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Flying Monkeys Shoulders Of GiantsFlying Monkeys Shoulders Of Giants

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 03-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 21
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Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 talbotjf99
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, lots of slick Canadiana imagery and odes to those hop-head brewers that have come before on our vast, shared continent. Funny enough musings under the cap, too (Jesus is coming... look busy!), though as I took a mere moment to enjoy this, the damned bomber took the opportunity to overflow onto the table all by itself - not fucking cool, dudes.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky tan head, which leaves some decent cobwebbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bitter floral, grassy, leafy, and resinous pine hops straight-off, following tightly by a crusty caramel/toffee sweetness, further pineapple, kiwi, and clementine fruity notes, and a heady floor cleaner alcoholic acridity. The taste is more malty up front - grainy, crackery, and caramel-basted, this one is, with a fairly dry white grapefruit and pedestrian orange citrus twinge, still pungent pine resin and other forest floor detritus green astringencies, a now muddled tropical fruit addendum, and a building upon itself floral, perfumed booziness.

The bubbles are actually quite intense, in a middling frothy sort of manner, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and smooth, as if through a veil, one made of heat and hops. It finishes off-dry, the ubiquitous hops still informing all (beyond the lingering caramel/toffee/butterscotch malt) - I'm talking the inherent fruitiness, and simmering floral, and duly burgeoning warmth.

More than resting on the proverbial titular perch, this offering rises to the dubious heights of another well-worn trope - Icarus. My wings may not be melting, but the too big for its britches ABV seems an apt metaphor here. Lots going on, but nothing really connecting, meshing, or balancing really, even though all the metrics are there, in spades. A bit of a shame, that.

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Photo of DruC4
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Bugs318
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that lasts surpisingly long.... around 3mins until film. VERY dark and partically filtered.

S- Very good. Lots of hops and malt tones.

T- Grapefruit and malt. Straight out. Malty as malty does. Super malt. Did I say malt? Calm down guys. So much so that it overpowers all hops. Too bad.

M- Pretty good. Nice carbonation for a high alcohol beer. Tart as ususal.

O- Pretty good. Won't buy again though. Just a malt bomb with hops.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with... lamb kabobs!


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date is smudged. Can make out "Feb" but not a day.

A - Poured a translucent amber colour with a big layer of cream coloured head.

S - A big caramel sweetness is noticeable up front. The hop aromas aren't as prominent as I expected, but there were some tropical fruit and dank aromas present. Not specifically getting the pineapple that the label mentions but there is some grapefruit coming through.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with a big sweet caramel malt backbone. Some grapefruit and lighter tropical fruit notes present.

M - Medium body with some nice stickiness. Lots of hop oils are present. Light carbonation. A nice mouth feel.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CurtisD
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ooPERCEPTIONoo
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains, hops, pineapple, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some sugary sweet pineapple, apricot, and mango. It ends with a malty sweet yet resiny bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Kind of like an Imperial amber in some ways.. like a troegs nugget nectar. It's pretty sweet but not over the top. Lots of good flavour, just not something that makes it stands out from similar beers. Decent, but at $10 a pop, this won't be something I buy again.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SebD
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, bitter pine resins, some grassiness and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light grapefruit, alot of bitter pine resins, some grassiness and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled on May 6 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear orange-amber colour, the liquid itself saturated with countless streams of bubbles which lazily wind their way to the surface. Once there, they work to reinforce over two fingers of lofty, fluffy, eggshell-white head, which remains in place for over five minutes until it gradually wilts into a lumpy cap and collar. Multiple rings of beautiful lacing coat the glass; this is a great-looking beer any way you slice it. The aroma is quite fruity, combining notes of candied orange, apricot, grapefruit and pine resin, as well as caramel and a pronounced, boozy raisin sweetness.

It took me a few sips to decide whether or not I liked this one - the flavours are generally well-balanced for a DIPA, but there are no particular stand-out features here. Caramel sweetness and toasted malts are soon overwhelmed by notes of grapefruit and candied orange. Minor hints of apricot, mango and pineapple also come through, but it is the citrus (and the resiny, piney bitterness of the finish) that occupies the bulk of my palate's attention. Finishes with a slight boozy sweetness, which just barely manages to overshadow the lingering hop bitterness. Approaching full-bodied, but a little too light to earn the distinction - this is a smooth-drinking strong ale, with mild carbonation and a somewhat slick, oily feel on the palate. 750 mL of this is pushing the limit of what a reasonable person might want in a sitting, but the flavour profile is agreeable enough that I don't anticipate too much difficulty finishing off the bottle. It would have made more sense to share this with someone.

Final Grade: 3.8, a B+. Shoulders of Giants is a good DIPA, but not an outstanding one. Like most of FM's high-diesel offerings (at least, the ones I've tried), this is an unabashed hop bomb with a noticeable alcohol kick to it - not a beer for the faint-hearted. At 10 bucks a pop, this isn't a cheap tipple, and for that reason I don't think I'd recommend this to anyone who isn't already an existing fan of FM's dalliances into high-abv-hop-bomb territory (think Imperial Red-on-Red, or Super Collider), or people otherwise curious about the style. I like it, but I doubt I'll be back for more any time soon, as this one is a bit too boozy for my tastes.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stignacious
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

750 ml bottle served fairly cool into a pint glass (unfortunately). Purchased from LCBO for just under $10 CDN.

Appearance - Big rich copper colored beer with a significant fluffy off-white / beige head of at least two fingers. Great retention time. The beer is semi-transparent and leaves behind a swath of lacing clinging tightly to the glass.

Smell - Not as potent as I thought, but a nice balance of caramel and some tropical fruitiness namely some pineapple and mango mixture. Bold, yet refined I like the delicate balance this one gives off.

Taste - A Shoulders of Giants this is... Big rich tropical and malt bomb with plenty of flavor. Bitterness is high, but not extreme. Plenty of pineapple and a candied caramel sweetness found. After repeat sips the massive flavor in the middle rips shudders down your tongue. Intense

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, huge body and a bit syrupy. Reaching cloying at times is the sweetness, which makes it a bit overwhelming beyond the first few sips. Nonetheless because of the tropical nature, the overall feel isn't quite too filling.

Overall - A very good, double IPA, but I think what drags this down is the perceived weight on how the body is so substantial compared with the flavors and aromas itself. They are intense but the mouthfeel overcompensates for that. Still quite delicious and worth a try.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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