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Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPAFlying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%


Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 02-01-2013)
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Reviews by MeisterBurger:
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with decent head, head retention and lacing.

Woody and cedary in the aroma, maybe a little peppery, but very muted for a beer of this style. The alcohol is more and more apparent in the aroma as it warms.

The taste can best be described as harsh. Boozy. A little soapy. Bitter. Definitely some c-hop grapefruit, but more so pine bitterness. No real malt or sweetness to balance that all out. Spicy heat and lots of Pinesol in the finish. The description says Amarillo hops give this an astounding citrus flavour, but I'm getting more pine and bitterness and, again, anything else this beer is trying to be is overpowered by the cedar. Not accented or complimented by it. It's astounding all right. But not in a good way. It's like drinking something brewed by Home Depot.

Low carbonation and a very thin in the mouthfeel for a 10% Imperial IPA in my estimation.

I'd say the base beer here was probably just okay, and aging it on Spanish cedar did more harm than good. This beer is too cedary and unbalanced for my tastes. It is as brash and misguided as the brewery's branding and packaging.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:08:35 | More by MeisterBurger
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

02-21-2014 17:27:55 | More by rogerdandy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting one. Probably the first cedar aged beer I've had, and I'm fairly impressed.

Woody nose, cedar certainly gives a distinctive aroma and it comes through clear.

Bit of a war going on in this beer. The Amarillo, the cedar, the sweet malt, and the heat are all wrestling with each other. It's not bad though, unless you don't care for the cedar, in which case you have a problem. Sweet honey malt up front, brief flash of hops and then the cedar takes over. Lingering lovely, to me, aftertaste of wood.

I understand why the reviews are all over the place for this. I enjoy it, but can't begrudge anyone for feeling differently.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:23:23 | More by CanuckRover
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

01-03-2014 14:43:26 | More by beerhunter13
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-29-2013 22:11:55 | More by Bf_89
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-10-2013 19:52:26 | More by byronic
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-02-2013 05:56:13 | More by KrisDLSmith
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-18-2013 00:57:18 | More by timiskin
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

11-09-2013 21:43:10 | More by Molson2000
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thaghost

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-03-2013 00:40:24 | More by thaghost
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-26-2013 00:12:58 | More by MJ63
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - mostly clear copper, big tower of soapy tan head that is a little on the annoying side but its hard to hate on that, plenty of lacing when it finally subsided
S - hints of earthy and leafiness, some cherry, and a healthy dose of woody cedar that is nice but make it smell less like a big DIPA
T - caramel and a bloodlike maltiness, slightly fruity with a noticeable woodiness, mild hints of grapefruit and leafs on the tail end, its tasty but is more like a dobblebock than a DIPA so I have to deduct a smidge
M - mediumish body with a somewhat sticky feel up front, light notes of bitterness late on the finish, fairly full throughout
O - this is a unique and tasty brew for sure, and the cedar aging is a big part of that, but in term of being a DIPA it doesn't really meet the standards, but if you just want a tasty unique brew and don't expect a bid DIPA hop bomb then definitely grab one if you come across it

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:35:53 | More by joemcgrath27
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jawnzer

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-09-2013 18:44:45 | More by jawnzer
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-05-2013 03:22:13 | More by irishkyle21
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of bitter citrus hops with light spicy notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy peppery notes with some citrus heavy notes with some herbal notes as well. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is an interesting experiment with cedars which seems to provide the peppery notes. I found that there was maybe a tad too much astringency though.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 19:42:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-19-2013 00:18:16 | More by FadetoBock
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-07-2013 02:17:38 | More by tommyguz
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Listed as Matador Barrel Blend at the Toronto Beer Festival.

A - Caramel brown, cloudy with a nice white/tan lace that has great retention.

S - spicy pepper, caramel malt, woody, some bourbon vanilla spice. Raisin.

T - a spicy alcohol start, woody alc with deep caramel resin and pepper, really complex. Raisin, rum, molasses, a thick body.

M - really smooth, slight carbonation but slick hoppy profile with enough balancing malt.

Really solid and intriguing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 20:28:11 | More by mick303
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JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew was amazing. The aroma of cigars caught me off guard, but it is such a unique twist on a beer, and I loved it. The taste followed the aroma and I was giddy about it.
If you're not a fan of cigars, this may not be your thing, but its worth a try.

As a double IPA, I'd give it a solid 4.5, but because its so unique, I'm giving it a perfect 5. Great beer by a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:55:59 | More by JG_McNaulty
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-19-2013 02:08:53 | More by NightINgale
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-15-2013 16:13:15 | More by CurtisD
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired thanks to my sis! Looking forward to having this one. Poured into a tulip at ~5C.

A: Gorgeous looking beer with a load of clingy white head atop a crystal clear light copper beer. Couldn't be more beautiful.
S: An incredibly earthy and musty nose dominated by raw cedar and cigar notes. Hints of fruitiness.
T/M: Sadly it goes off the rails a bit here. Too much cedar in the body lending a tannic finish. Cedar, cedar, cedar. Hints of fruity hoppiness across a dry body with building and bracing bitterness. More cedar gluing itself to the tongue.
O: An interesting offering I'm glad to have had, yet not one worth acquiring more of.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 21:56:44 | More by kjyost
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-07-2013 18:47:21 | More by polloenfuego
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Matador is the red flag equivalent for baiting in beer lovers. While the ubiquity of almost crouton-sized sediment is a bit of a turn-off, the beer's orange-amber glow is enticing and its highlights seem to dangle in the light like tinsel. Its head looks like white AstroTurf and is adhesive as super glue, its lacing baroque-like.

The barrel presence on the nose serves only to supplant hops with a mildewy, musty woodiness; it lacks the fresh, beguiling air of cedar and instead smells like a corroded fence. The hoppiness lacks much tropical or citrus fruit punch (despite Amarillo dry-hopping) and shares an oddly similar earthiness to that of the wood.

Some notes of green mango and peach as well as a trace of lemon are noted on the palate, though they are far from lucid. There's some candied, sugary notes that make into the aftertaste though these could also be attributed to the malts which have a slight toffee-like taste (though here, again, the caramelly flavour, like the fruity one, is far from sharp).

No one expects a 10%, barrel-aged beer to be 'smooth' and 'easy-going' or any of those cliched (frankly empty) adjectives. And while this holds itself better than many others that fit the profile, it still shows some of the (inevitable) alcohol warmth and lacks the depth usually gained in the trade-off between quaffability and complexity.

Although the concept and recipe have potential, this is a beer I'm not sorry will only be brewed just once. It lacked the tropical, uber-hoppy profile I look for in a DIPA and also failed to deliver the intricacy expected from high-alcohol, barrel-aged offering. I found it a very blasé offering that I could take or leave (though frankly wish I had left considering what it costs).

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:27:42 | More by biegaman
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazed, copper-orange coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head that starts a solid 2 inches and slowly settles into a dense, packed, half inch that retains as you drink. Aromas of smooth, sweet caramel notes, some pepper spices, a smooth woody character, rawhide, tobacco, and some subtle fruit sweetness. The nose is subtle overall, but smooth and enticing. Flavors are robust on the forward tongue, with a spicy and woody malt blast that warms quickly. Wow. Intense. Caramel and tropical fruit sweet flavors blend, with a floral and spiced hops presence that cut through and clean. Very light on a smooth body, with a tangy and heavily spiced aftertaste with hints of woody notes. The aftertaste and the ABV provide a warmth that travels throughout the body as you drink. Tangy sweet and bitter finish, with a slight linger that slowly dries.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:05:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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