Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 478
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 30.69%
Wants: 32
Gots: 96 | FT: 6
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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.


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Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bulbman for sending this one my way!! This poured out as a clear looking orange color. Tere is a nice looking white head on top. The retention is good and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer is bright and lively with hops. Really nice citrusy aromas on this beer. The taste of the beer has a nice hoppy flavor as well, subtle lemon and orange flavors with a sweet maltiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, it's slick and kind of oily. The carbonation is good here too. Overall the beer is very good. Much better than I expected.

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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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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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.

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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?

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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.

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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.