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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
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 BigBry
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 decimator
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep copper with amber hues. 3cm off-white head slowly dissipated. Good amount of lacing is produced.

S - Pine upfront with citrus fruit and caramel in the background.

T - Very light caramel sweetness, some citrus tang in the middle and a good dose of bitter hops that continue into the aftertaste. Flavour improves a bit as the beer warms up.

M - Average carbonation, smooth, lighter than expected, a bit watery, sticky, and the finish is dominated by the aftertaste.

D - Simple yet flavourful. Easy to drink a few in a sitting.

decimator, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this ale is dubbed "almost pale", as it is fairly dark for the style: A red amber that belies the name but looks enticing nonetheless, with a considerable quantity of rich beige foam that leaves a nice spidery lacing on a pub glass. Aroma recalls perfumed black tea, orange rind, peppercorn spice, faint pine, and sweetish caramel malts. Smells pleasantly spicy and earthy. Palate is interesting, with a mixed red, white, and green peppercorn spice and pine leading the way, followed by a subdued white grape and citrus rind fruitiness, maybe the barest hint of tropical fruit in there somewhere: This brewery likes Citra hops. A chalky mineral note only amplifies the green, earthy, spicy bitterness. Rather light-bodied and fizzy, with a herbal piney "forest floor" finish. I am somewhat conflicted about this brew. Although the peppercorn spice and pine make for a fairly unique and ultimately gratifying combination, there was a sense that more citrus and floral elements were struggling to come through, never quite making it. The malts are downplayed and perhaps nicely sessionable but the hops are not quite salient enough on the usual American pale ale dimensions of citrus and tropical fruit. Could just be me.

CalgaryFMC, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Doomcifer, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

djcreepshow, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

randallpink, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Skwisgaar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a good head that lasts

S- 3.75- Very good. Lots of hops. Carmel and malt.

T- 3.75- Pretty good and not overpowering. Nice refreshing break

M- 3.75- Very good. Light for an IPA.

O- 3.82- This is what I feel this beer is. Would like to try on tap.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Sushi

Enjoy

DaveBar, Sunday at 12:42 PM
Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Boozecamel, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of butler
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

butler, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

EgadBananas, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mr_Rocca, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

tomdavistoronto, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

dork2caon, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

AussieAbroad, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bryehn, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KeeganRohovich, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

outtabeer-outtahere, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

sdm9465, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mack, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SimonTja, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

thampel09, May 24, 2013
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.