Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev +1.5%
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)
05-13-2012 02:47:51 | More by Rijtjeshuis
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle thanks to korguy123
Clear nice copper nice white head decent lacing
Smell is very malty a bit of toffee slight Orange peel
Taste malty with a not so great hop astringency that feels like eating orange pith. May have left this too long in the cellar.
Mouthfeel is real nice, thick chewy with a nice carbonation
Overall I think this beer would have been much nice fresher bulbs is life.
01-22-2012 02:24:30 | More by sliverX
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
01-15-2012 21:25:16 | More by Derek
3.18/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
01-14-2012 06:15:58 | More by eat
3.55/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Reddish amber colour with a respectable two-finger creamy head with a dirty beige hue. Decent retention as the blanket sticks around for a little while. Noticeable lacing.
S: Pine, candied fruit (fruitcake style), baked bread, molasses/caramel, grapefruit, and tropical qualities. Appealing but I find this a little subdued aroma wise with some digging required.
T: Earthy pine hops, which transitions to the malty bread-like qualities. A strange biting and slightly askew wave of grain follows this. Other qualities detected in the aroma are hard to pick up in the taste. Alcohol quite noticeable (albeit probably hard to hide at 12.4%). Decent overall taste but I feel that some flavours are missing, and that this could be balanced better.
M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation, which tastes about right for the style. Nice and oily with a slightly resiny texture.
D: Had high expectations for this given my excellent experiences with all other FMCB products, however, this unfortunately fell a bit short. Hopefully they can work out the kinks in this. Reminds me of a lesser functioning version of Vermonster.
12-11-2011 02:40:12 | More by Digimaika2
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
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
12-10-2011 02:51:16 | More by joemcgrath27
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
Super Collider is not exactly 'dark matter' nor does it have a head as expansive as the universe. In fact, it looks relatively flat, with a bit of toothpaste white trim that comes apart like stringed cheese. And despite a general murkiness, its brownish body cedes plenty of pecan-colored highlighting. A big contrast to the vibrant label.
To be brutally honest, my first sniff of Super Collider reminded me of some failed homebrewing experiments. The smell of wet, dead leaves and rank citrus is one that I recognize as hoppy, but not the most desirable brand of hoppy. The bouquet is a hot mess of sugary, not entirely fermented malts that smells a bit like cheap brandy with added hops.
For the time being, while the beer is cold and near full, I'm glad to have a front row seat on this train wreck. There's enough leafy Centennial hop bitterness and candied, acidic-sweet citrus to make it well worth drinking. I have a feeling, however, that that honeymoon will end once the alcohol starts to kick in. (Note: the beer ends up holding itself together alright, but it's just not that palatable. It tastes like something distilled from pine sol.)
Flavour specifics include some big honey and biscuit malt as well as some grassy, flowery hops. That description, however, does not indicate just how 'rough' and 'dirty' the beer drinks. Age will help nothing. This beer is like the towering, tattooed, long-bearded leader of a biker gang: rougher than a rose patch. Think Chino or San Quentin.
In the end, the urge to experiment proved more captivating than reason for this brewery. The people in Ontario wanted something bold with big cojones that could kick them in the butt - this is the beer that will leave them impressed… not favorably impressed mind you, but impressed. This failure with hops proves once and for all that it's not the tool that matters, but how you use it. This is a beer that some people might not drink on a bet.
11-27-2011 16:53:51 | More by biegaman
2.88/5 rDev -16%
clear dark red/brown colour. inch of bubbly/foamy off-white head - nice lacing.
smell is nice - hoppy, citrusy, with a bit of fruit, and caramel.
taste is pretty bad - pretty much just bitter and alcoholic - couldn't taste all that much else.
couldn't finish the glass i poured let alone the bottle. pretty big let down from a brewery that i usually enjoy.
11-22-2011 00:47:28 | More by fostachild
Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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