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Flying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPAFlying Monkeys Super Collider Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Viggo on 08-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
64
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
20.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 64
Photo of beckerboots
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up six 650ml of these at the brewery today. Originally thought it would be a one off gimmick, but these are truly inspired. At 12.4% and 160 IBU's it teases the palate with anticipation. Pours to a thick dark brown with serious lacing and equally serious retention. The label reads "blows a black hole in your taste buds" and it does just that. Mild alcohol smell with carmel and nutmeg as the dominant aroma. Sits heavy in your mouth as a Double IPA should, without detracting from the smoothness of taste. Kudos to the Flying Monkeys Brewery for pushing the envelope and making Ontario beer drinkers stand up and shout. Super Collider Double IPA has it all; seek it out if at all possible.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing first, abv has been stickered over and now is at 10.5%, not 12.4%.

Barleywine description below is accurate. Dark amber, head settles to a fairly thin film quickly. Spotty lacings cover the glass.

Boozy nose. Hoppy certainly, pine aroma certainly stands out.

Hops are right up front, focus seems to be on aromatic hops rather than bittering hops here. Fairly heavy malt flavours through the middle, dark fruit and honey. Slight alcohol heat in the finish, but didn't find it as bas as others.

Not a bad beer at all, certainly different than anything else on offer at the LCBO. I'd buy another.

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Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle at Hardrock 42 in Sudbury

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/brown colour to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy and fruity hops, some caramel, alcohol and a bit of yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice hop character to it with a nice citrusy/fruity/piney feel with caramely malts and a slight alcohol taste.

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

Drinkability: It's a good drinkable beer accompanied with nice strong flavours and aromas.

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Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut amber with decent head and retention as well as slight lacing.

Hops and malt meet harmony in the aroma as they join to form one aroma. It's well balanced but nothing seems intense our sharp enough to stand out.

unlike the description the flavor isn't such an explosion of hops. It seems more like a hoppy english barleywine. I suspect this is at it's prime when fresh but I can thank the LCBO for ruining that. Still very good but somewhat standard for a barleywine.

Medium full. Slight carbonation works well with the body. Slightly dry and moderately sticky in the finish.

Overall it's quite good, but I think the whole hoppiness talk about it was a bit of an exaggeration.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with loads of resinous notes is quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and floral notes with some solid notes of pines and resin. Malt backbone is quite solid with light caramelized notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and interesting though a bit stale and I think this would have been better had it been released sooner form the LCBO.

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug 16, 2011. 10.5% abv.

I actually quite like this brew, but I'd probably call it a barley wine.

Amber-copper with a light than head, very thin ring of retention leaves a little leg.

Aroma is very dank and pine, with some dark sponge toffee and citrus rind.

The bitterness is pretty assertive, but there's some toffee-like sweetness to back it up. With 5 months of age on it, it's definitely more of an American barley-wine. Nice resiny pine, marmalade, Curacao orange rind, biscuit, caramel and nut.

Light residual sweetness with plenty of hop acidity and a slightly drying alcohol finish

This is an awesome winter sipper. Personally I'd rather sit down with this than a Big Foot Barley wine. Unfortunately, as a DIPA, I think they may have missed the mark.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gambernius into Unibroue glass.

Appearance: 3.5

Amber brown body w brown white head. Mild lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Lots of sticky worty malt. Also notes of brown sugar and faint piney hops. Mild aroma overall, which I find is typical of beers on tap at times, in contrast to bottle poured beers

Taste: 4
Strong amount of malt and prominent warmth of alcohol is detectable. Spicy brown sugar with a touch toffee. Reasonably sweet at first. Then strong resin piny hops takes over. Not really citrus aspect to the hops though. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness.

Hops profile is quite different that Flying Monkey's Smashbomb.

Flavour definitely improves as beer warms, Balances more and soften.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness Notable astringency from hops but still sweetness of malt too. Overall, nice

Overall: 4
Nice beer. Mod to strong hops bitterness though not much citrus aspect. Nice malt backbone. In some ways, more of barleywine to me than DIPA. A bit of a sipper, but enjoyable.
Sham that the bottles from the LCBO will be so faded when they get released.
Recommend try once.

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Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml into tulip
Purchased at brewery bottled 08/18/2011

A- Dark red/brown pour, two finger soapy eggshell head that collapses in minutes. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S- Candied sugar, citrus and floral hops with a sweet malt backing. Alcohol is there but barely.

T- Grapefruit, mandarin and pine. Bitter in the front, malty and sweet in the back. It's an iipa mullet lol. Alcohol is slightly warming.

M-Medium bodied, sticky on the lips.

O- This is a big bad beer. Second bottle and I really enjoyed it. Might sit on a bottle and see if it can develop barleywine style.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown thats mostly clear. Tastes very malty up front with not a huge hop presence. This tastes closer to an american barleywine style then a double ipa. Quite drinkable for the high alc% in it. No high booze taste detected at all. Its not that bad overall either, but it would have been nice if this didn't sit in the LCBO warehouse for a couple months before being released. Its quite a shame for the state of beer we live in, for Ontario. They completely ruined the chance of this beer making a bigger name for its self.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently it's the watered down version with ABV at 10.5% and not 12.6%.

A - Pours a dark caramel colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, floral notes, caramel and toffee, brown sugar and cedar.

T - Definitely a bitter beer with an odd resiny oil flavour that dominates the tongue. Caramel and butterscotch are more prominent than the hops, but the earthy citrus notes come through on the finish. ABV is reasonably well hidden offering up a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish; the way it should be.

O - A unique DIPA and I'm glad the Ontario breweries are starting to dabble in the more adventurous ales. I'd imagine a fresher bottle might offer up some more hop flavours, but I certainly still enjoyed it. Not too sure why it's not getting much love on BA. I've had plenty worse DIPA's, and I would definitely grab another bottle.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle

Appearance – Mostly clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, booze

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some citrus notes. There isn't as much hop taste as I expected and I can really pick up on the booze. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with only a little bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – As everyone else has said, I'm sure this would have been better fresh. It's basically a barley wine. For the 8.95 price tag I would have rather just had 4 bottles of their smashbomb IPA.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish amber colour with a respectable two-finger creamy head with a dirty beige hue. Decent retention as the blanket sticks around for a little while. Noticeable lacing.

S: Pine, candied fruit (fruitcake style), baked bread, molasses/caramel, grapefruit, and tropical qualities. Appealing but I find this a little subdued aroma wise with some digging required.

T: Earthy pine hops, which transitions to the malty bread-like qualities. A strange biting and slightly askew wave of grain follows this. Other qualities detected in the aroma are hard to pick up in the taste. Alcohol quite noticeable (albeit probably hard to hide at 12.4%). Decent overall taste but I feel that some flavours are missing, and that this could be balanced better.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation, which tastes about right for the style. Nice and oily with a slightly resiny texture.

D: Had high expectations for this given my excellent experiences with all other FMCB products, however, this unfortunately fell a bit short. Hopefully they can work out the kinks in this. Reminds me of a lesser functioning version of Vermonster.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery - thanks 93!

Poured in to my trusty Flying Monkeys nonic. Dark amber-chestnut, pretty dark in colour. Leaves a nice frothy head, good lacing. Not bad.

Nose is quite malty and boozy, with some citrus and resin kicking around. Caramel and toffee, a bit of fruit. My first reaction was "...barleywine?" Certainly not what I expected in a DIPA, but there you go.

Again, the taste isn't quite what I expected. It's a boozy affair, to be certain, with a good smattering of hop and resin flavors, but damn is this sucker malty. Very thick, quite sweet actually. A hoppy barleywine, as it were. I enjoy these sorts of flavors, so I still marked it well, but this wasn't the hoppy experience I was hoping for.

Thick bodied, but there's enough carbonation to keep this interesting and prevent a cloying sensation.

I agree with a few previous posters - reduce the ABV slightly, thin out the malt character and hop it up old school. It's got potential, and I am enjoying it, but it needs a bit of work.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-brown colour, light beige head forms thin rings of lace. Citrus, floral, and pine aroma accompanied by a big whiff of booze. Light earthy scent hidden deep underneath everything else. Tangerine flavour is solid, but not over-the-top in the way I expect the citrus/tropical American hop profile to be in this style. Toast and caramel malt profile provides a flimsy backbone. Finish is bitter and lingering, but not challenging. I hoped and expected for a powerful and challenging bitterness, but this is pretty easy to handle in that respect. It's also quite boozy. It's not undrinkably so, but it's boozy enough to detract from it. In terms of mouthfeel, it does leave a nice oily, resiny feeling on the the roof of the mouth, but it could use a little more heft. I'm not saying that this DIPA should be barley wine malty, just that I would like it with a pinch more heft, and that a little more residual sugar might help it in that regard. It also might help balance the alcohol. Overall, I think this beer is a good start. Knowing the Flying Monkeys history of releasing works in progress, I'm sure this will be tweaked and come back even better next year. I await its return.

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Photo of cratez
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gambrinus Bistro & Cafe in London, ON. Very fresh pint served in proper branded glassware.

Pours a dark copper hue with ruby edges, two fingers of beige froth, and strands of stringy lacing on the pilsner glass.

Smell is big bready, doughy, and biscuity notes, similar to an altbier, with a little bit of stone fruit and bubblegum coming through. Surprisingly malt-forward aroma.

Taste is caramel and deep bready malts with piney-citric hops, lots of earthiness, and an abrasive, aspirin-like bitterness. Alcohol warms the insides after the first few sips but doesn't register on the palate. Rather strangely, some diacetyl was evident on the cough (though not enough to be distracting).

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and fuller than medium bodied with a drying bitter finish and a little heat in the throat.

Overall, Super Collider is a good but not great DIPA that could use some work. For some reason I enjoyed it more out of the bottle at the Golden Tap Awards. Since I know the brewers are perfectionists who will undoubtedly tweak the recipe and make it better, my advice would be to turn down the alcohol a few notches (say 3%), aim for a leaner malt bill, and use more flavour and aroma hops. I'm confident that Peter, Adil, and Co. will revisit this brew and transform it into another Flying Monkeys hit (maybe under a different name, who knows). In the meantime I'll be grabbing bottles from the 'BO to see if I like them as much as the ones that debuted at the GTAs, and I'll update my review then.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was cellared for just under a year.

look ~ a bit darker that other D/IIPAs; it pours a reddish copper colour. clarity is very good. the head was average: it rose up about a finger or two and was off-white, fell fairly quickly to a film with no lacing.

smell ~ I get a lot more malt on the nose than I would have expected from the style. malt was fairly rich with mostly caramel and kettle-caramel flavours
. This is balanced by a hop aroma that seemed to be mostly piney. while I really like piney hops, there was a little less complexity here .

taste ~ the flavor was definitely strong and complex, but again leaned a little more to the caramel-malty than I would have expected. The prominent caramel flavour was a bit unwelcome and took too much balance. there is a bit of fruit with the aftertaste that brings out both piney and grapefruit. Bitterness was much higher than the flavour of hops. There is a long aftertaste, but it was a bit too harsh.

feel ~ good body and carbonation, but the stronger malt still sweetened up the ending more than I would have liked. There was a good helping of bitterness, but not as much hop flavor as I'd like into the ending.

Decent. It has a much richer malt character than I'd usually expect. Most of my problems came from it's deviance from the D/IIPA guidelines. Taste-wise, it worked. I'd really classify it as more barley wine territory, though.

(the one I had was 10.5% abv)

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Photo of mrnobody
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark amber/brown with a finger of beige head, not much retention, a little lacing.

S: Smells of citrus hops, booze, rotten fruit and yes, perhaps some floor cleaner.

T: Taste is malty, boozy, 160 IBU? Maybe the lcbo should have put a sticker marking that down too. This is definitely in barleywine territory. It's actually not bad but a DIPA it ain't.

M: Reasonably full bodied mouthfeel with a nice fine and subdued carbonation.

D: Actually, overall I don't mind this. The smell is terrible but for 10% ABV, it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery. Bomber with a great label. A thin ring of white head on light brown body. Hoppy aromas. A melange of hops, medicinal, with a tad of metallic in the finish. 120 IBU and I believe it. Unbalanced bitter, though the malting is an afterthought. Not well integrated. Drinkable, I suppose up to the style, but not the best example of it.Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of peensteen
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steve's bottle from the brewery

Deep ruby/amber colour, light off white head that retains at the edge of the glass, a few spots of lace. Smell is malty and lightly boozy, pine scents are there but medicinal and somewhat resemble a pine scented cleaner, hoppy with some citrus. Taste is malty with pine and citrus, big hop profile, alcohol, citrus in the finish as well as warm alcohol heat. Medium carbonation, full body, syrupy at points. Not bad, but I expected a little more from this, still a decent DIPA though.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 16, 2011.

Beer is a dark amber-toffee colour. Large off-white head. Decent retention.

Smell is not as full of hops as one would expect. Bready malt, prune, plum and other dark fruit. Brown sugar. Some pine in the background. Smells much more like a barleywine than a DIPA.

Lots of bitterness in the taste. A bit piney. Like the nose, malt is strongly present with bready flavours, but it is not sweet. Finish is bitter. Alcohol is strong and noticeable. The dark fruit flavours from the nose are muted. Disappointingly average. Not a terribly enjoyable beer.

Beer has moderate to high carbonation, very heavy. Feels a bit sludgy and sticky.

This beer needs some work. Has some good qualities but overall is not particularly good.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big props to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this in his latest shipment
A - lightly hazy deep cedar brown, one finger of tan head retained at a thin covering
S - butterscotch, some herbal earthiness, along with a light boozy aroma, really not much on the nose
T - unique hop mix of perfume and oily resin, some caramel and woody hints, and hints of alcohol
M - medium body with low carbonation, maybe even a little flat, it has some bitterness but 100 IBU it is definitely not
O - definitely a unique dipa with that perfume and resin flavour mix, although it is nothing mind blowing it is always nice to try a pale that's on the fringes of the traditional style, worth a try

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber. The head is not enormous but lasts forever and leaves lots of lace patches on the glass. The aroma is malty and estery with a piney hop characteristic. Pineapple and diacetyl notes also show. The taste is hoppy while also sweetish and buttery like the nose. Alcohol heat is pretty prominent throughout for 10.5% (according to the LCBO). This is a pretty full bodied beer. The finish is bitter with lots of medicenal alcohol heat.

A DIPA with flavor flaws and a very immodest alcohol presence. I'd pass if offered agian.

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Photo of sliverX
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to korguy123
Clear nice copper nice white head decent lacing
Smell is very malty a bit of toffee slight Orange peel
Taste malty with a not so great hop astringency that feels like eating orange pith. May have left this too long in the cellar.
Mouthfeel is real nice, thick chewy with a nice carbonation
Overall I think this beer would have been much nice fresher bulbs is life.

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Photo of biegaman
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super Collider is not exactly 'dark matter' nor does it have a head as expansive as the universe. In fact, it looks relatively flat, with a bit of toothpaste white trim that comes apart like stringed cheese. And despite a general murkiness, its brownish body cedes plenty of pecan-colored highlighting. A big contrast to the vibrant label.

To be brutally honest, my first sniff of Super Collider reminded me of some failed homebrewing experiments. The smell of wet, dead leaves and rank citrus is one that I recognize as hoppy, but not the most desirable brand of hoppy. The bouquet is a hot mess of sugary, not entirely fermented malts that smells a bit like cheap brandy with added hops.

For the time being, while the beer is cold and near full, I'm glad to have a front row seat on this train wreck. There's enough leafy Centennial hop bitterness and candied, acidic-sweet citrus to make it well worth drinking. I have a feeling, however, that that honeymoon will end once the alcohol starts to kick in. (Note: the beer ends up holding itself together alright, but it's just not that palatable. It tastes like something distilled from pine sol.)

Flavour specifics include some big honey and biscuit malt as well as some grassy, flowery hops. That description, however, does not indicate just how 'rough' and 'dirty' the beer drinks. Age will help nothing. This beer is like the towering, tattooed, long-bearded leader of a biker gang: rougher than a rose patch. Think Chino or San Quentin.

In the end, the urge to experiment proved more captivating than reason for this brewery. The people in Ontario wanted something bold with big cojones that could kick them in the butt - this is the beer that will leave them impressed… not favorably impressed mind you, but impressed. This failure with hops proves once and for all that it's not the tool that matters, but how you use it. This is a beer that some people might not drink on a bet.

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Photo of MattyV
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dark amber colour, finger's worth of dense foamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma's not knocking me over with hops, but is instead full of a fruitiness, bready/caramel malt, and a hint of booze. At first whiff, comes across as more of a barleywine than DIPA.

The taste is hoppy/bitter, but again dominated by the malt component. Big, sweet, and boozy. Some faint citrus flavour at first, then the bready/toffee sweetness kicks in, with the boozy warmth and harsh piney bitterness combining in the finish.

Full-bodied, a bit on the syrupy side, average carbonation.

A below average DIPA in its present state, I imagine that sitting in the LCBO warehouse for weeks and weeks did this beer no favours. It does come across as a decent American barleywine, however, and I still enjoyed working my way through the bomber. It's great to see Ontario brewers brewing bigger styles and making them available across the province. I would love to give FM a second shot with a fresher bottle and perhaps tweaked recipe.

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