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Flying Monkeys Matador Cedar Aged Double IPA

Formerly brewed at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Barrie, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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As an Imperial IPA, The Matador is full of drama and colour playing to the expectant passions of true beer aficionados. Fresh aromas of sweet cedar wood smolder in the warmth of this beer’s 10% ABV while Amarillo hops give this Imperial IPA astounding citrus flavours pushing its bittering to a solid 88 IBUs. The Matador is an artisanal beer truly worthy of Imperial status. Olé!

AGAquino's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 31, 2013
Cristal clear amber with a slight foamy head. Aroma of sweet fruit, slight citrus bitter and sweet fruits. Flavour is sweet, but notes overpowering. Much better than what previous ratings suggest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1098) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle to goblet Cedar, smoke, citrus, and some tropical fruit. Reddish amber in colour, it’s also clear with some effervescence and a thick, creamy off white head. There’s some lacing, but it’s quite spotty. The taste is woody, and hoppy, with some spruce and pine, citrus in the middle and early to late, long lasting bitterness. This is quite interesting and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1111) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Rating #1091 - May 20, 2014 - Bottle from Coop (older bottle, not sure when this guy was released but I’m guessing mid 2013). Pours a darker amber, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is cedar, earthy hops, mild citrus. Taste has held some of the hoppy profile, despite aging, lots of piney, resinous notes, again subtle citrus sweetness. Ole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1118) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a hazy amber-copper with a good sized white head with lots of lace. Aroma is cedar, citrus, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavour is citrus, alcohol, medium bitterness, cedar and a moderate sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
2013-01-30 - on draught at Bar Hop. Cloudy/murky amber-gold with a smallish frothy beige head. Aroma - not much, really ... cedar and ... malt? alcohol? Taste - cedar and booze; wow! - reminded me of cheap sake - crazy stuff, it’s probably sweet, but all I got was sharp cedar and strong alcohol. What can be said - this is CRAZY - not horrible, but I came down with a cold the next day (had been fighting one for days) so maybe somehow the medicinal character appealed to me. Almost certainly would never drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9077) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours orange with off white head. Nose/taste of orange peel, grapefruit peel, cedar, caramel malt and earthy grass. Finishes with strong cedar notes. Medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
myrda (66) - - JUN 4, 2014
Ambrée, limpide, pas beaucoup de mousse. Ronde et pleine. Amertume de poivre verts, cendrée, boite à cigare, caramel malté, légèrement vanillée. Arôme multiples et complexes. Amertume qui persiste agréablement en post-goût, qui continu d’évoluer jusqu’à l’atténuation très progressive. Épicée/houblonnée.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
750ml bottle. Hazy orange colour, large foamy, yet oddly oily, head. Floral and citrus hops aromas, but not grapefruit. Some almond and spice, too. Sweet caramel malt, complex hops up front, but an earthiness lingers. Overall, really good, but that aftertaste was a detractor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darn_it (18) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
This beer does two things very well. The first would be it’s gimmic which is the cider wood chips. Gives this ipa a new dimension and a real cigar box feel. Although this flavor is quite dominant in this ipa the taste the cedar chips invoke really complement the hops in this Beer. The malt is still present but it’s sweetness is more subdued in contrast to other dominant flavours. Although the malt might not be upfront it manages to bring that heavier body you get in an IIPA. If you are going to go this heavy handed with cedar chips this was the right style to try it out in. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5411) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2014
Bottled @ ZZT 9, small sample. Hazy orange color, short head. Aroma of loads of cedar wood, slight flowery hop. Bit sweet, caramel. Bit spicy. Interesting combination, but the cedar wood overwhelms it a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9160) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT 9 thanks to Dutchdrebus. Clear orange color, average sized white head. Smell and taste malts, bitter, pine, cedar wood. Aftertaste has a lot of cedar wood. Well I like it, but some might find the cedar overwhelming. Still, very nice.

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