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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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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 08-17-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Sammy, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

biegaman, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

liamt07, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Derek, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

spinrsx, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a few of these and split one with friends earlier but settling down for a review solo. Bottled August 16.

A - Pours dark copper with a bit of haze and strong carbonation. One finger of light brown head. Head is creamy and fluffy. Some wall-ish lacing and a good retention of half a finger.

S - A good citrusy punch. A little boozy citrus and a caramelly malt note.

T - Boozy. Boozy pineappley citrus. Not all that much depth.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, a boozy and slightly bitter finish.

O/D - Too boozy. Obviously not that fresh, but still, the booze element could have been masked better. Not alot of balance or malt backbone, and the hop profile doesn't seem that strong. Too bad it took so damn long for this to get out, I feel like it would be better fresh.

tbeckett, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -12.5%

oldp0rt, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

jrenihan, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Molson2000, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -41.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steve's bottle from the brewery

Deep ruby/amber colour, light off white head that retains at the edge of the glass, a few spots of lace. Smell is malty and lightly boozy, pine scents are there but medicinal and somewhat resemble a pine scented cleaner, hoppy with some citrus. Taste is malty with pine and citrus, big hop profile, alcohol, citrus in the finish as well as warm alcohol heat. Medium carbonation, full body, syrupy at points. Not bad, but I expected a little more from this, still a decent DIPA though.

peensteen, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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

joemcgrath27, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

allergictomacros, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

SebD, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +2%

hopsolutely, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of sliverX
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

sliverX, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +2%

irishkyle21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

beerhunter13, Mar 15, 2012
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Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.