REVIEW: Olé! The Matador by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Olé! The Matador by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Olé! The Matador by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

THE MATADOR BY FLYING MONKEYS CRAFT BREWERY

  • STYLE: IMPERIAL | DOUBLE IPA
  • ABV:10% bottle | 11.4% on tap at The Woolwich Arrow
  • IBU: 88
  • COUNTRY: CANADA
  • REGION: BARRIE, ONTARIO
  • BREWERY: FLYING MONKEYS CRAFT BREWERY

From Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery;

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!”

Appearance | A beautiful cloudy orange body with a head that disappears quickly after being poured.

Smell | Hops, herbs, cedar and citrus.

Taste | Tinges of bitter cedar, grapefruit, and mango contrast well with the hoppy goodness that is characteristic of a double IPA, made especially distinctive due to the use of Amarillo hops (the most pungent of the hop family due to its high myrcene content).

Aftertaste | Lingering taste of bitter citrus and cedar with hints of spiciness.

Overall | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery is known for its colourful and wacky branding, which creatively reflect the unique personality of each brew. They continue their pattern of forceful, rich beer, including Smashbomb IPA and Stereovision, with this hoppy limited edition.  Last year they collaborated with Bare Naked Ladies and came up with BNL Chocolate Stout, another limited edition beer.

On tap at The Woolwich Arrow, ‘The Matador’ is actually 11.4%, which is a bit stronger than the the bottle at 10%.  The Matador was wonderfully delicious with The Woolwich Arrow‘s British Invasion (chicken curry) poutine.  The Matador would be fantastic for somebody that’s into serious IPAs.  Love the Amarillo hops. Let’s get hoppy with The Matador! Olé!

Summer of Hops is upon us.

The Matador’s available at the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery for $10.95. The LCBO will soon have The Matador in limited edition boxed 750ml bottles with a TBA date & price.

halfpint-rating

4.5 Pints/5 Pints

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