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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

224 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a Magic Hat funky vibe going on with the label that sets the appropriate tone for the beer. Well categorized as an American Pale Ale, starts out with a sharp hops punch straigh out of the gate. Some caramel malt edges in, but the hops hold center stage. Seems a bigger beer than 5.2%.

Brent, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +5.5%

CurtisD, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a clear copper colour with a good size foamy/fizzy off white head. There is a low amount of carbonation and an above average amount of lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, hops, citrus, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and packs a fairly full bodied taste. Most of the taste is made up of hops and malts mixed with caramel. There are also notes of citrus zest and a faint woodiness. The beer finishes with bitter sweet caramel/hop aftertaste

Drink - I'm happy I got a chance to try this one on draft. It seems like Pale Ale's that taste like this are a dime a dozen in the states, but in Canada they are a rarity. An above average beer that is definetly worth a try.

spinrsx, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of batmanbach
4/5  rDev +5.5%

batmanbach, May 07, 2012
Photo of RefillMyglass
4/5  rDev +5.5%

RefillMyglass, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Avant_Garage
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Avant_Garage, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of MasterOfArgos39
4/5  rDev +5.5%

MasterOfArgos39, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of MattPS
4/5  rDev +5.5%

MattPS, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

andrenaline, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of JZ57
4/5  rDev +5.5%

JZ57, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nullbort, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Cramshawbar, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Leafsj
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Leafsj, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

artemh, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

WeissBoy, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Allegue04
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Allegue04, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Picaroon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Picaroon, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Sarmento
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Sarmento, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

CRObighit2, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Devon_
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Devon_, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of nhaimes
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nhaimes, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of EatsTacos
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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

EatsTacos, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.