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Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

12-02-2012 05:40:29 | More by bifrost17
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2012 04:08:29 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2012 23:26:46 | More by dabakemon
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

11-09-2012 10:06:04 | More by sundrake
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-29-2012 23:14:08 | More by Tom-Peters
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Monkeynaut IPA is fine addition to the ever growing Alabama brewing scene. It has a beautiful copper color. When you smell it, you know hops were involved in the making. The taste is a strong malt and hop combination that satisfies. This ipa can stand toe to toe with ANY ipa I've ever had. A very nice IPA from my neighbors up in Huntsville.

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 03:51:56 | More by BeerMark
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-20-2012 13:31:50 | More by ADTaber
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-19-2012 01:37:33 | More by RollBeerTide
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huntsville airport. The Grille at Four Points.

Four points for the beer too.

Great nose. Nice bitterness. Almost coppery. Well balanced.

Not much head, but I don't know who to blame for that. Served in a nice glass.

Not a tremendously handsome waitstaff. But friendly enough.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 21:13:33 | More by dizzyballer
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-10-2012 05:14:38 | More by Sedriskell
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2.85/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 22:03:37 | More by NegligancE
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2012 02:05:15 | More by Gatordaddy
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-04-2012 00:02:47 | More by litotes
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-19-2012 00:12:51 | More by jenray
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-16-2012 04:24:02 | More by KMitch
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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light orange color body, with a full white creamy head

smells of aromatic citrus hops, not much of a malty smell, but fits the style

taste is bitter up front with medium alpha acid hops, not much of a lingering aftertaste

the feel is very dry, a little too dry but still fits the style

overall this beer is outstanding, from the best brewery in ALABAMA!

Serving type: can

09-13-2012 00:50:33 | More by nickthegun12
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-11-2012 12:14:17 | More by grumpygerman
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-10-2012 23:27:56 | More by allenc85
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in a Raise Your Pints Mississippi snifter.

Smell is perfect, in my opinion. Strong hop character. Lots of citrus. Pleasant musty notes.

Taste is sweet malt up front with some mild hoppy citrus and mild to moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is a very nice IPA.

Serving type: can

09-09-2012 03:06:16 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 20:11:25 | More by tone77
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-30-2012 02:13:49 | More by GalinBama
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

08-29-2012 09:40:17 | More by TheBeard89
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 02:06:52 | More by sommersb
Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
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