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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

213 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 213
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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British Columbia (Canada)

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Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to korguy123 for this Ontario local!

Pours a beautiful ambery bronze color. Head was a light tan, solid finger and a half, and it just coats the glass with sticky, webby lacing! Wonderful.

Plenty of juicy, sweet citrus hops comes through on the nose, and there is an ample backing malt structure holding it up nicely. Malts are nice and bready, with some caramel in there as well.

The taste has a nice bitter bite up front, moving to those juicy citrus fruits as with the aroma. Malt profile is a bit slighter than with the aroma, but pretty good nonetheless.

Feel is a bit on the lighter side, with a crisp carbonation bite.

Overall this is a good, solid APA. Drinkability is good, and I'd definitely put a few away at a time.

06-04-2011 03:13:42 | More by EgadBananas
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Mr_Rocca

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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tomdavistoronto

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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dork2caon


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ontario (Canada)

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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

"Illusions, Micheal! Tricks are something a whore does for money."
- GOB Bluth, Arrested Development.

Almost? Hoptical Illusion isn't even close to being pale. It is a classic, toasty mahogany stain that, despite its near flawless clarity, should not be considered anything less than deep-set with reference to colour. This looks as though it should be a most hearty and flavourful beer. And it's quite attractive too, even despite its rather inconsequential capping.

The aura of rank citrus and budding resins is definitely no misconception - that's the smell of Amarillo hops. While it is a more restrained dosage than the often typical administering of this pungent variety, a rather brawny fruitiness still protrudes. The bouquet suits well the caramel malts and naturally fruity strain of ale yeast.

The taste captures a lot more hop character than the aroma (which is funny because I believe it may be dry-hopped). Quite vivid flavours of candied grapefruit, chocolate covered orange peels and brandy-macerated plums give this a deliciously citric persona. The hops also lend a distinctly floral tinge, imparting a slight resemblance to green tea.

Those fruity and floral flavours, as well as the light biscuity and toffee-like ones of the malts, are easily appreciated because of the unusual lack of bitterness. An uncommon sweetness prevails which, along with the appropriately set level of carbonation, makes for an exceptionally sessionable ale. Hell, I'm ready for another one already!

I guess that's why they call it 'Hoptical Illusion' - it seems hoppy but it's only a measly 18 IBUs! I must confess that at first I thought the idea of marketing a beer with artisan level hopping and industrial level bitterness had 'marketing ploy' written all over it (just like the brewery's coinciding name change from 'Robert Simpson Brewery' to 'Flying Monkeys'). Turns out I was wrong - this is surprisingly good and I like it. A lot.

09-02-2009 21:42:51 | More by biegaman
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Alberta (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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