Flying Monkey Amber Ale - Flying Monkey Brewing Company

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Flying Monkey Amber AleFlying Monkey Amber Ale

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkey Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DPMomutant on 04-16-2004

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Reviews by Winter:
Photo of Winter
3.14/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden copper in color with a white head that disappated quickly. Seems rather light in color for an amber. Regardless, the nose is pretty average... touch of caramel sweetness with a nice maltiness. Mouthfeel is nearly medium in body, but a little on the thin side. Taste consists of toasted malt, with some slight caramel. Finishes dry on the tongue. Fairly balanced and easy drinking. Flying Monkey is pretty harmless overall. I wouldn't suspect that it offend anyone, or really impress them much either.

More User Reviews:
Photo of OStrungT
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer in the mail from babydoc. I had never talked to him before I got the beer. He just happened to be looking at my profile, and noticed that I havent reviewed a beer from Kansas. He helped my out with that. Tuns of beer karma to you babydoc.

This beer pours a light orangish brown color. It sports a very thin white head. The head fades a little too fast, leaving very few laces. Many tiny bubbles of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass.

This beer smells malty. I detect some bready aroma. A light hop profile is present. It has a sweet caramel aroma. I can also detect a nutty aroma. This beer smells quite similar to Fat Tire.

This beer has a nutty flavor. I can taste other thngs, but nuttyness is the strongest. It also has some bready flavor. The malty caramel sweet flavor is pleasent. Not much on hops. I think the nutty flavor might be just a little bit much.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a nutty aftertaste. It is less carbonated that I was led to believe by the appearance, but it is still well carbonated.

I think this beer might be a decent session beer if you can get past the strong nutty flavor. Although I am not too sure, I think the ABV is realtively low, so putting down a few would not be a problem. I doubt I will ever drink this one again. Thank you very much babydoc for helping me knock off another state. Sometime, when you least expect it, you will get what is coming to you.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Monkey- Amber

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 1.

A- Light copper orange with a decent frothy head. Light lacing on the upper rim.
S- Caramel malt with light cracked dry grain.
T- Light and sweet caramel malt with a bit of cracked pepper and poppy seed.
M- Very light and sweet up front with a dry body and slight floral hop presence in the end.

Overall- A bit too light but definitely refreshing on a hot humid day.
(Thanks Bill!)

Photo of chiapete
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper color , off white , fluffy head that left quickly
some lacing but not much.

Aroma is sweet , malt with a little caramel , the sweetness seemed to stand out.

Tasted how you would expect from the smell , malty sweet taste.
slight bitter after taste but what you might expect doesn't linger.

Not out standing but very drinkable. would drink again if it was there.

Photo of bditty187
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Contract Brewed.

“Flying Monkey” is a very cheesy name for a beer from Kansas. Maybe Toto was trademarked?

Hazy, tawny-coppery amber in hue with a bronze influence that dulls the color. No animation was noticed, even when I held the beer to a light. The head was off-white in color, at the apex it was a half finger in height, then it quickly petered out to a soapy cap and then to a thin collar. Subsequent lacing was patchy. The appearance is very ordinary. The nose is malty. I guess I as expecting an Amber Ale that was Americanized since that seems to be the trend in the US. Maybe I was foolish to expect a “marketing beer” like this would be hoppy. The malt comes off very wide, light sweetness with honey infused and some vague caramel aromas as well. Hops were not noticeable. Potency is modest but even if it were louder it wouldn’t matter because it isn’t saying much anyway. Apathetic. The palate is very ordinary. Simple from start to finish, there isn’t any flavors that are off-putting, in part, because there isn’t much flavor to begin with. Sure, it is malty but clumsily so. Light sweetness, some honey, and faint hints of toasty caramel-coated biscuits. Insignificant bitterness. Suggestions of grain. Very vague fruitiness that suggests this beer is an ale. Hops don’t offer any noteworthy flavors. The finish is like every other beer I’ve had from this brewery. I assume soy is used here too, maybe not. Maybe it is the house yeast that I don’t dig. Still the palate is okay, it might be the best beer I’ve had from these guys… that doesn’t say much about this brewery does it? Medium/medium-light in body, there is very low carbonation which helps produce a sluggish mouthfeel. At least this beer has some body. Still, more carbonation is needed to cut the sweetness from the tongue or if this beer had some bitterness that would work too. I can’t see myself buying another bottle of this. I might try it again, on-tap, in a pinch, that circumstance is unlikely though. Drinkability is sketchy. This is a crossover beer at best. I bought a bottle in Brookfield, WI.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honey-orange, very clear. Just off white head is larger bubbles than expected, and recedes somewhat quickly.

Smell is fresh oranges, honey, and some spice.

Flavour is malty and a bit more pungent than expected. There's some dried apricot in it, along with some high spiciness, and a woody quality at the end. More complex than expected.

Takes a hit on mouthfeel as the carbonation is so up front that it draws attention away form the liquid.

Very drinkable, but would get higher marks with milder carbonation.

Be well

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 4 months ago in Wisconsin, lets see how it held up. You get one inch of light tan head that fades fast leaving just a skim and a quarter inch of lace. Body is a very light honey tone. Nose is soft but has tones of minerals and nutty rustic tones, very standard for the style. Taste is very thin and a bit watered down. The same dose of minerals and woodsy nuttieness is there although somewhat soft. Flavor profile is a bit weak. Mouthfeel is a little carmelized and slightly thick. Not bad drinkability at all.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to a certain kind BA who sent me this bottle, just to help me knock another state off my list. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/26/2008.

This one poured out a nice and lightly hazed amber color. Some carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom of the glass and this formed into a nice sized white head on the top of the glass. Some settling produced a nice looking lacing on the sides.

The aroma was nice, a touch light but what was there was very pleasing. Rich notes of bready malts, and a touch of light hops dancing throughout. Carried over well into the flavor. Nice light touches of hops that punctuated a mostly malty red ale. Smooth carbonation and a not too heavy profile led to this being a nice and very sessionable little ale.

Overall not bad at all. A quality little beer that I would have no issue with trying again any day. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color little touches of brown with an off white head that falls and leaves some good lacing behind.

Aroma is toasted malts light hints of honey right after the pour but they vanish leaving light nuttiness instead, some light floral hops in the background.

Taste is nice toasted malts some bready flavors with light nuttiness from the toasting. Has a nice floral/herbal hop flavors along with some light bitterness that lingers. Overall a decent amber ale good flavors nice fell also.

Mouthfeel is good a nice smooth brew about medium. Its smooth but a little zesty for the finish.

Drinkability is good enjoying this one don't know if I was in the mood for an amber or this is just tasty. Want to thank BCG BIF and babydoc for this one.

Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chilled haze amber with a quickly disappearing thin head that becomes a thin island of a patch.

The smell is of caramel and slight toast. Slight light tropical fruity hop notes in the back. Mild, but nice.

The taste is of caramel with supporting tropical fruit notes. Slightly toasted bread is present, but not assertive. Some buttery notes appear as the beer warms a bit. A slight astringency is there. Finishes on the sweet side, though the hops are not forgotten. Medium-bodied.

Overall, while nothing particularly newsworthy, it's a pretty decent amber ale and one I'm glad I got to try!

Thanks to bort11 for this one!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light brown-amber color. A light cream colored head dissipates to a fine film with good sticky lacing. The beer smells bready and of malts. The beer tastes bready, doughy, and malty. It's a very mild taste and very drinkable. There's a slightly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, not the best amber ale around, but a sentimental home-state favorite. Very easy drinking.

Photo of woodychandler
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was presented with a light, white head that dissipated very quickly. It had a slightly sweet nose and the beer was a good golden color. The mouthfeel was thin and I got a light sweetness in the mouth and on the palate. The finish was lightly sweet and not very satisfying. Overall, I was unimpressed.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.39/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to babydoc for my first ever beer from KS.

Appearance: Copper/orange body, foamy white head, fades fast, but a little lingers quite a while.

Smell: Light carmel malt is interrupted by a funky metallic smell, not the best.

Taste: Bland and underwhelming, light, semisweet maltiness is about all I get from this beer. Hops are there, but lost in the metallic flavors.

Drinkability: Not a good amber ale, by any means, but I really appreciate the chance to try one of the rare Kansan beers (all beers from Kansas are rare).

Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours unfiltered light amber with 2 fingered head that persist a couple of minutes leaving a white ring of fine foam.

Aroma is all malt with some C-60 and toffee dominating fruity esters from the neutral Whitbred yeast at cool end of fermentation range.

Flavors fallow with some citrus from hops. Seems out of balance at beginning but sweet maltiness is diminished in finish by a little hint of hop IBUs. Flying Monkey is a good brewery to keep an eye on - after a couple of days at their Olathe KS brewery I have a very good impression of their operation.

Although I usually don't like caramel (C-60) flavors this was quite drinkable.

Thanks to Chao Lee (Masterbrewer) and owners of Flying Monkey for the tour and letting me enjoy your fresh beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
2.69/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a nice amber color, decent whitish head to start off, ok lacing. The aroma is not all that great, some caramels are all that salvage an otherwise metallic and stale nose. The taste really isn't much better, some caramel and toffee but too grainy, and again some weird, stale, metallic, cardboard, funk. I'm not a fan of ambers usually, but this one is just confusing. The mouth is good, decent body and carbonation, but no mouth can save this beer. Not recommended.

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, average appearance, aroma, and body.

Photo of bort11
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Starts with a nice chunky white head and falls back to a thin ring. Color is a clear copper red. Moderate carbonation activity in the center of the glass
Smell has a mild malty sweetness. Taste continues with the sweetness and finishes with a mild hop bitterness.
Nice light/medium body that is very quaffable. This is a very nice session beer for seeing a show or hanging out on the deck. I'm going to definitely stock up on this for summer.

Photo of bfields4
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear filtered golden body a touch close to amber. Not very much head, but decent retention with the little available.

Crisp aroma, very grainy malt & sweet caramel.

Not much here. A light sweet grainy malt character, just a touch of hops and by touch i mean it, not much more than your standard BMC.

It is nice and refreshing. I know my scores won't really reflect it, but I don't dislike this beer. If you're in the mood for something light and refreshing, but want something with a touch of good grainy sweetness this beer can really hit the spot.

Photo of zeff80
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, grasses and yeast.

T - It tasted quite malty and there was a slight bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - It was okay. Really the label/name might be it's best attributes.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An amber color to this beer with a bit of cloudiness. I thought this would bring up a nice head, but it didn't. Very plain foam, thin up top and splotchy. Swirl brings no more foam. Hmm.
Malt aroma. Some hints of molasses and raw dough. A bit sweet, not so intense.
Taste centers around the malt. The dough blends with the molasses hints to create a sweet cake donut flavor. A bit stale. As it warmed up any hint at crispness faded and it became pungent. Hard to drink. Perhaps it's better from the bottle...only a bit.

Photo of Wasatch
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to bort11 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, and lots and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet and malty, some spice, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

Photo of Onenote81
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker gold with very little head on top. Retention is lacking as is any sort of lacing or webbing. Smells of corn, biscuits, and vegetation. Reminds me of a lager...

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp which aids drinkability. Flavor is of buttered corn, malty breads, and finishes slightly bitter. Is this really an Amber Ale? Everything about this tells me this is a lager. Weird. Drinkability is surprisingly high. It's a good thirst-quencher.

This beer gets low scores by my judging it according to style. As an "Amber," this is horrible, but as a "beer" this is actually pretty good. If this was labelled as a lager, my scores would be much higher. Get your styles right, Flying Monkey!

Photo of Goliath
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color and pretty cloudy. Has a thin white head.

Smell is sweet, there is a light hop spiciness and some citrus notes.

Taste is ok, but lacks flavor. There are some citrus notes and kind of an odd finish that I can only compare to "iced tea"

Pretty smooth, and not a horrible beer. I've definitely had better though. I'm starting to wonder if my bottle was a little dated.

Photo of armock
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for sending this my way in a BIF.

A - Poured a light amber color with a thin white head no lacing

S - Is faint but theres some caramel malt

T - Starts with the sweet caramel malt then finishes with bitter hops that clash with the taste

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a beer that I'll be seeking out again the taste clashes with itself to not make it a very good beer

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welp, a fine lil ‘ brew from Olathe Kansas. That’s one nasty ass monkey on the label – I LIKE it! Had a best by coding system on the side that wasn’t notched. 

Solid performer, starting with the clear amber pour topped by an effervescent white head. Sticky laces in the glass made the quaff even better.

Notes of bready dough and nuts in the aroma and quaff. Nice combination of a thin to medium body and carbonation.

This brew looks, smells and tastes like any of the better amber ales – it would make for a fine summer session brew, in the outside heat or in the inside AC.

Cheers to my drunken younger brother for this one.

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Flying Monkey Amber Ale from Flying Monkey Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.