Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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Reviews by BasementBer:
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Don't know who the demographic is for this marketing design.
A: Head leaves little to be desired. Nothing lasting, no lacing. Surprised frankly. Haven't seen a head of foam drop that fast in a while.
S: Smells great, nutty. Nothing overly hoppy, more malt based.
T: Great nutty taste with a follow up of bitterness. Glad to taste a beer without the metallic overhang.
M: Lingering flavor. And works the tongue quite well.
D: I enjoy this, but not what i would go to for an american IPA. But id drink again.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2011 01:34:58 | More by BasementBer
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A good Canadian friend brought me a couple of these recently. 12 ounce bottle pours a hazed copper amber body with a two finger beige head. Attractive patchy lacing is left behind.
Rather aggressive hop aromas for an APA, with pine, florals, and grassiness. Soft toasted caramel base.
Clean body is medium with a smooth carbonation.
Taste has a pine and floral hop bitterness that meshes well with the bready caramel malt backbone. Grassy and woodsy hop notes compliment the finish.
Nicely done and highly drinkable.
09-15-2011 23:57:07 | More by merlin48
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
On draught at Kickoff Waterloo. This was my first BA review many months back, and I wanted to re-evaluate it with so many other APA's under my belt.
Pours a deep copper-amber with a thin, white head. Some lacing, good retention. Nice looking rbew.
Nose is grapefruit, mango, citrussy hops, a bit of earth, nice caramel malt. Solid APA.
Smashbomb has long been my standard Ontario IPA, which I always treated as being an amped up version of Hoptical. But now I see how these are two completely different brews. Hoptical his a nice malt profile, good - but not overpowering - citrussy hops, a bit of resin, earth and tropical fruit. Surprisingly complex. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but it has a nice crispness to it and a good body.
Hoptical still holds its own as one of Ontario's best pale ales. Flying Monkeys oriented their restructuring around this brew, and it has paid remarkable dividents, as the brewery has quickly become the darling of Ontario's craft breweries in terms of its experimentation and assertive use of hops. This brew tends to get lost amongst the Smashbombs, Super Colliders and Alpha Fornications, but it is no slouch. Hoptical is a solid APA and a damned decent brew.
08-05-2011 19:22:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
4/5 rDev +5.5%
355 ml served in a chilled glass..
Appearance - This beer pours with a nice brown/white head that has a creamy appearance. The beer is a clear auburn and it is hard to tell the carbonation levels. There is a slight amount of lacing that is occurring.
Smell - STRONG hope smell as well a citrus base. Very strong hops present, this beer is a nice smelling beer.
Taste - nice tasting beer with a decent aftertaste that lingers for a short period of time. Citrus in tasting, there may be a hint of caramel in there as well. Not a heavy tasting beer either.
Mouthfeel - Increased levels of carbonation that bring the hops fwd, the citrus is also present near the end. The beer has a nice aftertaste as well once all the carbonation kicks in.
Drinkability - One of my better beers, this is what Craft beers are here for! They are delicious and nice to drink, makes me happy to be trying beers from around the world!
10-29-2010 00:50:08 | More by Swedes21
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
A 16oz Yankee pint (wait, what?) at C'est What in downtown Torranna.
This beer appears a clear medium reddish brick amber hue, with a single skinny finger of bubbly, foamy, and somehow creamy off-white head, which leaves a broken wall of pockmarked lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a pithy lemon and orange citrus fruitiness, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty pale and lightly toasted caramel malt, a touch of stale lemon juice, and oily, bitterly herbal, leafy hops.
The carbonation is a bit high, the body fairly round, medium-light in weight, and somewhat tacky in its smoothness. It finishes dry, with a light puckering effect from a Hail-Mary-like rush of what seems like piney, IPA-worthy hops.
Overall, I'd have to say that this is a decent pale ale all on its own, yet one aspiring a little too hard to be an IPA. Hard to tell where this one ends, and Smashbomb begins, unless I were to have a sample of both, side by side. Meh, I'm a hop-whore, so I'm sure I don't really freaking care.
08-17-2009 04:15:43 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Deep copper bodied with two fingers worth of retentive beige head leaves behind a pretty lace. It smells toast, pine, citrus, and caramel. Nice caramel malt base, slightly nutty, with lemon and grapefruit in the finish. Bitterness is toward the lower end of the scale, but has a nice lingering quality to it. Medium-bodied with somewhat light carbonation. It feels smooth and leaves your mouth feeling a little bit resinous after swallowing. Having been previously disappointed by their Confederation Ale, I approached this with low expectations. This has won me over though. Monkeys aren't the only thing flying high at the old Simpson brewery.
09-20-2009 04:22:26 | More by mintjellie
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks to korguy123 for this one. Poured into a Flying Monkey pint glass, also compliments of Matt!
A: Pours a clear reddish/brown with a one finger white head with decent retention. Some bubbles rising up from the bottom, a little bit of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: A little bit of hops and floral aromas, but a lot more of the pale malts on the nose for me.
T: A little bit of floral hops up front and then a lot more malt on the back end, similar to the nose. Ends nice and sweet. A very tasty APA.
M/D: Medium bodied, pretty easy drinking, a refreshing brew. Overall, a nice offering from Flying Monkeys.
09-17-2010 00:16:43 | More by mdaschaf
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
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 from the Amarillo. Reasonable pale ale, at only 18 IBU. An underdog crafting achievement.
05-24-2009 06:18:33 | More by Sammy
3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle to Glass
Appearance - Copper coloured with a white head
Smell - Floral, slight tropical fruits
Taste - Light hop taste, tropical fruits, slight bitterness at the end
Overall - Well made APA that is not too hoppy, sessionable and a great summer beer
06-07-2014 00:38:54 | More by Dna_Infinity
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
A - clear dark random, two fingers of tan head, dissipated slowly leaving random blobs of lacing
S - herbal and resiny hop aromas, mild caramel and raw grain
T - a blend of herbal hop and toasted grain malt flavours, more mild grassy hops with a metallic hint
M - a little thin and light on carbonation, very mild bitterness
O - this almost pale ale is almost good, not bad but nothing outstanding, the IPA's I've tried from Flying Monkeys are a better buy
07-23-2012 01:49:36 | More by joemcgrath27
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a medium amber with good amount of head and no lacing.
The smell is flowery with a slight fruit touch, citrus.
Tastes similiar with the floral coming through and a bit of fruitiness, there is a definite hop taste too which is nice.
Has a light mouthfeel and seems kinda watery but gos down quite smooth.
Overall this is allright for a pale ale. Will need to check out more from the Flying Monkies.
09-24-2010 22:07:15 | More by heebes
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
Eye-catching psychadelic bottle. Pours a clear dark-red/amber and leaves a small amount of head after an initial one-finger pour. Really nice colour.
Minerals, burnt molasses, grain and faint hops - a pretty unique smelling beer.
For a beer called Hoptical Illusion I was sure expecting more hops than this, though it tastes pretty good anyway. Maybe the illusion is that you expect a lot of hops and don't find them. This beer still presents a solid showing of hops and is actually quite balanced. The label made me think it would be a hop bomb but it's not at all. Lots of grain, some bready yeast, a touch of smoky malt and tingly bitter hops on the finish. It's not a very complex beer but it's definitely a tasty beer.
Decent feel, nothing special. Medium-thin body with medium-light carbonation.
Though I'm pretty into the bitterness of this one, it would be more drinkable if it was a little less bitter. I wouldn't be able to session this; the bitterness would get to me after a while - but I'm not saying it's bad. This is my first experience with Flying Monkeys and they make a solid almost pale ale. I think I'll be buying this again.
08-16-2009 02:06:40 | More by eat
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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