Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
750ml bottle, 10% ABV, and packaged in a nice toreador-themed box. Wood-aging an IPA just doesn't seem sane. Over to you, you wild and crazy guys...
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and delicately foamy off-white head, which leaves a solid array of bleeding raincloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of incredibly clear and pungent white grapefruit flesh, robust spicy, peppery wood, cigar wrap, orange crates, a soft apple/pear fruitiness, and floral, slightly perfumed booze notes. The taste is spicy, gritty cedar planks - sans the salmon - pine resin and grapefruit pith duly representin', spunky (it has to be) bready caramel malt, white pepper, black pepper dust, and a rather sedate floral essence, one surprisingly detached from the only ethereally apparent big alcohol.
The bubbles are mostly understated, and frothy at times, but do well within those low expectations, the body an adequate medium weight, and so-so smooth - though more than then I could have hoped for in this particular situation. It finishes well off-dry, the malt eventually getting some due credit, as the still hefty cedar and bitter hops play off elsewhere in a corner together, in a somewhat threatening manner.
Well, I came into this with nothing but disdain for the aging practice exhibited herein. So, of course, I've come out of it with a further heightened respect for this brewer, and what they've accomplished here. The IPA (if not actually the DIPA) nature is retained, while the sexy cedar woodiness and spiciness is deftly blended in. Surprised, am I. And rather content all the same.
06-06-2013 00:30:41 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
On tap at Barhop First Anniversary. Orange coloured bodied.The scent of cedar. Very cedar wood taste with IPA starting to come through mid sip and finishing with white pepper. A sipper, interesting enough if they tone down the non IPA elements.Above average mouthfeel.
I had this in a fresh bottle and the wood was more rounded, more IPA character, though still very woody.
02-01-2013 03:41:57 | More by Sammy
3.69/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-17-2014 20:23:23 | More by CanuckRover
3.86/5 rDev +6.9%
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
10-06-2013 01:35:53 | More by joemcgrath27
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-20-2013 19:42:08 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. Bottled on Jan 21/13.
Poured in to tulip.
A - Translucent medium orange with one finger of cream coloured head.
S - Cedar aroma is very prevalent with some citrus and caramel notes.
T - Cedar is noticeable immediately along with a big bitterness. Some pine and caramel flavours are also present with some spice in the finish.
M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
O - An interesting beer but a little too much cedar for me. Would have likes more balance and a more bold hop profile.
03-12-2013 01:41:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
2.79/5 rDev -22.7%
Pours a murky orange, this wispy head - perhaps one of the murkiest beers I've encountered. Citrus hops poke through in the nose, along with a moderate hit of cedar. Flavour is boozy and strong, muddled C hops all over, lots of bitterness, a dry woody backbone that is not instantly cedar, I swear I'm picking wood from my teeth and not in a good way. Not much of a malt profile to hold this one down. Had a couple nice cedar beers before but this one is a mess - muddled, messy booziness. No deftness, no joy.
03-12-2013 20:57:27 | More by ritzkiss
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
On tap at Bar Hop's Customer Appreciation Night.
Clear golden orange with good lacing and a light film of retention. Nose is peppery, woody, piney with some mineral water and muted citrus in the finish. Some general 'stinkiness' as well. Taste gets messy, bitter, woody, obscure citrus and pine in a hoppy mess. Almost metallic and dirty water character at times. Medium feel, no alcohol, but bitterness and hops shred my palate. Not a good beer, wasn't able to finish my glass. 425/35/25/25/275
Re-rated after having this bottled. Woody bitterness is still there which I don't dig, but the nose is quite nice. 425/375/325/3/325
02-06-2013 02:26:34 | More by liamt07
3.34/5 rDev -7.5%
Appearance: As usual from Flying Monkeys, the presentation is awesome here with a groovy box with an amount of text that would make Stephen King envious. Beer is quite bright straw color, but with a hint of red; Almost as if this is a 2xIPA aged on cedar chips!
S: Once warmed from the fridge this gives off an impressive amount of cedar. It's rather sweet, but the ample amarillo hopping is definitely present in a big way.
T: This is a lot of Cedar thats for sure. If you drink it fridge temp, the amount of cedar is manageable, but once it warms up considerably, the Cedar is really dominate -- Be prepared for be reminded of your grade 9 shop class.
M: No complaints here. its medium bodied, and avoids being sticky or super dry.
Overall - despite giving away a sizable sized glass to my wife, I had a hard time getting through this bottle, Once it reaches a certain temp, the cedar is quite overpowering. An interesting beer however.
03-25-2013 01:42:59 | More by uno99
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cedar with some citrus, pine and sweet caramelly malts.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some dominant cedar notes, along with some piny hops, a touch of citrus and some caramelly malts.
Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. A bit too strong on the cedar for my liking.
04-13-2013 20:48:06 | More by SebD
Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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