02 Jul

Belle Epoque Beer Review

Belle Epoque_Belgian IPA_Flying Monkeys

This 10th Anniversary Ale was interesting but not to my taste

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 10%        IBU: 72

On one of my few trips to the LCBO recently – I have predominantly been visiting my favourite local breweries for the past few months – I noticed a new boxed brew from Flying Monkeys.

Just in time for their 10th anniversary, Flying Monkeys released this new Imperial Belgian IPA. Hopped with Citra and Glacier hops, it is a unique brew well-suited to celebrating a unique brewery.

Track this one down if you’re curious, I doubt it will be around forever!

Announcement: 

Before heading on down to read the rest of this review, please note that the Drunk Kitten will be posting on a reduced schedule for the summer. With so many beer events going on, it’s been difficult to maintain two posts a week (despite drinking a large number of new brews – I am just shy of 500 unique brews on Untappd!) Expect a new beer review each Thursday with sporadic updates about the huge number of beer events you should check out over the next several months.

 

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19 Jan

Matador v2.0: El Toro Bravo Beer Review

Matador 2 El Toro Bravo - Flying Monkeys

The Matador v2.0, ready for sharing

Brewery: Flying Monkeys
Style: Imperial Dark Rye Beer
ABV: 10.10%         IBU: 33

 

Complex and smoky, El Toro Bravo is another success for this powerhouse of a brewery.

 

3 and a halfcat

Known for their unique and full-flavoured experiments, the brewers at Flying Monkeys are certainly not afraid to try something new. While I would hardly claim to be a fan of everything they put out, they are definitely one of the more creative breweries in Ontario.

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14 Dec

Paranormal | 24 Days of Beer: Day 14

Day 14 - Paranormal - Flying Monkeys

Colourful and fun, Paranormal certainly stands out from the competition

 

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Brewery
Style: Pumpkin / Yam Beer
ABV: 10.5%

This hazy, medium orangey red beer pours with a thick, off-white head of lasting foam. With a thin ring of bubbles and a light foam on the beer, it leaves some nice lacing down the glass as you drink. The aroma is a tad spicy with strong scents of orchard fruits, apple and pumpkin in particular with a touch of pear. Definite booziness and just a hint of vanilla rounds it out.

The flavour of Paranormal is a bit more boozey with sweet cinnamon notes and more subdued pumpkin flavours than I expected. A slightly sour, tart flavour combines with a sweet and spicy undertaste for a not altogether pleasant affect. The spice accumulates as you drink, bringing out a ginger and nutmeg aftertaste that becomes increasingly pleasant over the course of the beer. Warming nicely, this is one that you should definitely take your time drinking (especially if you are doing the entire bottle on your own like I am.)

Overall not a bad beer but certainly not my favourite pumpkin beer of the year. They are still around if you’d like to try it but my suggestion would be to hold out for a Chocolate Manifesto instead. Those are seriously tasty.

3 and a halfcat

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03 Nov

Bevy 0010: Pumpkins + Porters Review

The Drunk Kitten with Rock Lobster

The Drunk Kitten costume_smallWhen I figured out that October’s Bevy would be on Halloween night itself, I was more than a little excited. I also knew exactly what my costume would be, I just had to find it. Luckily I stumbled upon a blog.to article about costume shops in Toronto and it led me to Theatrix Costume House. When we found the store early last month, I had only a very vague idea of what I wanted but I showed the staff my business card and they quickly found me several potential options. The beer mug purse (yes, that’s a purse and it might be the best thing ever) was more of a challenge: I knew I needed some kind of over-sized beer to carry around or I would just be another cat but I was having no luck finding the right prop. I had just about given up when I turned a corner and saw this magnificent creation. I might just have to use it for all future beer events as it simply amuses me far too much.

As with every event before it, the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies‘ Bevy 0010 was tons of fun with great ladies (and men for a change), beautiful artwork, good tunes, and – most importantly – a wide selection of tasty brews. And for the second month in a row we were treated to a one-of-a-kind, one-time creation that was so good it made me sad from the first sip that I would not have another chance to find it. To read all about this spicy and rich, never-to-be-seen-again porter, and the slightly more accessible alternative offerings, read on below!

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13 Aug

Hoptical Illusion Beer Review

Flying Monkeys Hoptical IllusionAs a big fan of the way Flying Monkeys Craft Brewing approaches beer-making, I often find myself reaching for these familiar and tasty brews rather than trying something new and I have to fight the urge. While not as attractive of an option as its hoppier cousin SmashBomb, Hoptical Illusion is a great brew for those times when I want something full flavoured but not quite as strong.

Brewed with privately grown Amarillo hops which lend the beer its provocative citrus and floral essence, this APA gets its subtle maltiness from the blending of an amber klin and roasted speciality malts.

Delicious but subtle, Flying Monkeys certainly got it right in their description:

Hoptical Illusion is a beer that doesn’t beat you over the head, steal your wallet, and jack your car. But you still wouldn’t want meet it in a dark alley.

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