DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average looks with a heavily carbonated body and a small darker-than-usual white head on top. Aroma is a lot of hops, softer than an IPA or something similar and very sweet hops at that. Flavour is sweet hoppiness with just a hint of malty goodness underneath. Good for sessioning, good thing I bought a six pack.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pour from bottle into jar-like glass. Beer is dark bronze--almost light brown. Definitely darker than a normal pale ale (hence the name?). Huge head that sticks for a while. Aroma is deep, rich balance of piney hops and malt. Pretty bitter. Nice beer. You’d expect it to be a lot higher in ABV--impressed that they packed this much flavor into it.
baldric (16) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber to copper colour. Hazy, good head and lacing.
Cloudy appearance but doesn’t detract from the flavour. Quite the opposite. It has a palate pleasing character that I love that most crystal clear heavily filtered beers in its category don’t possess. Kudos to Flying Monkeys for not over-filtering it. Easy drinking for a dry hopped beer, a nice session beer for sure. Well done.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange-amber w/ auburn hue. Pillowy, off-white finger of foam. Fresh, breezy, citrusy aroma w/ an underlying sweetness. Creamy feel, but the alcohol numbs in the finish. Flavour profile has potential--it is sufficiently earthy & bitter--but alcohol dominates the finish, giving the beer slightly unpleasant, medicinal quality. A relatively decent brew.
kevinsenn (2021) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a long-lasting half-inch white head. Nice mild aroma of tropical fruit. Taste has a little malt, and a lot of hops - orange and slight spice - without the normal IBUs following (as is intended). Pretty tasty stuff, and does a great job delivering exactly what it promises.
Jayseppi (159) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bordering between red and amber in colour with a thick foamy cap. Smells of citrus, pine and carmalized sugar. Some roasty malt and piney hop flavour with a good punch of bitterness at the end.
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice. You want to know what Amarillo tastes like? This is the prototypical Canadian ale to find out. Since Flying Monkeys are known for their hops, it was great to try this out and see that they know what they’re doing on the other side, the malt (yeast is on another plane). If I hadn’t tried this, I couldn’t be certain that they’re one of the best brewers in English Canada. This is proof, to me.
neongolden (1254) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(on tap at Grad Club, Kingston ON) Poured cold, a dark hazy amber with a briefly-lived rocky off-white head. Aroma mostly sweet honey and caramel malts, a little hint of the flowery, fruity Amarillo hops peeks through but not much. Flavour of sweetish crystal and roasted malts with a tinny bitterness, not particularly flavourful or hoppy. Mouthfeel relatively moderate, flavours not too concentrated. Disappointing pale ale, seems to be stranded between styles and not great at any.
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 12 March 2012) Dark amber colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with caramel, red fruit, orange and citric hops. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and a mild citric bitterness. Medium body, with some sweetness. Tasty and well balanced but nothing extraordinary. Quite nice.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL thanks to solidfunk. Pours a deep amber with a massive, creamy, rocky, off-white head. Excellent ice cream scoop retention and lace. Nose is sticky malt and honey. Taste is coppery metallic, bland, watery, lightly tannic. Iron, rust finish.