Flying Monkeys Amber Ale | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys Amber AleFlying Monkeys Amber 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:
16 IBU

Added by slitherySOB on 08-20-2012

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Reviews by slitherySOB:
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3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This amber ale doesn't pour amber at all. It pours a dark yellow colour similar to what you'd expect from a pale ale. Smells of toasted malts, caramel, citrus and grassy hops. Taste is a tad sweet with caramel and bready malts, with a bright, citrusy/grassy finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Overall, a decent session ale that I wouldn't mind picking up again.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and filtered with almost no carbonation, and 2 fingers of light beige head.

Smells of red liquorice and oranges, its light and fruity with toasted notes.

The taste totally follows the nose, and ends with a biscuity, slightly sweet, toasted note, crackers with strawberry cream cheese.

Light body, with little carbonation.

Got this in Ontario, drinking it Nov 21st in New Hamburg. Really good, solid, drinkable beer that would pair well with a lot of kinds of food.

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3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was written in late August 2012.

355 mL bottle from a mixed six-pack picked up at the brewery; bottled Aug 21 2012. Now just referred to as Flying Monkeys Amber Ale; they have basically phased out the Robert Simpson name in favour of consolidating under their new(er) label (this also applies to their Antigravity Light Ale).

Pours a clear orange-amber colour, a little pale in hue, topped with just over one finger of foamy, creamy white head that seeps away over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a smooth cap on the surface, a dense collar of froth, and an uninterrupted ring of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma definitely leans toward the malty side, with toasted biscuits and caramel sweetness stealing the show, supported by notes of grass, earth, and roasted nuts. Approachable, but not a bouquet I would consider all that memorable.

Unfortunately this theme carries through into the taste, which is fairly pedestrian by this brewery's standards. The bready malt, caramel and toasted biscuit/nut sweetness is balanced nicely by the Saaz hops, which provide a grassy, earthy feel with just a hint of lemon zest and flowers (two things I could not pick out of the aroma). Finishes with a bittersweet aftertaste that vanishes fairly quickly. One thing I will compliment about this beer is the mouthfeel - it has a wonderfully smooth, prickly feel on the palate, owing to the moderate carbonation and slightly slick nature of the brew. Light-bodied and easy to throw back in copious quantities.

Final Grade: 3.68, a respectable B. Flying Monkeys Amber Ale is somewhat of a relic from this brewery's earlier days - it doesn't push any envelopes, but it's still a highly quaffable, straightforward amber ale that should be at least modestly appealing to both the BA set and the macro crowd. I don't expect this to blow many people away, but it's still a well-crafted amber that I would consider worth trying.

[Updated April 15 2014]

A six-pack from TBS, packaged Sept. 26 2013 so not the freshest thing I've ever had. The floaties visible in the bottle betrayed this one's age, but even with the hop flavours faded out this is a passable amber that I am enjoying. Mild-mannered, and very much unlike the vast majority of the brews contained within FM's portfolio. Anyone who enjoys Rickard's/Keith's Reds would probably find this fairly appealing without being too much of a shock - so as a conversion tool this beer definitely has its place (not to mention its suitability for simple, old-fashioned sessioning). I won't change the grade, given this one's slight expired-ness.

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4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pale golden amber, not as dark as I usually like my ambers to be. Visible fizz rising. Creamy head.

s: fruity, spicy. I thought I was drinking apricot for a second. It's just the hops.

t: biscuity and hoppy.

m: a little too fizzy for me -- it interferes with the flavour. Not unpleasant.

o: good stuff, although I'll be more likely to buy it when looking for an IPA than when looking for an amber. It's an IPA disguised as an amber, I think. FM does that a lot, though, and not in a bad way.

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2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Couldn't find freshness date. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy light amber. No head!?
S: Light sweet grainy.
T: Caramel. Somewhat sweet imaging. Dry finish. A bit watery.
M: Light bodied.
O: Given that I enjoyed their IPAs, I gave it very high expectation. However, this amber is pretty disappointing. Probably the flavors have eased because of aging. The hops/malts character are both lower than standard.

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Wonderfully floral and citrusy, the Flying Monkey brewers tread on the beaten waters that flow from the Irish red ale and have undertaken the common Americanized twist: a simplified caramel malt taste, elevated dryness and alcohol and with a noticeable pacific northwest hop bite.

Slightly hazed and frothily headed, the gentle amber hues are true to the style's namesake. While and undercurrent of caramel exists, overtones of citrus, floral and perfumy fragrance waft playfully above. Yet to taste, its the caramelized malt flavors that greet the initial palate with a friendly disposition.

The middle palate brings a balanced taste as the caramel sweetness begins to weaken and the more toasty, nutty and savory malt flavors steer closely behind. What once was floral and perfumy has developed into a citrusy taste of pink grapefruit, ripe orange, and a tropical sense of apricot and pineapple. An eventual tide of pinecone and citrus pith outlasts the malt late to give the ale a stern and bitter grip.

As the ale closes, it does so with a hop tilt, but balanced taste. Medium-bodied throughout, a late turn to dry nuttiness and hoppiness closes the session with soft pine resins and a linger of citrus peel.

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