Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale
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4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
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!
09-13-2012 00:50:33 | More by nickthegun12
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
09-09-2012 03:06:16 | More by TrappistJohnMD
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
09-06-2012 20:11:25 | More by tone77
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-29-2012 02:06:52 | More by sommersb
4.65/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
08-28-2012 00:44:12 | More by woodychandler
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-25-2012 04:07:18 | More by ronny
4.48/5 rDev +16.4%
The aroma initially seems quite citric, but there's certainly a good candied malt sweetness there as well. It's sort of a tug of war between the two.
Pours a nice red color in my tall glass, darker than most IPA's are usually expected to be. Head is pretty nice and fluffy, and lacing is ample.
Initially, the citric hops that were perceptible in the nose are present and lead the beer off....but then there's quite a sweet, candied fruit sweetness that takes over. I definitely don't associate this taste with caramel or toffee....it's definitely fruit and just sweet. It's different for an IPA and I do enjoy it for a change up. The finish has a bit of astringent, citrus peel bitterness that ends the beer and lingers a bit afterwards.
This was really easy going down and due to the qualities listed above, it seems a bit different than most IPAs, which is a style where beers sometimes really do seem alike. I enjoyed it.
08-05-2012 01:28:58 | More by NODAK
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
A cool extra, nice to get to try some AL beers. 12oz can into Funkwerks tulip.
A - There is maybe a finger or so of light beige head. Body is a little cloudy and straight up amber.
S - Light notes. A little more woody on the pine aroma. Very smooth.
T - It starts off with a great malty backbone before the hops hit your palate. Bitterness lingers for a while on this one. Seems to be so balanced at the start and then goes crazy. So you get that woody/biscuity flavor and then some harsh hops. Grapefruit rind.
M - Pretty average. Nice carbonation and body. The presence is good.
O - A nice little beer. Good to try a new state. I could see this being a good little barleywine if one was to let it sit for a few years.
08-03-2012 00:33:30 | More by RuckusDu
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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
08-01-2012 12:22:06 | More by barleywinefiend
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
12oz can, no date but told it was around 2 weeks old. Served at around 40F.
Pours lightly hazy amber with a huge foamy off-white head that eventually recedes to a small foamy cap and leaves some clumpy lacing behind. Had to pour this in multiple stages due to the excessive carbonation/head.
Aroma is a big citrus blast, mostly orange, sweet pink grapefruit, a bit floral and piney, some yeasty/bready and caramel notes as well. Very good strength.
Flavor is strong citrus hops, orange, tangerine and grapefruit, some pine, a bit of caramel/bready malt in the middle offering just a bit of sweetness, finishes with strong bitterness and a tiny bit of alcohol. Malt picks up a bit as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, very sharp, strong carbonation.
Very nice IPA. Extremely citrusy which I love. The yeasty notes in the aroma and extreme carbonation knock it down a peg, but still very enjoyable overall.
07-15-2012 18:41:00 | More by elgiacomo
Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.