Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario pours a slightly cloudy, almost pencil yellow colour with a nice frothy and creamy head. It creates a very bright, hoppy aroma with strong citrus notes as well as some mild earthy tones and a bit of pepper.
There is a pleasant tang to the initial mouthfeel that gives way to a rich and satisfying creaminess. Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale tastes surprisingly dry and crisp for a cream ale and strikes a fine balance between a graham cracker-like sweetness and sour citrus tones. The beer leaves a noticeable, but not too thick, bready aftertaste on the tongue.
Like all Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery products, the packaging of Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale features hand-drawn art; this time a depiction of a playful Summer afternoon on the Barrie waterfront on which the brewery is located. There is a lot of information about the brewery, including a map and directions should you want to visit.
Robert Simpson Confederation Ale, named after the first mayor of Barrie isn't as exciting as Hoptical Illusion or Netherworld Cascadian Ale from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, but it is definitely a quality brew worth trying. This well-executed cream ale goes well with meats and cheeses and can be found at many LCBO and The Beer Store locations.
Type: Red Ale
Region: Ontario, Barrie
Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Format Purchased: 6 x 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%