This is a beer that I’ve been looking forward to try out for a while. Flying Monkeys Brewery up in Barrie, ON announced this beer over the summer and while it was supposed to be released with the Autumn seasonals in September…the LCBO, I guess, just didn’t feel like it and sent it out early this week.
I really have to say that the label design is just beautiful on this. I love that it’s a beer that is Science-themed, I love that there are some horrible but snigger-worthy science/beer puns on it and I adore that there’s a quote by Oliver W. Holmes on it.
It also packs an INCREDIBLY strong punch at 12.4%ABV. At risk of sounding unprofessional, by the end of a single bottle I was feeling alright with the world and giggled a lot.
But really, this was a beer I was excited about. I’ve always been a fan of Flying Monkey’s beers and well, I love Double IPAs so this seemed a match in heaven. Here’s the notes I wrote down while I was tasting it.
COLOUR – A BEAUTIFUL dark Cherry Oak colour with a very strong thin white head to it. Really is a thing of beauty to see dark bubbles rise up in that gorgeous dark colour.
AROMA – The malt hits me first. Hints of toffee and/or caramel with of course the hops. Nice citrus tone to it.
TASTE – Sweet lord, is that hoppy. Though like the aroma, the malts hit first very quickly. Quite sweet. Really like the aroma hint of toffee/caramel flavours similar to that of the aroma, but it feels like the malts only came to this party to say hello to a few people and leave. The hops and alcohol content, however are clearly here for the night (and even brought their party mixtape). This is a very, very hoppy drink. The hops bring the nice citrusy tones to it, but boy does it pack a punch.
VERDICT – A really wonderful effort from one Ontario’s great craft breweries, but in the end I was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be much of a balance between hops and malts. One gets the impression of hoppiness for the sake of hoppiness which…to be honest is something I really admire about Flying Monkeys, but when compared to their other brews, Hoptical Illusion, Netherworld Dark Cascadian Ale and Smashbomb Atomic IPA (all beers that have a great balance between the malts and hops) I just feel this one comes off a little short. If nothing else, buy it for the bottle design and the interesting flavour.