Live Transmission Milkshake IPA
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Live Transmission Milkshake IPALive Transmission Milkshake IPA
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New England IPA
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3.74 | pDev: 13.37%
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
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Live Transmission Milkshake IPALive Transmission Milkshake IPA
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 75
Photo of SSS
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Unfiltered yellow, with a slightly off-white head and decent lacing. However, there’s lots of little bits and chunks floating around that get in the way of tasting the beer.
S-Coconut stands out, with a fruity sweet aroma that is almost floral
M-Medium body, with low end carbonation.
T-Sweet on the tongue with an assertive bitterness that gets deleted by the coconut flavour which overpowers any other competing characteristics
O- interesting variation on the style, unfortunately this is more of a coconut flavoured beer then anything else. It feels more like a simulated flavouring then a genuine craft beer...

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Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can
Served in a stemless wine glass

This beer pours amber and hazy. It is topped with several inches of beige head that leaves decent lacing.

Coconut stands out in the aroma. I don't really smell anything from the hops.

The taste starts out with coconut. I get some citrus and tropical fruit through the middle. The coconut persists throughout the tasting.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

This is a decent IPA. The coconut keeps it interesting. It has a great, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of NoFishsticks
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Big taste with condensed milk sweetness. Very good for 1 maybe 2 beers, after which would have to switch to something not quite as sweet. Really like it for a one off specialty, not an everyday brew though. Would definitely buy again or at least try another milk-shake IPA.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another wild can design by those silly monkeys here. is this one worth beaming live into your glass? Away we go....
Poured from 473mL into a tulip. Pours golden pineapple here with rich collar. Minimal effervesence here however.
Ok nose here of some orange. Deeper tea smell here provides much more wood than typical for an IPA.
The advertised coconut does come through in the taste which i felt was most dominant in conjunction with the milk. Not a strong body here and some aftertaste.
Not one of my favorite Monkeys....think I gotta go back to Sparklepuff!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery "Live Transmission Milkshake IPA"
473 ml can without production codes or freshness dating
$3.69 @ King of Prussia Beer Outlet, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I think this is the first "milkshake IPA" that I've had that actually said milkshake on the label. Interesting. It's poured a cloudy deep gold and orange body beneath a fluffy head of white. For some reason I thought it might be a little more cloudy, but OK. The aroma is citrusy and resinous. There also seems to be a note of vanilla. It's not the brightest aroma but it'll do. On to the flavor... citrusy followed quickly by coconut (not vanilla, sorry), and then some raspy pine. There's some grapefruit in there, and orange, and just citrus pith. The coconut is really interesting, and it comes off as really tropical. It's sweetish, but certainly not sweet, and a very firm bitterness backs it and carries over into the finish where it completely sticks out. It lingers for quite some time. Have I missed anything? Let me give it another sip... well, I forgot to mention the malt, which is just basic. There's no caramel malt to it or anything like that. There might be some wheat, and probably oats, but all I'm getting is a grainy, lightly sweet malt base. Ahh, I just looked at the label, it lists " peel, grapefruit, and a soft coconut white tea... dry-hopped with Citrus, Idaho 7, and Mosaic hops." And now that I know that I'm finding some berry from the Mosaic. The white tea was a waste though, white tea doesn't taste like anything, and they may have just as well used coconut flavoring because that's exactly what's on that white tea. Overall I think it's got a great taste to it though. It seems a little out of balance with such a heavy bitterness, but somehow that works out in the end. In the mouth it's medium in body and somewhat dextrinous - and I just realized that this has lactose in it and that's probably got something to do with the way the bitterness lingers because the acids probably bind to it and then the lactose sticks on your palate. It's also possible that the tea itself is lending some bitterness but I'm not sure. Back to the mouthfeel though, it's good. It's got a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that gives it a little zest at first but then lets it become creamy and smooth. That's about it. Oh wait, I forgot the head retention and lacing... the head retention was pretty good, and the lacing is very good. It's a good looking pint of beer.
Review# 6,330

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Photo of Jeffo
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this one from the LCBO this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter
Hops: Citra, Idaho 7 & Mosaic
Milkshake IPA with orange peel, grapefruit, coconut, white tea and lactose sugar

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, medium looking, foamy white head with great retention. Opaque, hazy gamboge orange with slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly recedes to a full wisp and then down to a faint wisp, leaving touches of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Citrus with passion fruit, mango, orange peel and grapefruit on the nose. Tropical with pineapple as well. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Tropical fruits with coconut up front and a bunch of lactose sugar at the swallow. Way too much lactose, actually. Some mango and grapefruit in there but the lactose if overpowering. Bold finish of mostly milk sugar, coconut and some grapefruit in there. A bit of bitterness but this is basically just a lactose bomb.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine, a bit foamy perhaps, finishing rather dry.

OVERALL: This is too lactose heavy. Oddly enough, the nose was fine and actually showed quite a bit of promise, but the flavor here is too overwhelming. The lactose sugar really clashes with the tropical fruits. Unfortunately this one is rather forgettable.

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Photo of Perry_W
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I often try to get different beers evertime I purchase.

I can't help but buy a Live Transmission every time

Cold you get the lime and coconut. Refreshing. As it warms you get the citrus and orange peel

A lovely beer

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

So Chris Truskey was given one job. One. Buy some good Canadian beer when I arrive in Toronto. Meathead goes to the Beer Store and gets me a Milkshake IPA. I guess Diary Queen was closed. Anyway I had this first without reading the label and was taken aback. Can’t say I enjoyed it. Kudos to the brewery for being adventurous, but the tea/coconut taste didn’t work for me. I hate to review poorly as the execution of the the beer was good, where I failed was sending someone illiterate to buy beer

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a hazy pale yellow with a healthy 1 1/2 finger white head. Thick lacing.

S- sweet coconut and citrus, along with a fresh brewed tea note dominant the nose.

T- Distinct white tea note, citrus, coconut, and a very faint malt note.

F- Light effervescence and a light-medium body.

O- A very interesting, delicious IPA that was full of a few flavours seldom tasted in beer, such as coconut and white tea. Definitely a great hot weather beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on June 29, 2018. Brewed with lactose sugar, grapefruit, orange peel and coconut white tea. Better than I expected.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours hazy golden orange. White film for a head.

Smells of fresh orange citrus, hemp, white tea and cracker malts.

Tastes of peach, orange, coconut, tea, biscuit, clover and hemp.

Medium to fuller body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A refreshing, fruity and floral IPA with a nice tea addition that comes throw pleasantly. The body is appropriately fuller for the addition of lactose. Overall pretty tasty and a nice spin on the hazy IPA trend, so points for originality. I'll probably have this a few more times. Worth trying.

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Photo of Jtee
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From a 473ml can served almost straight from the fridge at 9 degrees Celsius into a TeKu glass. Canned on May 16, 2018 – making this 7+ weeks old. I recently picked this up from the local LCBO. My expectations are about average given my previous experience with the brewery and the ongoing milkshake IPA fad.

Look: The beer pours a hazy gold with 6cm of frothy, white head that dissipates into solid cap within 4+ minutes. Great lacing and retention. Excellent! The clarity is clearer than I expected.

Smell: Moderate strength and slightly sweet. Hop-forward with notes of strong coconut, fresh dill, mild sweet orange, and some resin. Initially I find the aroma inviting, but the coconut ends up too strong and makes me think of body lotion. There's a faint malt at the back but it's difficult to discern from the sweet coconut. The dry nose has notes of sweet coconut and malt.

Taste: Follows the aroma with moderate strength, bitter-ish balance, and pronounced perceived bitterness. The palate opens up with a dominant coconut that makes a bit of room for other notes of fresh dill, citrus (sweet orange & grapefruit), and resin (pine), however it takes over again before long. The medium length finish is bitter-ish and of moderate strength with notes of coconut, sweet orange, and dill.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and wet with a trace of alcohol warming. No astringency or harshness of any kind.

Overall: Flying Monkeys' Live Transmission is at best a decent beer even if I don't think it's balanced. The coconut is assertive and I find it gets in the way of the other ingredients whereas the lactose decreases drinkability by adding body and sweetness. Those are my two issues with this brew and they're deal-breakers. I'm thinking back to Dogfish Head's Lupu Luau IPA which was exceptional in the way it incorporated coconut. I'm all for experimentation but it doesn't come together here. I suppose it's worth a try for the curious minds.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second "milkshake IPA" I've had in a row that actually has a clear gold body. The thick, creamy meringue-like head leaves chunky layers of lace on the glass.

Smell is slightly spicy and dank of orange and faint cannabis.

Taste is semi-tart lemon and bitter orange rind with a slight lactose and vanilla accented sort of biscuit and Sweet Tarts, delivered via soft, mildly frothy body with a tangy, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazed gold with a chunky head that lasts the whole glass and drapes it with foam ridges. Citrus, coconut, herbal tea notes in the nose. Orangey, grapefruit hops are quickly subsumed by vanilla, coconut, lemongrass and tea notes first sip. Maltiness is in the background of this flavor maelstrom. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel from the lactic sugar. Medium to light bitterness and vanilla and tea notes in the finish.

An interesting IPA but a little bit unfocused and all over the place. The coconut and vanilla (white tea?) notes are too prominent. Still interesting, and if you like these flavors you may really like this.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/15/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of coconut, vanilla, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, cream, wheat, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, citrus fruit, coconut, lactose, and pale/wheat malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big coconut, vanilla, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, cream, wheat, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of coconut, vanilla, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cream, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, citrus fruit, coconut, lactose, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/citrus peel bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is a very nice fruited milkshake IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, citrus fruit, coconut, lactose, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Nicely soft-ish mouthfeel for the style. The coconut tea is pretty big on this, but it works well with the citrus fruit and tropical hops. Juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank hops/fruit; nice malt/lactose backbone, and mild residual sweetness. A very enjoyable, unique, and well made offering for the style.

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Photo of Jshugart
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lot paler than I expected. Front is like a normal IPA flavour but aftertaste is subtlety sweet and foamy. Definitely lives up to the name of a milkshake. Highly regarded would drink this again regularly.

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Photo of jhodgert
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I can't say it's bad, just not really a beer I like. I can imagine (and have seen from the reviews here) that many will like it, and for good reason. For me the coconut flavour is just too dominant for this to be more than a novelty beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

My first experience with a "milkshake" IPA. Looks way less milkshake-y than a NE IPA actually. Nose is bright citrus, mint and mango. Really crisp and refreshing. But the mint is very prominent here. Beer opens citrus, coconut, pineapple and mint. Mellow and creamy in the middle with a brisk piney hop bitterness at the finish. Pretty tasty though again, the mintyness is very prominent. Body is light with ample carbonation. For a milkshake description, I would think this would be a bit smoother. Prickly on the palate and goes down crisp and bone dry.

Not bad but I don't know what distinguishes this from other solid IPAs besides the big mint flavor.

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Photo of pootz
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned product from LCBO...pours a rich Amber gold with a 2finger puffy cap...aromas of tropical fruit, Cocoanut, floral with sturdy malt underpinnings...mouth feel is rich silky...mellow fruity hoppy character with a rich…

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall, I reallllllllly enjoyed this beer. May be my favorite of this year. Up front you get some smooth sweetness with some coconut and orange, and a semi bitter finish from the dry hopping. the bitterness dies down quickly though, inviting you in for more, and more, and more. Every beer I have tried so far that has been brewed with coconut i had difficulty finding it. That was NOT the case with this beer. It was great.

mouthfeel is great...the lactose really gives it a smooth feel. Not overly carbonated. Real nice, easy drinking beer.

Also w/ this beer I noticed the temp does in fact affect the flavor. I recommend drinking this beer around 45 degrees. Not ripping cold, not too warm. At this temp you really taste what the beer has to fully offer.

I would 100% buy this again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Apr 2 2018 and served barely chilled.

Pours a hazy light golden colour, with nearly two fingers of puffy, off-white foam situated atop. It wilts at a steady pace for the next 4-5 minutes or so, eventually leaving behind a bumpy cap and a wide collar of froth; a beautiful band of webby lace has also been imprinted onto the glass. The aroma reminds me of an orange Creamsicle, but with coconut in place of vanilla. Other than that, I'm getting some bubble gum, papaya and some vaguely floral hop character.

Pretty tasty stuff; I'm still getting the orange Creamsicle vibe, with milk sugar and orange coming through at the forefront. Coconut is also discernible, along with lesser notes of grapefruit and apricot, with floral hop bitterness and some tea-leafy astringency rounding out the profile nicely. Lactose sweetness and orange candy fade into a rather coconut-forward finish; more coconut oil in the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a decent bite; the texture itself is soft, slick and very smooth, making for a brew that slides down the hatch with exceptional ease.

Final Grade: 3.96, a B+. Flying Monkeys' Live Transmission is a reasonably well-executed milkshake IPA - I'm not real big on coconut, which is admittedly a prominent aspect of the flavour profile, yet I still found this to make for an enjoyable quaff in spite of my own bias. It's not something I'd want to drink in large quantities - the ample coconut and overall sweetness make sure of that - but it's still something I'm sure I'll return to here and there over the course of the summer.

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Photo of TerryW
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good. Moderate head settles to a full film, lots of lace as you go. Brilliant hazy apricot orange.

Hops and coconut on the nose. Lots of fruit, tangerine and graoefruit, a bit of pithiness. But mostly coconut, so if you dont like coconut, this one isnt going to work for you. That coconut carries clear on through to the taste and helps take some of the edge off the hops. After the sweetness of the coconut comes the lingering bitterness of the hops.

Unfortunately, the coconut just makes this brew cloyingly sweet, but does impart a very soft mouthfeel. It dominates the beer in pretty much every way. Too one dimensional.

Oh, and for the record, i like coconut in cooking -- but it requires a careful hand.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw with a light haze, lots of carbonation and a finger of white head.

Smells of tangerines, pineapple, catnip and green leaf, with hints of coconut.

Tastes of yellow gummy candy, pineapple, citrus, coconut, tangerine and hints of green leaf. Little bitterness on the finish.

Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation.

Very fruity, very unique, I really am enjoying this brew. I got it in Orillia yesterday, drinking in Muskoka, April 8th, 2018.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had this about 3 weeks ago. Revisiting to do a review. This one was $3.25 CDN and canned April 19, 2018. A beer that I imagine will have more deviation than most as it is polarizing to put it lightly.

Appearance - Very hazy rich golden color with hues of orange. Capped with a finger of dense and creamy white head. Very good retention and still one of the haziest beers I've ever seen.

Smell - Tropical orange creamsicle. That's about the only way to describe it. Very sweet and very creamsicle like, but they nailed it.

Taste - Orange creamsicle again with enough bitterness that this isn't a sickeningly sweet drink. Finishes tropical with orange and some grapefruit after opening sweet and creamy. Banana mixed in to add to the creaminess. Another reviewer has mentioned coconut. Never thought of it, but now that I'm thinking about it, I can taste it.

Mouthfeel- Full and robust with expressive carbonation. Milkshake like thickness on the tongue while actually being liquid. Impressive.

Overall - As a one off or something to sample with occasionally, this (along with most milkshake IPA's) this is essentially as close to an orange creamsicle in beer form that I can imagine. Certainly polarizing, I understand many comments here referring to it as too artificial, too lactose heavy. It just strikes the right balance of bitter and sweet, thick and too thick. For me, I would certainly never pick it for a daily drinker, but for an occasional guilty pleasure, I really quite like this and will have to sample with a few more cans in the future.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I would leave it at that but I can't.
This is a beer that should never have been made, let alone sold after its completion.
The nose is nice enough but the first hint of oncoming trouble is the head, which is huge in a cheap way, turning into dishwasher liquid looking grossness. And then the taste. This medicine-mixed-with-cotton-candy thingy that is sold under the auspices of beer is not what I think of when I think of the craft of brewing. This is now entering yuppy-geek territory, without much care about the integrity of beer making.
No. Never again.

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Live Transmission Milkshake IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 75 ratings