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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mick303 on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bylerteck
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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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 DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of korguy123
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of AussieAbroad
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750 ml bomber picked up from the Flying Monkey's brewery.

A - Poured a deep, dark ruby red, with a full two fingers of creamy, tan head that receded to a half inch. Plenty of lacing remained throughout. Out of natural light the appearance becomes almost stout like.

S - Guava, papaya and hops.

T - Boozy but balanced. The bottle is marked at 80 IBU, but I didn't get the bitter kick I was expecting. The fruity notes come through the middle, and finishes with sweet, floral esters.

M - Medium body and lightly carbonated with a sticky, oily finish.

O - At 9.5%, it packs a punch, but is very drinkable. Satiating and satisfying, this limited release is something I'll be stocking up on. Two of my favourite Canadian breweries coming together to create an gem.

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Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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