September 17th

Flying Monkeys Hoptical IllusionA while back the Robert Simpson Brewery (ever heard of it?) became the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ditto).  Apparently the combination of Canadian history and mediocre beers don’t make for great sales. Their signature beer is the Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion, a pale ale that is hard to narrow down. There is a very strong hops aroma, while the beer itself has a great amber colour and pours with a great head. It was probably too cold straight out of the fridge, with muted flavours of citrus and caramel at the beginning and end, but a very watery middle. As the beer has warmed up, the malts and hops have blended nicely, creating a very well rounded beer. Each sip brings a different flavour profile that makes the beer stand up to the hype. (Note: hype in beer snob circles is not comparable to Bud Light Lime hype.)

I’m glad I finally got to buy some of this and would like to thank the kind LCBO employee who went into the backroom to search for me. I just wish I didn’t have to ask for local beer when there is ample floor space for it and the other staff are adding more cans to the already bountiful pile of Coors Light. The lesson is to always ask if you don’t see the beer you want (and if they don’t have it, get them to bring in a case from another store).

Today: 355mL. Year-to-date: 6.06L.


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