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Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
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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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

fuzzbalz, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of BeerMark
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Monkeynaut IPA is fine addition to the ever growing Alabama brewing scene. It has a beautiful copper color. When you smell it, you know hops were involved in the making. The taste is a strong malt and hop combination that satisfies. This ipa can stand toe to toe with ANY ipa I've ever had. A very nice IPA from my neighbors up in Huntsville.

BeerMark, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of relynnjr
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

relynnjr, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Brinks
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Brinks, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

elspaniard, Aug 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

instinct2, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Book, Mar 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

mlhenson, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

sundrake, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

pschie1, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ercxi, Aug 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

misscritta, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of NODAK
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

NODAK, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of bushwhacker
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This enjoyable brew 'appeared' to me in the form of draught with a color of slightly orange-hued amber (slightly color blind). White foamy twoF head with good lacing. It had a delicious typical citrusy piney heavy hoppy smell that made my mouth water. I enjoyed the balanced ingredients of this brew with a very good mouthfeel and aftertaste. I liked this brew very much and would recommend it.

bushwhacker, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of dnrobert24
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the J Clyde, this was my first full pint of monkeynaut after sampling it at the Magic City Brewfest. All in all, thiis about the perfect ipa. Amber to orange and clear with a fluffy head, the aromas of this baby are five star. Orange, grapefruit, with a bouqet of flowers--there is a lot going on. Body and mouthfeel are spot on. I tasted no alcohol poking through, unlike a lot of ipa's I have had recently. The bitter is balanced by the sweet and it goes down so smooth. The malts seem there mostly there as a supporting cast to the real star: the hops. Definitely worth seeking out if you are a hophead.

dnrobert24, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light orange color body, with a full white creamy head

smells of aromatic citrus hops, not much of a malty smell, but fits the style

taste is bitter up front with medium alpha acid hops, not much of a lingering aftertaste

the feel is very dry, a little too dry but still fits the style

overall this beer is outstanding, from the best brewery in ALABAMA!

nickthegun12, Sep 13, 2012
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4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper filtered, a few particles suspended within, almost no carbonation, 3 finger of slight beige head.

S: Pine, pine sol cleaner, heated spice, slight tropical fruit in the background, floral, candy, baby powder, candy malt.

T: Tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, quite sweet, candy malt, medium dull bitterness that comes in near the end and lingers.

M: Medium heavy syrupy body, low carbonation.

O: Love the can, great taste. Got this in Birmingham at Wholefoods when passing through. Pairs well with spicy food. Very drinkable and almost verges on a double IPA.

patre_tim, Sep 08, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A-This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a slow microcarbonation that supports a thick creamy beige head.

S- The full aroma of dried citrus hops comes through even during the pour. There are some spice hop notes that are layered underneath.

T- The dry green citrus pith hops has a slight sweetness in the caramel malt that follows. There is a sweetness hint that lingers with the green spicy note to the hops, but little bitterness. The nice pungency stains the tongue after each sip.

M- The medium-full body has a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed. The tight little fizz enhances the hop flavor

O- The full big delicious IPA has a big pungent floral flavor with some nice spice character to add depth. The malt sweetness is just enough to keep this beer dry but support the hops flavor. Thanks to Coldchill for this brew.

rhoadsrage, Jan 08, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Nook in Huntsville, Al

A : A murky brown/hint of red with a solid finger cream head. Reasonable amount of lacing.

S : Piney & cirtrusy hop notes, small level of caramel maltiness underneath.

T : Upfront with the piney hops hitting hard, but quickly balanced by a smooth level of malt. None of the light citrus note from the smell, but not lacking in a robust flavor. A smooth finish with a long hop aftertaste.

M : A nice medium-body with a creamy feel. Leaves a very nice cleanness to the mouth afterward, with a small tingly touch. Not hugely carbonated, just enough to give texture.

D : Very well balanced makes it extremely drinkable. This is a standout IPA from a new brewery. Coming back from a west coast IPA binge to find this reputable brew is a real treat.

ncfranklin, Aug 01, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

a0lbudman, Oct 01, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack @ Midtown. A new arrival to the Nashville area and I've been looking forward to tracking it down.

This beer pours thick and heavy from the can with a quickly growing thick, frothy head. As the bubbles dissipate you're left with a dark orange, clear ale and a thin white head. There's definitely some lace remaining from the recession of the head. This thing looks tasty but not necessarily heavy. The first smell reveals heavy citrus and grapefruit essence that's punctuated by sweet floral hops.

First taste is essentially a hop explosion. Good strong, sticky hop bitterness accented with juicy grapefruit, floral undertones, and a nice piney finish. The flavoring of this beer is beyond impressive and I like that it's got a nice warming boozy feel to boot. The mouthfeel is more on the heavy side which is perfect for a thick, frothy higher ABV IPA. Definitely a beer to savor.

Overall, one of the better IPA's that I've sampled (it's reminiscent of Cigar City Jai Alai if you've had that). I will definitely purchase again.

mattsdenney, Dec 23, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer release event notes...

Dark and cloudy with a solid creamy white head.

Hoppy nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pine.

Taste mirrors nose. Grapefruit, orange peel with a splash of lemon and a piney bitter finish. Great beer for a first run.

Solid body and carbonation.

Better than most IPAs and this was its maiden voyage.

abar22, May 01, 2010
Photo of Mojo
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can -> World Market tulip

This one pours up a nice copper with a 1 finger fluffy off white head. Retention is good and lacing is amazing. Smell is primarily orange and lemon. Taste is where this really shines. Upfront there is a lemony sweetness followed by that wonderful grapefruit not and a hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice with a decent amount of carbonation. This is worth giving a try if you come across it. I'm going to try this brewery's milk stout soon and hope it as good as their IPA.

Mojo, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

nasa60, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

JamesStreet, Mar 15, 2014
Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
86 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.