Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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87
very good

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 31
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of Freethyhops
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes at The Nook's sneak preview.

a- dark amber, barleywine like color with a beige head. fairly heavy lacing.

s- piney resinous hops. apparent caramel, a little breadiness. a hint of grapefruit is about all I get from the citrus spectrum.

t- like the nose, the caramel malts are plentiful and add a substantial malt backbone to a heavy dose of hoppiness. it's mostly piney with a little grapefruit/citrus. the bitterness is fairly heavy but not overdone. the finish is bready and bitter. reminds me of a Maharaja, Hopsecutioner like profile. good company IMO.

m- full bodied for an IPA, sticky and well carbonated.

d- goes down easy with no "extreme" flavors to slow you down. it feels a little on the heavier side for an IPA which might hinder your drinking rate after a couple of these. (802 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ghetto growler purchased from Highland package Store in Birmingham. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a swirly head. Very nice citrusy aromas with some floral notes as well and some leafy hops near the end. A touch of pine rounds it out. The tangerine, orange, and lemon notes play nicely with the sweet malt here. Just lovely. Very smooth in the mouth with similar notes as found in the nose, but slightly more muted here. Still very nice citrus and a good leafy bitterness on the finish. Very smooth with a creamy note, and good clean, pure flavors. Another solid Alabama IPA- maybe this is a trend. (621 characters)

Photo of Boski
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Nice golden copper color. Nice head retention

S: Slight floral and tropical smell

T: Big malt profile up front with a very aggressive bitter finish.

O: This one lived up to the hype I heard. Perfect amount of malt/hop balance IMHO. One of the better IPA's I have had in a while. (319 characters)

Photo of kaips1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler into a pint glass, brought straight from Alabama. Thanks Walter

A-a nice rich amber, good head, some lacing that turned into a small bubble ring
S-a slight bready smell,some citrus(makes me think of citra hop)
Slight sweetness and then tart
T- close to the same as the smell, there is a slight tangyness in the middle of the drink, it's a good thing
M- it's moderately lively not as much bite and tingle I was expecting, a clean wet finish
O/d- overall I really like this, it's not the craziest ipa but it's more than just decent, drinkability, I can see myself finishing this growler, this is a tasty beer and one I really like (641 characters)

Photo of funkydrumma
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see a lot of reviewers down on the maltiness of this IPA. But why? Nowhere is it written that IPAs can't be sweet AND bitter. I say well done STA. This is a great beer and one I always look forward to. (203 characters)

Photo of SteveLyman
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To begin,

A small half inch silvery white head, with a decent lacing throughout. When looking at my glass,there is a golden orange sunset color.

The smell is of a typical American IPA, grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma. The kicker at the end is the strong pine notes.

The taste is much the same as the smell. Grapefruit taste at the very beginning, but ends in a fresh evergreen pine.

The is a great beer if you are looking for a refreshing taste on a Friday night. (471 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the J. Clyde. From notes. Reviewed 9 June 2011. Listed as 7.3%.

A: Clearish, orange, no head. Pretty.

S: Orange peel, citrus juice, resiny hops.

T: Really nice. Well-balanced. Fruity (lots of grapefruit) with perfectly balanced piney hops. The maintaste is sweetish (from both fruit and malt). The aftertaste is bitterly hoppy, but not dry.

M: Robust, lightly carbonated, and good -- there's nothing to criticize.

O: Good American IPA. Strong, drinkable, and pleasurable. Recommended. Would drink again.

EDIT 25 January 2013: Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass (thanks to xxcarpxx!). Might be a little old.

No real change, except that this iteration is less hoppy and more sweet. Creamy with fruit and a lightly bitter aftertaste. I still really like it. (782 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber brew with foamy head. 4.0

Pine and resinous citrus. Toffee malts. Pretty dank. 4.0

Moderately bitter. Orange, pine, and grapefruit. Toffee malts make for great balance. 4.0

Smooth, yet brushy. Excellent feel. 4.5

Tasty sample I had from my buddy's growler. An oily hop wonder without all of the extra sweetness or bitterness. (335 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned around late October.

Pours a muddy copper color, tan coloured head. no real lacing to be had. Bright citrus aroma, some tropical fruits and slight bready malts. Bitter front, citrus, pine and resins. Creamy, slick, oily medium feel. Good, easy drinking IPA...Thanks Jamie! (280 characters)

Photo of dizzyballer
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huntsville airport. The Grille at Four Points.

Four points for the beer too.

Great nose. Nice bitterness. Almost coppery. Well balanced.

Not much head, but I don't know who to blame for that. Served in a nice glass.

Not a tremendously handsome waitstaff. But friendly enough. (281 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim for the generous post-fest freebie. Awesome can graphic of a reluctant and/or awestruck primate astronaut.

Color is a saturated dark orange with bright clarity, with lasting foam and drippy concentric rings of sticky lace. A floating island veil of skim hovers for the remainder of the glass.

Some herbal greens and funky citrus rind notes in the aroma, slightly dank in that wet green way.

Moderately bitter at first with a balanced supporting caramel malt middle, lingering orange peel and citrus notes throughout. Medium bodied with light carbonation, nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers. One for the deep south hopheads... (641 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass a clear amber/copper with a nice one finger slight off white head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas of citric hops over top of a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base,the hops win out with the deep citric and resiny notes.Grapefruit and a nd pine resin really hit nicely at the onset of the beer,the maltiness is pretty big holding up nicely to the hops and adding mild caramel sweetness.This is a "bigger" standard IPA,big hops with quite a malt base that hold up to it. (519 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can delivered from Alabama to Portland by none other than unclejedi ~ thanks again, Jim! No dating on the can, but I received it on 11/30 & figure it was pretty fresh.

Label shows a screaming 'monkeynaut', a tribute to our poor primate friend/'space explorer' who's still stuck in an endless orbit, I suppose. NASA meet PETA. PETA, NASA... whatever. That Straight to Ale hails from Huntsville (Rocket City!) is cool nonetheless...

A: Lovely caramel/copper with a superb head of stocky cream (soap suds) and endless lacing, sticking top to bottom. Pour is almost clear, exploiting a lazy carbonation.

S: Grassy aroma of green hops, but not a thrilling/inviting - just a 'pleasant' one. Somewhat flowery and honey-like. Grassy and citrus fruit. Good strength.

T: Citrus orange and a mango/pineapple fruitiness. Cakey and lots of caramel, all covered with piney & spicy hops, pithy bitterness lasts a while. Slightly metallic in the finish.

M:Started a little thin but filled out nicely. Smooth, not overly carbonated - even a little heavy/sticky in the finish.

O: One of those beer that's good on all accounts and somehow garners an even better overall score. Would I drink this frequently if I lived in Alabama, I'd be having this... ALL. THE. TIME. (1,262 characters)

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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. (194 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Keene
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of ronny
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into from a 12oz can into a Dolle Witte 33cl squared tulip. Nice medium honey color with about a 1" oatmeal colored head. Foam clings nicely to the glass while collapsing in the center. A nice, mostly floral aroma with a little spicy note and some alcohol. Taste is true to the American IPA style, a bit dry, somewhat crisp and hoppy throughout. I'm not too sure about the mouthfeel, there is something that seems a bit confused on the back end, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

This is nice American-style IPA and I would probably drink more of it if it were not for the price. I'll continue to support the STA folks since this is a local brew, but at premium prices, it is hard to justify every week.

But I can be coaxed into drinking several of these if someone else is buying. I do like IPA's and this is a nice version of the American style, well worth a try, in my opinion. I love the fact it is made locally, but if I had no tie to Huntsville or NASA (monkeynaut,get it?) I don't know I would buy it more than once. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow brownish color with a vibrant white one finger head and good retention. Nice lacing forms a small latticework of foam. Smells of malted hops. The caramel sweetness is balanced very well with the astringent hops in the nose. Smells exceptional. Taste is a bit simple, but still satisfying. The hops overpower the malty presence I sensed in the nose, but it finishes with a crisp, well balanced flavor between hops and a touch of caramel malt as it warms up. Good, thick body and a smooth and slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, it's a very good IPA. Makes me proud to be from AL. (602 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanx to Unclejedi for this one, drunk 8.21.2010 in Buford, GA at the Meat Meet.

A. Pours a reddish walnut, with a spotty, inconsistent head, speckles of lace. Still in the glass, but it *was* from a growler...

S. Fairly standard pale-ish ale, (Cascade, Centennial?) with some decent hop character, but not West Coast at all.. more reserved and leaves room for the sweet biscuity malt. More like an Imperial APA here, but not bad.

T. Big red malt character, lots of Cascade, bitters carry on from the start to finish, sort of "standard", short and clean finish, sweet in all the good places... does not take any chances, nor does it really stick around as interesting, but is quite solid and has no off flavors. A good start, to me, but this can be made better.

M / D. Fine carbonation, even via growler, mouthfeel is medium-ish, feels bigger than it actually is... still, not hard to put back.

Monkeynaut is a fine beer, but as a flagship sort of thing, really needs to (imo) find its own character and stake a claim. It's rather pedestrian, and while there are no real flaws, it doesn't stick in your head and make you think "This is Alabama beer." Given that this is a less than year old outfit, these issues could be easily addressed. I look forward to seeing what Straight to Ale does in the future! (1,313 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the d0b for the share. Served in a FoBAB taster pint.

A - A finger-plus of creamy foam slowly settles to a cap, leaving minimal lace - nice retention. Transparent amber body with tiny bubbles visible.

S - Fairly malt-forward, with sugary and crackery notes balanced by herbs and grapefruit rind. A hint of brown sugar flavor in there as well. Definitely an East Coast IPA.

T - Taste has quite a bit of lemony citrus, as well as mild pine and herbal notes. Some sugar cookie malts balance things out before giving way to fairly high bitterness in the finish. Again, quite East Coast in terms of balance and alpha acids.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body, with some resinous residual hop oils, and a dry, toasty finish. Pleasant moderate carbonation.

D - Solid IPA, and quite impressive for Alabama. (810 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, shiny bronze. Lots of thick heads, trails of lacing.

S: Very tart- grapefruit and hops. Not much there but I like it -clean and pleasant.

T: Bready malts, hope and citrus.

M: Refreshing and lingers nicely.

D: Very tasty, I'd have another. Not as bitter and citrusy and I would have expected from the smell. (320 characters)

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