Flying Monkey Amber Ale
Flying Monkey Brewing Company

Flying Monkey Amber AleFlying Monkey Amber Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
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3.27 | pDev: 13.76%
Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 69
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the can, it pours a clear amber with a modest head that soon diminishes to a large continent and a ring. Malt in the nose. Caramel malt in the mouth. Interestingly, it appears to be brewed by the Weston Brewery, Weston, MO.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange color with off-white head. Caramel malt, nuts, and a little pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with nuts and toffee.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, average appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light brown-amber color. A light cream colored head dissipates to a fine film with good sticky lacing. The beer smells bready and of malts. The beer tastes bready, doughy, and malty. It's a very mild taste and very drinkable. There's a slightly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, not the best amber ale around, but a sentimental home-state favorite. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of bfields4
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear filtered golden body a touch close to amber. Not very much head, but decent retention with the little available.

Crisp aroma, very grainy malt & sweet caramel.

Not much here. A light sweet grainy malt character, just a touch of hops and by touch i mean it, not much more than your standard BMC.

It is nice and refreshing. I know my scores won't really reflect it, but I don't dislike this beer. If you're in the mood for something light and refreshing, but want something with a touch of good grainy sweetness this beer can really hit the spot.

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3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 4 months ago in Wisconsin, lets see how it held up. You get one inch of light tan head that fades fast leaving just a skim and a quarter inch of lace. Body is a very light honey tone. Nose is soft but has tones of minerals and nutty rustic tones, very standard for the style. Taste is very thin and a bit watered down. The same dose of minerals and woodsy nuttieness is there although somewhat soft. Flavor profile is a bit weak. Mouthfeel is a little carmelized and slightly thick. Not bad drinkability at all.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker gold with very little head on top. Retention is lacking as is any sort of lacing or webbing. Smells of corn, biscuits, and vegetation. Reminds me of a lager...

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp which aids drinkability. Flavor is of buttered corn, malty breads, and finishes slightly bitter. Is this really an Amber Ale? Everything about this tells me this is a lager. Weird. Drinkability is surprisingly high. It's a good thirst-quencher.

This beer gets low scores by my judging it according to style. As an "Amber," this is horrible, but as a "beer" this is actually pretty good. If this was labelled as a lager, my scores would be much higher. Get your styles right, Flying Monkey!

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Photo of armock
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for sending this my way in a BIF.

A - Poured a light amber color with a thin white head no lacing

S - Is faint but theres some caramel malt

T - Starts with the sweet caramel malt then finishes with bitter hops that clash with the taste

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a beer that I'll be seeking out again the taste clashes with itself to not make it a very good beer

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light copper color with a small quickly dissipating head. Smells of light malts and adjunct cereals. First sip is very light and lacking in flavor. The flavor is good...just not enough of it. Mouthfeel is poor as it is under carbonated. There is an off flavor here too.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a lightish amber beer, very clear. Poured no head, only minimal bubbles, which quicly reduced to nothing.

S-Mostly aromas of nutty and sweetish maltiness. Some spiciness. Overall, a clean aroma, though less than would be desireable.

T-Light flavor of toasted malts with some light nuttiness mingling. Minimal hop bitterness is the background, balanced by a slight sweetness. Finishes clean with a slight overlapping bitterness.

M-A too-thin body with low-moderate carbonation. Feels too watery over my palate.

D-Low. Not a beer that I'll be missing when I'm out of it. However, this one would make a reasonably decent session beer, as it's thin body and light flavor makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to a certain kind BA who sent me this bottle, just to help me knock another state off my list. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/26/2008.

This one poured out a nice and lightly hazed amber color. Some carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom of the glass and this formed into a nice sized white head on the top of the glass. Some settling produced a nice looking lacing on the sides.

The aroma was nice, a touch light but what was there was very pleasing. Rich notes of bready malts, and a touch of light hops dancing throughout. Carried over well into the flavor. Nice light touches of hops that punctuated a mostly malty red ale. Smooth carbonation and a not too heavy profile led to this being a nice and very sessionable little ale.

Overall not bad at all. A quality little beer that I would have no issue with trying again any day. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Monkey- Amber

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 1.

A- Light copper orange with a decent frothy head. Light lacing on the upper rim.
S- Caramel malt with light cracked dry grain.
T- Light and sweet caramel malt with a bit of cracked pepper and poppy seed.
M- Very light and sweet up front with a dry body and slight floral hop presence in the end.

Overall- A bit too light but definitely refreshing on a hot humid day.
(Thanks Bill!)

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Photo of chiapete
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper color , off white , fluffy head that left quickly
some lacing but not much.

Aroma is sweet , malt with a little caramel , the sweetness seemed to stand out.

Tasted how you would expect from the smell , malty sweet taste.
slight bitter after taste but what you might expect doesn't linger.

Not out standing but very drinkable. would drink again if it was there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, thin-looking amber body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Grainy, light caramel aroma with and a hint of apple-scented cardboard.

Taste: Vague maltiness, little sweetness, and not much in the way of hops or bitterness. However, you are treated to tastes of cardboard and acidic apple juice. Oddly caustic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty poor amber. I can't see any reason to give this one a try.

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Photo of Goliath
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color and pretty cloudy. Has a thin white head.

Smell is sweet, there is a light hop spiciness and some citrus notes.

Taste is ok, but lacks flavor. There are some citrus notes and kind of an odd finish that I can only compare to "iced tea"

Pretty smooth, and not a horrible beer. I've definitely had better though. I'm starting to wonder if my bottle was a little dated.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a nice amber color, decent whitish head to start off, ok lacing. The aroma is not all that great, some caramels are all that salvage an otherwise metallic and stale nose. The taste really isn't much better, some caramel and toffee but too grainy, and again some weird, stale, metallic, cardboard, funk. I'm not a fan of ambers usually, but this one is just confusing. The mouth is good, decent body and carbonation, but no mouth can save this beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to bort11 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, and lots and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet and malty, some spice, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An amber color to this beer with a bit of cloudiness. I thought this would bring up a nice head, but it didn't. Very plain foam, thin up top and splotchy. Swirl brings no more foam. Hmm.
Malt aroma. Some hints of molasses and raw dough. A bit sweet, not so intense.
Taste centers around the malt. The dough blends with the molasses hints to create a sweet cake donut flavor. A bit stale. As it warmed up any hint at crispness faded and it became pungent. Hard to drink. Perhaps it's better from the bottle...only a bit.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chilled haze amber with a quickly disappearing thin head that becomes a thin island of a patch.

The smell is of caramel and slight toast. Slight light tropical fruity hop notes in the back. Mild, but nice.

The taste is of caramel with supporting tropical fruit notes. Slightly toasted bread is present, but not assertive. Some buttery notes appear as the beer warms a bit. A slight astringency is there. Finishes on the sweet side, though the hops are not forgotten. Medium-bodied.

Overall, while nothing particularly newsworthy, it's a pretty decent amber ale and one I'm glad I got to try!

Thanks to bort11 for this one!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Equal parts honey gold and bright orange. The beer is topped by a bubbly beige crown that has an appealing texture and quite a bit of persistence. Gooey bridges of marshmallow-like foam connect head and glass, leaving a decent amount of lace when they softly snap.

The nose, while nothing special, gets the job done. It's primarily untoasted grain-like with a near equal amount of what smell like German hops. There's also a faint whiff of nut butter that adds rather than detracts.

Flying Monkey is a simply constructed beer, but then beer of this style isn't brewed to be as complex as your average Belgian strong pale ale. The barley now seems lightly toasted, like the crust on a loaf of French bread. Snappy, lightly spicy, herbal hops provide an adequate counterweight. I'm looking for something to criticize, but I'm not really finding it.

The mouthfeel is above average as well. It's more firm than it is soft or lush, and is properly carbonated. One of my theories is that mouthfeel is often the best indicator of quality beer. If so, then the brewery has earned my respect.

Speaking of which, weren't these guys known as Pony Express not too long ago? I guess they figured that Flying Monkey Brewing Company is a more memorable name given the state they brew in. I was all set to say that I'd buy Flying Monkey Amber Ale again when monkeys fly out of my butt. However, it's actually a drinkable beer that should go well with all sorts of foods.

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Photo of bort11
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Starts with a nice chunky white head and falls back to a thin ring. Color is a clear copper red. Moderate carbonation activity in the center of the glass
Smell has a mild malty sweetness. Taste continues with the sweetness and finishes with a mild hop bitterness.
Nice light/medium body that is very quaffable. This is a very nice session beer for seeing a show or hanging out on the deck. I'm going to definitely stock up on this for summer.

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Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours unfiltered light amber with 2 fingered head that persist a couple of minutes leaving a white ring of fine foam.

Aroma is all malt with some C-60 and toffee dominating fruity esters from the neutral Whitbred yeast at cool end of fermentation range.

Flavors fallow with some citrus from hops. Seems out of balance at beginning but sweet maltiness is diminished in finish by a little hint of hop IBUs. Flying Monkey is a good brewery to keep an eye on - after a couple of days at their Olathe KS brewery I have a very good impression of their operation.

Although I usually don't like caramel (C-60) flavors this was quite drinkable.

Thanks to Chao Lee (Masterbrewer) and owners of Flying Monkey for the tour and letting me enjoy your fresh beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, grasses and yeast.

T - It tasted quite malty and there was a slight bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - It was okay. Really the label/name might be it's best attributes.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.79/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bottle with an evil looking, winged monkey. No freshness date but a not so reassuring "Always Fresh" is printed on the label.

A - Incredibly clear and light amber. A big, white head that dies very quickly but leaves behind a great trail of foam as it descends along the sides of the glass.

S - A delicate aroma of sweet malt and not much else.

T & M - Light bodied with a little carbonation tickle. Rather thin really. The taste is somewhat sweet with a hint of caramel but no complexity at all.

D - This beer looks good, but in all other aspects is rather average if not disappointing. Not something I will buy again.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was presented with a light, white head that dissipated very quickly. It had a slightly sweet nose and the beer was a good golden color. The mouthfeel was thin and I got a light sweetness in the mouth and on the palate. The finish was lightly sweet and not very satisfying. Overall, I was unimpressed.

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Flying Monkey Amber Ale from Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 69 ratings