Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a copper colour with thick white head & lacing. Smells of citrusy hops. The taste has a nice load of hops with a great malt backbone to it. Nice carbonation level for the style and very drinkable.
I haven't had this for a few months and it seems to improve each time I have it. Certainly hoppier than I remember, which is nice. If I had reviewed this a year ago, I probably would have given it about an B-, but now it is certainly improved.
04-18-2010 21:29:05 | More by kwjd
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
02-02-2012 03:11:08 | More by DaPan
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-27-2012 18:12:12 | More by peensteen
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.
12-09-2012 01:22:19 | More by BigBry
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
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
07-23-2012 01:49:36 | More by joemcgrath27
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Tap sample from the brewery:
Deep amber lightly hazed ale with a decent cap that lasts. Soft natural carbonation.
Aroma is sweet caramalts with a distinct Amarillo hop aroma - spicey citrus. Lovely dose of biscuity malts in the front are instantly matched by a pine-citrus resinous hop rush, creamy mouth feel, drying finish gets mildly bitter. Nice !
If I closed my eyes I'd have thought I was drinking a Propeller pale ale.
06-09-2010 19:51:15 | More by pootz
3.13/5 rDev -17.4%
Thanks to SlovakSniper (ratebeer) for this one. Had it with my supper last night, sausages with broccoli & raisin salad.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle.
Appearance: Doesn't pour pale really but more of a copper color with a generous 3 finger off-white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some lacing. Looks more like an IPA that an APA.
Smell: A bit disappointed as i get wisps of citrus & grapefruit but the aroma is too light for my liking.
Taste: Creamy with an afterthought of grapefruit. A dry tea-like character presents itself as it warms. I find their is not enough flavor in here.
Mouthfeel: Smoothness reminds me almost as if i'm drinking this from a nitro tap. Carbonation is active and the body feels thin at first but ends fuller. A little bit disjointed.
Drinkability: Would have liked more oomph in the taste to keep me coming back but it would be a decent alternative to BMC in a bar.
Overall: Tries to straddle the line between an APA & an IPA but the lack of intensity makes this an average beer IMO.
11-11-2010 14:48:24 | More by papat444
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
Clear copper with solid foam. Nose is caramel, some fruit and light lemon/citrus hops. Buttery, nutty flavour. Husky grain, mild hops and a hint of toast. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat oily and good carbonation level isn't too fizzy. Overall, a fairly easy drinking brew. Not quite what I expected, but tasty enough. Could use a bit more sweetness.
08-25-2009 18:12:08 | More by allergictomacros
4.11/5 rDev +8.4%
A: Copper amber, filtered with moderate carbonation rising from the center, 5 fingers of moderate tan head with great retention. The head is foamy with large and small bubbles.
S: Floral, pineapple, tropical fruit,
T: Caramel, hard water, metallic, pineapple, tropical punch, floral.
M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.
O: A really nice British and American styles. Go Canada! Really loving this one.
05-08-2014 01:51:14 | More by patre_tim
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and there is nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of hops, caramely malts with citucy notes.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice carmely sweetness upfront with nice citrucy notes to finaly end with a nice hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.
Drinkability: It's a smooth and drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great and tasty Ale. Props to Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.
04-18-2011 20:05:55 | More by SebD
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
This new Robert Simpson beer has a very stylized, dayglo label, it reminds me of Boulder Brewing labels a bit. Lets hope the stuff inside is as good as the artwork.
The pour reveals a dark copper liquid with a waifish, patchy head that musters up a respectable amount of lace. Malt and citrus flavors mixing with some herbal notes makes up the taste. Its pretty well balanced and has a nice malt profile. I would have expected some roasty flavors based on the color, but they werent there. Lemony hops are in the back, providing satisfactory balance. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Some bitterness lingers in the finish.
This is a good beer and an easy quaffer, but its a bit lacking in the hop department. A little more bitterness and this would be a great APA.
08-09-2009 22:41:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
The best "session" Pale Ale thus far in Ontario. Sufficently hoppy to be interesting in nose, flavour and finish - but might also appeal to the less hop enamored.
Delightful on draught, although a micro-brew and therefore not widely as distributed as hop fans might hope. And as an aside (and fully recognizing it has zero relevance to anything as important as taste), would also like to praise the bottle appearance. Stands out in the staid Ontario marketplace! I am still genuinely delighted every time I read a witty bottlecap saying that I hadn't seen before...
10-16-2010 21:02:26 | More by hopsolutely
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
Undated bottle. Purchased at the LCBO and poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a rich reddish orange with a light head that does not lace. Aromas are nice, dominated by citrus dryhops. The taste is schizophrenic, with little of the malty sweetness expected from the colour. It is at times very enjoyable hoppy & citrusy, but other times seems bland and thin. Carbonation was enjoyable, but once again sometimes disappeared feeling watery in the mouth. With a little more body this beer would be great.
08-26-2010 04:45:29 | More by kjyost
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
On draught at Kickoff Waterloo. This was my first BA review many months back, and I wanted to re-evaluate it with so many other APA's under my belt.
Pours a deep copper-amber with a thin, white head. Some lacing, good retention. Nice looking rbew.
Nose is grapefruit, mango, citrussy hops, a bit of earth, nice caramel malt. Solid APA.
Smashbomb has long been my standard Ontario IPA, which I always treated as being an amped up version of Hoptical. But now I see how these are two completely different brews. Hoptical his a nice malt profile, good - but not overpowering - citrussy hops, a bit of resin, earth and tropical fruit. Surprisingly complex. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, but it has a nice crispness to it and a good body.
Hoptical still holds its own as one of Ontario's best pale ales. Flying Monkeys oriented their restructuring around this brew, and it has paid remarkable dividents, as the brewery has quickly become the darling of Ontario's craft breweries in terms of its experimentation and assertive use of hops. This brew tends to get lost amongst the Smashbombs, Super Colliders and Alpha Fornications, but it is no slouch. Hoptical is a solid APA and a damned decent brew.
08-05-2011 19:22:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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