Flying Monkeys The Matador | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 02-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikebu
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tonyf55
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the big bottle into a footed pockal IPA glass with a narrowed top. Aged for 1 year from purchase.

Appearance (5/5): Perfect copper-orange colour for an IPA, topped by an amazing and lasting 3 finger head of off-white frothy and creamy looking proteins. Carbonation is active and kicking, dancing through the full height of the glass. Head was so persistent, I had to take a bite out of it, just so I could sniff the beer.

Aroma (4.5/5): Well worth it too - the aromas give the first hint of how well the floral, citrus hops dance with the light spicy character of the cedar wood. I can't tell if the 1 year of aging changed the hop character, but I can say that the floral and citrus (grapefruit?) character of the Armarillo hop was intermingled with a lightly musky wood aroma. Despite the 10% on it's label, the booziness only shows very slightly. Amazing balance.

Taste (4.5/5): As with any good Imperial IPA - a bit of light bready malt shows up at the beginning of the sip by quickly disappears behind hints of nutmeg, leather, and other earthy and spicy undertones. The citrus and floral hops may have faded in the aging, as the predominant flavours are ones of spicy hops that really dance well with the woody undertones. Just to be clear - if you were not told this was 'aged on cedar' you would likely think the Amarillo hop was really flexing it's spicy character more than usual.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): A perfect medium body (great for the style) that washes the pallet in a velvety smoothness of understated carbonation and a bit of a juicy finish. Booze numbness is minimal, which is amazing is a beer boasting a 10% ABV. Again, the name of the game is balance - and they are showing it in all categories.

Overall (4.5/5): A near perfect beer to me, with nice hop flavours and aromas, a decent malt profile that balances the bitterness, and a fantastic little interest piece in the nice woody, leather, and earthy flavours. They manage to take all this and package it up in an amazing looking beer (what a head!) that drinks almost too easily. Flying Monkey's continually impresses me. I will be looking for more of their Limited Edition production in the future.

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jjmclell
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like grapefruit and pepper. Initial taste is much the same. Finishes with tastes of booze and wood. Seemed to sweeten up with some caramel notes as my palate adjusted. Cool beer, lots to think about. Wouldn't incorporate it into the regular repertoire though...

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Flying Monkeys The Matador from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 73 ratings