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Robert Simpson Confederation Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Robert Simpson Confederation AleRobert Simpson Confederation Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pootz on 01-31-2005)
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -16.1%

355ml bottle from the brewery. I really disliked my first sample of Robert Simpson about two years ago, but after hearing about the recent recipe tweak, I was excited to revisit.

A: copper gold in colour with an off-white cap and threads of lace.
S: blood, iron, flowery hops, citrus, and toast.
T: vague and astringent spiciness, mildly citric, with some bread, caramel, and whole wheat cracker underneath.
M: medium bodied, tangy, slight bitterness, tart and malty aftertaste, parched finish.
D: honestly, I'm not sure what this beer is trying to accomplish. It loosely resembles an American Amber, yet the dry hopping fails to produce the complexity and bitterness of actual hop additions. A mediocre brew overall.

06-28-2010 05:16:02 | More by cratez
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance: attractive, glossy packaging. 355ml bottle with temp indicator....although it didn't seem to be working. pours a light colour amber. medium white head, nice lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: malty sweetness and lots of fruity & citrusy notes. big hint of grapefruit (Pootz hit it right on the head!)

Taste: malts are up front and mid-sip the citrus and fruit notes come plowing through. semi sweetness from the malt and citrus of grapefruit. end of the sip offers up some hop bitterness but at a very subtle level. the finish ends on a rather bland note. most of the flavours disapear and there is little lingering.

Mouhfeel: clean and crisp for the most part. maybe a little too light bodied. very drinkable. not a huge flavor profile which might be a good way to convert macro drinkers.

Drinkability: a nice change from the mainstream macro market. a beer with plenty of potential. as Pootz stated in his earlier review, this beer is a step up from the standard macros and with wide distribution it might get a few people to step into the micro market. again, not the cream of the crop but well worth supporting this new local beer. in any case, a pleasant first brew from Robert Simpson.

02-02-2005 19:04:56 | More by Popsinc
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev 0%

One of those beers that truly suffers in bottled form, but is quite drinkable on draft. Had this one on tap at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

Pours a light amber, leaves about 1cm of foam that quickly disappears.

Nose is of apple, spices and a bit of hops. None of the metallic flavour found in the bottle.

Not a bad little pale ale, certainly good for a session with friends. However, there's nothing exciting about it - fairly standard actually - so it won't prove to be an interesting sipper. Get it on draught if you can - the bottle is certainly subpar.

10-26-2009 22:14:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%

355ml bottle, procured via a trade with Ontario local tbeckett - cheers!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which leaves some streaky arched lace as it quickly recedes. It smells of sweet bready, pastry-like malt, some mild wild citrus, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is malty, to be sure, the breadiness not in question - however, an overriding, if still underwhelming, zingy grassy, earthy hoppiness pervades. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body equally south of medium weight, but not egregiously so, and a little too edgy to be considered smooth. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness and waning, underachieving hops sticking in.

An adequate enough offering, especially given the style. I wouldn't be put off if offered this at the proverbial lake, but I wouldn't/won't be seeking it out.

09-06-2011 23:35:03 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%

I like Hoptical and really enjoyed the sample pour of the forthcoming Netherworld porter at the brewery last week, so I thought I'd give this a second look.

Pours amber-orange two fingers of fizzy white head. The head settles down to a thin blanket over the body. A fair amount of lace is left sticking to the walls of my glass. Lots of visible carbonation. Very mild aroma with notes of bread, biscuit, and milder hops in the back. What flavour there is in this slightly sweet brew consists of biscuit and butterscotch with a hint of hops in the finish. There's really not a lot to this, but nothing tastes off either. Light-bodied with peppery carbonation. It's a little thin, which is probably refreshing under the hot summer sun. I wouldn't say no, but I enjoy Hoptical and Netherworld more.

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D / 2.1
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | drink: 2
rDev: -39.5%

Light amber and slightly hazed, with a thin layer of white head on top. Poor retention, no lace.

Smells like caramel, grain, and cooked veggies.

Tastes like caramel, grain, and cooked veggies.

Light bodied with smooth carbonation, and still hard to drink.

Reviewed on: 08-07-2009 17:40:17

08-07-2009 17:40:17 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

Nice aroma, honeyish though sweet malt. Bit of foamy head in appearance. OK and creamy but on the thin mouthfeel side and plain taste with some honey in backdrop from yeast. There is a drop of hops and can use more of it. Drying bits of material at end. Drinkable.

08-24-2005 02:20:34 | More by Sammy
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

355 ml bottle.
Now known as Flying Monkey's Amber Ale. New logo to boot.
Bottled Jun 07/2011 (glad to see they are usuing the date right on the neck of all bottles!)

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber, thin head dissipates to nothing quickly....appears to be floating particles (huh?!) all over this beer. Nose is crispy breaded malt, biscuity, spicy yeast, some grain, faint hop presence which is hardly noticeable. Taste is malt, grain, grass/wheat, not much in the way of an amber ale. I think this must be FM reaching out to brew a middle of the road beer for the macro drinkers, it must sell well for them, though I'm not sure craft beer drinkers will find much to enjoy from this beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied, not much carbonation from this bottle. Overall, one of the weaker options from Flying Monkey's, an up and coming brewery trying new things.

08-14-2011 20:28:11 | More by heebes
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a light gold with a decent white head that dissipates reasonably quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell is citrus and big floral hops, very pleasant, if rather unusual for a cream ale. A taste - and the hops go missing in action. Slightly grainy malts and a bit of hay, but nothing particularly interesting. Mouthfeel is decent, if rather watery, and drinkability is distinctly average. Thanks to pootz for this element of the CANBIF2 package.

06-16-2006 17:35:42 | More by Mandrake
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.78/5  rDev -10.3%

341ml bottle out of the OCB Discovery Pack. Pours clear gold with a smallish white head. Poor retention and non-existent lacing. Smells like wet grain--not very nice. Somewhat sweet. This carries a bit to the taste, but the malt actually takes on a bit of a toasty character that makes it more pleasant. Light-medium body with medium carbonation. Not offensive, but not much (good) character or flavor.

05-30-2009 23:25:09 | More by philipquarles
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +21.9%

Note - this is bottled as Flying Monkeys Amber Ale (not Robert Simpson but it appears to be the same brew)

A - 1 finger head with some lacing - slightly cloudy amber/copper colour

S - Malty with some hops coming through (pine)

T - Malt - some sweet notes - hops coming through strong - pine and floral - a little spicy

M - medium body with some carbonation - very smooth

O - a decent brew that was better than I expected and I would certainly grab this again

08-05-2011 12:19:27 | More by Stocean1
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a medium light foamy white head with good retention. Aroma of floral hops is mix with grassy malt. Taste is a bit more interesting then expected with grassy feels mix with something quite salty. Without being great this is an above average golden ale with some character.

06-09-2005 19:26:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +29%

01-06-2012 17:31:45 | More by ThinkAgain
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Draft

Appearance - Amber/copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, nuts, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, a caramel sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. There is also a touch of a nuttiness. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Nothing that will blow you away, but it's a nice drinkable amber. The flavours are subtle which would allow for it to be pretty sessionable. Considering my limited choices for draft beer at the restaurant, it worked well.

11-29-2011 17:54:57 | More by spinrsx
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -15.2%

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer awhile back. I think it's kind of cool they utilized the idea of Coors Light's cold label on the back. Hopefully they didn't use the same brewing techniques.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with one finger of quickly dissipating, watery white head that leaves no lace. A strong amount of carbonation makes itself visible.

Grain, sweet malt, biscuit and vegetables in the nose. Sure doesn't make me want to drink it.

Grain and biscuit are mashed with a funky canned vegetable taste, finishing off with a light buttery touch; the only redeeming aspect of this beer.

Mouthfeel is light, watery and filmy. Pour balance of less than pleasing tastes makes this a hard one to go down, but still drinks like a macro.

Keeping in mind my limited experience in the Ontario craft brew scene and the beer world in general, this is one of the worst craft's I've had to date. Their Hoptical Illusion, under its new name of course, is lightyears ahead of this stuff. I'm always open to giving a new beer a try, especially one from here, but the rest of this sucker is going down the drain.

11-24-2009 23:52:52 | More by ludachris
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: It has a nice yellow/orange/golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet toasty caramelly malts with earthy, piney and citrusy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet malt character giving out some caramelly notes with some nice citrusy, piney and earthy hops and a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good light flavors and aromas.

03-15-2012 18:48:24 | More by SebD
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - a hazy, yellow beer with a thin surface bubble head. Decent bubble quality at the top.

Smell - notable barley scents with a roasted-malty characteristic. Smells as though it is travelling the boundary between freshness and mustiness.

Taste - mostly caramelized roasted grainy-hay flavour, with a little astringent zap at the end. Decent taste of malt sweetness at the end. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth, all things considered and interesting to taste.

Drinkability - this is good, and I wouldn't be shy about it. Probably it's overpriced for what it is, but the taste is there. I'd like to have it on tap.

05-20-2009 01:31:07 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance is an average golden yellow with a thick head. Smell is grainy with a hint of corn and wet vegetables.

The taste has little hops, but crisp with a creamy body. A bit sweet. Has a moderate body with light carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Overall, not the most complex beer around but refreshing. A fairly average beer but probably good to drink on a hot summer day.

04-05-2007 06:34:38 | More by CrazyMike
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -35.5%

11-06-2012 17:24:10 | More by cfalovo97
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked up a can of this brew when in Canada. I am pouring a chilled sample into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear color with several streams of carbonation rising to the surface. Fluffy bleached white head of 4 cm fades slowly leaving craters as it goes. Aroma is clean caramel malt and some grainy cereal. Fairly mild on the nose overall.
First sip reveals a light body and genlte rolling carbonation. Flavor is a little grainy and some caramel too. Gets a little husky on the finish and then rolls to herbal and drying finish. Nice easy drinker when sitting in the sun poolside.

09-29-2007 03:42:50 | More by sulldaddy
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

06-15-2013 17:52:18 | More by TheBeeraholic
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80b

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +29%

04-15-2012 04:09:50 | More by 80b
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +24.2%

Picked up a couple cans of this stuff at the LCBO the other day. This poured to a light gold with a quick forming head that quickly dissipates. Very vegetable-like smell to it, not too too bad. Taste is pretty good, a slight sweetness with a clean refreshing finish. That, and a very gentle carbonation makes this pretty easy to drink. This is a pretty good example of a cream ale.

03-14-2006 23:22:49 | More by funkengruven
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a slightly cloudy, almost pencil yellow colour with a surprisingly frothy and creamy head. Nice lacing and retention here.

I'm getting a very "bright" hoppy aroma here with strong citrus notes as well as some mild earthy tones and a bit of pepper.

There is a nice tang to the initial mouthfeel that transitions to creamy, almost chewy on the way down.

The taste is rather bitter up front and seems to stay dry throughout. Getting a great balance between sweet and sour, like graham cracker and citrus.

There is a very mild sweetness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste. I find the taste a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma, but it's very drinkable to be sure.

Robert Simpson Confederation Ale isn't as exciting as Hoptical Illusion or Netherworld Cascadian Ale from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, but it is definitely a quality brew worth trying.

12-20-2010 18:01:09 | More by bryehn
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Crystal clear with a slight yellow hue. Pours with plenty of head, leaves a nice lace, but there's not much retention.

S: Not a lot of nose. Bread & buttery-caramel with slight hints of fresh hops and fruity esters.

T: Slightly sweet, hint of earthy hops, with some buttery/caramel flavour like caramel popcorn (diacetyl?).

M: Light to moderate body is somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Easily approached & initially goes down like water... but it starts to wear on me, and certainly doesn't bring me back for more.

Probably best served ice-cold.

04-25-2006 20:29:47 | More by Derek
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +18.7%

The most drinkable Cream Ale I've ever encountered. Pours out to a frosty yellow color with a respectable head of white foam that remains consistant. No lace, and a medium level of carbonation. Aromas of light husky corn and grains, with some malty sweet notes. Taste is smooth, crisp, simple and enjoyable; light malty sweetness mixes with rich corn grain flavors and oh so subtle hops. Some herby notes as well, but very faint, and almost overshadowed by the smooth malty veggie character that is present. Mouthfeel is good; i've got to say it's quite enjoyable for such a shunned style; crisp, smooth, refreshing, totally quaffable. A great summer, or even year round brew. I like to think of Robert Simpson as the Orville Reddenbacher of beers; they do one thing (Cream Ale), and do it better than anyone else. Highly Recommended. Special thanks to Derek for the sample.

08-16-2006 01:14:09 | More by Frozensoul327
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Robert Simpson Confederation Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.