Robert Simpson Confederation Ale | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Robert Simpson Confederation AleRobert Simpson Confederation Ale
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Robert Simpson Confederation AleRobert Simpson Confederation Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pootz on 01-31-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Edit June 12, 2017 - initially rated this as a 2.75 way back in my early craft days of 2013. The beer has been retired for 3-4 years now, but this appears to be the same recipe (as far as I can tell). Looks like Flying Monkeys has brought this back as Flying Monkeys Confederation Ale in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary coming next month. 473 ml Can served cold into a pint glass for around $3 CDN.

Appearance - Mostly clear, light honey brown with fine finger or so of head on top. Modest retention and some visible carbonation

Smell - Mostly grainy with some sweet caramel notes. Not much in the way of complexity but pretty solid.

taste - Pretty much like the nose, moderately bitter with some earthy hops, plenty of grain and nicely balanced. Not exciting but well executed and a solid beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, near creamy, good carbonation and slight drying finish,

Overall - A much better amber than I had previously recalled. Not sure if time has improved the recipt or my taste buds have improved, but I'll split the difference and call this one solid amber that I'm likely to enjoy again.

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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of NV9
3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light amber colouring, foamy head that doesn't dissipate too quickly, medium carbonation.

Sweet malty smell, some hops present in the aroma as well.

Sweet at first taste, hop taste and slightly metallic finish, a little bitterness in the finish.

Drinkable beer, was expecting more flavour from it but good for a few at a time.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tumbler.

A- Crystal clear amber pour (makes sense) Finger and a half dense white head that won't quit. Lacing is okay.

S- Definite sweet biscuit. There is a hint of the Saaz hops but it really is faint. There isn't much else happening.

T- Saaz hops, sour dough bread and slight cookie sweetness. Earthy and floral in the finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O- There isn't much to say about this. It's good for what it is; a "sit on the deck and bbq with a bunch of these in the cooler" beer.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of SebD
3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice yellow/orange/golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet toasty caramelly malts with earthy, piney and citrusy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet malt character giving out some caramelly notes with some nice citrusy, piney and earthy hops and a slight nuttiness.

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

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

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Amber/copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, nuts, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, a caramel sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. There is also a touch of a nuttiness. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Nothing that will blow you away, but it's a nice drinkable amber. The flavours are subtle which would allow for it to be pretty sessionable. Considering my limited choices for draft beer at the restaurant, it worked well.

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of francisfilion
3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 6-pack of this brew at the Beer Store in Hawkesbury. I was quite surprised at this beer since it is not your typical Amber ale. It is very different and not really in the standards but Flying Monkey's is al about that.

The beer is a prune amber that looks like a brown ale since it is very little effervescent and has a thin quickly dissipating head even with semi-aggresive pour. The pine/spruce scents come out of the hops and a wild fruit/cherry scent is also present.

It starts out fruity with a sweetness that reminds me of cherry and raspberry. There is however a hoppy finish to cover it up. It has a good mouthfeel for the amount of visible carbonation and is medium bodied.

Overall this beer is quite out there and not representative of amber ales but it is still enjoyable and is worth trying. Good job for flying monkey's for making beer tasting such a pleasent surprise each time around!!

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3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, procured via a trade with Ontario local tbeckett - cheers!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which leaves some streaky arched lace as it quickly recedes. It smells of sweet bready, pastry-like malt, some mild wild citrus, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is malty, to be sure, the breadiness not in question - however, an overriding, if still underwhelming, zingy grassy, earthy hoppiness pervades. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body equally south of medium weight, but not egregiously so, and a little too edgy to be considered smooth. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness and waning, underachieving hops sticking in.

An adequate enough offering, especially given the style. I wouldn't be put off if offered this at the proverbial lake, but I wouldn't/won't be seeking it out.

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Robert Simpson Confederation Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 8.6% out of 100 with 70 ratings
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