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Bad Monkey Chimp Chiller Ale - Bad Monkey Brewing Company

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Bad Monkey Chimp Chiller Ale
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 30.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bad Monkey Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tone77 on 08-21-2010)
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Photo of letsgopens
3.95/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a difficult time finding this one on the site after picking it up on a whim from my local six pack shop. Never saw it before so I was intrigued. Apparently it's now called 'Bad Monkey' rather than 'Butt Monkey'. Very odd; the bottle looks exactly the same as the old one except the 'Butt' was replaced with 'Bad'. Guess I'll have to update that pick. Also I noticed that it's now brewed by the Golden Beverages Co. in Wilkes Barre, PA. In any case...

This illusive bugger pours a very clear, rather drab yellow with some sparse rising bubbles. The head was almost as illusive as beer because by the time I found it on the site the head was nowhere to be found. Egg-shell white and airy with little or no lace remaining.

Husky grain in the nose with some buttered cornbread and faint but floral hops. After the skepticism I felt post pour I'm feeling a little better considering the aroma was a pleasant surprise.

Sweet and malty up front with some very pleasant buttery biscuit notes. Mild but pronounced, spicy hops as well. I'm liking this one. A great representation of a cream ale IMO. From my college days I still have a fond recollection of Genesee Cream Ale and, dare I say, I prefer this selection over it.

The mouthfeel is fluffy upfront with a very fine textured carbonation that fades to distinct creamy feel. Really compliments the beer's mild but pleasing character.

I'd say the drinkabilty is high, even for the style. The fact that there's no standout flaws that some beers of the style display (i.e. - metallic or boozy) that hinder me from drinking several without it wearing on my palate, bodes well for this brew. Ignore the style and the tacky label; if you're in the mood for something easy drinking and well balanced, give this one a go.

letsgopens, May 21, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Queen six pack in Lancaster. Poured cold from the 12oz brown bottle into a Nonic

A - Pale golden w/ a quickly dissipating white head that leaves no lace to speak of. The clarity is good and there are plenty of streaming bubbles rising to the top of the glass

S - Slightly sweet in the scent dept. This ale hints at cereal w/ a slightly sweet corn accent in the aroma

M - A sweet, light and refreshing crisp feel w/ decent carbonation and mild malt texture w/ a relatively clean finish

T- Sweet extra light malt flavor w/ slight creaminess similar to a pale wheat ale. There is a gentle touch of adjunct in the ale as it warms, but mostly a refreshing light ale is what I get out of this. Subtle toasted malt w/ a honey-like tinge it begs for easy summer drinkin'

D - This is a fine light ale, much better than an industrial lager or macro IMO. I find this to be perfect for a warm summer day on the deck chillaxin'. It is a nice alternative to BMC and makes a nice lawnmower ale, but I am not averse to light bodied ales

Slatetank, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.58/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

after reading some of these reviews I was somewhat afraid to try this beer. Actually-its not bad. The appearance and smell are average-almost what you'd expect a typical run of the mill American lager or maybe a sub-par ale to smell and look like. It yellow with no head retention and nothing particular stands out in the smell. Its would the average person would say smells like "beer" maybe with a hint of sweet.

I was pleasantly suprised by the taste,mouthfeel and drinkability. The taste is very smooth and creamy. Its sweet but still yeasty. The aftertaste is very sweet and creamy. The mouthfeel is above average. Carbonation is very low but its very smooth. This is a very drinkable beer. Completely unoffensive and nothing bitter.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of cro250klr
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing fancy here. The bottle, with the picture of the chimp on it, is a definite conversation starer. Served a bit on the colder side, this isn't bad at all. BMC can't even compare. Not much hop or malt to speak of, but actually quite refreshing. I usually have this one with an order of wings at this one bar that we go to. It's light and doesn't fill me up and it's rather neutral taste goes with just about anything your eating. Not as grassy tasting as a Grolsh or Straub. I can't put my finger on it but I do enjoy this one. I have even got some of my BMC friends to try it. Since it's rather blah, they seem to like it.
A big abv Belgian, or a hoppy IPA would do in a BMC person. The chimp is a good beer to introduce to a BMC drinker and hopefully convert them.

cro250klr, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Pinto21
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend saw this at and picked up a case to share with my roommates. Great marketing, but lacking in beer. Very similar to Lion's Head Pilsner. Color is golden straw, with pure white head that stays around longer than most macros. Taste is crisp, yet corny. Not that bad, but i wouldnt buy a case for more than 12 bucks, more so when Lion's Head is only 11.

Pinto21, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
I don't know what the brewery is trying to pull off with the monkey logo sticker...
Pours an ultra-light, see-through golden hue with a minimal head and very minor lacing...
Smell: Faint, nondescript, unassertive pale aroma...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing, light-bodied flavor... Easily drinkable, yet still lacking in the flavor department...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel...
Not too sure about this one...

dsa7783, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of jimbotrost
3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract breed by the Lion for Golden Beverage Company. "get off your butt and grab a monkey" is the slogan. Nose is very grassy and corn like, traditional non premium macro like. Color is light gold, head is small and disipates quickly. Crisp flavor at start then corny flavor creeps in but leaves a nice crisp finish. Aftertaste is short and crisp, very drinkable. To pay 21 dollars for a case is wrong, to pay 12 bucks a case would be ideal. This is a very drinkable adjunct lager, fire up the lawnmower.

jimbotrost, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is of malts, a good bit sweet on the nose. Taste is not sweet, rather light and mild, a bit of malts, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

tone77, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of drxandy
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed from bottle, my friend richard's parents brought him some from PA. He poured one to a glass and it had a regular golden bmc shade.

smells of malt, adjunct slight hop bitterness, clean and biscuity

taste is of sweet malt, slight adjuncty corn, nice medium carbonation, biscuity toffee, hops come in after the sweetness and give a nice slight bitterness. clean and refreshing, would be a great summer beer.

mouthfeel is slightly creamy, good medium carbonation

not bad for a cheaper beer

drxandy, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Crystal clear straw hue with a very thin fizzy white head.

Barely any aroma, just a little grain.

Very plain flavor, somewhat sweet, with some bready grain and just a touch of leafy hops. Light bodied, high carbonation.

A pretty bland beer, and actually very inoffensive. Very drinkable, if this is the type of beer you're looking for.

BeerSox, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Open the bottle with the right frame of mind..come on it has a smiling Chimp & BUTT MONKEY for a brand. Really though this isn't a bad brew for the price, at about 20/case this is DEFINATELY a Lion brewing product, had one had 'em all. Kind of like a not so malty 1857 & a not as hoppy Pocono Pale Ale. A real thirst quencher, very easy to drink and not a "great" brew but for the price not bad at all.

InandOutBeerGuys, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of tpd975
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden yellow hue with a medium white head. No lace.

S: Big on corn with hints of green grass.

T: Tons of corn with some very light hops. Honey sweetness in the finish.

M: Light in body with good carbonation.

D: It's drinkable, but not the most tasty.

tpd975, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of drinking12many
3/5  rDev +19.5%

drinking12many, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of santoslhalper
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a dull, clear yellow with a thin, foamy white head.

Smell: Very malty, with hardly any hop presence. Buttery (uh-oh), with a little but of earthy, floral aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, yet offering very little to the palate. Just a tiny bit of hop bitterness, and a very watered down mouthfeel. Goes down real easy, and it is thirst quenching. Almost tastes like a light lager...

Drinakbility and Overall: I think they might have wanted to brew a pale ale with this one, but I feel it's a cream ale all the way? Tried it yet? What do you think? Although this beer is far from anything special, it would be a good lawnmower beer on a hot day.

santoslhalper, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of matthewfuchs
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at a bar, asked if they had any non mass produced bottles, she offered the butt monkey.
drank it from the bottle, mild to no flavor. High carb, but really not as bad as i thought it would be. Good bottle to keep around for show and tell. what a funny label. I wouldn't pick up a case, but maybe a sixer to show friends for fun.

matthewfuchs, May 02, 2007
Photo of Suds
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of a friend, I recently had the chance to try this brew. It pours a very pale color with a slight yellow color and is completely clear. Unremarkable head. The aroma is slightly grainy, with a bit of grass behind it. It’s initially pretty unimpressive. The taste is better than expected, though. It’s a got a grain flavor, with a very slight touch of malt. There’s certainly not a lot to this beer, but it’s better than the usual macro. It’s smooth and clean, with a light body. This would never be a ‘go-to’ beer for me, but it’s not as disappointing as the first glimpse indicated.

Suds, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of stakem
2.93/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent straw yellow color with 1 finger head that dissolved into a thin layer. Has a little bit of lacing. Nearly constantly bubbling from the carbination. Initially had a yeasty smell upon opening and pouring but that passes on to a smell that reminds me of lemons. Taste is a bit watered down as compared to the other cream ales I have had. I think I can taste a tiny bit of trace malts, but that might be because I am fighting to get a taste out of this beer. The aftertaste is almost buttery and mouthfeel is quite light.

stakem, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now labled as "Bad Monkey" after some backlash I suppose.

A. 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass. Soapy head on a clear piss yellow body. Head recedes to a trace. No lacing.

S. Husky cream smell with perhaps a hint of hops. Smells and looks similar to a macro.

T. Pale malts are the predominant feature of this brew. Some light adjuncts are there but barely noticable. No discernable hop flavor, and very little bitterness to help balance the malt sweetnes. On par for the style, but very average.

M. Light and well carbonated. Sweet aftertaste doesn't linger too much.

D. Overall, a decent example of the style, but doesn't really leave much of an impression. Too sweet to really have more than one, unless you absolutely love cream ales.

Stinkypuss, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears : Light copper golden ale leaves bright white head behind, wow leaves a bright white head and thick white lacing.

Aroma: Wow, thick grainy sweetness leaves behind hop aromatics with ginger tones.

Taste: leaves behind caramel thickness that tastes oh so good that is coated with sugar coated sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Sugary medium bodied so nice not even carbonation:

Drinakbility: Very smooth butt monkey of a sorts.

WVbeergeek, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of DerekP
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About 4 years ago in a bar my girlfriend (now my wife) and I frequented often, the bartender offered a new beer from the cooler. If my recollection serves me correctly, it was humorously called Butt Monkey. The brew with the ridiculous name was made in the state of Pennsylvania so I was inclined to give it a go. Long story short, it tasted pretty much like your average adjunct lager, but maybe a tad bit more interesting.

Maybe the brewery realized that no one was interested in drinking a beer that didn't even have enough respect for itself to bear a name that avoided references to one's back end. Seeing the brew for the first time since that night four years ago just a few weeks prior to this writing at the distributor I work at on weekends, the brewery has evidently gone the safer route with the name of Bad Monkey.

It appears tarnished gold with a head that disappeared in less than a minute's time. It smells like an eviscerated pilsner: wet malts, mild grassy hops and nothing more.

In the mouth it unenthusiastically delivers a slightly tangy hops note upfront with an extremely mild malt bill. The presence of caramel malts is just barely in the room. A glimse of the fruity ale characteristic comes through in the feel and finish (probably the best feature to this beer).

Somewhere I heard or read that Bad Monkey is in the area of 6% ABV, but the grains required to make that a positive attribute clearly did not make the cut. What I mean to say is, this a concoction that's had 100% fermentables added to the recipe to both thin out the final product and raise the alcohol content.

DerekP, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of bob3701
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hope I am putting this review in right place. The beer I sampled was Bad Monkey Chimp Chiller Ale which I'm guessing was a mandated name change. Drinkable yellow fizzy stuff with novelty marketing. Pour a nice high head that disappated with minor lacing. But really nothing special to say about this one.

bob3701, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of guinnessfan
2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle given to me by a hardcore Bud drinker.
"Wow, it's one of those fancy beers you drink, Matt."
Usually the term "Butt Monkey" is not a good thing, so I had low expectations.

A: Pale, yellow, fizzy, highly carbonated. Virtually no head and even CSI would not be able to find any trace of lacing. So far, so bad.

S: Nothing here. Some metallic aroma, but that's all.

T: Not as bad as expected. Smooth and refreshing. No hop or malt taste, just a little bit of grain. Beats a BMC for me anyday.

M: Highly carbonated sting at first, thin watery, yet smooth. Not as "creamy" as expected.

D: Not that bad of a beer, good on a hot day to replace Corona or BMC. If I wasn't in the mood for a real beer, I could see myself drinking this at a picnic in 100° plus temps.

What can I say about the Butt Monkey. Not as bad as expected. Silly idea to get peoples interest. My friend, the Bud drinker, was sucked in. She said that it sucks compared to her Bud. That made me chuckle.

guinnessfan, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a pretty clear light golden into a pilsner glass. A half inch of foam, creamy and tight, and with good retention. Fades down slowly, leaving a solid wake of lace covering everything.

Aroma - corny, slightly sweet. It's okay for the style.

Taste - macroish grain flavor, slightly sweet as in the nose. No hop presence, just a fading of the grain on the swallow.

Mouthfeel - thin and watery, plenty crisp; good form per the style.

Drinkability - goes down easy enough, but I wouldn't make a habit of these. Thanks to beachbum for the bottle.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Butt Monkey?!? WTF?!? Chimp Chiller? Wha? Also, my bottle indicated that it was made by the "Golden Beverage Co. Wilkes-Barre, PA". Okay, whose butt did this monkey fly out of?

It began by pouring out with a thick, bone-white head that quickly reduced to a light cover of wisps on the surface of the beer. Color was a really pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a slight mustiness and a lightly malty aspect. It smelled like most mass-produced beers, setting me up for disappointment. The mouthfeel was really thin, bordering on watery. It had a light malty flavor on the tongue, but I was underimpressed. The finish had a slight bite to it, but overall, it reminded me of some sort of ethereal beer that was just too light and fluffy to remain earthbound. As a cream ale, I am still reaching for a Genny.

woodychandler, May 06, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a run of the mill looking crisp light gold colour with a head that leaves no markings on the glass.

The aroma is faintly sweet with some grain in the mix. Some grassy notes and possibly some corn as well.

The flavour is actually not bad at first sip, but each successive sip brings out the flaws in this one. Corn flavours become much more apparent here with the grass notes and grainy feel taking a definite back seat. Very much scatter shot. Mouthfeel is light bodied and just very bland.

This one is just not enjoyable. A bad marketing idea coupled with a beer that's equally ill-conceived. Don't bother.

SixpointJMH, Jul 04, 2007
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Bad Monkey Chimp Chiller Ale from Bad Monkey Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.