Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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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 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)

Photo of kirok1999
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of my three 'bama beers from my friend's vacation. Thanks again Jen!

A. Pours a thick copper with a very small head that leaves small flecks of residual lacing.

S. I didn't detect a whole lot in the nose. Some floral hop character as well as caramel malt as it warms.

T. Raw hop bitterness upfront - tastes like a slightly subdued version of very fresh hop buds. There is a slight sweetness that mellows out the bitterness. As it warms, the sweetness shines through more. A bit of burnt orange peel as well.

M. Thick and creamy with a medium level of carbonation.

D. An IPA that isn't over the top and develops as it warms. While I wouldn't drink most IPAs all night, I could put a couple of these back happily. (725 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the J. Clyde into a shaker pint.

A: Clear amber body, a shade darker than medium; practically no head, but the whisp of off-white bubbles sticks around throughout. Not a great pour, but not an ugly beer.

S: Pungent piney hops dominate, backed up by some toasty malt. Decent.

T: Pine and grapefruit hops lead things off, followed by some nicely understated caramel malt. Cleanly bitter finish, with a touch of chalky yeast. Enjoyable.

M: Smooth medium body with ample, fairly lively carbonation.

D: Fairly clean and balanced. Not quite juicy enough to make me thirsty for more, but definitely not a struggle to finish.

Notes: This one was recommended to me by the bartender after he informed me that the Good People Pale Ale had kicked. While I don't think that this beer was up to the same standard as the one I wanted, it was a tasty brew nonetheless. It's great to see more quality beers coming out of Alabama.

Cheers! (937 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to PALMEJ1 for sending this one.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with burnt orange edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention with large streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma with grass and resinous pine followed by subtle citrus and a sweet malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, orange peel, biscuit, caramel and toffee provide sweetness that counters the dank, sticky hops. Nice balance in the nose but the malt character is a bit stronger than I prefer.

Full bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hops providing a decent amount of dry bitterness that lingers over the citrus fruit and sweet malt notes into a dry finish. Fresh juicy hops with earthy grass, bitter pine needle and resinous oils followed by a prominent grapefruit presence before the caramel malt sweetness comes on in the back end. A little bit of bread, biscuit and caramel rounding things out in the finish. Very faint boozy sweetness but the high ABV is well masked. There's a bit more malt flavor than I prefer, but this is an extremely drinkable beer with good hop flavor. (1,157 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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