Thursday, 22 August 2013

Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale

Barrie, Ontario's Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery is the source of Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale, a cleverly named brew that pours a cloudy, brassy brown colour, topped with a cumulus of creamy head. It's sold in loud, 355mL bottles and contains the standard 5% alcohol. Hoptical Illusion has a dynamic, hop heavy aroma that combines sweet with citrus. Not surprisingly, the flavour is bitter, dominated by notes of orange rind and a healthy hop presence.

This lovely pale ale is definitely one of my favourite of the Monkey's unique offerings. It's well-crafted with a very inviting hop character and considerable flavour. As I type this, I could definitely go for another. This is a good'un, and you should buy it if you see it. My only complaint is that there isn't a whole lot of booze to go along with the snappy flavour.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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