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Central City / Flying Monkeys Red on Red Imperial Red Ale

Formerly brewed at Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: American Strong Ale
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Dark ruby red complexion with a thin, beige foamy head. Oak, sweet malt, fresh bread and slight hops to the nose. Flavor is tart, tangy at first, as time goes on, a breadier hoppier character emerges and finishes dry. Velvet mouthfeel, long-lasting bitter-sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stantheman (904) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
On tap at the brewpub in Surrey, and bomber purchased at Liberty Wine Merchants on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Dropped in for a glass at Crit’s recommendation, and it’s a doozy! The first thing one naturally notices is the deep red colour. A nice beige head on it’s shoulders as well. Hops and fruit on the nose. It’s very much like an imperial IPA, but with more fruit. I can’t tease out the fruit flavours here, but there’s an impression of raspberry and other berry fruits. Delicious!

Note: Description on Ratebeer lists alcohol content at 8.5%, whereas my bottle label says 9.5%. I sent in a correction, but no change so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Thank you JefVerstraete! Tasting glass from 750 ml. bottle consumed @ “The Tasting formerly known as Mons RBBAG I (2014)”. Hazy red / brown / amber, little head. Nose is caramel, tad herbal bitter, sticky sweet with bitter peel. Taste is bitter peel with thick syrupy malt base, herbal hops, chewy malts & sugar, bitter finish. Substantially thick. Tastes like a hoppy barley wine more than anything else, quite enjoyable even though I’m not big on fresh hoppy barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (5020) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has quite strong hops (grassy, herbal, noble) with decent caramel and alcohol notes. Clear reddish amber colour. Taste has quite strong sweetness with caramel and light candy, in conjunction with high hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced and nicely drinkable, overall very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (358) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 7, 2014
Poured from bottle. Clear amber color with tan head. Aroma fruity. Flavor; caramel, cocoa, soapy tones. Full body, moderate carbonation. Sweet in beginning followed by pleasant bitterness which lingers in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (513) - - JUN 4, 2014
Apparently there were two batches of this produced, the first at the Central City Brewery in Surrey B.C. and the second at the Flying Monkeys brewery in Barrie Ontario. This is a 750ml bottle from the latter. Pours a coppery red, with an off-white head that is leaning towards the red spectrum. Aroma is mainly fruity hops. Tastes of fruity hops, caramel malts, with some burned sugar sweetness, and hints of both bananas and red berries. Found this to be both delicious and quaffable, but beware of the high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
Sparkling chestnut,lasting beige head.Piney hop nose.Citrus hop profile,good malt in back. Huge long hop finish. Medium alcohol heat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark red/brown with medium foamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, roasted malts, dark sour fruit and citrus. Flavors of piney hops, roasted malts, dough, and prunes/figs. Some alcohol notes. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
On tap at London Pub. Clear amber, minimal cap. Consistent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, raisin, prunes, hay. Taste is more raisin & prunes, caramel, grapefruit, pine. VERY smooth drinking. 9.5%? This could easily get ya in trouble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7819) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Red amber color with thick light beige head. Caramel, burned sugar, spices, alcohol. Caramel malt, burned sugar, citrus hops. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

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