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

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Ratings: 225
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

curewhatalesu, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

randallpink, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of phamda
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

phamda, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -20.6%

hotsudge, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of ssmack
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown with a fine beige head that became a think layer of foam. Great lacing top to bottom.

Both malt and hops in the smell. Biscuit malt. Strong citrus - lemon. As I drank the aroma swung back and forth between malt and hops. Cool.

The hops take over in the taste. Citrus both grapefruit and lemon. Hay and herbs - oregano and pepper. There was a think base of biscuit malt.

A medium feel with a short tingle at the end.

This ale is better than the "almost pale ale" the label claims. Refreshing and complex hops taste.

ssmack, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad pale ale, but nothing special here either. Starts quite bitter, with a surprising hit of earthy hops given its IBUs of just 32. Fairly pleasant biscuity malt plays nicely with the hops, while not adding much sweetness- this beer is quite dry. There is a bit of graininess that not only persists, but grows as the beer warms. The biscuit notes also continue to grow, and hops start to flag. It ends up being a better beer when cold and the ultimate flavors haven't emerged completely. Still, not bad, and nice try something different from the ever expanding Canadian craft beer scene.

Georgiabeer, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

sirsteve42, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A clean copper pour with a 1/4 finger of white head which dissipated moderately quick into a thin ring of lace

S - pleasant aromas of hops, some lemon and a bit of pine, biscuity or bready with a bit of sweetness

T - This starts of strong on hops and some pine, caramel and some mild citrus, lemon, grapefruit. Enjoyable hop bitterness at the end

M - This has some chew but goes down well,velvety ,medium to high carbonation.

O - A really good brew from Flying Monkeys with a solid amount of hops and pleasant overall.

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

SnatchyMcPants, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

valianes, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jcubz, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mr_Rocca, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

DuffMan32, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

deonreds, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

FadetoBock, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Johnny Farina in Ottawa.

Pours a burnished amber, slight red tinge. Head is off-white, dense up top but sparse on the sides. Looks pretty good.

Smells peppery. Lots of hops but also plenty of red and black peppercorns. Notes of some lemongrass and citrus as well. Tangy and a bit spicy. Odd but nice.

Taste starts out peppery with more of those peppercorn flavours. Red/black colour, some slight sour green notes. Hints of citrus on there, lemon with some fragrant dish detergent, but finishes hoppy and pleasant. Light and drinkable.

Decent body, bit of texture that isn't just carbonation. Alright.

Pale ale with all the right notes, and a touch of intriguing difference. I like it.

laituegonflable, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

AussieAbroad, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of pokerman
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Such a great beer with lots of late additions. glad i found a good ipa with some malt backbone. What can I say that hasn't been said? classic or a traditional American IPA it is not but maybe more like a started one. but who cares what you call it? kills almost any other local beer hands down.Fantastic- and exceeded expectations.

pokerman, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DannyBaldoni, Aug 09, 2013
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.