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Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
32 IBU

(Beer added by: bobsy on 05-23-2009)
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RefillMyglass

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-05-2013 02:40:36 | More by RefillMyglass
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Avant_Garage


4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-09-2012 23:47:16 | More by Avant_Garage
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 17:31:15 | More by MattPS
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tossed this back last Christmas, but this is my first formal review and a continuation of my BlackBerry tasting notes from my trip to Ontario.

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, solid two thumbs of off-white head, solid retention and impressive lacing.

S - Lemon iced tea citrus hops followed by generous amounts of chocolate malts. Nice balance.

T - Nice caramel malts mixed with tasty iced tea lemon hops. Very nicely balanced with bready malts and bitter hops.

M - Goes down very smooth, perfectly carbonated. No complaints in this department.

D - One of the better OCB offerings I've tried to date. By no means a hop bomb, but it does strike a nice balance between the hops and malts. Could easily be a go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 04:28:00 | More by andrenaline
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JZ57

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-20-2012 20:59:04 | More by JZ57
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nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-27-2014 22:24:40 | More by nullbort
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-06-2013 23:11:23 | More by Cramshawbar
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Leafsj


4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-28-2012 04:10:18 | More by Leafsj
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-17-2012 23:21:41 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-16-2012 02:41:23 | More by artemh
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-08-2012 06:17:54 | More by WeissBoy
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Picaroon

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2012 17:40:56 | More by Picaroon
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-16-2014 21:08:22 | More by CRObighit2
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Devon_

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-15-2014 13:34:34 | More by Devon_
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nhaimes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-28-2014 00:12:09 | More by nhaimes
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The packaging almost put me off and made me not buy this beer, it was a little too gimmicky for me. That being said I also had a negative image of Robert Simpson beers being pretty bland

That being said this is a well crafted beer and I'll be getting it again. Good balance and certainly shows off some hops. This isn't meant to be an IPA and it isn't overly hoppy or bitter.

Good drinkability and one of the better Ontario microbrews i've had lately. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 17:31:14 | More by EatsTacos
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2013 14:18:09 | More by Vyronian
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bsilver87

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-08-2012 17:43:59 | More by bsilver87
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steamwhistle123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-19-2012 03:02:54 | More by steamwhistle123
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JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-06-2013 01:14:46 | More by JG_McNaulty
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grac1970

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Body is a clear, dark/reddish brown in colour. A creamy coloured head - nice head retention with lacing. A bit of bubbles/carbonation are noticeable.

Smell: floral with a hint of citrus, hops are noticeable

Taste: it has a citrus/fruity taste - more than just a hint of pineapple. The hops can be detected. Very enjoyable - refreshing. Just a slight bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth, not too watery. The pineapple taste seems to linger with a slight bitterness evenly present in the mouth

Drinkability: easy to drink, enjoyable! Quite a nice blend of tastes and feeling.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:53:39 | More by grac1970
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the Wellington & Bradley LCBO. Bronze orange in colour with golden hues, a ring of cream white head, and speckled lacing on the shaker. Smell and taste are green, grassy hops, fruity and floral aromas, biscuit, caramel backbone, a bit toasty, spicy hop finish with a mild malt astringency. Almost no bitterness, which is exactly what the brewer intended. Mouthfeel is light side of medium, good hoppy bite, tangy carbonation, tartly malted aftertaste. Bursting with Amarillo qualities on the nose, yet somehow isn't bitter. Presto change-o indeed! Bottom line is, Illusion can satisfy a hop fix while still being accessible to your non-beer geek friends. In that regard, it's a rare achievement in brewing. Keep up the great work, Peter!

EDIT (May 2011): this beer has improved substantially since it was first released and is now one of the better APAs available in Ontario. Lots of grassy, floral, citrusy, and fruity hops on the nose and palate with a balancing caramel sweetness, slight trace of diacetyl, and some tea-like flavours from the malts. Body and mouthfeel seem beefed up as well, the hops are more juicy, punchy, and resinous than before. Great thirst-quenching ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 04:48:17 | More by cratez
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Dna_Infinity

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 00:38:54 | More by Dna_Infinity
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codyhotel

Manitoba (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a good 2 fingers of off-white head, dissapates down pretty quickly. A copper colour, more towards the red end (I think, tough to tell shades of red when you're colourblind).

S - Lots of hops, some citrus notes up front. Caramel and malty sweetness towards the end, with a touch of a yeasty-bread type of thing.

T - Not as hoppy as I expected from the nose, a good amount up front but gives way to the sweeter malts fairly quickly. Caramel and malt flavours grow stronger as the beer warms up. Definitely a bit of subtle spice in there that I can't quite put my finger on. Finishes with a touch of bitterness

M - Medium-moderate body, smooth carbonation. Finish is a touch oily, could be cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:00:44 | More by codyhotel
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The origin of Flying Monkey's Craft Brewery dates to its foundation in 2005 under the name Robert Simpson. Now doing business as Flying Monkeys, the brewery is known for the use of psychedelic artwork on all its bottles and draft taps.Flying Monkeys is located at 107 Dunlop Street East in Barrie, Ontario. Though I've been wanting to try their Hoptical Illusion ("HI") Almost Pale Ale for quite a while, quite frankly the psychedelic label turned me off. Doing my best to ignore the graphics (after all, it's what's inside that counts), I picked up HI in a brown 341 ml bottle, bottled Jan. 14, 2012 from my local LCBO. Hoptical Illusion is 5.0% alcohol by volume and cost $2.15 per bottle.

HI poured a clear dark amber colour with plenty of visible, fast rising bubbles. Pouring produced 1/2" of yellow/white head that died down within two minutes, leaving behind a collar of foam and thin film that left considerable lacing and some spotting down the glass. As soon as I opened the bottle its strong aroma hit me...a dominant pink grapefruit, with undertones of pine and what I believe is orange. A wonderful aroma. It's taste very much followed the aroma...pink grapefruit up front, followed by pine and a slightly sweet orange flavour, ending with a hop bitterness and a bitter aftertaste that lingered for several seconds. As the beer warmed, it's sweeter elements became a bit more noticeable. Thankfully, this was not the hop bomb that I was half expecting given the beer's name. HI had a smooth mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation for the style and was light/medium bodied. Overall, a fairly complex, hop dominated beer that doesn't go over the top with its bitterness...I very much enjoyed the citrus aromas and flavours, and Hoptical Illusion represents respectable value for money.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 22:41:04 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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