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Flying Monkeys / Central City Imperial Red On RedFlying Monkeys / Central City Imperial Red On Red

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mick303 on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep sweet caramelized malt with some earthy and piney hops. Taste I also dominated by some sweet caramelized malt with light unrefined notes with some citrus and piney hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Too much residual sugars for my taste but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a deep dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing pervaded throughout the glass. The smell had a decent intriguing dark roasted caramel maltiness with a light toffee and alcoholic nuttiness. The taste took those flavors and combined extremely nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a sessionability about it that was there. The carbonation was fairly subdued but still good for the style. Overall, pretty good American Strong Ale I’d have again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $9.95

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, cherries

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and resiny hops. There is also some apricots, cherries, and a touch of toffee. It ends with some boozy heat.

Overall - Pretty much what I was expecting, lots of sweetness and lots of hops. Not an every day beer but something that is well worth picking up once.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red on Red, despite its name, actually has the deep, brownish colour of an earthen jug (except against the light, which reveals a vivid crimson that allows enough transparency that I can make out the shadow of my finger on the other side). Its head is like sheep's wool.

Mosaic hops have been described as "Citra on steroids" but they're actually derived from Simcoe, so while they do offer a good amount of tropical fruitiness, there's also a great deal of pine and bitter leaves. This is a pretty diversified aroma, albeit one that's terribly bitter.

So bitter, in fact, that it's actually a little odious at first - like an herbal remedy of leafy greens and oily, concentrated citrus extracts. (Adding garlic should be enough to stave off any winter cold.) It's a bit repugnant, but a more agreeable side begins to show with warmth...

With mango, pineapple, and papaya leading the way (mind you, it's still their rinds rather than the actual fruit). The herbals soften as they become less 'bitter kale-like' and more 'resiny pine-like' and gain a hint of mintiness. Even a delicious chestnut honey note comes over the nutty, nougat-like caramel malts. Ultimately, however, it's still rather boozy and aggressive.

Owing to their monumental Red Racer IPA and the magnificent DIPA for Autism, Central City Brewing is, in my mind, the undisputed king of hops in Canada. Flying Monkeys are no stranger to the hop cone either, yet this rendition of a hoppy Amber Ale wouldn't be my pick for best example of the style; it's a good collaboration but one not necessarily worth repeating.

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2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Another heavy hitter from Flying Monkeys in the LCBO. Hoping to God this goes well. Hopefully the Central City boys can get Flying Monkeys on track.

A - Nice ruby colour, good carbonation, two fingers of beige head. Not quite bight but certainly not cloudy. Good lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Very hoppy, syrupy fruits. Boozy fruitcake. Tropical fruit. Sappy.

T - Booze. Oh God, here we go. Syrupy boozy fruits. Syrupy pine. Alcohol very present.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a boozy/stinging finish.

O/D - More of the same from Flying Monkeys' big beers. Alcohol not at all masked and hindering any of the potentially better flavours. Amazed they can't get their stuff together. Won't finish the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopsolutely for this monster of a beer. Cheers! Apparently this is a collaboration with Central City out in BC. I guess they brewed the beer at both locations as well.

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 80
Mosaic Hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy, light beige head with excellent retention. Maroon red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp and bubbly cap leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. A swirly wisp remains until the end and lots of lacing decorates the glass as it empties. Good looking brew for sure.

SMELL: Caramel malts, red fruits, melon, with some floral hops and some nice grapefruit notes as well. Bold and interesting nose here.

TASTE: Caramel, red fruit and some spicy, peppery hops up front. Lots of bitterness and spicy floral flavors at the swallow, with a bold and lingering finish of red fruit and caramel sweetness, lots of floral bitterness and some spicy hops and alcohol. Flavorful and plenty bitter.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is pretty good overall. It’s overly bitter perhaps, as the bitterness just adds bitterness and not much in terms of real character. The spiciness if nice, though it is a touch boozier than it needs to be. Still, this is enjoyable and interesting with a good feel to support the show. Really glad I got to drink this one and recommend you give it a shot if you see it. Thanks again guys!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO. I haven't tried a new beer from Flying Monkeys in quite a while - although to be fair, I'm a little hesitant to pick up these $10+ bottles, which is basically the only format their recent offerings have been available in. Still, the idea of an imperial amber ale collaboration with Central City (makers of my favourite IPA ever) was enough to get me to pry open my wallet. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a beautiful, clear, deep garnet red hue, generating slightly more than one finger's worth of soapy, light tan-coloured head. It recedes gradually over the next five minutes, coating the glass in a doily pattern of lacing and leaving behind a frothy cap at the surface. Looks great, with a fresh, zesty aroma to boot - loads of caramel sweetness underneath the Mosaic hops, which offer plenty of pine sap in addition to some papaya and passionfruit notes. My one complaint stems from the boozy, syrupy quality of the bouquet - it kind of smells like a barleywine, which is a personal turnoff. Oh well, at 9.5% this might as well be a barleywine anyway.

Fortunately, it seems I was off the mark - this is obviously by no means a session beer, but it isn't a sloppy, hot mess either, with a relatively good balance achieved between the hops, malts and booze. Caramel malts are not as prominent here as on the nose - they provide a baseline sweetness that underlies the profile, but the bulk of the flavour is bitter hops and a mixture of tropical/orchard fruit. Pine sap and bergamot orange are detectable, in addition to more of the papaya/passionfruit picked up in the aroma. The booze becomes a stronger contributor toward the finish, with an aftertaste that combines this heat with a resiny, pithy bitterness and slightly syrupy sweetness. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with relatively soft carbonation that gives this brew a smooth, somewhat oily finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for the abv.

Final Grade: 4.05, a respectable A-. Imperial Red-on-Red is a worthy collaborative effort from two of Canada's most renowned craft brewers. This one is absolutely an acquired taste - those who shy away from hops in general need not apply, and I can see how the ethanol presence would be off-putting to some palates - but I think these features work pretty well in context. Overall, this one comes together nicely for me, even at the relatively high price point (this is much better than an 8-10 dollar bottle of wine would be). It's a solid, hoppy strong ale that I'd consider purchasing again if I were in the mood, and would also make for a great bottle to pick up and split with a friend.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a deep red brown with a very fluffy three finger head that breaks slowly leaving excellent lacing and an island of foam behind.

S: hops, in particular pine and some citrus, followed by malts and caramel.

T: pine, resin, malts and caramel. Much sweeter than I expected.

M: lower carbonation and an oily or slick mouth feel.

O: well, this certainly would be the best I have seen out of Flying Monkeys in a while, but when you collaborate with Central City it's gonna come up a notch in my opinion. I think that the tiny bit of age that this beer has on it has mellowed it a bit, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I'd be up for another collaboration from these two breweries.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The pour reveals a vivid red liquid with a gigantic marshmellowy off white head. This is one of the reddest red ales I've ever seen, much deeper than the usual amberish offering. Some fruity hops mix with toasty maltiness and some alcohol heat in the nose. Lots of tropical, passionfruit Mosaic hops in the taste balanced my a big, chewy, caramel malt profile. Alcohol is very prominent, ABV noted. Fusel notes tend to distract from the flavor profile throughout, while not overbearing, getting close to the line. The mouthfeel is very full bodied and dextriny with a subtle, creamy carbonation and some booze numbing of the palette. Finish is moderately bitter and pretty hot from alcohol flavor.

This is OK. Way too much booziness that tends to overshadow the other flavors. The bits of Mosaic you do get are delicious though. Worth a try if you're a die hard fan or want to see a very gorgeous beer.

Maybe I got a flawed bottle?

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Photo of mick303
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a sample at Toronto Beer Festival, bottles due in late August apparently. 80 IBU

A - ruby red and a tan brown red, great lacing.

S - intensely sappy hops, pine and citrus.

T - a smooth amber malt with piney hops and papaya fruit leading to a dry complete crisp finish, very well executed with a big and flavourful hoppy beer.

Looking forward to trying this again. Hopped with the new Mosiac hop variety.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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