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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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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 25
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange with decent head, head retention and lacing.

Woody and cedary in the aroma, maybe a little peppery, but very muted for a beer of this style. The alcohol is more and more apparent in the aroma as it warms.

The taste can best be described as harsh. Boozy. A little soapy. Bitter. Definitely some c-hop grapefruit, but more so pine bitterness. No real malt or sweetness to balance that all out. Spicy heat and lots of Pinesol in the finish. The description says Amarillo hops give this an astounding citrus flavour, but I'm getting more pine and bitterness and, again, anything else this beer is trying to be is overpowered by the cedar. Not accented or complimented by it. It's astounding all right. But not in a good way. It's like drinking something brewed by Home Depot.

Low carbonation and a very thin in the mouthfeel for a 10% Imperial IPA in my estimation.

I'd say the base beer here was probably just okay, and aging it on Spanish cedar did more harm than good. This beer is too cedary and unbalanced for my tastes. It is as brash and misguided as the brewery's branding and packaging.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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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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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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3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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3.44/5  rDev -5%
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).

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