Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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86
very good

444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 82 | FT: 7
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010

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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 78
Photo of schuyhigh
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA! Born on date 05/06/15 - it's brewed just a couple of hours up the road in Huntsville, AL so I always get it fresh. Though sweeter than most are use to, it still packs a hoppy/citrusy punch. The body is big with a crisp finish. Very enjoyable and one of my go-to local brews these days.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not too often i get to try beer from alabama, so i was excited about this one. its a pretty basic ipa, but it tastes good. it has just a little more of a grain body and sweetness than i personally prefer in the style, but the hop complexion is robust and it works real well on the whole. orangey in color, with a fluffy head on it. the hops are very juicy, and my can was fortunately very fresh, hop aromatics radiate from this one, with grapefruit leading the way, but notes of lemon and oily bitterness as well. the taste sees the hops fall back just a little from the nose, and bitterness become a little more intense, which is fine since there is some grain sweetness here, and it balances it out pretty well. the carbonation is like a soda pop, its high enough to make the beer seem lighter than it is in terms of both body and abv, and i appreciate that. i have not had much beer from the south, especially the hoppy stuff, and while this is a step back from the best india pale ales on the market, its cool to try something like this. worth picking up if you are traveling there.

Photo of Keene
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, the can design is fantastic. Brilliant orange or medium amber with a generous head that leaves lots of lacing. Nectarine, citrus fruit, a bit of soft malty aroma and a whiff of alcohol on the nose. Medium bodied with a degree of silky smoothness on the palate. More juicy nectarine to the taste, which mingles with marmalade and lightly toasted bread. Mild, herbal and grapefruity hops sustain through the finish. Very drinkable, even five months after its born on date. From soup to nuts, Monkeynaut is a solid American IPA.

Photo of Jrizzle251
1.73/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

They call this grapefruit juice a beer. I had high hopes for this one and was let down. IPA is a hard style for me to like though.

Photo of Brandon_beer
1.66/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Too malty For my tastes

Photo of GOBLIN
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not to in depth I know . . . but not real sure what's going on with these Bama ipa's. Very malty for my taste. The can is this beer's best feature.

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor has resinous pine, bitterness up front, a touch of grapefruit, substantial malt backbone. Lots of resin with a decent bitterness on the back end.

The beer is a fine traditional American IPA.

Photo of CIBoy10
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

There is better out there, but pretty good.

Photo of ttroha
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Hop City. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor citrus and bitter hops with a hint of caramel. Light bodied. Not too shabby.

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +4.7%

I think this is a solid IPA. I'm a bit biased because it is singled hopped with centennial and that is one of my top favs. Easy finish and good level of resin with a nice touch of malt backbone.

Photo of Mnigro
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Not a terrible beer but not that great either. There are way too many IPAs that I'd rather drink. There is a very solid malt backbone which I liked but the single dimension hop profile just fell flat on me and did not do any justice to the IBU's present in this brew.

Photo of TerdulousFerguson17
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Very nice

Photo of Seeker_11
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Not bad, but tastes like a home brewed beer. Definitely not an 87 out of 100. I'd say 70/100

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An aggressively-candied nose prepares the drinker for an IPA almost as whimsical as Straight to Ale's aesthetic choices, between the beer's name and its can-art. It's a fairly vibrant brownish-orange—almost a ruddy, unburnished bronze—but the color belies the loaded nature of the malting, which is deep and sweet, bold and robust, and to a non-trivial extent like a spoonful of oleo-saccharum and orange-oil with each sip. Indeed, there's very little bitterness with this beer: the brewers play the hops almost entirely for aroma and floral-candy flavors, with a hedge of bitter acids on a finish that's mostly sticky-sweet and only just a little citric. As it mellows, there's also a pleasant biscuity/bready note that emerges amongst Moneynaut's complex of sweet flavors.

It's thick, for sure, but it's a solid IPA: surprisingly drinkable for its heft, but otherwise neither amazing nor unsurprising—though perhaps it greets me with a modicum of disappointment, considering I'd heard a decent bit of ballyhoo down south about this beer. But it's good—even very good—despite being a bit different, and not necessarily as great, as I'd expected.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cypress Street pub (ATL); revised Dec 2014 with a 12 oz can.

Deep amber; clear with a good, fairly durable head.

Aroma: fruity and wonderful, with a hint of bready malts.

Flavor: fruity; low bitterness for style. Fine, fruity/hoppy, mildly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Clear amber body with a very thick 2-finger head of off-white color. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Hoppy aroma consisting of mostly earthy pine and light tropical notes. Small caramel malt note in the background.

The flavor is slightly different than I would have expected from the aroma. It starts off very malty, but there is a very nice hop finish. Hop flavors are grassy with a little pine cone. Caramel malt flavor is a solid base flavor and holds it altogether. Solid blend of flavors overall.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel with little to no notice of alcohol. Overall, I like this beer very much and could see it being a regular in my rotation if I lived in Alabama.

Photo of kirok1999
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gorillanaut's little brother. A very nice and well balanced IPA, nothing over the top and a very well balanced beer. Lightly sweet with a tasty hop bill and enough malt to make it drinkable. This would be a go to IPA if they shipped this far north. Love the stuff.

Photo of moneyturtle
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a large (15.5 oz) brandy snifter.

A - Pours a brown-orange color with a half-finger of creamy white head that dissipated after about a minute. Moderate lacing. It seems a little dark for the style.

S - Popped open the can and was greeted with more malt than hops (canned 1/2, drank 3/8; that shouldn't be long enough to cause so much hop dissipation). Poured into my glass; the hops are there, just not very forward. Picking up a slight bubblegum smell, as well as something like carrots. Very unique. There's an underlying component of the smell that's frankly a little like vomit; it's not highly pronounced, but it's unappetizing when you pick up some of that.

T - Pineapple, orange rind, perhaps even a little brown sugar. Finishes slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Slight alcohol burn that's right in line with its 7.25% abv, though I've definitely had higher alcohol IPAs that mask it a little better. The aftertaste is actually quite good and makes you want to reach for more; it's just comparatively disappointing on the front end.

M - Right in line for the style. Slightly creamy, very smooth.

O - This was my first beer from Straight to Ale. It's nothing particularly special. The smell is a bit off-putting. Overall, a decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I'd probably give it another try if I saw it at a restaurant since it seemed like it would balance nicely against pizza or a burger. It's just not all that good on its own, though it does leave me curious to try some of their other offerings.

Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. I've been looking forward to trying something from this brewery!

Pours a hazy brownish orange with a one finger white head. Nice fluffy head has good staying power and some pretty nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a very orange/tangerine quality mixed with an almost Belgiany yeasty spicyness. It is definitely unique but works quite well. Some bready malt comes through in the background.

The flavor continues the tangeriane and orange character almost approaching a dreamsicle-like flavor. Maybe touches of cream and vanilla in there. I love the hops in this one. Some light bready malt is present to lend some balance to the hops. High bitterness that finishes with a light sticky sweetness.

Overall, a very nice IPA that stands out from so many others being made by small breweries. An enjoyable beer and one to pick up should you come across it.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Marketed to salute all the monkeys who took the trek to outer space, laying the groundwork for human astronauts- Straight To Ale brings us... Monkeynaut! The craft beer industry is defiantly running out of creativity.

Pouring a bright amber-orange color, the look of honey comes to mind. Through its slight haze, the ale springs to life with a frothy off-white head that caps the beer and retains the session like any well-built hoppy ale should. Trailing with broken lace, the ale is certainly a handsome looking elixir.

Hop dominant aromas leap right out as the aromas are chocked full of fresh orange peels, red grapefruit, and crushed pine needles. As the malty aromas rise, they give the fruity hops a ripe and juicy scent with their own hints of caramel and honey. Light apricot gives a glimpse into tropical character and begins to highlight a biscuity British character.

Its lush taste starts off more sweet than citrus but that's all short-lived. Its medium caramel impressions greet the early palate with light toasted grain and a touch of shortbread. But the middle is all citrus as the grapefruit and vibrant orange taste is juicy but trends drier rather than sweet. Its last glimpse of sweetness captures the orange taste and is lightly marmalade-like as a result. The hops develop from fruit and into a playful grassy taste and a limey bitterness and with resinous pine flavors in finish and aftertaste.

Its crisp and clean mouthfeel starts off creamy-sweet. But once the carbonation breaks apart and the sweetness recedes, its dry malt structure perfectly supports the smooth hop bitterness for a clean and dry warmth to close.

Despite its desperate namesake, the beer is simply marvelous as it has greater balance than the typical hop-dominant varieties. This should make Monkeynaut a more friendly choice for those who are skittish around hops.

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had Monkeynaut twice, once in a can and then on tap. On tap it was definitely better. It's a darker IPA that kind of feels like a mix between an IPA and a Lager. It can be a little harsh on the pallet, but if you let it warm up just a touch it brings the more subtle flavors out. It's a good one to try, it's just not one of my personal favorites.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear amber. An off-white, one finger head that dissipates to a foamy top. Curtainy lacing.

S: Picking up grapefruit, pine resin. Citrusy.

T: Smooth, sweet. The light hop bitterness is quickly replaced by a sweet malty finish. Very sessionable.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: I really wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The hop/malt double tap really combines for a very drinkable barrel of monkeys. Would drink again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another excursion into the world of 'Bama brewed beer.

This has a very chewy hoppy tone to it. Pine tones are there. Bit of resin. It's a bit tight really, but I like it. Nice feel. Good drinker. Yet another good brew out of Alabama. I've got a few more from this brewery in the lineup and I'm looking forward to them.

Photo of mverity
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Superb appearance. Head has staying power! Poured this beer into a tulip glass, walked away to put a pot of water on, pulled the veggies out of the fridge, the pasta out of the pantry, and fired up the laptop to write this review; when I walked back to the glass, the head was still as thick as when I walked away. I watched it for another two minutes and then poured the rest in carefully. Great amber color too. Aroma is of sweet grain and tangy hops. The taste is about the same as the aroma, with a bit more caramel flavor. Not great, but decent. Mouthfeel is pretty okay too. Good beer, but I wouldn't pick it up again. I must thank thatoneguymike for sending me this along with several other AL and SC brews.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

can to a pint glass
dark gold in color with a off white foam
Had a hoppy, piney smell with some grapefruit to it
taste had a hop flavor that you get with an IPA, with a hop aftertaste that fades as a sweet finish arrives.. Great beer from Alabama cannot wait totry another at the beer fest in 11 days.

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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
86 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.