Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale AleFlying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
287 Ratings
Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale AleFlying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
theflyingmonkeys.ca

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Added by bobsy on 05-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,222
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
287
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
62
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of MichaelGennings
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale. Made by Flying Monkeys in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. 5% alc. 473 ml can. 32 IBUs.

White head. Copper red colour.

Notes: Faint hops and very faint bready malts.

Taste is slight bitter hops, hints of grapefruit, caramel, malt. Medium bodied. Dry finish.

Very enjoyable. Along with the dry finish there is an almost bitterness but not quite.

I'd buy this again.

 398 characters

Photo of Pmicdee
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Pours dark caramel colour with a nice frothy head.
Smell - Sweet, bready.
Taste - Delicious. Caramel with hints of chocolate (just a bit). Not bitter.
Feel - Just the right amount of carbonation to make it go down easy.
Overall - A great beer from one of the coolest breweries around.

 291 characters

Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very odd taste for a pale ale

29 characters

Photo of derdtheterd
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber colour, with a big creamy head that leaves ome lace. Aroma of pine, fruits, caramel. Medium body, OK carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma: Fruits, pine and caramel. OK beer.

 190 characters

Photo of biker30x
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint & later into a snifter. This pours a deep and rich amber but failed to deliver any of that richness in taste. It was fairly well balanced (neither hop nor malt nor fruit dominate) but the flavors are all somewhat thin. This isn't a bad beer, it just isn't much more than an adequate beer. I guess a slightly more complex alternative to lager on a hot day?

 380 characters

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of portwood
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smell: sweet malt & citrus, caramel, somewhat floral. Taste: starts sweet & turns to bitter grapefruit & pine. FInish: balanced finish w/toffee & bitter hops.

 158 characters

Photo of Corson
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Playing Millenium 2. It has a hop profile that isnt bad but that i dont end up completely liking, like if it had some rancidness. Hasnt BB date

 175 characters

Photo of YvesB
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fortyfield
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rf1963
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PontiacFirebird
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Isaac420L
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of theDuck
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerdrinkr
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of talbotjf99
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of celio7x
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jetulio
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... Amber beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox Aroma............... malt, grass and pine. Malt aroma predominance Taste........ Some citric and caramel notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time. Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation Overall............ a very recomendable pale ale, hops are present at the end in a good balance with malt.

 463 characters

Photo of mylespetro
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a orangey amber with a hint of gold, a finger and a half of off white head that stays for a long time and good lacing.
S - Malts, gentle hop smell, not in your face like a typical IPA (because it's not an IPA). Caramel, slight citrus and pine.
T - Slightly bitter at first, with some characteristics of a lighter ale mixed with the hoppiness of an IPA. Malts and hops with a bit of tart citrus.
M - Nice carbonation that wakes up the tastebuds, and a nice balance between the dryness of an IPA and the sweetness of an amber ale.
O - An extremely sessionable ("almost") pale ale that won't leave you too bogged down.

 625 characters

Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 287 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.