Robert Simpson Antigravity Light Ale | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Robert Simpson Antigravity Light AleRobert Simpson Antigravity Light Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 IBU

Added by drinkininthewood on 07-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 54
Photo of FRANKIE65
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent light beer. Could drink a bunch of these up at the cabin.
I agree with the reviewer who can't believe it doesn't rate higher.
Good head, and, lacing on this golden brew.
Smell, some citrus, clean
Well balanced flavour, especially, for a low abv offering.
Great session beer.

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Photo of tomfriedrich
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

Don't understand why this beer isn't rated higher. All I can think of is that this is a general reflection on the fact that light beer is permanently stigmatized by all the truly lousy light beers out there from Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc. Antigravity is a 'lighter' beer. There is still flavour. In fact very good flavour. If you are looking for a light, refreshing beer for a hot day, or you are just in a 'light' mood, this beer is excellent.

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Photo of Kremlock
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy apple juice in Colour. Haziness is probably because a bit of the sediments got into the bottle. No head, no lacing and apparent high carbonation.

S: Crisp apple, wet grass

T: Flavours are very light. A bit of grass, low in apple flavours, grain, slight floral hops.

M: High carbonation, thin, crips, dry

O: This is an lawn mower beer for sure. It's basicly much better then macro, but at the bottom end of Micro. IMO Flying Monkeys should relook at their business plan and where they want to go. They have made so many great product and this is way too safe for them.

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Photo of korguy123
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle from my brother when he came this weekend for Thanksgiving.
Bottle into pint glass just about to wash the car.

A- Crystal clear yellow pour, finger width snow white, soapy head. Lacing is decent.

S- Bananas, pears, grape skins, earthy malts and a touch of cereal.

T- Apple skins, cereal grains, slight spicy yeast taste, earthy hops.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

I was actually surprised to see this listed as a blonde ale. This is my first time sitting down and actually tasting and appreciating it. The word "Light" I guess threw me off all this time.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from a mixed six-pack picked up at the brewery; bottled Aug 16 2012. As with their amber ale, the Robert Simpson name is absent from the packaging, with the brewery apparently casting off the last vestiges of its previous persona. Served very well-chilled, as seeing the word 'light' on a beer label is apt to cause me to do.

Pours a pale golden-blonde colour, completely translucent, and topped with one finger of puffy, frothy white head that maintains cohesion for no longer than two or three minutes, gradually wilting into a soapy cap and creamy collar. The aroma is malty and sweet, comprised of toasted bread, honey-glazed biscuits and some accompanying grassy hops to round it out. Decent so far by 'blonde ale' standards; positively impressive by light beer 'standards'.

Fairly tasty stuff, though (like their other pre-Flying-Monkeys brew, the amber) it is not as attention-grabbing as most of their more recent offerings. Biscuity malts and cookie-doughy, honey-like sweetness form the backbone, with a light brushing of grassy, slightly floral hoppiness that comes through toward the finish. Clean aftertaste with only some slight malty, honey sweetness. Light-bodied and a bit watery, which is my only real complaint with this beer - it's well above the mean for a light beer, but by blonde ale standards it just comes across as a bit diluted. Relatively high carbonation keeps it feeling quite crisp and refreshing.

The flavour profile is fairly straightforward, but far cleaner than the vast majority of the light beers I have tried previously - the categorization is definitely appropriate, as this seems akin to a lighter rendition of Railway City's Iron Spike Blonde Ale. I must admit, I am mildly impressed - although if anyone can do Light Beer justice, it would have to be these guys.

Final Grade: 3.48, a decent B-. Flying Monkeys' Antigravity Light Ale is probably the first 4% self-professed 'light' beer that I have ever been almost completely satisfied with. I'm not planning to scramble out for more any time soon (not that I've ever seen it distributed locally, anyway), but this is still a perfectly serviceable session brew that I would happily recommend to any light beer drinker seeking a more flavourful, less corny alternative. Most BAs will probably find that this doesn't have much to offer - but taken for what it is, you'd be hard-pressed to find many superior examples, at least in Ontario.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy apple juice kinda colour, half finger of white head gone fast, medium carbonation, no lace and a ring of retention.

S -Floral, grain, gentle citrus hop,.

T - Grainy with some citrus hop, a little floral, leomn, tea-like notes.

Mo- God carbonation, light body, some grainy and citrus notes to finish.

O/D - This is very chuggable, lot's of flavour and light, not exactly great tasting but tasty enough for the style. An offering FM inherited from robert simpson that doesn't exactly fit their brand. They try to pass it off as special, but it's just another slightly more flavourful light blonde ale. The packaging claims it's hoppy but I'm sure that would depend on your experience with hoppy beers.

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Photo of SebD
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy pale yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately/fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of earthy and grassy hops with some grainy and bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, the earthy and grassy hops give it a light bitterness and it has a sweet grainy/bready feel.

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

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

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Photo of Stocean1
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light yellow with a fluffy white head

S - malty bread

T - malty, sweet, stale biscuit

M - light with some carbonation, dry with little bitterness

O - wife bought in a mixer pack for my birthday, tried it, not my style and very forgettable, will not be purchased again

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Photo of fostachild
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

color was a very light yellow/gold. decent head that faded relatively quick.

smell was interesting. i got wheat/bread, strong bitterness, and a bit of grass/floral.

taste was light but crisp. grainy, malts. a bit odd and not the best drinkability.

overall wasn't the worst but still below average.

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Photo of peensteen
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden blonde, lightly hazy, one finger of dense white head with some lace. Smell is malty, biscuit, slight sweetness, caramel like and quite clean overall. Taste is fairly malty, slight bitterness, mildly hoppy, sweet notes up front followed by caramel and toffee like qualities in the finish. High carbonation, medium weight and medium body. I thought this is good for what it is, refreshing and inoffensive, good beer to turn someone from macro to craft perhaps.

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Photo of endingcredits
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow. Small head with poor lacing.

Smell: Light fragrance of earthy malts and hops.

Taste: Malty/bready. Not much here for floral hops, though.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied.

Drinkability - Smooth. Very drinkable on a hot day.

Overall not bad, but forgettable.

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Photo of bryehn
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden wheat colour with a soapy white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lace and a bit of a collar are left

I find Earthy, dirty and grainy tones in the aroma, along with a very faint sweetness. I perceive a high carbonation level in the initial mouthfeel.

There is definitely some taste here, it's just not very good. It starts somewhat dry then quickly goes watery and ends with a sweetness along with a nasty, dirty, sticky and almost salty aftertaste.

After trying the Hoptical Illusion, Netherworld Cascadian Ale and Confederation Ale from this brewery, their light ale is a huge disappointment and simply not on par with their other products.

Antigravity Light Ale certainly is easy to drink when it's cold, but becomes almost intolerable as it warms and tastes like it was served from a keg with dirty lines. It's best consumed within 20 minutes or so.

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Photo of WeedKing4
2.06/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at a local pub. Pours a clear, light golden colour with an ok amount of head. Honestly, I thought this was terrible. I didn't have any other options actually. It tastes very bland and lacks flavour. I regreted my decision on getting a pint of this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

S: Not a whole lot here, but some grassy/earthiness and a little but of hops.

T: Slightly floral with the hops, bready malts as well.

M/D: Light bodied. Overall, pretty good for a light lager, especially compared to any other light lager you might happen to buy. Would certainly prefer this to many others in the style.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More from my BlackBerry tasting notes on my vacation to Ontario. My first time trying this particular offering, but pleased with the other Flying Monkeys offerings.

A - Pours a nice pale straw colour, thin finger of head and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by grassy and leafy hops, with bready wheat malts coming through on the finish.

T - Bitter and leafy green hops off the top, with bready and sweet corn malts coming through on the finish. Nothing outstanding, but tasty for a light beer.

M - No complaints in this department, light bodied beer that goes down smooth.

D - Overall, quite tasty for a hot summer day. Don't expect a flavour explosion, but for a light beer this one is much better than the others available on the market.

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Photo of pootz
2.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from LCBO.

Poured a light straw color with a decent white cap that didn't hang around long..weak lacing on the glass. Nice grainy-biscuit dough aroma (very pronounced) bit of sweetness and straw ,little dimensional aroma.

Two dimensional taste with pale malts out-pacing the thin northern brewer hops...light fast finish light biscuit aftertaste.

Not a bad all natural brew and well made...approachable, fresh tasting, malty but uninspired and 2 dimensional....I'd buy this if it was a buk-a-beer brew but at this price there are better more inspired micro ales.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle- A very pale yellow liquid sits under a short lived fizzy white cap. The aroma that strikes me first is grains and some bread crust,with fruity notes but it is quite faint. Tastes of muted sweet grains and pale malts with the slightest hop. Quite limited with the array of flavours, but super easy to drink. Perfect for drinking beer and not having to think about it...or know you're drinking beer for that matter. Well made, just way too damn flavourless.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours straw gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. The head fizzles out pretty quick, but leaves some lacing behind. Lots of visible carbonation. Smells of cereal, biscuit, and grass. Tastes of cracker malt with hints of lemon and fruit. I'm surprised at how distinct the grassy, drying hop character is in this light ale. Light bodied but not thin, and highly carbonated. It feels too prickly for my liking. While not everything about it gels for me, this is a well crafted light beer I could see myself enjoying after some yard work.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear pale yellow colour, with a couple of fingers of dense soapy white head, which leaves consistent webbed lacing as it recedes. It smells of acrid white cereal grain, and muted grassy hops. The taste is white cracker grain, and weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly moderate, the body smooth and decently weighted for a light ale, and it finishes off-dry and quite sweetly malty.

As far as light lagers go, this is hardly to type. In all actuality , it's a pretty good pale lager, in my estimation.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Was out for my grandfather-in-law's 95th birthday at a Chinese Buffet, and saw that they had two taps of non-macros. Figured I'd take a chance. Served in a matching Robert Simpson pint glass.

A - One finger of eggshell foam that dissipates quickly into a cap and ring. There was also a little bit of lacing as I drank the beer. Transparent golden straw color with a few slow-moving bubbles.

S - Smells is pretty unimpressive - generic beer smell. Barley malt, a touch of caramel, and not much else, even as it warms up.

T - Taste is a step down, with some corny adjunct flavors that linger into the aftertaste. Not much else is going on, other than grain flavors.

M - Way overcarbonated (it burns!) - just super sharp and tingly. The feel is gritty and not very pleasant. Definitely the worst part of this brew.

D - I couldn't finish it, although I came close. The super bloaty mouthfeel just made it impossible for me to drink the dregs of the glass.

Not sure if this is really a "light lager" if it has the word ale in the title, but there's not much to differentiate it from any of the other light macros out there.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very pale yellow colour, a little bit cloudy. The head is white and soapy and disappears almost entirely soon enough. The carbonation is very visible and quite high.

S - Very feint hoppiness, even less malts in the nose. The prevalent aroma is of a fruity nature, maybe apple/pear, lemon.

T - Starts out with a vague hoppiness, follows through in a sligthly tart, lemon-like taste. No lingering aftertaste.

M - Not bad, but very fizzy.

D - A slightly above average light beer. One thing it lacks that macro-light beers usually have is that chemical/cheap ingredient taste, which is certainly a bonus. This beer is very drinkable on a summer day, but why bother...

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Photo of Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much better on tap, at Chancey Smith and that's the rating used. Lacey, funkey.

Bottle: Fairly basic beer. Cheesy aroma, with some malt. Fizzy carbonation wih a little white, a little lace on very light yellow. Thin mouthfeel, a tad soapy taste from the malt. A drop of hop. Clean and Drinkable.Drink if onloy macros otherwise available. Need sessionable? Drink only half a regular beer instead.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.04/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a pale yellow lager with a pure white medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is mostly dominated by some very bland malt but no adjunct could be detected. Taste is also dominated by some weak malt with no much else discernable. I kind of understand what they are aiming for but some kind of taste profile would probably have been enjoy more by their customer target segment.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, the bottle is like an american micro rather then the typical Canada 341ml bottle. The label is also very detailed and graphics oreiented, there's even a color changing tempurature gauge on the back label.

The beer is very pale with gold streaks. The head is shortlived and pure white, leaving only a few lace trails behind. The aroma is extremely weak, with a bit of malt dough and some pithy hops. The taste is simple and pretty watery, some sweetness and a bit of grainy barley. Hops are almost AWOL with a bit of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full for a light beer and lightly carbonated.

This is a non offensive but pretty boring offering. No DMS and cooked veggies like some beers in this style, but not striking in any way.

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Photo of matt7215
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle from the breakers bin at the LCBO.

pours a slightly hazed golden with active carbonation and a small white head.

the aroma is grainy malt and very light hopping.

the flavour is simple but decent. lots of flavour for a light beer. it actually tastes like a nice golden ale watered down to 4%.

the mouthfeel is thin but it is a light beer afterall. as ive said you get more flavour from this then other light beers.

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Robert Simpson Antigravity Light Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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