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

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very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Will12, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MidwestBA, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

thampel09, May 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

seinfeldette, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mack, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

sbarre, Apr 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Yoozeo, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Kremlock
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

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

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

CurtisD, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

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

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

HATS4BATS, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of MAB
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

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

Picaroon, Dec 09, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

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
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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.

jaz58, Nov 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

TheBeermin, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.