Flying Monkeys The Matador | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Flying Monkeys The MatadorFlying Monkeys The Matador
72 Ratings
Flying Monkeys The MatadorFlying Monkeys The Matador

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 02-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 25
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.95/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

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Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of korguy123
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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

Photo of peensteen
3.89/5  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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Flying Monkeys The Matador from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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