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

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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
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of mylespetro
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Shorthillsbrewer
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well designed session beer with hops up front, malt pokes through in the middle, and finishes soft, great summer beer. A good all around sessionable IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dancing on the line where amber ale meets pale ale, the Flying Monkeys showcase a breadth of hops to balance its rich malt sweetness to even-keel perfection- making this and all occasion beer.

Hoptical Illusion pours with the deep hues of winter's honey- hazy amber and reddish. Its whipped meringue froth sheds juicy hop aromas with a tropical, citrus and orchard blossom type of floralness. Its taste is layered with caramel, honey and biscotti-like to start.

But over the middle palate, the balance is stricken with equal parts malt and hops. Sweet caramel, biscuit and honey coat the mouth ahead of the piquant fruitiness of hops- pink grapefruit, freshly zested orange, pineapple and lemon that rival the plump malty center. As the two flavors intertwine upon the palate, late development of grassy and herbal flavors cast a tea-like sassafras character.

Medium and moderate through and through, the ale's waning moments allow the resinous nature of American hops to peak through the malt barrier and take a slight lead. An aftertaste of honey-kissed citrus and fresh pine shavings extend shortly after the beer's finish.

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Photo of MatChar
2.09/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mikefilmerca
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA on the lighter side. Not overly hoppy like many IPA's. One could drink this all day...

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Photo of adacovsk
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boku56
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of franklioni
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised by this one and found a very flavourful and easy to drink little beer...

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Photo of JackieKu
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of safaricook
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BdM
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikemands
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LDuke
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atsir
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanfs
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Lunardr0ne
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Franck
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Too malted and an unpleasant sour taste. Lack of hops. Not fresh I think

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Photo of kp2517
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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