Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPAFlying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Viggo on 08-17-2011

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Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Hmm. Little sticky note on my bottle that says 10.5% - typo or weakened some? Anyway, pours a dark, clear red with a solid, quite stick head.

S - Nose is sweet, citrus/grapefruit, apple and caramel. A bit candy-like.

T - Sweet. A bit too much maybe, and bitter. A bit too much of that as well (160IBUs it says...) Fresh apple cider, booze, old white wine. I'm thinking a bit of oxidation here.

M - Heavy, boozy body with heaps of carbonation.

D - This is gonna be hard to finish. Strong and poorly balanced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was cellared for just under a year.

look ~ a bit darker that other D/IIPAs; it pours a reddish copper colour. clarity is very good. the head was average: it rose up about a finger or two and was off-white, fell fairly quickly to a film with no lacing.

smell ~ I get a lot more malt on the nose than I would have expected from the style. malt was fairly rich with mostly caramel and kettle-caramel flavours
. This is balanced by a hop aroma that seemed to be mostly piney. while I really like piney hops, there was a little less complexity here .

taste ~ the flavor was definitely strong and complex, but again leaned a little more to the caramel-malty than I would have expected. The prominent caramel flavour was a bit unwelcome and took too much balance. there is a bit of fruit with the aftertaste that brings out both piney and grapefruit. Bitterness was much higher than the flavour of hops. There is a long aftertaste, but it was a bit too harsh.

feel ~ good body and carbonation, but the stronger malt still sweetened up the ending more than I would have liked. There was a good helping of bitterness, but not as much hop flavor as I'd like into the ending.

Decent. It has a much richer malt character than I'd usually expect. Most of my problems came from it's deviance from the D/IIPA guidelines. Taste-wise, it worked. I'd really classify it as more barley wine territory, though.

(the one I had was 10.5% abv)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery - thanks 93!

Poured in to my trusty Flying Monkeys nonic. Dark amber-chestnut, pretty dark in colour. Leaves a nice frothy head, good lacing. Not bad.

Nose is quite malty and boozy, with some citrus and resin kicking around. Caramel and toffee, a bit of fruit. My first reaction was "...barleywine?" Certainly not what I expected in a DIPA, but there you go.

Again, the taste isn't quite what I expected. It's a boozy affair, to be certain, with a good smattering of hop and resin flavors, but damn is this sucker malty. Very thick, quite sweet actually. A hoppy barleywine, as it were. I enjoy these sorts of flavors, so I still marked it well, but this wasn't the hoppy experience I was hoping for.

Thick bodied, but there's enough carbonation to keep this interesting and prevent a cloying sensation.

I agree with a few previous posters - reduce the ABV slightly, thin out the malt character and hop it up old school. It's got potential, and I am enjoying it, but it needs a bit of work.

Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-brown colour, light beige head forms thin rings of lace. Citrus, floral, and pine aroma accompanied by a big whiff of booze. Light earthy scent hidden deep underneath everything else. Tangerine flavour is solid, but not over-the-top in the way I expect the citrus/tropical American hop profile to be in this style. Toast and caramel malt profile provides a flimsy backbone. Finish is bitter and lingering, but not challenging. I hoped and expected for a powerful and challenging bitterness, but this is pretty easy to handle in that respect. It's also quite boozy. It's not undrinkably so, but it's boozy enough to detract from it. In terms of mouthfeel, it does leave a nice oily, resiny feeling on the the roof of the mouth, but it could use a little more heft. I'm not saying that this DIPA should be barley wine malty, just that I would like it with a pinch more heft, and that a little more residual sugar might help it in that regard. It also might help balance the alcohol. Overall, I think this beer is a good start. Knowing the Flying Monkeys history of releasing works in progress, I'm sure this will be tweaked and come back even better next year. I await its return.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery. Bomber with a great label. A thin ring of white head on light brown body. Hoppy aromas. A melange of hops, medicinal, with a tad of metallic in the finish. 120 IBU and I believe it. Unbalanced bitter, though the malting is an afterthought. Not well integrated. Drinkable, I suppose up to the style, but not the best example of it.Average mouthfeel.

Photo of CanuckRover
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing first, abv has been stickered over and now is at 10.5%, not 12.4%.

Barleywine description below is accurate. Dark amber, head settles to a fairly thin film quickly. Spotty lacings cover the glass.

Boozy nose. Hoppy certainly, pine aroma certainly stands out.

Hops are right up front, focus seems to be on aromatic hops rather than bittering hops here. Fairly heavy malt flavours through the middle, dark fruit and honey. Slight alcohol heat in the finish, but didn't find it as bas as others.

Not a bad beer at all, certainly different than anything else on offer at the LCBO. I'd buy another.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big props to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this in his latest shipment
A - lightly hazy deep cedar brown, one finger of tan head retained at a thin covering
S - butterscotch, some herbal earthiness, along with a light boozy aroma, really not much on the nose
T - unique hop mix of perfume and oily resin, some caramel and woody hints, and hints of alcohol
M - medium body with low carbonation, maybe even a little flat, it has some bitterness but 100 IBU it is definitely not
O - definitely a unique dipa with that perfume and resin flavour mix, although it is nothing mind blowing it is always nice to try a pale that's on the fringes of the traditional style, worth a try

Photo of heebes
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an auburn with tan foam head. Nose is caramel malts, brown sugar and booze. Taste is similar, rye wheat, sugar, malts, heavy booziness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy.
Overall, a let down from FM. No hop presence, terrible example of a IIPA. On the other hand, not a bad barleywine. Too bad they didn't predict the LCBOs tyical warehouse holdups and just label this a barleywine. Might of been a better reception

Photo of eat
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body is a dark amber, bordering on ruby. Lots of visible sediment. A decent cover of cream white head fades to a thin mist, leaving no lacing.

Lots of sweet caramel malt on the nose. Juicy citrus and tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, grapefruit) with candy sugar. This could be a hoppy barley wine with all this malty sweetness.

IBUs are fairly high but most of the hop character has faded. There isn't a bottle date so it's hard to know how long this sat on the shelf. Malty but still with not enough sweetness to back up the biting bitterness. The bitterness seems to coat the tongue with a dusty chemical taste; not pleasant. Alcohol is decently hidden for 12.4%, possibly hiding among the chemical-like aftertaste. No real complexity, just earthy toasted malt with high IBUs and some warming alcohol.

Decent medium body with a slight viscosity and light carbonation.

I'd try this again if it was guaranteed to be fresh but wouldn't call it one to age or purchase when the bottling date is questionable. I can't say I enjoyed this much.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with loads of resinous notes is quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and floral notes with some solid notes of pines and resin. Malt backbone is quite solid with light caramelized notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and interesting though a bit stale and I think this would have been better had it been released sooner form the LCBO.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally got a hold of a much anticipated bottle of this beer. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium to dark ruby colour with half a finger of cream coloured head. Looks like a barleywine.

S - Sweet caramel malts and a good hop bitterness up front; seemingly balanced. Some citrus, pine and toffee notes are evident as well.

T - A noticeable alcohol burn in in the initial sip that somewhat calms down after a while but remains noticeable throughout the glass. A good hop bitterness is evident but somewhat overpowered by the alcohol bite. A lot of malt sweetness too - caramel, toffee and sticky candy. A larger hop presence would be nice.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was an interesting beer. I really wanted to love this one but was let down by it. The alcohol burn was just too overpowering and the hop presence wasn't what it needed to be. In fairness to FM on this one, the fact that the LCBO held this beer up in lab testing for 5-6 weeks, really hurt this one. That said, what this beer needs most is the alcohol bite to settle down, which will happen in the cellar but doing so will kill the hops even more. This recipe needs some tinkering. I couldn't even get through the bomber.

Photo of mrnobody
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark amber/brown with a finger of beige head, not much retention, a little lacing.

S: Smells of citrus hops, booze, rotten fruit and yes, perhaps some floor cleaner.

T: Taste is malty, boozy, 160 IBU? Maybe the lcbo should have put a sticker marking that down too. This is definitely in barleywine territory. It's actually not bad but a DIPA it ain't.

M: Reasonably full bodied mouthfeel with a nice fine and subdued carbonation.

D: Actually, overall I don't mind this. The smell is terrible but for 10% ABV, it's pretty drinkable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle

Appearance – Mostly clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, booze

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some citrus notes. There isn't as much hop taste as I expected and I can really pick up on the booze. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with only a little bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – As everyone else has said, I'm sure this would have been better fresh. It's basically a barley wine. For the 8.95 price tag I would have rather just had 4 bottles of their smashbomb IPA.

Photo of liamt07
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Steve, straight from a brewery. Bottled August 16, 2011 and consumed August 29, 2011. Thanks Steve!

Poured a dark reddish brown, with a mild offwhite head and some light lacing. Nose has some rich sweet malts, light grapefruit notes and some some general citrus character. Malt overpowers this. Taste has a bunch of alcohol, floor cleaner, metal and rich malt character. Weird combination of flavours, and almost cloyingly sweet without a ton hop character. Heavy, sticky and sweet mouthfeel that doesn't exactly work. Sampling this was enough, and I'll hold my money back from this one. Too malty and not enough hop flavour/balance to make this worthwhile. FM has certainly done better before.

Photo of ludachris
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great label. Its white foil top gives hint at and helps to justify its higher price.

This has to be the darkest DIPA I've had to date. Its body is a rich caramel amber; mostly clear with a touch of haze. A finger's worth of creamy egg shell head is yeilded after a generous pour, displaying good retention taking into consideration the high ABV. Dots of slippery lace coat to the sides of the glass.

Hugely malt forward is the nose. Thick and fresh toasted malts, heaps of caramel and brown sugar and another kick of sweet malty goodness is all caked on top of an unobtrusive earthy, light grassy hop character. Herbaceous comes to mind. The 12.4% alcohol content is well integrated into the rest of the beer, furthering the sweetness of the malt if nothing else. The hops stand next to no chance in this malt bomb of a DIPA. If I didn't get this fresh from the brewery, I'd be seriously doubting this was a fresh bottle.

The bitterness is more assertive in the taste than I had expected from the nose, but it's not enough to change me giving this the title of a malt bomb. The earthy and raw hop character is laced with notes of pine, centering itself mostly in the middle and back of the palate. There's not a lot of bite to the bitterness but it does make its way past the finish where the hops become dry, soft, and reach the peak of their earthiness. The malt character, without much effort, runs equal if not greater to the hop presence. Thick, rich, fresh, and syrupy are all words that come to mind. The malt sweetness is present from beginning to end with it being most noticeable in the finish. I really do love the fresh and sweet malt character in this beer; for the style however, it's not what I'm interested in. This does get points for how well they hid the alcohol.

For me, where this DIPA comes through is in the mouthfeel. Rich, soft and creamy with no alcohol bite. Full bodied, mostly thanks to its sweet richness, imparted by the heavy malt presence.

This marks the first big Ontario crafted DIPA I've had, and I'm sad to say that it didn't meet my expectations. At 12.4% with 160 IBU's written clearly on the label, I was expecting a huge, incredibly hoppy and bitter DIPA and, for a fresh bottle, this was the most malt forward DIPA I've had to date. In terms of offerings at the LCBO, I'd say Flying Monkeys is the brewery in Ontario right now that is pushing the limits of craft brewing and I give kudos to their effort in brewing this. I'm still waiting for the hop monster that tears the enamel off of your teeth and places in BA's top 100 that I can proudly say came from Ontario.

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/brown colour to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy and fruity hops, some caramel, alcohol and a bit of yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice hop character to it with a nice citrusy/fruity/piney feel with caramely malts and a slight alcohol taste.

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

Drinkability: It's a good drinkable beer accompanied with nice strong flavours and aromas.

Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug 16, 2011. 10.5% abv.

I actually quite like this brew, but I'd probably call it a barley wine.

Amber-copper with a light than head, very thin ring of retention leaves a little leg.

Aroma is very dank and pine, with some dark sponge toffee and citrus rind.

The bitterness is pretty assertive, but there's some toffee-like sweetness to back it up. With 5 months of age on it, it's definitely more of an American barley-wine. Nice resiny pine, marmalade, Curacao orange rind, biscuit, caramel and nut.

Light residual sweetness with plenty of hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish

This is an awesome winter sipper. Personally I'd rather sit down with this than a Big Foot Barley wine. Unfortunately, as a DIPA, I think they may have missed the mark.

Photo of jrenihan
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 16, 2011.

Beer is a dark amber-toffee colour. Large off-white head. Decent retention.

Smell is not as full of hops as one would expect. Bready malt, prune, plum and other dark fruit. Brown sugar. Some pine in the background. Smells much more like a barleywine than a DIPA.

Lots of bitterness in the taste. A bit piney. Like the nose, malt is strongly present with bready flavours, but it is not sweet. Finish is bitter. Alcohol is strong and noticeable. The dark fruit flavours from the nose are muted. Disappointingly average. Not a terribly enjoyable beer.

Beer has moderate to high carbonation, very heavy. Feels a bit sludgy and sticky.

This beer needs some work. Has some good qualities but overall is not particularly good.

Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently it's the watered down version with ABV at 10.5% and not 12.6%.

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, floral notes, caramel and toffee, brown sugar and cedar.

T - Definitely a bitter beer with an odd resiny oil flavour that dominates the tongue. Caramel and butterscotch are more prominent than the hops, but the earthy citrus notes come through on the finish. ABV is reasonably well hidden offering up a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish; the way it should be.

O - A unique DIPA and I'm glad the Ontario breweries are starting to dabble in the more adventurous ales. I'd imagine a fresher bottle might offer up some more hop flavours, but I certainly still enjoyed it. Not too sure why it's not getting much love on BA. I've had plenty worse DIPA's, and I would definitely grab another bottle.

Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut amber with decent head and retention as well as slight lacing.

Hops and malt meet harmony in the aroma as they join to form one aroma. It's well balanced but nothing seems intense our sharp enough to stand out.

unlike the description the flavor isn't such an explosion of hops. It seems more like a hoppy english barleywine. I suspect this is at it's prime when fresh but I can thank the LCBO for ruining that. Still very good but somewhat standard for a barleywine.

Medium full. Slight carbonation works well with the body. Slightly dry and moderately sticky in the finish.

Overall it's quite good, but I think the whole hoppiness talk about it was a bit of an exaggeration.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown thats mostly clear. Tastes very malty up front with not a huge hop presence. This tastes closer to an american barleywine style then a double ipa. Quite drinkable for the high alc% in it. No high booze taste detected at all. Its not that bad overall either, but it would have been nice if this didn't sit in the LCBO warehouse for a couple months before being released. Its quite a shame for the state of beer we live in, for Ontario. They completely ruined the chance of this beer making a bigger name for its self.

Photo of beckerboots
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up six 650ml of these at the brewery today. Originally thought it would be a one off gimmick, but these are truly inspired. At 12.4% and 160 IBU's it teases the palate with anticipation. Pours to a thick dark brown with serious lacing and equally serious retention. The label reads "blows a black hole in your taste buds" and it does just that. Mild alcohol smell with carmel and nutmeg as the dominant aroma. Sits heavy in your mouth as a Double IPA should, without detracting from the smoothness of taste. Kudos to the Flying Monkeys Brewery for pushing the envelope and making Ontario beer drinkers stand up and shout. Super Collider Double IPA has it all; seek it out if at all possible.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber. The head is not enormous but lasts forever and leaves lots of lace patches on the glass. The aroma is malty and estery with a piney hop characteristic. Pineapple and diacetyl notes also show. The taste is hoppy while also sweetish and buttery like the nose. Alcohol heat is pretty prominent throughout for 10.5% (according to the LCBO). This is a pretty full bodied beer. The finish is bitter with lots of medicenal alcohol heat.

A DIPA with flavor flaws and a very immodest alcohol presence. I'd pass if offered agian.

Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml into tulip
Purchased at brewery bottled 08/18/2011

A- Dark red/brown pour, two finger soapy eggshell head that collapses in minutes. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S- Candied sugar, citrus and floral hops with a sweet malt backing. Alcohol is there but barely.

T- Grapefruit, mandarin and pine. Bitter in the front, malty and sweet in the back. It's an iipa mullet lol. Alcohol is slightly warming.

M-Medium bodied, sticky on the lips.

O- This is a big bad beer. Second bottle and I really enjoyed it. Might sit on a bottle and see if it can develop barleywine style.

Photo of MattyV
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dark amber colour, finger's worth of dense foamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma's not knocking me over with hops, but is instead full of a fruitiness, bready/caramel malt, and a hint of booze. At first whiff, comes across as more of a barleywine than DIPA.

The taste is hoppy/bitter, but again dominated by the malt component. Big, sweet, and boozy. Some faint citrus flavour at first, then the bready/toffee sweetness kicks in, with the boozy warmth and harsh piney bitterness combining in the finish.

Full-bodied, a bit on the syrupy side, average carbonation.

A below average DIPA in its present state, I imagine that sitting in the LCBO warehouse for weeks and weeks did this beer no favours. It does come across as a decent American barleywine, however, and I still enjoyed working my way through the bomber. It's great to see Ontario brewers brewing bigger styles and making them available across the province. I would love to give FM a second shot with a fresher bottle and perhaps tweaked recipe.

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Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.