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Flying Monkeys Amber Ale - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
16 IBU

(Beer added by: slitherySOB on 08-20-2012)
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This review was written in late August 2012.

355 mL bottle from a mixed six-pack picked up at the brewery; bottled Aug 21 2012. Now just referred to as Flying Monkeys Amber Ale; they have basically phased out the Robert Simpson name in favour of consolidating under their new(er) label (this also applies to their Antigravity Light Ale).

Pours a clear orange-amber colour, a little pale in hue, topped with just over one finger of foamy, creamy white head that seeps away over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a smooth cap on the surface, a dense collar of froth, and an uninterrupted ring of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma definitely leans toward the malty side, with toasted biscuits and caramel sweetness stealing the show, supported by notes of grass, earth, and roasted nuts. Approachable, but not a bouquet I would consider all that memorable.

Unfortunately this theme carries through into the taste, which is fairly pedestrian by this brewery's standards. The bready malt, caramel and toasted biscuit/nut sweetness is balanced nicely by the Saaz hops, which provide a grassy, earthy feel with just a hint of lemon zest and flowers (two things I could not pick out of the aroma). Finishes with a bittersweet aftertaste that vanishes fairly quickly. One thing I will compliment about this beer is the mouthfeel - it has a wonderfully smooth, prickly feel on the palate, owing to the moderate carbonation and slightly slick nature of the brew. Light-bodied and easy to throw back in copious quantities.

Final Grade: 3.68, a respectable B. Flying Monkeys Amber Ale is somewhat of a relic from this brewery's earlier days - it doesn't push any envelopes, but it's still a highly quaffable, straightforward amber ale that should be at least modestly appealing to both the BA set and the macro crowd. I don't expect this to blow many people away, but it's still a well-crafted amber that I would consider worth trying.

[Updated April 15 2014]

A six-pack from TBS, packaged Sept. 26 2013 so not the freshest thing I've ever had. The floaties visible in the bottle betrayed this one's age, but even with the hop flavours faded out this is a passable amber that I am enjoying. Mild-mannered, and very much unlike the vast majority of the brews contained within FM's portfolio. Anyone who enjoys Rickard's/Keith's Reds would probably find this fairly appealing without being too much of a shock - so as a conversion tool this beer definitely has its place (not to mention its suitability for simple, old-fashioned sessioning). I won't change the grade, given this one's slight expired-ness.

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a: pale golden amber, not as dark as I usually like my ambers to be. Visible fizz rising. Creamy head.

s: fruity, spicy. I thought I was drinking apricot for a second. It's just the hops.

t: biscuity and hoppy.

m: a little too fizzy for me -- it interferes with the flavour. Not unpleasant.

o: good stuff, although I'll be more likely to buy it when looking for an IPA than when looking for an amber. It's an IPA disguised as an amber, I think. FM does that a lot, though, and not in a bad way.

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A: Head is thin, colour is yellow with amber hues. The beer is hazy with small particles in it.

S: A nice caramel smell is present with a slight roastyness undertone. Picked up on a wet bread smell, probably with the yeast.

T: Grain/cereal flavours with a spicy bitterness. A bit of roastiness can be picked up. Malt to bitterness is slightly unbalanced. Again, a bit of a wet bread flavour in the background. Sweetness lingers in the finish after the bitterness.

M: Body is light, med carb and a bit of a slick body.

O: Good beer but you've got to like bread/biscuit. Not my favorite amber and my least favorite Flying Monkeys beer. Bitterness is a bit overshadowed by the bread and caramel.

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355 mL 5% ABV. Poured a couple fingers of head showing good lacing and retention. Colour is a mild amber gold.

Smell is some toasty malt, citrusy herbal hops. Pretty light, some exotic fruit esters, mild nutiness.

Taste is immediately caramel malt. Toffee sweetness, then a bit more hops come through, a bit meekly, but add a bit of herbal bitterness. Some apple fruitiness but really the main interplay is between the somewhat sweet malt and dry bitterness. Toasty finish, with dry raisiny fruit.

Mouthfeel is moderate, quite light, but enough carbonation to give it some rolling crispness. Definitely sessionable and pretty refreshing, seems curiously like an English session ale.

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Flying Monkeys Amber Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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