Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +24%
This is a really good beer. Despite the god-awful psychedelic day-glow packaging that looks like clown vomit this is proof that it's what's inside that counts. This is a beautifully hopped beer. It's crisp and clean and goes down serenely. I could go on to describe t but if you like a good APA like Sierra Nevada then you will like this. I've been waiting a decade for something like this to be available locally. If they would just come up with some packaging that didn't scream "junk" then this would be a near perfect beer for me.
05-21-2011 18:43:02 | More by shamus
4.6/5 rDev +21.4%
Such a great beer with lots of late additions. glad i found a good ipa with some malt backbone. What can I say that hasn't been said? classic or a traditional American IPA it is not but maybe more like a started one. but who cares what you call it? kills almost any other local beer hands down.Fantastic- and exceeded expectations.
08-26-2013 19:34:23 | More by pokerman
4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
First of all I chose 5.0 for drinkability because I enjoyed this beer very much. I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this beer. The waitress only said it was dark. Upon first tasting this beer I immediately told my friends how delicious and hoppy it was. When the waitresses changed shifts the new girl told me that it was called Hoptical illusion. I could drink this beer all day!
09-28-2010 01:46:37 | More by Vebbster17
4.26/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a translucent copper colour, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head that dies down within a few minutes, leaving behind a creamy cap and thick collar of lacing around the edge. Aroma is of fresh hops, citrusy and piney, overlaying some roasted caramel malts. This is shaping up to be one of the better APAs I've had lately.
Light hop bitterness, grapefruit and pine sap are the first things to come through. Roasted caramel and sweet nutty malts round out the profile and are a bit more prominent toward the end of the sip. A bit of bitterness lingers briefly in the finish. Silky-smooth mouthfeel; decidedly medium-bodied. Good carbonation for the style.
I enjoyed this immensely, I haven't had an APA this tasty in quite a while. Highly recommended if you are looking for a sessionable, conservatively-hopped pale ale.
[Updated April 12 2014]
Another bottle from a six-pack, bottled Mar. 6 2014. Still one of the best APAs in the Ontario market these days, at least in my opinion. Hoptical Illusion's balanced flavour profile makes it an ideal session option any time of year - this is not a hop bomb which will probably leave some people disappointed, but as far as easy-drinking pale ale or potential gateway beers go, this is still a superior option.
Final Grade: 4.26, an A-.
09-03-2011 03:07:51 | More by thehyperduck
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
Had on tap at one of my favorite Toronto dive diner - Dangerous Dans, on Queen st. Go there, and get a "big cheeze" burger. its worth sitting sitting on a '88 chev astro van captains chair for.
A: Wow this is the shit. head and lace stick around long enough to eat my enourmous burger, beautifuly deep amber beer. I noticed other reviewers don't note the same appearence. maybe its just that much better on tap.
S: perfectly balanced APA. hops come out fighting, but a nice sweet malt background is there for round 2.
T: Dosen't get too much better IMO if your looking for a nice balanced pale. nice earthy hops, cirtus, tobbacco and toffee.
M: carbonation is a little raucus at first; do what i did and eat and enourmous burger while your pint waits for you. you'll be glad you did.
D: very sessionable. This is a brew I could go the distance with.
Very nice stuff. I've always avoided buying a 6er of this because of the gaudy packaging. now I will not hesitate as much.
06-05-2010 21:01:32 | More by uno99
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
I have tried a few of the brews from FM and this one is my favorite. This beer was served in a pint glass.
A nice thin head, off white in colour.
Nice deep orange colour.
Fresh hops nose with hints of Carmel.
Nice mouthfeel, almost silky.
Lemon, grapefruit beginning followed by a good balance of bitters.
Overall a good brew. Great beer anytime of the year.
11-24-2012 20:48:16 | More by jaz58
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
A 1/2 head with a ruby color.
Citrus and malty with some earthy scents.
Citrus and grapefruit taste with a complex finish. Malty and rich taste.
Pretty hoppy and bitter on the mouth yet still a smooth finish. A great feel.
A wonderful APA with an amazingly complex taste and smell. Had a grand time trying this beer while traveling for work.
06-29-2012 00:10:57 | More by Shrews
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and there is nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of hops, caramely malts with citucy notes.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice carmely sweetness upfront with nice citrucy notes to finaly end with a nice hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.
Drinkability: It's a smooth and drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great and tasty Ale. Props to Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.
04-18-2011 20:05:55 | More by SebD
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
Had this a few times and it is often considered the benchmark for Pale Ales in Ontario.
A - Nice cloudy or creamy white head leaving lacing as it slowly goes away. Light brown or reddish colour and transparent. Minimal carbonation.
S - Nice juicy hops. Grapefruit and pine. Some breadiness to it as well.
T - Bready up front until you finish it and then it's all about the hops. Again, what I consider nice, juicy hops that show up half way through and linger nicely. Not as hoppy as I would expect from a beer by this name and a beer in this style but it does the trick nicely. There is balance in it and that's key.
M - Medium bodied with a good, small amount of carbonation. Very pleasant and smooth.
D - Total session beer right here. Good amount of hops to keep things interesting with the balance required and a low ABV.
09-18-2010 00:05:55 | More by tbeckett
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.