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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark AleFlying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 11-01-2009

Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 75
Photo of RStansel
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is how aromatic hops and dark malts should dance.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye while I was looking for some new beer to try and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks really nice, it's got a great design to it and it's very eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with one and a half fingers worth of creamy and bubbly medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus rind, grassy and floral hops aromas with no single hoppy aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight doughy aroma that goes right into the malts which impart some nice roasted malt aromas along with some grainy and light sweet malt aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with malts being the first to show up this time and they impart impart the same roasted malt and grainy aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which leads into the hops which impart the exacts same aspects that they did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that lingers just for a little bit with a pretty hoppy and slightly roasted aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Black IPA, but i wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice Black IPA, it had almost all the aspects that I look for in the style, but in the end I wanted a little more out of it, the aroma was pretty nice and true to style, but when I got to the taste all the aspects seemed noticeably lighter than they were in the aroma and I wasn't a big fan of that. This beer had ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling and the taste doesn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me since I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's a good looking Black IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, I just wish it was bolder. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I might try it again if I knew it was really fresh. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like the style then it might be worth a try. All in all I thought this was a solid Black IPA, but nothing stood out about it and I didn't find it to be too memorable. It's not a favorite Flying Monkeys beer and it's very average for the style. Nice job guys, but with some work i think this could be a pretty nice Black IPA.

Photo of ZacharyReichardt
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lord_Pif
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jasonwrag
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at the Winking Judge for birthday type celebrations. Served in a standard pint glass. Re- reviewing this for my 550th full review, it was good before but maybe it's better on tap?

Appearance - a very dark cola brown, nearing black in color. A very small film of head was poured and it receded into a thin wisp of foam rather quickly. Dark opaque and ominous.

Smell- the best of both worlds, some light roasted characteristics namely caramel and molasses with a full bouquet of citrus notes as well.

Taste - pretty much like the nose, a bunch of roasty flavours, just a touch of bitter coffee before the hop bomb drops with a brief explosion of citrus fruit. That is then followed by a reversion to molasses and other malt flavours.

Mouthfeel- smooth reasonably light bodied and just a bit of prickly carbonation to top it off.

Overall - a very good beer with rich flavours and a good balance between the roasted aspect and the hoppy aspect of a black ale. Definitely worth a shot. A fine beer for my 550th review.

Photo of dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryanfs
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Lunardr0ne
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DamoTO700
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DougT
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

I liked this but I prefer the Alley Kat offering more.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is quite close to black, completely opaque though not with a heavy body. The head is a solid brown one a full finger in height with good retention, thick and fluffy. Lacing is sturdy ad fairly thick as well with some good stick.
The smell is primarily hoppy with lots of raw leaf, citrus and wood. A bit of roast is in there, but not to the fullest effect.
The taste follows with a bit more dry cocoa into the finish, but it also develops a very slight astringency as it goes. It actually fits fairly well, and never gets too harsh, but it's just a bit noticeable.
The body is medium with a good mix of crisp brightness and roasty, powdery dryness. It has a nice creaminess rolling through that adds a lot of sweetness.

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Sarmento
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RyanPollock
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

wow! I really enjoyed this. At first the taste is very bitter but it quickly reveals a dark chocolate and coffee flavour. The hop taste is very complex and the mouthfeel is like drinking a dark roast espresso. The mild carbonation makes this beer surprisingly smooth. The taste is varied with each sip but overall, a very enjoyable dark ale that overs a unique experience. I have been very impressed with the beers i have tried from Flying Monkey and i look forward to what else they have to offer!

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rempeba
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of BeerTruck
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Review according to BJCP2008 (style 14B - adapted). Bottle 35.5cl - Batch ?. AROMA: nice hop aroma with citrusy, floral, resinous and pine notes. low malty background. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color with light brown, creamy, persistant head. clear. TASTE: high hop flavour with floral and piney notes. low malt flavour with slight coffee notes in the aftertaste. High bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. PALATE: medium-low body with medium carbonation. No astringency. OVERALL: a nice IPA derived beer. maybe should have more roasted flavours and flavours.

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Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.