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Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | FT: 5
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 03:43:37 | More by WoodBrew
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.85/5  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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 19:51:53 | More by woosterbill
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 22:59:26 | More by EgadBananas
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-24-2013 03:18:33 | More by eawolff99
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AgentMunky

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 15:11:45 | More by AgentMunky
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2012 17:19:40 | More by msubulldog25
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prototypic

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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!

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 03:00:04 | More by prototypic
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2012 03:29:57 | More by thecheapies
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 00:41:27 | More by AlexFields
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-19-2012 00:12:51 | More by jenray
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

01-30-2014 01:41:45 | More by thegerm87
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-20-2012 13:31:50 | More by ADTaber
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2012 02:05:15 | More by Gatordaddy
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-24-2014 03:50:58 | More by CRJMellor
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-14-2014 02:12:09 | More by thatoneguymike
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-30-2014 23:53:46 | More by hilgart1
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-24-2013 01:01:24 | More by sholland119
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-18-2014 04:31:00 | More by Dicers
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-05-2014 11:12:12 | More by Zach136
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 01:54:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
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fredmugs

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

01-05-2014 03:55:08 | More by fredmugs
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 21:19:13 | More by jzeilinger
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2013 00:01:21 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

06-23-2014 14:23:17 | More by Rekrule
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-21-2014 13:27:46 | More by garuda
Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
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