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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-09-2013 15:22:19 | More by DannyBaldoni
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-26-2013 00:12:24 | More by MJ63
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RandyFlameThrower

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2014 02:08:18 | More by RandyFlameThrower
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-05-2013 03:21:51 | More by irishkyle21
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-26-2013 18:45:30 | More by MidwestBA
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-11-2012 22:59:36 | More by ptarmigan98
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Tom_Servo

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-13-2013 01:07:00 | More by Tom_Servo
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-20-2011 16:41:18 | More by oldp0rt
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

On tap at C'Est What?

Pours a lightly hazy dark copper/amber, thick off white head forms, some decent retention, leaves lace rings on the glass as it settles down. Smell is okay, floral, some fruitiness, bit of toasty malt and light caramel sweetness, grapefruit, smells alright but is a little underwhelming for me. Taste is similar, biscuity and sweet, some orange, grapefruit, floral, pretty balanced bitterness, but again underwhelming. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking but not something I would choose. Kind of hyped up and didn't live up to it for me.

05-25-2009 15:26:10 | More by Viggo
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-22-2014 01:55:27 | More by Kmat10
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-08-2014 18:11:04 | More by Mattias
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-02-2013 01:20:29 | More by KeKeKumba
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-26-2014 23:16:30 | More by hunterjames
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MayonakaStout

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-12-2014 01:43:04 | More by MayonakaStout
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a clear copper amber with one finger of head that dies down leaving good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is a slight piney hop against a toasty, caramel malt, with hints of fresh cut anjour pear.

The taste follows the aroma, with a crisp Amariillo hop bite--citrus pith and pine--against a nice toasted malt and just the right amount of caramel malt. The flavor of the amarillio is interesting, adding some orange, herbs, pine and almost a medicinal aspect to the beer. There's a slight hint of chocolate in the malt and there's a nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crispness from the carbonation.

This is an American Pale Ale that's dialed way, way back. Considering this is brewed in and for a province that seems to have a hop phobia, it's easy to criticize them for it but at the same time kind of hard to blame them.

One area where this beer excels in in the packaging. It's worth picking up for the entertainment value alone, as you scour the box and bottles for all the little details, and fun textual blurbs, and just when you think you're done you crack one open only to realize that the inside of the caps have little sayings like, "Beer & Calculus don't mix. Don't drink and derive" or "If things seem to be going well you've overlooked something."

08-02-2009 20:37:53 | More by MeisterBurger
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TheBeermin

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-03-2012 20:59:59 | More by TheBeermin
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-14-2014 20:38:51 | More by randylangford
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Clear copper with solid foam. Nose is caramel, some fruit and light lemon/citrus hops. Buttery, nutty flavour. Husky grain, mild hops and a hint of toast. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat oily and good carbonation level isn't too fizzy. Overall, a fairly easy drinking brew. Not quite what I expected, but tasty enough. Could use a bit more sweetness.

08-25-2009 18:12:08 | More by allergictomacros
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-04-2013 00:34:50 | More by YamagamiTravis
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-21-2014 01:44:33 | More by boszormeny
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

First off I want to say the look on the bottle is beautiful. Nice psychedelic colours and presentation.

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Dark caramel coloured body with no head and the most minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, biscuity, citrus and pine hops all blended well together. I do feel the aroma is quite low though

T: Same as the smell with caramel upfront and biscuity flavours. Hints of citrus and pine.

M: Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation. This beer leaves a malty finish and some dry-bitterness too.

D: Nothing offensive here, but there also isn't much that is special. Everything seems quite weak and bland. I'd much prefer to drink something else.

12-16-2009 21:11:42 | More by Long813
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Orange pour with a finger of white head, that showed good retention and lace. Nice citrusy aroma from the amarillo hops, with a touch of earthiness to it. Not too much behind that though, and I'm wondering where the malt is. In its flavour Hoptical Illusion doesn't go overboard with bitterness, but does have some great balance. There's some very decent orange falvours going on, and there's a decent slightly sweet malt backdrop. Medium-light body and medium carb.

Yep, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and I look forward to seeing its appearance at the lcbo - it could make a nice session beer.

05-23-2009 23:00:41 | More by bobsy
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a deep slightly hazy amber with a 1 finger quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves some patchy lace behind.

Piney hops, caramel, buttery malts, and a hint of vegetables in the nose, which is a bit of a turn off. Seems somewhat subdued for the style.

Herbal piney hops meshed with some toasted buttery malts, hints of caramel and a bit of biscuit. Tasty, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a tad watery. Decent balance and an easy quaffer, but nothing special.

Overall, a decent brew and much better than their Confederation Ale. It's a solid alternative to macros and the generic imports, but not a standout in the style.

01-19-2010 22:36:26 | More by ludachris
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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