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Brewed by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Barrie, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (659) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (969) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8415) - , 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.

4.7
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - 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.

4.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5118) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8214) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (4003) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT9 shared by me. Clear orange to amber colour with a small to medium sized white head. Smells cedar wood, cigars, fresh, hops, love it. Cedar wood masterrace, incense. Tastes incense, cedar wood, hops.. Love this shit. Amazing. Medium to full body, soft carbo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3796) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
750ml bottle. Slightly cloudy orangey copper colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, decently lacing, off-white head. Fruity hoppy aroma with hints of red berries, orange and a touch of exotic fruit on caramel malty background. Taste is initially fruity and bitter hoppy, red berries, orange with caramel malty background, some toffee, later a woody note comes in and gains more weight the closer the finish; additionally a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Not as citrusy hoppy as one could expect. Solid but not overly exciting.


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