Flying Monkeys Shoulders Of Giants | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
theflyingmonkeys.ca

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 03-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Stignacious
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a 750ml bomber.

Appearance: Gold to amber body with medium bubbles to the frame. White head with a slight orange tint to it rose maybe two finger's length with an easy pour. Looks very delicious right off the bat,

Smell: Malt and floral scent which comes off smooth.

Taste: Complex malts and hit of a floral feel. Obviously it's bitter but so well rounded and smooth it's hard just to take just one sip.

Mouth: Sticky but not overly sticky, after-taste changes as you get closer to the end. Bitter and sour finish but still caries sweet textures.

Overall: Good brew which if I do ever see on the shelf again I would grab again, get's better as it warms up and honestly consider myself lucky that I even found it. Enjoy always in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of Bammer21
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this treat from the beer store just down the road. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has citrus and pine bitterness. The taste is bitter through with citrus flare and pine. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaPan
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big apricot, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and slight lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, sticky/resinous, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was pretty much American barelywine territory on flavors; but was still very juicy and aggressively bitter on hop flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of talbotjf99
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bugs318
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 4ster
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A dark hazy ruddy orange-bronze color with three fingers of sturdy frothy beige head, rich and meringue-like. Inviting. Leaves a nice band of soapy lace.

Heady aroma of toffee pudding, pretzels, canned peaches and apricots, tangerines, grapefruit, tamarind, a whiff of cognac. Hops and malts getting equal play here. More sweetness on the nose than expected.

If the aroma did not trip your beer style sensor the flavor will. Tastes like a barleywine truth be told. Rich malts galore recall toffee and raisins and exert an influence right into the finish. Yes, there is nevertheless an IPA level of hopping. Fruit flavors range from peach, mango, green grapes, and pineapple to tangerine and orange ... The latter is particularly perceptible in the finish for some reason. A peppery spice recalls this brewery's standard IPA offering and provides a welcome reprieve from the sweetness, which is beginning to enter molasses territory. Alcohol is initially well-concealed although a slow burn starts to build over time. Pine needles peek out through the fruits and spice.

Body is medium thick, does not reach syrupy territory. Prickly carbonation and it works. Finish recalls more orchard fruit, citrus rind, and iced tea. Is that a hint of walnut? Finishes sweet considering the high caliber hop bill. Have to say, I'm digging it despite the identity crisis. A true heavyweight with an ABV that might sneak up on ya and plenty of complexity to plumb. Is everything ... you know ... integrated? More or less. Stylistic multiple personality disorder is not off-putting when the brew tastes good. If I have a complaint its that the sweetness does become cloying unless one shares the bomber.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber, really hazy, with a poor off-white frothy head.
Smells really sweet and fruity hoppy, like a good American barleywine. Lots of mushy peach, apricot, tangerine jam, overripe mango, persimmon, white raisin, pineapple syrup, light grapefruit, all sitting on really big sticky caramel and sweet malty shoulders (wink wink). Hints of brandy from the alcohol, but subtle.
Starts with big boozy fruitiness, really juicy and sweet. Imagine dumping a bucket of mashed overripe peaches, red apples, tangerines, pineapple, some bits of mango and grapefruit, sweet white grapes over a thick, gloopy canvas of caramel and sweet malt. Might seem diabetes-inducing at first, but the hops follow up with a really big resiny bitterness, rough and grassy, with some dry alcohol to help contain the front part of the taste. A nice light dank spiciness is more than welcome.
Medium sticky body, low carbonation, with a really subtle prickle. Aftertaste is fruity malty sweet, lots of tangerine, grapefruit syrup, stone fruit jam, caramel, faint honey, mild bitter hop. Would've been better with less lingering sweetness, for me.
This reminded me of a slightly lighter Majsgoop, so pretty much a really hoppy barleywine. Sweet, but not grossly so, bitter, but just enough to contain the abv, a really tasty monster of a beer that got lost in the wrong style, flavor profile-wise. Yum!

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ooPERCEPTIONoo
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the LCBO in Waterloo. Was happy to see it, as these guys always come up with something worth the time and effort. Price tag is always high, but it’s always fun enough to try once.

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 86

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with very good retention. Hazy dark safety or gamboge orange with no visible carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp and creamy ring remain and sheets the sides of the glass as it empties. Looks great.

SMELL: Pale malts, lots of grapefruit, some orange peel, with light notes of lemon and pineapple on the nose. Fruity for sure, and plenty bold and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and sweet caramel and toffee up front, then a good shot of floral hop flavors at the swallow. A spicy alcohol kick as well. Medium but lingering finish of sweet caramel, toffee, spicy cloves, some light grapefruit and orange, as well as some decent alcohol. A bit of hop bitterness offers just enough balance to the sweet flavors. Quite a good amount of sweetness and spicy booze. The bitterness is there and balances the brew, but it lacks a bit of the hop flavors you’d expect from the DIPA style. Doesn’t quite match the hoppy profile of the nose either.

PALATE: Fuller body, plenty of body, thicker, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Some heat at the swallow and some spicy alcohol lingers. Big and thick, though perhaps too much so for the style. Still, I’m a fan.

OVERALL: This is actually quite an enjoyable beer and I gladly shared it with nobody. It's very hard to score appropriately, because as far as the DIPA style goes, it’s too sweet, boozy and full bodied perhaps. The finishing gravity is probably far outside the range for the style, and all the characteristics put it more firmly in the barleywine category. The aroma and flavor profile don’t really match either. I would gladly drink this again and would enjoy it as a hoppy barleywine, but not as double IPA. Give it a go if you’re looking for a big, hoppy, high FG brew. Recommended.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bad2arwing
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized sugar with loads of citrus hoppy notes with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet caramelized malt with some dominant citrus hoppy notes with nice flora undertone touch and some light booze is also noticeable. Body is pretty full with good carbonation with some alcohol being apparent. Nice hops flavours but a bit too sweet for my own taste.

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Photo of Lunardr0ne
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

750ml bottle bought from the LCBO.

Appearance - a little hazy orange with a lot of white foam. Takes a while to settle down and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell - sweet malts, grapefruit, tangerine/orange and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste - starts off with piney hops and grapefruit, soon sweet caramelly malts and slightly over ripe tangerine take over. Finishes with a bitter sweet tangerine and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium body, carbonation feels spot on for this.

Overall - Surprisingly drinkable, but a bit too sweet for my taste. It was enjoyable but I wouldn't want another one anytime soon. Will definately try FM's other seasonal offerings though.

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Flying Monkeys Shoulders Of Giants from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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