Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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86
very good

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 85 | 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 brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head laying on top of the clear amber liquid; streaks of lace are left behind

Smell: Caramel and herbal, pney hops; a little spicy

Taste: The malt lays down a caramel backbone, with the resinous, piney hops building through mid-palate; nicely balanced into the finish with a leafy, spicy character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit more like a hoppy amber than an IPA but still quite good

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an unexpected gift from longtime friends, UncleJedI and PurpleHatJoan, on our most recent get-together, this time in Madison, WI for the GTMW. Many thanks!

Nothing on the CAN of note other than the graphic of the screeching monkey. If Bitter Ameri[CAN]'s monkey was bitter, this little guy is outraged!

I am getting used to a spray from the Crack as I open a craft CAN, so this was business as usual. I employed an inverted Glug, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy tan head with great retention. The nose was big with pine hops, reminding me of the upcoming "Repo Man" tribute album on Ameri[CAN] Laundromat Records. I was a pre-order, so mine will come with a pine tree air freshener since you find one in every car. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was dense, viscous with a taste of caramel malt and pine hops on the tongue. Beautiful! Finish was semi-dry with the hops winning the battle with the caramel malt, but just barely. This is a really good AIPA and my thanks again for the present! Lots of nice sticky lacing remained. I would definitely give this some cooler space.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained from unclejedi out of the blue. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head recedes at an average pace, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity pine.

Taste is sweet upfront, start to see the pine from very early, which carries through to the close, with some fruitiness apparent in the middle and ramping down towards the close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. An all-around good brew, glad o have the pleasure to visit this part of Alabama.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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
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