1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.

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

Not Rated.
Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPAFlying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

68 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 02-01-2013)
View: Beers (40) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JeffONeal
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.95/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

Photo of CurtisD
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Shandycan
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Beersquad
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of RyanPollock
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 750ml bottle partially poured into a snifter

Appearance - Golden orange in colour, a few shades lighter than copper. The beer appears to be fairly cloudy. On top sits a finger and a half of bright white, fluffy looking head, which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell - Some big cedar smells coming through from the barrel aging. I've never had a cedar aged brew before, but it doesn't seem as out of place as I anticipated. It actually compliments the caramel/toffee malt backbone, and the citrus (orange?) hops.

Taste - Lot's of cedar flavour...and it's actually a little over powering. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I didn't expect this beer to be very balanced in the first place. It's sort of a novelty in that regard. There's also some caramel/toffee malt and citrus hops which is typical for the style. GIven the high ABV there's very little alcohol flavours. But the cedar is really what stands out here, making this brew as delicious as it is unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, nothing noteworthy really. Pretty low carbonation, and an exceptionally dry finish.

Overall - 4.25/5 IIPA's are a dime a dozen these days. While this might not be the truest to style, or the best one out there, it's a different take on a style that's being beaten to death. Fantastic!

Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mjacquard
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matador pours a crystal clear light orange with a decent head. Cedar aroma mixes with the citrusy, grapefruity hops early on, but as the beer warms the sweet, spicy cedar dominates. More orange and grapefruit hops upfront in the flavor, but both that and the malty sweetness are quickly overwhelmed by the cedar. Despite being heavy on the cedar, I really like this beer. I was surprised how well it mixes with heavy hop bitterness and flavor.

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of timiskin
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of korguy123
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into Flying Monkeys tulip.
Special thanks to my brother for telling me this was released today at the brewery.

Crystal clear dark orange pour with a chunky, 3 finger, off white head. Lacing on this is sticky and clumped all over the glass.

Sweet tangerine, slight peppery spice with a smooth and aromatic cedar. Slight pine and a touch of strawberries. Very muddled aromas under the cedar. Thankfully the cedar isn't as potent as other cedar aged beers I've had.

Bitter pine with some mandarin and bitter grapefruit. That transitions to dry woody cedar and than to sweet cookies and leather and tobacco. The cedar is not overpowering and really opens it up to a good beer. Slightly spicy finish with zero hint of alcohol.

Light to medium body, slightly sticky on the lips.

Cedar isn't really my thing. Great to smell, great to burn... great for beer? I think the jury is still out on that one for me. This was good, but I think one might be enough. Maybe one to age later.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle states ABV of 10%

Hazy amber-ornage colour, over two fingers of fluffy off white head, light lace. Smell is a mix of citrus and pine, woody cigar box like presence that leaves a bit of spice with it, orange and grapefruit are present and a sweet malt is constantly lingering around here as well. Taste is woody and spicy upfront met by a pretty big bitterness, low sweetness and fairly dry, citrus and grapefruit mid palate into the finish, malty and woody aftertaste even leaving a subtle vanilla as well. Lightly carbonate, medium body, oily points though light at times. This was pretty good in the bottle even at 3 1/2 months old and much better than a cask version of this I had tried a while back, im sure a fresh bottle of this would be pretty amazing though.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.