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Hop Monkey IPA - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Hop Monkey IPAHop Monkey IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

60 IBU

(Beer added by: Docer on 01-21-2009)
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Reviews by SurlyDuff:
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 00:05:58 | More by SurlyDuff
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LaPlaya

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Washington

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-04-2011 06:55:39 | More by twelveinches
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-19-2011 04:41:11 | More by CoryR
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RJLarse

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Eastside in Olympia. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a copper gold color and is hazy. Creamy white head.

Smell is faint and fruity

Taste is a citrus and floral flavor. Jasmine or lilac and some citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

Moderately drinkable. Citrus and flower tastes are overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 06:05:16 | More by RJLarse
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 14:00:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 22:06:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:15:10 | More by Jason
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:40:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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clarkm04

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:56:09 | More by clarkm04
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boralyl

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 02:07:09 | More by boralyl
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philbertk

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:32:13 | More by philbertk
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some faint floral notes

T: Pretty weak for an IPA, more like a pale ale. Some floaral hops, tad citrus and caramel

M: Well carbonated slight hop bite.

D: For an IPA I would say pass

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 02:30:11 | More by barleywinefiend
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 06:04:02 | More by coastiefish
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 15:04:05 | More by tempest
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John_M

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 19:13:09 | More by John_M
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olympuszymurgus

California

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

made laurelwood the first stop of the portland trip (business trip.)
this lil guy reminded me of an ipa that is from the nw. grapefruit, pine, some decent bitterness, a little bit of bread maltiness but finishing mostly dry. it was definitely tasty to drink but i'm not sure how much i really liked it. either it's boring or if i lived in the area, i would drink it all the time as my "session" beer. who knows? for now, i err on the side of caution. nice people there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 07:44:55 | More by olympuszymurgus
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 15:24:40 | More by PDXHops
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Arbitrator

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 04:10:28 | More by Arbitrator
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mjl21

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Henry's 12 Street Tavern in Portland. Poured into a pint glass. No idea about abv. Notes taken from my phone.

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice off white head that has some good staying power. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S-Get some citrus (grapefruit), grassy hops, and sweet malt.

T-The grapefruit and grassy hops both makes themselves present. It is a little sweet at the end.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-A fairly decent IPA. It did go down quickly. I would like more citrus pop.

I had this and the HUB Organic IPA and this was not nearly as good. I would have prefered a little more citrus and less grass and sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 20:09:26 | More by mjl21
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 05:06:25 | More by Derek
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-splashed pumpkin with perfect clarity. Atop the beer sits two fingers of putty colored foam that has plenty of character. The lid is gently rocky as it deflates and leaves finely etched squiggles of lace in the process.

The brewery will only admit to Pacific Northwest-grown barley and hops. My nose tells me that aged Cascade are in the house, thanks to that telltale fruity, funky, ganja-like vibe. More brightness and more pungency would have been welcome.

Hop Monkey India Pale Ale tastes better than it smells. The reason is plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, which is (obvious statement alert!) the key to any good American IPA. 60 IBUs seems about right... all of which are currently giving my mouth and tongue a pretty decent workout.

It tastes like pale malt is the workhorse of the grain bill. There's probably some percentage of mid-range malt as well. Crystal and/or Munich most likely. The hops are white grapefruit and orange zesty. Since I've already started with the guessing... Cascade and Amarillo seem like pretty safe bets.

The mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a lighter end of the style spectrum IPA. The beer doesn't deflate too quickly, which allows appreciation of everything the flavor profile has to offer. There's no letdown here at all.

Laurelwood Hop Monkey is right in my AIPA wheelhouse. In other words, it contains just enough pale malt and more than enough citrusy hops. Good thing it comes in bombers because I'm attacking this beer like a starving monkey attacks a cluster of bananas.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 14:23:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 21:34:36 | More by gameface23
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:35:36 | More by chicagobeerriot
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Hop Monkey IPA from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.