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Flying Monkeys / Central City Imperial Red On Red - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mick303 on 07-31-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KrisDLSmith, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

GoHabsGo, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

yancot, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep sweet caramelized malt with some earthy and piney hops. Taste I also dominated by some sweet caramelized malt with light unrefined notes with some citrus and piney hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Too much residual sugars for my taste but still enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a deep red brown with a very fluffy three finger head that breaks slowly leaving excellent lacing and an island of foam behind.

S: hops, in particular pine and some citrus, followed by malts and caramel.

T: pine, resin, malts and caramel. Much sweeter than I expected.

M: lower carbonation and an oily or slick mouth feel.

O: well, this certainly would be the best I have seen out of Flying Monkeys in a while, but when you collaborate with Central City it's gonna come up a notch in my opinion. I think that the tiny bit of age that this beer has on it has mellowed it a bit, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I'd be up for another collaboration from these two breweries.

polloenfuego, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

deonreds, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

randallpink, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ssmack
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into Leffe large wine. 9.5% ABV Imperial Red Ale

A medium red brown that is bright orange when held to the light. Half inch beige medium head that became a slick and ring. Not much lacing that quickly slides out of side.

A very fruity, musty aroma. Tropical fruits and raisins along with a floral nose.

Lots of hops in front and backend. Citrus and herbal bitterness integrated very well with tropical fruits giving the taste of the rinds. Papua, mango and grapefruit with a touch of sweetness. A real earthy taste. There is some evidence of the alcohol. Both the malt and hops hang in together through the aftertaste.

Medium feel. Some oiliness in the mouth. Small nip of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

A successful interesting collaboration. This imperial red ale is really quite different from your typical red ale. Closer to a DIPA.

ssmack, Jan 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

curewhatalesu, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Molson2000, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

WeissBoy, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

SebD, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

timiskin, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red on Red, despite its name, actually has the deep, brownish colour of an earthen jug (except against the light, which reveals a vivid crimson that allows enough transparency that I can make out the shadow of my finger on the other side). Its head is like sheep's wool.

Mosaic hops have been described as "Citra on steroids" but they're actually derived from Simcoe, so while they do offer a good amount of tropical fruitiness, there's also a great deal of pine and bitter leaves. This is a pretty diversified aroma, albeit one that's terribly bitter.

So bitter, in fact, that it's actually a little odious at first - like an herbal remedy of leafy greens and oily, concentrated citrus extracts. (Adding garlic should be enough to stave off any winter cold.) It's a bit repugnant, but a more agreeable side begins to show with warmth...

With mango, pineapple, and papaya leading the way (mind you, it's still their rinds rather than the actual fruit). The herbals soften as they become less 'bitter kale-like' and more 'resiny pine-like' and gain a hint of mintiness. Even a delicious chestnut honey note comes over the nutty, nougat-like caramel malts. Ultimately, however, it's still rather boozy and aggressive.

Owing to their monumental Red Racer IPA and the magnificent DIPA for Autism, Central City Brewing is, in my mind, the undisputed king of hops in Canada. Flying Monkeys are no stranger to the hop cone either, yet this rendition of a hoppy Amber Ale wouldn't be my pick for best example of the style; it's a good collaboration but one not necessarily worth repeating.

biegaman, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

dipso123, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

hotsudge, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Derek, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $9.95

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, cherries

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and resiny hops. There is also some apricots, cherries, and a touch of toffee. It ends with some boozy heat.

Overall - Pretty much what I was expecting, lots of sweetness and lots of hops. Not an every day beer but something that is well worth picking up once.

spinrsx, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Deep mahogany-red with a thick and creamy tan head. Long lasting retention and evident lacing. Beautiful stuff.

(4.0) S: Pine, nutty qualities, grapefruit and orange, toffee, spice, and baked bread. This has a great musky forest floor aroma like damp wood. Everything works well together and there’s a lot to work with here.

(4.0) T: Pine, orange, nuts, spices, dark fruits (figs, raisins), toffee, baked bread, and slight herbal qualities. Alcohol is present but in a bearable boozy fruit way. Lots of hops and lots of bitterness, but enough complimentary syrupy sweet elements.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, slick, and resiny.

(4.0) D: Very happy to see two great breweries collaborating and producing a style that you don’t get to see too much. Impressed across the board on this one but appearance was the standout for me. Worthy of a try.

Digimaika2, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

andrenaline, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

irishkyle21, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO. I haven't tried a new beer from Flying Monkeys in quite a while - although to be fair, I'm a little hesitant to pick up these $10+ bottles, which is basically the only format their recent offerings have been available in. Still, the idea of an imperial amber ale collaboration with Central City (makers of my favourite IPA ever) was enough to get me to pry open my wallet. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a beautiful, clear, deep garnet red hue, generating slightly more than one finger's worth of soapy, light tan-coloured head. It recedes gradually over the next five minutes, coating the glass in a doily pattern of lacing and leaving behind a frothy cap at the surface. Looks great, with a fresh, zesty aroma to boot - loads of caramel sweetness underneath the Mosaic hops, which offer plenty of pine sap in addition to some papaya and passionfruit notes. My one complaint stems from the boozy, syrupy quality of the bouquet - it kind of smells like a barleywine, which is a personal turnoff. Oh well, at 9.5% this might as well be a barleywine anyway.

Fortunately, it seems I was off the mark - this is obviously by no means a session beer, but it isn't a sloppy, hot mess either, with a relatively good balance achieved between the hops, malts and booze. Caramel malts are not as prominent here as on the nose - they provide a baseline sweetness that underlies the profile, but the bulk of the flavour is bitter hops and a mixture of tropical/orchard fruit. Pine sap and bergamot orange are detectable, in addition to more of the papaya/passionfruit picked up in the aroma. The booze becomes a stronger contributor toward the finish, with an aftertaste that combines this heat with a resiny, pithy bitterness and slightly syrupy sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively soft carbonation that gives this brew a smooth, somewhat oily finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for the abv.

Final Grade: 4.05, a respectable A-. Imperial Red-on-Red is a worthy collaborative effort from two of Canada's most renowned craft brewers. This one is absolutely an acquired taste - those who shy away from hops in general need not apply, and I can see how the ethanol presence would be off-putting to some palates - but I think these features work pretty well in context. Overall, this one comes together nicely for me, even at the relatively high price point (this is much better than an 8-10 dollar bottle of wine would be). It's a solid, hoppy strong ale that I'd consider purchasing again if I were in the mood, and would also make for a great bottle to pick up and split with a friend.

thehyperduck, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sammy, Oct 20, 2013
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Flying Monkeys / Central City Imperial Red On Red from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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