Flying Monkeys Shoulders Of Giants - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev -1%
750ml bottle, lots of slick Canadiana imagery and odes to those hop-head brewers that have come before on our vast, shared continent. Funny enough musings under the cap, too (Jesus is coming... look busy!), though as I took a mere moment to enjoy this, the damned bomber took the opportunity to overflow onto the table all by itself - not fucking cool, dudes.
This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky tan head, which leaves some decent cobwebbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of bitter floral, grassy, leafy, and resinous pine hops straight-off, following tightly by a crusty caramel/toffee sweetness, further pineapple, kiwi, and clementine fruity notes, and a heady floor cleaner alcoholic acridity. The taste is more malty up front - grainy, crackery, and caramel-basted, this one is, with a fairly dry white grapefruit and pedestrian orange citrus twinge, still pungent pine resin and other forest floor detritus green astringencies, a now muddled tropical fruit addendum, and a building upon itself floral, perfumed booziness.
The bubbles are actually quite intense, in a middling frothy sort of manner, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and smooth, as if through a veil, one made of heat and hops. It finishes off-dry, the ubiquitous hops still informing all (beyond the lingering caramel/toffee/butterscotch malt) - I'm talking the inherent fruitiness, and simmering floral, and duly burgeoning warmth.
More than resting on the proverbial titular perch, this offering rises to the dubious heights of another well-worn trope - Icarus. My wings may not be melting, but the too big for its britches ABV seems an apt metaphor here. Lots going on, but nothing really connecting, meshing, or balancing really, even though all the metrics are there, in spades. A bit of a shame, that.
08-19-2014 04:32:03 | More by biboergosum
3.86/5 rDev -0.3%
Purchased at the LCBO for around $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.
A- Opens well and pours a nice head that lasts surpisingly long.... around 3mins until film. VERY dark and partically filtered.
S- Very good. Lots of hops and malt tones.
T- Grapefruit and malt. Straight out. Malty as malty does. Super malt. Did I say malt? Calm down guys. So much so that it overpowers all hops. Too bad.
M- Pretty good. Nice carbonation for a high alcohol beer. Tart as ususal.
O- Pretty good. Won't buy again though. Just a malt bomb with hops.
This ok beer went well with... lamb kabobs!
08-01-2014 01:27:53 | More by DaveBar
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
Bottling date is smudged. Can make out "Feb" but not a day.
A - Poured a translucent amber colour with a big layer of cream coloured head.
S - A big caramel sweetness is noticeable up front. The hop aromas aren't as prominent as I expected, but there were some tropical fruit and dank aromas present. Not specifically getting the pineapple that the label mentions but there is some grapefruit coming through.
T - A sharp bitterness up front with a big sweet caramel malt backbone. Some grapefruit and lighter tropical fruit notes present.
M - Medium body with some nice stickiness. Lots of hop oils are present. Light carbonation. A nice mouth feel.
03-16-2014 01:07:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10
Appearance - Copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains, hops, pineapple, apricot
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some sugary sweet pineapple, apricot, and mango. It ends with a malty sweet yet resiny bitter aftertaste.
Overall - Kind of like an Imperial amber in some ways.. like a troegs nugget nectar. It's pretty sweet but not over the top. Lots of good flavour, just not something that makes it stands out from similar beers. Decent, but at $10 a pop, this won't be something I buy again.
07-31-2014 00:10:44 | More by spinrsx
3.66/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine resins, some grassiness and sweet caramelly malts.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light grapefruit, alot of bitter pine resins, some grassiness and sweet caramelly malts.
Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.
07-26-2014 18:31:57 | More by SebD
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled on May 6 2014. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a clear orange-amber colour, the liquid itself saturated with countless streams of bubbles which lazily wind their way to the surface. Once there, they work to reinforce over two fingers of lofty, fluffy, eggshell-white head, which remains in place for over five minutes until it gradually wilts into a lumpy cap and collar. Multiple rings of beautiful lacing coat the glass; this is a great-looking beer any way you slice it. The aroma is quite fruity, combining notes of candied orange, apricot, grapefruit and pine resin, as well as caramel and a pronounced, boozy raisin sweetness.
It took me a few sips to decide whether or not I liked this one - the flavours are generally well-balanced for a DIPA, but there are no particular stand-out features here. Caramel sweetness and toasted malts are soon overwhelmed by notes of grapefruit and candied orange. Minor hints of apricot, mango and pineapple also come through, but it is the citrus (and the resiny, piney bitterness of the finish) that occupies the bulk of my palate's attention. Finishes with a slight boozy sweetness, which just barely manages to overshadow the lingering hop bitterness. Approaching full-bodied, but a little too light to earn the distinction - this is a smooth-drinking strong ale, with mild carbonation and a somewhat slick, oily feel on the palate. 750 mL of this is pushing the limit of what a reasonable person might want in a sitting, but the flavour profile is agreeable enough that I don't anticipate too much difficulty finishing off the bottle. It would have made more sense to share this with someone.
Final Grade: 3.8, a B+. Shoulders of Giants is a good DIPA, but not an outstanding one. Like most of FM's high-diesel offerings (at least, the ones I've tried), this is an unabashed hop bomb with a noticeable alcohol kick to it - not a beer for the faint-hearted. At 10 bucks a pop, this isn't a cheap tipple, and for that reason I don't think I'd recommend this to anyone who isn't already an existing fan of FM's dalliances into high-abv-hop-bomb territory (think Imperial Red-on-Red, or Super Collider), or people otherwise curious about the style. I like it, but I doubt I'll be back for more any time soon, as this one is a bit too boozy for my tastes.
07-15-2014 04:24:47 | More by thehyperduck
3.91/5 rDev +1%
Pours a glowing, slightly hazed reddish orange. A compact foam lasts a long time, emitting a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma is citrusy hops, cotton candy and doughy malts, A big wall of grapefruit, lemon, cantaloupe, mango hop flavors mix with an astringent, prominent booziness. The mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Moderate bitterness intersperses with alcohol heat in the long finish.
A nice DIPA with a great hop profile. perhaps could be 'juicier' and the alcohol needs to be tamed, even at the expense of ABV. Stil definitely worth trying, I'll be seeking it out on tap to compare.
07-18-2014 03:06:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.21/5 rDev -17.1%
Friend bought me this as a birthday gift. Bottled May 2014.
A - Nice pillowy thick head of two fingers with very small bubbles. Mild haze and mild carbonation with a burnt orange colour. Good retention at a finger with good walls of lace. You can't ask for more.
S - Nice DIPA smell. Some booze and boozy pineapple. Huge citrus, good malt backbone too. Nice surprise with this one, it's got a great balance with that really pungent malty note I like in the style.
T - Sweet fruits, good malt notes, some booze, a bit of an eggy note, lot's of boozy pineapple and syrupy fruits with some wood too.
M - Nice gripping bitterness, a bit harsh like some other FM DIPAs. Decent carbonation, lighter body than expected.
O/D - This was an OK DIPA from FM. In line with their harshness when attempting the style, but this was the least offensive of the bunch. Mouthfeel is way off and probably wouldn't revisit.
08-13-2014 23:08:15 | More by tbeckett
4.16/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a dark copper. Moderate slightly off-white head. Glass is awash in lacing as drunk. Aromas are some caramel, some red fruit peels, citrus, and definite pine notes. Tastes are of bitter citrus hops, with hints of toffee and molasses. Slightly metallic. Overall, this would hold its own against any Imperial IPA I’ve had. Bitter and slightly boozy...the way I like it.
07-25-2014 21:21:59 | More by BeerWatcher
Flying Monkeys Shoulders Of Giants from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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