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

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
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:
Beer added by: mick303 on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750 ml bomber picked up from the Flying Monkey's brewery.

A - Poured a deep, dark ruby red, with a full two fingers of creamy, tan head that receded to a half inch. Plenty of lacing remained throughout. Out of natural light the appearance becomes almost stout like.

S - Guava, papaya and hops.

T - Boozy but balanced. The bottle is marked at 80 IBU, but I didn't get the bitter kick I was expecting. The fruity notes come through the middle, and finishes with sweet, floral esters.

M - Medium body and lightly carbonated with a sticky, oily finish.

O - At 9.5%, it packs a punch, but is very drinkable. Satiating and satisfying, this limited release is something I'll be stocking up on. Two of my favourite Canadian breweries coming together to create an gem.

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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a sample at Toronto Beer Festival, bottles due in late August apparently. 80 IBU

A - ruby red and a tan brown red, great lacing.

S - intensely sappy hops, pine and citrus.

T - a smooth amber malt with piney hops and papaya fruit leading to a dry complete crisp finish, very well executed with a big and flavourful hoppy beer.

Looking forward to trying this again. Hopped with the new Mosiac hop variety.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopsolutely for this monster of a beer. Cheers! Apparently this is a collaboration with Central City out in BC. I guess they brewed the beer at both locations as well.

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 80
Mosaic Hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy, light beige head with excellent retention. Maroon red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp and bubbly cap leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. A swirly wisp remains until the end and lots of lacing decorates the glass as it empties. Good looking brew for sure.

SMELL: Caramel malts, red fruits, melon, with some floral hops and some nice grapefruit notes as well. Bold and interesting nose here.

TASTE: Caramel, red fruit and some spicy, peppery hops up front. Lots of bitterness and spicy floral flavors at the swallow, with a bold and lingering finish of red fruit and caramel sweetness, lots of floral bitterness and some spicy hops and alcohol. Flavorful and plenty bitter.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is pretty good overall. It’s overly bitter perhaps, as the bitterness just adds bitterness and not much in terms of real character. The spiciness if nice, though it is a touch boozier than it needs to be. Still, this is enjoyable and interesting with a good feel to support the show. Really glad I got to drink this one and recommend you give it a shot if you see it. Thanks again guys!

Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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