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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
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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)
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Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

artemh, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of MylesMac
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MylesMac, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ptarmigan98, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of codyhotel
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a good 2 fingers of off-white head, dissapates down pretty quickly. A copper colour, more towards the red end (I think, tough to tell shades of red when you're colourblind).

S - Lots of hops, some citrus notes up front. Caramel and malty sweetness towards the end, with a touch of a yeasty-bread type of thing.

T - Not as hoppy as I expected from the nose, a good amount up front but gives way to the sweeter malts fairly quickly. Caramel and malt flavours grow stronger as the beer warms up. Definitely a bit of subtle spice in there that I can't quite put my finger on. Finishes with a touch of bitterness

M - Medium-moderate body, smooth carbonation. Finish is a touch oily, could be cleaner.

codyhotel, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Leafsj
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Leafsj, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

joemcgrath27, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of slitherySOB
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper with plenty of bubbles that leads to a two fingers worth of head that doesn't leave. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus and faint pine, with a bit of herbal tea. Tastes of caramel, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit airy. A very good pale ale, but not as good as their Smashbomb IPA.

slitherySOB, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tall pilsner glass 3/7/12

A clear dark copper with lots of big bubbles feeding a two finger beige foam that just gets more dense as it falls and has a peak too it, there's still a thumbs width at the bottom and thick rings all the way down. looks perfect, just perfect

S citrus and faint pine with lots of caramel, just a little herbal aspect as it warms

T not much pine and still lots of caramel, well balanced for sure with both malt and hops in check, earthy finish

M lots of bubbles on the verge of foam but still airy, medium bodied and the aftertaste lingers faintly

O high marks here for how fast a 6 pack got slayed, these just poured down my throat and I didn't get board

A very nice pale for sure but on the same shelf as Smashbomb for the same price I might only slay this 6er

wordemupg, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Shrews
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
A 1/2 head with a ruby color.

Smell
Citrus and malty with some earthy scents.

Taste
Citrus and grapefruit taste with a complex finish. Malty and rich taste.

Mouthfeel
Pretty hoppy and bitter on the mouth yet still a smooth finish. A great feel.

Overall
A wonderful APA with an amazingly complex taste and smell. Had a grand time trying this beer while traveling for work.

Shrews, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Avant_Garage
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Avant_Garage, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Orbex
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Orbex, May 31, 2012
Photo of downtownbrown
3/5  rDev -20.8%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
Photo of bsilver87
4/5  rDev +5.5%

bsilver87, May 08, 2012
Photo of batmanbach
4/5  rDev +5.5%

batmanbach, May 07, 2012
Photo of Wordslinger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
Photo of trippinbillyrmc
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

trippinbillyrmc, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Adge0058, Apr 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

WeissBoy, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Hoptical pours a nice amber with medium head.

Great hop aroma on the nose.

Taste is great for a low ABV APA or (almost pale ale) as they say, however, carbonation is a bit much for me. Hops are prominent on the nose and in the taste.

Mouthfeel a bit light, though to be expected for a lighter APA.

Sadly, this beer gives me heartburn every time, so although availability has improved through the LCBO, this is not my go to beer.

DaPan, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colour, a little more than one finger of white fluffy head, good retention with a fair bit of lace. Smell is of soft biscuity malt, a good amount of hop, citrus, orange and grapefruit, lightly buttery at points as well. Taste is malty with a crisp bitterness, once bitterness subsides, citrus rolls in, grapefruit, mango, fairly tropical, dry finish with some more bready malt in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, soft and lightly creamy feel, medium body overall. Fairly good stuff here, have had this many times but never reviewed this until now, I probably wont commit to a 6-pack of this too often but a couple singles or a pint at the bar I would welcome often.

peensteen, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of JZ57
4/5  rDev +5.5%

JZ57, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of steamwhistle123
4/5  rDev +5.5%

steamwhistle123, Jan 19, 2012
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.