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

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

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 02-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 25
Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  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 olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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).

Photo of liamt07
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 21/5/13

A slight haze in a orange amber body, only a few visible bubbles but a two finger foam has decent retention leaving some random lace

S green apple, faint rotten peach and some caramel with a hint of pine, lots of cedar and some booze, floral notes but I'm just not grooving on it, why would you cedar age a DIPA?

T even more cedar then the nose but I get a little rind and more pine, cedars strong, too strong really, spicy but it just doesn't work, too woody with sour fruit and the booze is noticeable

M medium-full, a little syrupy, more bubbles then I could see in the glass, a little sticky on the lips, very woody finish with some rind and pine trying to shine through but the DIPA aspects are struggling to get through the barrel

O I'd like to taste this before they barreled it, I wouldn't say it smells and tastes bad but I can't say it tastes or smells good either, its a bit of a mess really, not worth the money

way to woody and I'm just not feeling it, perhaps a DIPA that would improve with age? I'm not going to find out, a little disappointing considering I rather like Flying Monkeys

Photo of tbeckett
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Bottled 21 Jan 2013. Respect The Hop.

A - Mildly hazy golden pour. Thick, creamy two and a half finger off white head. Good carbonation coming up. Good lace rings and a big ice cream scoop of foam laying in the middle of a half finger of retention. Some booze legs. Nice beer.

S - Spicy woody aroma. Nothing else. Must be a ton of wood invovled here, b/c there's no DIPA character at all.

T - Like the aroma but amped up to 11. Not a good thing. Alcohol, spicy, really spicy, some woodiness, pepperiness too. No hops to speak of.

M - Good carbonation, full chewy body, spicy/peppery bitter finish.

O/D - This isn't all that good. Far too much wood influence, very little hop character for the style, and no malt balance there. They tried, but it just doesn't work. Sadly this seems to be a trend for FM's bigger beers. Won't finish this one.

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Howlader
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of peensteen
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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 MikeCactusGordon
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  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

Photo of schnarr84
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of SebD
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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 kjyost
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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