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Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%


Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010)
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Reviews by NODAK:
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma initially seems quite citric, but there's certainly a good candied malt sweetness there as well. It's sort of a tug of war between the two.

Pours a nice red color in my tall glass, darker than most IPA's are usually expected to be. Head is pretty nice and fluffy, and lacing is ample.

Initially, the citric hops that were perceptible in the nose are present and lead the beer off....but then there's quite a sweet, candied fruit sweetness that takes over. I definitely don't associate this taste with caramel or toffee....it's definitely fruit and just sweet. It's different for an IPA and I do enjoy it for a change up. The finish has a bit of astringent, citrus peel bitterness that ends the beer and lingers a bit afterwards.

This was really easy going down and due to the qualities listed above, it seems a bit different than most IPAs, which is a style where beers sometimes really do seem alike. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 01:28:58 | More by NODAK
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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.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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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.

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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
87 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.