flavour but dissapointingly shortlived with almost nothing left on the tongue. Perhaps a little too carbonated for my tastes. Not bad but definitely room for tweeking.

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rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
An "almost pale ale" has good hop presence and dark gold in colour. Taste has some very mild bitterness.

3
neongolden (2057) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
(on tap at Grad Club, Kingston ON) Poured cold, a dark hazy amber with a briefly-lived rocky off-white head. Aroma mostly sweet honey and caramel malts, a little hint of the flowery, fruity Amarillo hops peeks through but not much. Flavour of sweetish crystal and roasted malts with a tinny bitterness, not particularly flavourful or hoppy. Mouthfeel relatively moderate, flavours not too concentrated. Disappointing pale ale, seems to be stranded between styles and not great at any.

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Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
Dark amber with a massive crown floating on top reducing to the always popular nipple cap. Lacing is ridiculous!! BIG citrus aroma, lemon, orange peel, a sharpness is here but what is it? Taste is not as good as the aroma seems watered down and thinner but still yummy. Hoppy bitterness with a light citrus flavor, malts are smooth and nondescript. The after taste is all wood. I could drink this all day long.


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