1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale AleFlying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

217 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 217
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mack, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

sbarre, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Yoozeo
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Yoozeo, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Kremlock
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium to dark copper. Has an off white head that pours to about 1/2 inch and then settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Beer is clear and not particles are visible.

S: Creamy butter toffee on the nose when swirling the beer. Has a soft citrus aroma from the hops and there is a residual biscuit smell.

T: Some grapefruit, a little bit of soft peach, caramel/tofee present.

M: Malt/hops balanced, carbonation is fantastic. A bit prickly on the tongue but it has a palate cleansing sensation. Soft bitterness in the end with a low sweetness.

O: This is a greatly balanced APA that can be drank as a session by all standards.

Kremlock, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of tomdavistoronto
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

tomdavistoronto, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Xithyl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Xithyl, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of timiskin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

timiskin, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +5.5%

CurtisD, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of RefillMyglass
4/5  rDev +5.5%

RefillMyglass, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Irish12
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Irish12, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

yancot, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

HATS4BATS, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of MAB
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had one of these on the weekend and I was happy about it.
I'm marking the appearance down a bit because I had too much head after pouring (carefully). Thick and tan in color, the head eventually calmed down enough that I could drink it easily.
The smell was nice. Slightly malty, some good hop aroma.
The taste was better than I figured it would be. Advertised as "almost Pale Ale", I was worried that the hop bitterness would be downplayed, but I was pleasantly proven incorrect. Tasty!
Things improved once I got drinking, and my score reflects that.
Five more in the six-pack case, and I'm looking forward to them!

MAB, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of dork2caon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dork2caon, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of SimbaMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

SimbaMike, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Picaroon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Picaroon, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, new to the Calgary market.
Poured a deep copper color, solid head that left chunky lacing.
Nice bitter hop aroma, with some floral notes, ctrus and pine. Taste is nice balanced with a good dose of caramel malt balanced against the citrus and bitter hoppiness.
Good, hoppy finish with a slightly hop-oil aftertaste.
Body is medium, but fits the style nicely. Appropriate level of carbonation.
Well done, I have enjoyed everything from Flying Monkeys so far.

BigBry, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of jaz58
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jaz58, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.8%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of TheBeermin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TheBeermin, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A nice dark amber body, pretty text book and a little clear. Head is tan yellow, with small pinhead bubbles and some very good lacing, with ringlets around the glass. Leaves a good thin puck while drinking.

Dry malts, and a good hop forward action but not crazy. Dry and slightly earthy. A small malt backbone seems to be present. Pretty simple but solid.

Palate hits with a good hop richness but nothing crazy. Herbal and a light brown sugar sense comes in the mid palate. Tea like action on the finish with a nice mild hop angle. Sweet sense of malts seem to carry a slightly hop forward brew, but it is mild and subtle. Minimal carbonation with a solid simple body that doesn't detract from the imbibing experience.

A hop forward illusional beer indeed. Nothing crazy, but a good solid simple pale ale for sure.

smakawhat, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

NedShakeshaft, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KrisDLSmith, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

schopenhauerale, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Molson2000, Sep 11, 2012
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.