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Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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87
very good

77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 468
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 31
Gots: 93 | 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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 468
Photo of NegligancE
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Initial aroma lacked any great amount of hops. Tasting followed suit, nice malt characteristic however lacking in overall hoppiness. Not a bad ale, although I think this can might have been subject to improper handling. Unsure as to whether I will buy again. (258 characters)

Photo of Mnigro
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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. (267 characters)

Photo of moneyturtle
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (1,553 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to richj1970 for this one!

A - Pours a dark copper color with a soapy looking head and sticky lacing, carbonation is active and constant.

S - The aroma is mostly caramel toasted malt with a hint of citrus and herbs.

T - Herbal caramel toasted malt with a bitter lemon and grapefruit finish. Malt up front with a little bit of hop presence and just the opposite on the back side. Moderate lingering bitter finish.

M - Full medium body.

O - Balanced. (460 characters)

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another in a long line of beers provided by the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orangeish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is piney hops, bitter up front, malts kicking in towards the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was not blown away by it. (337 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Translucent orange with a couple fingers of thick head.

S - Spicy hops, a bit herbal, and a touch of citrus fruit. Pretty typical hoppy IPA.

T - Biter and hoppy with a touch of maltiness to balance it out. Piney/spicy hops dominate this one. The 7.25% ABV shows a bit, but it's fairly well masked.

M - Pretty full bodied IPA with just a bit of carbonation. Resiny finish.

This is a solid IPA, but nothing that stands out among the herd. Perhaps I've become desensitized by bigger DIPA's but I expected a bit more from this one. (535 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Monkeynaut....to me...is more of an English IPA and an American PA. It is very bitter. The beer pours a nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is mostly bitter hops...maybe hints of pine and citrus....but not much. The taste is bitter with a bready type malt for balance. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this isnt a bad beer....but its not one that I would session. The ABV and bitterness keeps it from being a all night beer. (504 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber in color, semi translucent body and an eggshell head.

S - Citrus/tropical nose, herbal and a good hop bitterness aroma.

T - Bitter through and through. Piney hops , herbal, slightly vegetable and a bit of maltiness.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Not cloying by any means.

O - It's decent but nothing really to make it stand out from the herd of IPAs already out there. (389 characters)

Photo of ttroha
3.44/5  rDev -12%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: translucent copper body with three fingers worth of thick creamy off white head. head retention is about average for an ipa and lacing is spotty.

s: pine needles and bread.

t: nice bready malt body up front, then turns to dry bitter pine needles.

m: starts out with a medium feel thanks in part to the pine resin, but finishes with kinda thin watery feel to it.

o: decent and easy drinkin but far from something i would want to keep stocked all the time. (461 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Plenty of citrus and flowers with a big blend of bread and caramel.

T: Caramel malt and breadiness hosts citrus notes with a light pine needle, light booze and hop bite to remind you it is an IPA. The finish is moderatley bitter but sweet, sticky and syrupy like extract

M: Nice, balanced,a little to sweet, what seems to be faded hops, caramel and orange zest sit on the palate

O: Clean it up and balance it out a bit (505 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cool extra, nice to get to try some AL beers. 12oz can into Funkwerks tulip.

A - There is maybe a finger or so of light beige head. Body is a little cloudy and straight up amber.

S - Light notes. A little more woody on the pine aroma. Very smooth.

T - It starts off with a great malty backbone before the hops hit your palate. Bitterness lingers for a while on this one. Seems to be so balanced at the start and then goes crazy. So you get that woody/biscuity flavor and then some harsh hops. Grapefruit rind.

M - Pretty average. Nice carbonation and body. The presence is good.

O - A nice little beer. Good to try a new state. I could see this being a good little barleywine if one was to let it sit for a few years. (726 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to kkipple for the can! You’re the man!

Monkeynaut pours an attractive copper color. It’s very clear. No haze at all. Backlighting gives it a nice orange tint. A really nice off-white head covers it. It’s big, standing over two and a half fingers tall. Retention was very good. I’m not sure it will completely disappear. Lacing was very sticky and thick as it trailed down the glass.

The nose is alright. It could use a little more strength. It kicks off with a little more caramel malt than I’d like. That’s definitely the base. Smells a little sugary and quite sweet. That’s a bit of a cracker-ish scent in there, as well. Hops are easily noted and have primarily a citric scent. Lemon, grapefruit, and light orange are noted. There’s a good dose of pine that follows. Alcohol is blended pretty well and isn’t all that noticeable. Smells pretty good.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. The malt base is caramel. It is sweet and is quite prominent in the flavor. Not my favorite thing. There are some sugar cookie and cracker notes, as well. Hops jump into the mix early. They are mostly citric. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange are all noted. Piney notes follow. It’s a little bitter, but it’s pretty well balanced given the strong malt base. Alcohol isn’t too much of a factor. It’s there, but isn’t too strong. Finishes with a nicely balanced mix of caramel, citric, and piney flavors.

Monkeynaut has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel rather light. The feel is pretty nice and smooth. It’s relatively easy drinking. If the flavor were just a little better, drinkability would be excellent.

Monkeynaut is an okay release from Straight to Ale. It’s a little malt heavy for my taste, but it’s not bad. Especially considering…it’s from ALABAMA! That’s a fact you just can’t ignore. Knowing that, I’m thrilled for the entire state of Alabama. Good things appear to be happening there. Worth a try? Most definitely. Thanks, Dan! (2,022 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed copper color with a thick cap of creamy, tan head. Nice retention and lace...a very good looking brew. Bonus points for the fantastic name and can design.

Nose is a little on the malty side for me in an IPA, but there are some tropical aromas there. East Coast style for sure - toasty, nutty malts to compliment the hops. The more it warms up, the more I like it though...something in between sugar and caramel - salt water taffy fits.

A nice little malt - hop combo here. Both are well done and dare I say...balanced? I like the toast and sugary malt profile and the hops are mostly on the bittering end as opposed to flavoring but somehow it works ok here. Id drink this again, for sure. (739 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass.

A: Golden copper with generous 3 finger frothy head that left some sticky lacing.

S: Caramel and malts mixed with a hint of citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, maybe a bit of orange.

T: Combination of rich malts with some slight bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon.

M: Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation.

O: Fairly balanced IPA. Just enough bitter hops, but not overpowering. A nice complement to a Saturday night football game. (468 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no date but told it was around 2 weeks old. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a huge foamy off-white head that eventually recedes to a small foamy cap and leaves some clumpy lacing behind. Had to pour this in multiple stages due to the excessive carbonation/head.

Aroma is a big citrus blast, mostly orange, sweet pink grapefruit, a bit floral and piney, some yeasty/bready and caramel notes as well. Very good strength.

Flavor is strong citrus hops, orange, tangerine and grapefruit, some pine, a bit of caramel/bready malt in the middle offering just a bit of sweetness, finishes with strong bitterness and a tiny bit of alcohol. Malt picks up a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, very sharp, strong carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Extremely citrusy which I love. The yeasty notes in the aroma and extreme carbonation knock it down a peg, but still very enjoyable overall. (925 characters)

Photo of cherotr
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass; dark amber color, 1/2 inch head, some lacing

S- standard ipa aroma. nothing over-powering.

T- better than the aroma. good hops / malt balance, lingering bitterness disappears fast. alcohol content is hidden very well

M- creamy. lightly carbonated.

O- better than just a 'good' ipa... will have one more.. now? (361 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the tap room.

Straight to Ale Monkeynaut IPA

Pours a very nice amber color with a solid copper hue. Nice thin white head forms and leaves some slight lacing. Retention is pretty low with the head going down pretty quickly.

Aroma starts off with some nice tropical fruit notes. There are piney hop resins that come up and give the brew a slight sweetness. There is an nice grapefruit rind note that underlays the pine notes to this brew

Flavor starts off with a punch to the loudmouth. There is an explosion of bitter and citrus rind with some intense and full resinous pine. This is an absolute palate wrecker in terms of bitterness. There is also some underlain caramel malt notes that give the brew some background sweetness but its bitter till the end for the most part. A robust bitterness at that. Very much an east coast style with pine and some slight citrus dryness. Mouthfeel is medium light with some nice stickynees to it but a dry bitter finish. Earthy and grassy.

Overall I was quite impressed with this places IPA. Nice East Coast flavors and great bitterness. (1,107 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,161 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really clear orange/amber, a bit of a head but not a huge one, nothing too exciting.

Smells of orange, citrus zest, maybe some lime. Moderate sweetness on the nose and pretty hoppy, smells like a really good IPA

Taste is a bit different, orange and lime again but considerably stronger bitterness, hints of grapefruit.

Very solid IPA, I hope Straight to Ale starts to distribute cans/bottles to Knoxville.

7.5/10 (424 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

The pour yields a crazy huge off-white head, filling my glass 90% full with foam. Once I can see the beer it's a clear and bright copper color. Lacing and head retention are excellent.

Smells are big and hoppy, giving off lots of citrus and pine aromas. Other aromas include caramel malts and alcohol. The taste also dominated by the bittering hops and citrus like grapefruit. The malts make a showing, but this one is mainly focused on hops.

Body is full, but the super-high carbonation is annoying. The finish is bitter and strong and leaves tastes of earthy, piney and citrus hops.

Overall a very flavorful IPA, but this can had some quality issues marring it. (805 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,866 characters)

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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
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