Hop Monkey IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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Reviews by SurlyDuff:
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
Gosh, Laurelwood has always just been all over the place. I find it hard to comprehend their identity as a brewery. It's like they have 5 different guys handling marketing, and they just run around like chickens with their heads cut off, coming up with brands and ideas. Their beer names, locations and motifs, label artwork, beer consistency, it's all just a clusterfuck.
Hop Monkey is probably my favorite. I need to describe this label though. It's got a goofy scribble of a monkey, like something a highschool kid doodled in his mead notebook. As opposed to 80% of their beers that have clipart and another 15% of their beers that just have some totally other font or style. Also, why hop monkey? Someone spent a whole 2 seconds thinking that one up, unless thare's some sort of inside joke thing involving actual or figurative monkeys. I went to their website. Lo and behold, I click on Hop Monkey IPA and the site url is wrong, so it just sends me to the piston pale ale page, guess they have the same crack marketing team handling the website then.
Crappy packaging aside, it's a solid PacNW IPA, big juicy hops in the aroma, with some honey malt sweetness poking through. Taste is complimented by a nice full mouthfeel and a good malt backbone. It doesn't hold up to some other Portland breweries IPAs, but it definitely hits the spot and compliments their excellent food menu very nicely.
09-28-2009 00:05:58 | More by SurlyDuff
More User Reviews:
2.98/5 rDev -18.8%
Looks purty good. Nothing crazy--it's on the brown side of yellow, and it looks like an ordinary IPA. Lacing is evident on the sides of the glass as the respectable head diminshes. This one comes in a 22oz bomber--is it just me, or do beers seem like they'll be better coming out of a big bottle like that?
Smells like it looks--decent hop aroma, but nothing overwhelming. The malt backbone makes its presence on the nose as well. Actually seems like a purty good balance.
The taste, however, is more malt than hop. Why am I encountering beers with hoppy names that simply don't bring it? I know it's not a DIPA, but it is called "Hop Monkey." It ain't supposed to be a malt monkey...and it's not...this experience is just further evidence that I'm approaching beer snobbery. Average beers leave me with a "blah...why bother?" It tastes like every other average IPA. Usually I rate the west coasters higher for the lemon or pine scent, but this one doesn't have that. It's like the threshold IPA quantity of hops mixed with water and malts--no more, no less.
I've decided that any beer with "hop" in its name will receive a half-point deduction if there is no pull on my tooth enamel...minus 0.5 here. Otherwise, this one is neither bad nor good. It's like the essence of beer...but not the essence of craft beer. Breweries everywhere have stepped up to make the most delicious taste sensations ever known, and this here production is simply a feeble attempt to stay in (the back of) the race.
Drinkability: this characteristic is proving perhaps the most difficult to judge as I increase my familiarity with all the brews out there. I ask: "Do I want another one? Could I drink another one?" The answers for this monkey are "no" and "yes," respectively, but that means I don't think all too highly of this beer.
05-11-2009 21:28:00 | More by marvin213
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
Tiny and tightly knit group of bubbles produce an amazing looking lacing, copper hued liquid a clear and no doubt attractive. Smells of leaf, medicinal, aspirin and tangerine ... all from the hops though there is a kiss of yeast and malt. Hops are pretty assertive with a big push of bitterness which clearly is there to balance out the bigger malt bill here. Hint of caramel leaks through but not without the hops dropping a thick edge of leafy and citric rind flavor to counter. Balance is talked up by the malt and hops though the hops are clearly the broader more flavorful component here. Finishes pretty hoppy as the dryness sets in.
A solid PNW IPA ... very happy to run into this brew.
06-08-2011 03:15:10 | More by Jason
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Orange and copper pour, looks nice, bitter aroma, less hoppy.
More bitterness, grapefruit type hop flavors, big on the c hops. Sweet malt, but light in heft, allows more of the hoppiness to come out and gets better as the bottle empties.
Pretty straightforward and ordinary ipa these days, check out their workhorse ipa first, this is the lesser of the two. Nothing wrong with it, nothing exceptional either.
08-05-2011 22:06:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +9%
Had a glass at the PDX airport. Appeared clear amber with a white finger of head followed by lacing. This is a tasty beer, but by Portland standards, it's closer to a pale ale since the hops are actually balanced by a share of toasty malt. The hops are still strong with a classic grapefruit and citrus rind, with a hint of pepper, character that evolves over your tongue. I like this, it's more approachable and possibly being sessionable, while still having a big and interesting character.
04-25-2010 15:04:05 | More by tempest
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
Hop Monkey IPA
Hop Monkey is a balanced, assertively hopped IPA for the discerning beer drinker. Brewed with Northwest grown barley and hops, this beer features a citrusy hop aroma that's complemented by a full, rounded hop flavor.
6.4 % ABV 60 IBUs O.G. 14.5º Plato
Available at Laurelwood 51st and our Laurelwood NW.
Nice new copper penny color, rather clear. Poured from a growler... so minimal head with very light lacing.
Smell is a mild fruity sweet.. rather citrus like and sweet malt.
Nice bitter and citrus hop with a nice pine-dry after-bite. Hides the Alc. very well.
Not too dry in the mouth.. and very smooth and easy to drink. Doesn't touch their Workhorse IPA, but it's better than a lot of the other IPA's on the market.
01-21-2009 01:00:14 | More by Docer
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours clear amber with a two finger off white head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is piney. Taste is piney bitter hops, fair amount of malts. Light ruby red grapefruit. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is minimal. Easy drinker with a full body and mildly dry finish. Not complex but a very pleasant IPA.
04-09-2009 08:00:06 | More by Spikester
4.35/5 rDev +18.5%
22 purchased at John's Marketplace in PDX over the weekend... Shared with Brenda.. mine is poured into my Chimay goblet.
1" head took at least 5 minutes to die back to manageable levels... very rocky and tons of lace.. the brew is a pretty yet hazy burnt orange..
Nose is citrus/lesser piney hops with a fair amount of malty sweetness.. sorta fruity smelling..
I am noticing immediately a great balance in this brew... near perfect bitterness and maltiness blends perfectly into a piney/minty hoppiness mid palate .. sorta bready throughout... as it warms more citrus zest is available.. The body is made a firm medium by more than expected maltiness.. The carbonation is very very smooth... mouthfeel is lush... I like it... the finish is lite but lingering.. pale malts and citric zing.
This IPA to me is very nice.... I love the dry hop bomb IPA's that the PNW and CA are known for.. but sometime I appreciate a little malt with my hops.. this has pretty much the perfect amount... Hop Monkey would be a great IPA for someone you're introducing to the hoppy world of micros.. very very drinkable.. I wish I had this available year round in Boise.. It would be a fridge staple.
04-15-2009 07:48:51 | More by JohnGalt1
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
crystal clear rich vibrant golden apricot hue. head the color of white peaches and almonds, has alright retention, leaves behind a bit of fluffy lacing sporadically down the glass.
aroma of hops and vanilla cake. apricot, asian pear, vanilla and tea cakes. lemon and citric acidic esters. Smells like a solid IPA with a bit of creaminess to it. Delicious.
taste of pale malt, bready yeast, and some interesting hops. pineapple, citrus, pine, and grapefruit rind. a lingering citrusy bitterness... lemon rind and pine sol. Not necessarily bad, but a bit funky. Not as piney or clean grapefruity hops as I was anticipating, but not bad. certainly some interesting complexities without being overly hoppy.
mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side given the strength of the flavors, but remains fairly smooth despite a relatively subdued carbonation. A bitter/citrus hop finish leaves a decent bittering pucker on the tail end.
Drinkability is definitely solid with this one. Smooth, relatively light, and refreshing. All in all, a solid IPA that's not overly hoppy nor heavily malted. A nice, light IPA that's great for spring and wouldn't make a horrible higher abv session beer. As always, Laurelwood manages to turn out some impressive product.
04-10-2009 18:37:16 | More by djeucalyptus
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Golden orange, hazy, decent sized head that leaves pretty good lacing.
S: Average at best for an IPA.
T: Light caramel malt sweetness and a nice balanced hop bite. I like it a lot, but I tend to favor the easy drinking properties of APA's.
M: Medium bodied
D: It's a flavorful beer that I don't think I'd get sick of.
09-18-2009 21:34:36 | More by gameface23
3.1/5 rDev -15.5%
Not my favorite IPA. A little more of a pale ale than IPA. Great appearance, beautiful orange/peach color. Nice amount of head, maybe an inch, which dies down after a couple of minutes. Taste is not memorable but nothing is wrong with it. Mouthfeel is decent but, again, nothing to write home about.
06-07-2009 20:43:08 | More by david18
4.15/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearance- Amber/coppery in color. White head retention. Medium carbonation. Very typical IPA appearance.
Smell- An outstanding floral aroma of hops leaps from the beer. Very one or two note but very pleasant and inviting.
Taste- Very unique taste. Much more malty than I expected and much lower in bittering hops than most IPAs that I typically drink. The hops come through in the middle of the beer but the fore taste and after taste demonstrate the malts more than hops. I very nice clean finish. Certainly not a hoppy IPA but very tastey and fun to drink. Very sessionable.
Mouthfeel- Very gentle. Very smooth with no harshness at all.
Drinkability- Very high and sessionable.
Overall- This beer is not in my opinion an example of a American IPA. It reminds a tad of DFH 60 minute but more watered down with fewer bittering hops and fewer malts. I really enjoyed it and wished I lived closer to Portland to drink more than the bomber a friend brought back from a recent vacation.
09-29-2010 03:56:09 | More by clarkm04
3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
22 OZer poured into pint glass
Foamy one finger head, dwindles down to a thin layer while settling. Cloudy, light orange brown.
Not much on the nose after the pour, im hoping itll open up some..
[It slightly did, I picked up on the sweet malt on the nose, and in the taste.]
Picking up some citrus fruit in the front, rounded with a mild hop finishing dry with a pleasant lingering bitter. There is a sharpness to the finish which makes the bitter stand out.
Very thin, a bit oily.
Its pretty drinkable. It is an easy IPA, though the pine bitter finish may not please everyone.
I personally like it but not crazy about it. I can see myself choosing over this one very easily. It is runner up to the workhorse, I feel this brew lacks a bit of umph (yea, thats right I said umph) to be considered a model of a classic PNW IPA.
07-08-2010 06:04:02 | More by coastiefish
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
Bomber, poured into a snifter.
Smallish off-white head atop a hazy orange/amber body. Okayish retention, a bit of lacing.
Not a beer that separates itself from the pack, but it's a solid IPA with a lively citrus combo of grapefruit and fresh squeezed OJ, a touch of pine and a fair amount of honeyish bready malt. There's a nice juiciness to the mouthfeel, but could stand to be livened up with a bit more carbonation. Still, a pretty nice brew.
11-12-2009 15:24:40 | More by PDXHops
4.15/5 rDev +13.1%
On tap at the Laurelwood PDX location.
The beer pours an attractive orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is textbook NW IPA, with considerable citrus, dank earth and a hint of pine. On the palate, this is a very well balanced IPA, with the light sweet malt countering the beer's pleasant bitterness very well indeed. Mouthfeel is light, but with plenty of flavor. The finish is long, dry and bracingly bitter. Just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional, with the alcohol not the least bit obtrusive or intrusive.
A well made, prototypical NW IPA. Exactly what I would expect from the talented folks at Laurelwood. An absolute treat to be able to enjoy at the airport.
04-06-2010 19:13:09 | More by John_M
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
22oz bottle with a yellow crown.
A- Nice hazy orange with a tan, foamy head. Decent retention.
S- Grass and a slight citrus scent.
T- Bitter pine, sweet citrus, and a touch of malts.
D- Mild and a bit underwhelming. Could this be a seesion IPA, or maybe I got an old bottle.
04-25-2011 01:40:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +13.1%
A: Golden-orange with a white head, slight retention & lacing.
S: Nice PNW hop aroma, plenty of grapefruit citrus & weed-like aroma.
T: Great hop flavour (grapefruit, grass & rind) with a solid (not overly assertive) bitterness.
M: Moderate body is well-attenuated & smooth with a light hop acidity & a crisp finish.
D: A great drinker.
10-15-2009 05:06:25 | More by Derek
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a veiled, deep gold with a vigorous head that has left a thick net of white lacing down the side of my glass. The smell is not remarkable: honey with some citrus notes. Not a lot of pine on the nose which, at least, means this won't be a sterotypical west coast IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker and smoother than usual for the style with some medium carbonation keeping this from being too much of a beershake.
Some citrus tartness at the open: pineapple, peach and lemon peel. The honey that made an appearance on the nose hits the tastebuds towards the finish, providing a nice round sweetness that moderates the dry bitterness in the background. Those who do not like sweetness in their IPA (or who want a bit more of the Oregon roots to show) may find this to be a distraction, but the sweet fruit and honey flavors provide a nice drinkable balance. The mouthfeel and malt profile might keep this from being a summer refresher, but, as a whole, this beer works well and is worth a try.
08-03-2009 01:35:36 | More by chicagobeerriot
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
On tap at the Laurelwood brewpub in the PDX airport.
A: Pours a lightly hazy amber-tawny color. It generates a half-finger of off-white head, and leaves some spots of lacing behind.
S: Lots of fruity (citrus) and some weed (the mutated pine smell I associate with certain insanely hopped beers). Fairly pungent and green-smelling.
T: Standard citrus flavors (grapefruit, orange rind) with ganja again. Some biscuit, caramel, and a little honey. Pretty balanced and mild in flavor as a result. To personal preference, not all that exciting, especially against the Workhorse.
M: Light-medium bodied, with restrained carbonation. Somehow a bit lacking, both in flavor and in body heft.
D: Well, if you're going to make the Workhorse and deliver any other IPA next to it, it's going to seem subpar in comparison. This isn't bad, but nothing special.
11-06-2009 04:10:28 | More by Arbitrator
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
3 oz. Taster @ Battle Ground Public House April 4th 2010. 6.4% ABV. 60 IBU's. Thin mild lace head. Clear pretty bright rich gold color. Earthy citrus hop front. Delicate caramel mild sweet cloying slightly doughy smooth malt body. Clean tangy hop spice end. (3.5 / 5.0)
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery--HOP MONKEY I.P.A.--INDIA PALE ALE--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Mild lace mild white head. Clear rich bright amber gold orange color. Pretty. Mellow floral hop front. Mellow sweet creamy smooth caramel crystal malt doughy mildly resinous hop fruit IPA body. Crisp lightly bitter smooth refreshing flavorful balanced hop end. Sampled 9/5/2010. $5.25 Each @ Seattle PCC--Greenlake on 9/4/2010.
09-06-2010 20:32:13 | More by philbertk
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
Imperial pint at the PDX airport. Hop Monkey is a chill hazed dull orange with wispy off white collar that leaves very light, scattered lace.
Smell is citrus, oranges and apricots, on the sweeter side, not to strong.
Taste is pretty smooth, hoppy flavor without undue bitterness, a bit estery, flavors similar to nose. Not much of a hop wallop but a tasty IPA no doubt.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, low carbonation, but there's a crisp bite to it on the finish. Medium light body.
Drinkability is pretty good, not an over the top IPA, which I frankly enjoy, but very smooth and easy drinking for sure.
03-23-2009 02:05:58 | More by ccrida
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
A - It pours one finger of white head into a pint glass. The head has good retention and leaves some pretty good lacing. The beer is clear and has a medium golden-orange hue.
S - The nose consists of pine and faint citrus. As the beer warms up there is also a light sweet aroma.
M - Light to medium in body with adequate carbonation.
T - A fairly simple flavor. It consists of sweet malts paired with a mixture of citrus and pine. The pine comes through stronger than the citrus and lasts through the finish into the aftertaste leaving a medium bitterness.
Pretty good, if this were classified as a pale ale I'd give it higher marks, but as an IPA it's a little lacking in the wow department.
09-17-2010 02:07:09 | More by boralyl
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
pours a semi cloudy copper orange with crisp active white head
rich crunchy hop aroma with grapefruit, pine, slight resiny notes, and a light malt body
solid hop notes of light grapefruit, sturdy pine, slight lemon notes, then a light biscuity malt body. somewhat dry resiny notes on the finish
medium bodied, with solid hop notes that balance well with the medium malt presence, semi dry finish, lasts longer than expected
overall a great IPA. citrusy upfront but just enough to not be too strong, and the hop flavors mix well together and with the malt as well. a very quaffable, enjoyable IPA
04-05-2009 05:06:08 | More by bitterthebetter
2.9/5 rDev -21%
A very soft pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a glass filling four finger thick, light tan colored head that quickly grows a finger above the rim and starts to slightly over-flow the glass. The beer is a dark copper / amber hue that shows a somewhat hazy, orange / red copper hue when held up to the light. The nose smells interestingly tart, definitely citrus influenced (that is the hops), but there is also a distinctly lactic character to the nose. This cuts through, and greatly reduces, the hop presence in the aroma.
The beer is very effervescent as it hits my palate and it is also quite a bit lighter bodied than one would like, even in an IPA. The beer definitely has a lactic acidity to it, as well as a funkiness that shouldn’t beer here. Because of the body thinness and the distracting acidity, the hop character tastes not nearly as pungeant as one would expect; it has notes of tangerine juice and orange zest that has a acidity to it that could be described as pleasant, except that this is supposed to be an IPA.
There is definitely something awry with this beer, it shouldn’t be well on its way towards tart and funky. I am definitely disappointed, as I was really hoping to have a nice hoppy IPA.
08-08-2011 14:00:48 | More by Gueuzedude
Hop Monkey IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.