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One Eared Monkey - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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One Eared MonkeyOne Eared Monkey

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BA SCORE
70
okay

35 Ratings
THE BROS
41
awful

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 31.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2004)
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Reviews by mountdew1:
Photo of mountdew1
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light golden amber with a 1 finger white bubbly head. Large amounts of carbonation were rising from the bottom. Aroma was mostly watery peach flavor. Taste was a bit thin, small amounts of peach with some watery olive flavor. Felt a smidgen thin in the mouth, but not terribly so. Easy to drink, could be a very good session beer, but flavor is nothing special.

mountdew1, Dec 19, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
1.55/5  rDev -45%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was pretty excited to find a new beer on-tap from Paper City, but I was a bit skeptical having it at Big City in Allston, MA. What the hell, I'll try it and support something new.

The beer was presented as a very light pale offering in a American tumbler, absolutely flat and chill-hazed. Aroma was extremely fruity, sweet and a stale oxygen taint that immediately put me off. I then tasted the beer. Remember those little Libby fruit cups with the tin pull-tops? Inside was a cornucopia of irradiated fruits, like peaches, pears, grapes and that illusive single cherry treasure. Remember the juice? The sweet fruity concoction formed from the marriage of these fine fruits. That's exactly what this beer tasted like. The juice from a Libby's fruit cup.

Now I'm not sure if this was how the beer was supposed to taste like this or if this was yet again another beer tainted by the Sunset Bar & Grill beer curse (bad lines / old beer) or a combination of both ... but this was absolutely foul.

A beer like this, or in this condition, should simply not exist. And the beer is called “One Eared Monkey” not “One Eyed Money” like the Sunset Bar & Grill chain is advertising. It’s also a Pale Ale with peach flavoring, not a Belgian ale like I was told by Big City staff.

Todd, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of Soonami
1.08/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is probably the grossest, beer I've ever had that wasn't spoiled! A friend, as a joke, brought this over one time, telling me that she didn't like it but that I should try it to see if I might. Well it looked pale and flat, it smelled like artificial fruit drops and tasted a lot like what peach flavored cough syrup would taste like if such a thing were made. Needless to say, it was horrible.

I saved a few bottles later for New Years to play a game. Basically, after dinner, I poured one of these into a glass and passed it around the table to let everyone try a sip. I took a picture of everyone while they smelled and first tasted it and the reaction after they finished it. At first everyone that tried it, thought it was okay, but then as the test sank it everyone made a face like they smelled the stinkiest fart ever. 10 of 10 people reacted this way and all 10 were from different ends of the beer spectrum, including girls that only drink hard cider and guys that actually like macro lagers.

I ended up just returning several of the beers by to my friend when she invited over to my house a couple weeks later.

This review is based on a very vivid memory I have of this beer and an account I wrote elsewhere.

Soonami, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Seanish
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

To make a long story short, my girlfriend got me "hangover survival kit": a bunch of different gifts for my 21st birthday housed in a six pack package of this beer. Since then I knew I had to try it at some point so I picked up a six pack when my friend offered to buy me one...

Couldn't find a date anywhere but the beer seems fresh. It pours a very light gold, very clear with minimal head.
smell area. Some sweet malt with background of canned peaches.

The smell is inviting. There is a sweet malt character paired with a present but not overpowering peaches. One of the highlights of the beer.

Taste is kind of dry tart and ends with peach. It doesn't hit hard but it seems to come at once and then linger. If you like peaches you'll enjoy it. It's not bad at all, just not great.

Mouthfeel is ok. It's a little watery and there's not much carbonation. I wouldn't want a beer to be over-carbonated but this seems like it could use some.

It's a drinkable beer, just not one I might pick at first choice. I like fruit beers but I like ones that have more character. This was the first time tried anything from Paper City and although I'm not overly impressed I'm going to try some of their other offerings.

Seanish, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of edchicma
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion, it's either hit or miss with PC. This was a miss. Smell was of peach juice and not much else. Poured a mid-range yeloow with a decent head and some lacing. Taste was peach juice and not much else. Mouthfeel was a tad dry which was ok...easy enough to drink but a bit too much like one of those flavored big bre malt liquors....drink juice instead.

edchicma, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of fitzy84
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bought this at Spirit Haus. Poured with a really lacking, pale yellow color with a really thick, 2 inch head that fizzed away. Some patchy lacing. The smell is definitely fruity, I got to give it credit there. However, the peach flavor, which is really the only flavor, is a little too artificially strong. I felt like I was smelling some sort of Bath and Body Works cream my wife uses on her skin than a beer. The taste was pathetic: sour-sweet peachy flavors wrapped in a watery mess. I sensed some floral hints, but they felt like they were just sweeteners to a fruity drink. The mouthfeel made the drink's flavoring worse: very flat and way too watery. But with those flavors, would more carbonation even solve the issues? I got to say, a bit disappointed from Paper City.

fitzy84, May 26, 2008
Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev +6.4%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I can't pass by a beer named 1 Eared Monkey. Or any monkey beer for that matter.

Clear gold with a large bubbly head. Head wears itself out quickly but retains a fair skim that left a few lacey gasps.Acidic, artificial peach aroma. Underneath it all 1EM smells pretty clean.

Well, it does taste like peach. Some artificial sweetener malt in there too. Mouthfeel is oppressively crisp--like Pop Rocks in your mouth crisp. Literally left a bad taste in my mouth--a peachy, Splenda dipped tortilla chip bad taste.

I tried foist this upon my girlfriend but she wasn't buying it.

donkeyrunner, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jleighhh
4.75/5  rDev +68.4%

jleighhh, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA, apparently another brew from the "limited brewer's offering," as noted on the somewhat generic label.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big old 2" white head on top of a slightly cloudy light golden brew. Head exhibited some nice resiliency, fading into a large, uneven and cottony pillow, with foamy lacing. Aroma is STRONGLY of peach, so much so as to seem blatantly artificial, whether the flavoring is or not. Taste is just like the nose, with the overpowering peach dominating everything. Possibly a crisp hoppy close, but frankly hard to tell. Mouthfeel hard to handle with complaints as above, and drinkability suffers from same. This seems to be one experimental brew that falls short of the mark.

ppoitras, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of eberkman
1.68/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Left over from our Election Day gathering. Someone brought this. I figured I'd give it a try. Blech. Smells like a Bud with the syrup from my kid's canned peaches mixed in. Tastes like it as well, except with an astringent, medicinal bittersweet finish reminiscent of Triaminic children's cold syrup. Never saw it before and will not look for it again.

eberkman, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of iceball585
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Bright golden color, semi-cloudy, thin white layer head that faded to a thin ring

S- Very fruity (mostly peach), sweet, slight stale grain auroma

T- Fuzzy peach skin, pear, grapes, sugary syrup, hint of cream

M- Light body, medium/heavy carbonation, fizzy, dry finish

D- Not worth trying

When I saw this was a peach flavored ale I was expecting a hint of peach. This brew tastes more like a fruit cup than a beer... definitely not my thing.

iceball585, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light bodied and light carbonation. Strong peach nose. Starts and finishes with a strong peach flavor. Vague hints of hops. Good summer beer. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 14, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy gold color. Decent head that retreats quickly and leaves minimal lace

Nice apricot aromas; very sweet. No discernable barley, wheat or hop. This really smells like a fresh baked dessert.

Some sourness in the flavor, but predominantly a sweet beer with little hop or traditional malt flavors. Above average body with a slightly higher carbonation. The aftertaste is off: some aluminum and greater sourness than in the mouth. I like the peach although it really is closer to apricot. If you enjoy this sort of flavor, I suggest trying Pyramid's Apricot Ale.

smcolw, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of eclectic
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up in boston along with many other paper city beers.. Unfortunately this is the first one I've tried from the collection..

Looks like warm piss.. clear yellowish/gold with some white foam on top... tastes absolutely awful.. watery and hardly carbonated.. the label says natural flavor added but it tastes artificial.. I'm not sure what is worse, the actual taste or the aftertaste.. both are uniquely revolting.. I don't even want to find out how this tastes as it warms..

avoid this at all costs

eclectic, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Limited offering 6-pack from Spirit Haus. I figured I'd try it, some Paper City brews are rather good.


Pours straw golden yellow with a very slight cloudiness. Head is short, light, and foamy. A slight lacing is present as well. Good carbonation. Smells of peaches, almost a fake aroma. Also, a slight bready, wheaty smell is noticeable. Taste was less sweet and peachy than I had expected from the nose (which was good). However, the peaches were subdued and still didn't capture any fruit complexity. Bready wheats were not bad, however. Also, a small bit of hops helped balance out the foundation. It was OK. I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting, however.

aquatonex, May 01, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has dry, pale malt scent along with a mild peach aroma that is refreshing. The taste is average. It has a light pale malt taste with peach flavoring added. It goes down sweet and fruity, but finishes dry with some off flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This could be a better brew if the mouthfeel inproved. There is almost no head retention and the CO2 is quite low for this style.

WesWes, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +41.8%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of albern
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure why this is labeled as an American Blonde ale, since the peach flavors in the beer put this into the fruit/vegetable beer category. The beer pours a fairly pale and uninteresting clear color with a white thinnish head. The nose on the beer is aromatic peach and that's about all. The taste is basically a cheaply made ale with loads of peach flavoring added afterwards. The beer has a really nasty, perfumey aftertaste that clings to your palate. This beer isn't very good I'm afraid, and I'm starting to question the quality of Paper City since I've had a few less than stellar beers from this brewhouse. I'd steer clear of this one.

albern, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden tone and was slightly hazy. The beer had moderate carbonation that produced at quarter inch head that was not retained on the glass.

The bouquet was sweet with fruit mixed with a touch of hops. This did not translate over to the taste. The initial bite was tart with some hops and malt on the taste buds. The fruit came late and remained as a filling aftertaste. The second taste lost the tart component and a bit more of the fruit came through.

Mouthfeel was good, just slightly larger than expected. This is tasty that should be served cold, heck even Teddy would enjoy this on a warm day while in his oldsmobile!

garcia2a, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of taez555
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured a clear pale yellowish/orange body with a small white head.

Nose is in your face canned peaches. Some mild beer tones in the background, but basically a sticky sweet syrupy smell like you just opened a cheap can of peaches.

Peach, peach, peach, peach, dirty peaches, dirty peach fuzz. Very dry and mildly tart. There's this over the top dryness that hits in the middle. It fades with a nice lingering peach taste.

It basically tastes like someone took a middle of the road pale ale and mixed it 50/50 with the syrup from a can of peaches. That's it. It's not as bad as some make it out to be, but I won't be trying it again.

taez555, May 15, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark golden copper with a small white head. Good lacing, good retention. Good aromas; mild scitrus, sweet fruits, yeats, malts. Great initial taste; lots of sweetness, fruits and malts. Maybe apricot. Decently complex. Yeasts, breads, alcohol, very little hops. Medium-bodied, sweet but not syrupy. Leaves a decent aftertaste. I could have had a few more of these frankly. And I've read other peoples' posts. Maybe I'm nuts, but I really didn't dislike this brew. Maybe they're trying a new recipe or I got an especially good batch. Either way I'm a fan of this beer and this brewery.

sinistrsam, May 13, 2006
Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.75/5  rDev +68.4%

Ecxeeder616, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This one starts out promising. Pours a bright blonde orange color with an impressive fluffy head. The smell is very peachy with a hint of some malt. The taste is very sweet peach that seems syrupy at first but then finishes thin and bubbly with a horrendous metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel seems very thin and the drinkability is way off with the thin mouthfeel and the horrible aftertaste.

I would not recommend buying this or drinking it if offered.

CrazyMacHarris99, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of rorjets
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
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One Eared Monkey from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
70 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.