Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 31
Gots: 87 | 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 woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of ronny
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (928 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (726 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 (505 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (925 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (456 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick light tan head into an english pub glass. the body was a bright copper color.
s - big piney hops with some nice caramel sweetness.
t - up front big-time with piney hops but there is a nice balance here too.
m - medium thickness, creamy.
o - loved this beer in a can, so quaffable. (313 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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... (641 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of bushwhacker
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This enjoyable brew 'appeared' to me in the form of draught with a color of slightly orange-hued amber (slightly color blind). White foamy twoF head with good lacing. It had a delicious typical citrusy piney heavy hoppy smell that made my mouth water. I enjoyed the balanced ingredients of this brew with a very good mouthfeel and aftertaste. I liked this brew very much and would recommend it. (394 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of dnrobert24
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the J Clyde, this was my first full pint of monkeynaut after sampling it at the Magic City Brewfest. All in all, thiis about the perfect ipa. Amber to orange and clear with a fluffy head, the aromas of this baby are five star. Orange, grapefruit, with a bouqet of flowers--there is a lot going on. Body and mouthfeel are spot on. I tasted no alcohol poking through, unlike a lot of ipa's I have had recently. The bitter is balanced by the sweet and it goes down so smooth. The malts seem there mostly there as a supporting cast to the real star: the hops. Definitely worth seeking out if you are a hophead. (616 characters)

Photo of kaips1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler into a pint glass, brought straight from Alabama. Thanks Walter

A-a nice rich amber, good head, some lacing that turned into a small bubble ring
S-a slight bready smell,some citrus(makes me think of citra hop)
Slight sweetness and then tart
T- close to the same as the smell, there is a slight tangyness in the middle of the drink, it's a good thing
M- it's moderately lively not as much bite and tingle I was expecting, a clean wet finish
O/d- overall I really like this, it's not the craziest ipa but it's more than just decent, drinkability, I can see myself finishing this growler, this is a tasty beer and one I really like (641 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, shiny bronze. Lots of thick heads, trails of lacing.

S: Very tart- grapefruit and hops. Not much there but I like it -clean and pleasant.

T: Bready malts, hope and citrus.

M: Refreshing and lingers nicely.

D: Very tasty, I'd have another. Not as bitter and citrusy and I would have expected from the smell. (320 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (937 characters)

Photo of SteveLyman
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To begin,

A small half inch silvery white head, with a decent lacing throughout. When looking at my glass,there is a golden orange sunset color.

The smell is of a typical American IPA, grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma. The kicker at the end is the strong pine notes.

The taste is much the same as the smell. Grapefruit taste at the very beginning, but ends in a fresh evergreen pine.

The is a great beer if you are looking for a refreshing taste on a Friday night. (471 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanx to Unclejedi for this one, drunk 8.21.2010 in Buford, GA at the Meat Meet.

A. Pours a reddish walnut, with a spotty, inconsistent head, speckles of lace. Still in the glass, but it *was* from a growler...

S. Fairly standard pale-ish ale, (Cascade, Centennial?) with some decent hop character, but not West Coast at all.. more reserved and leaves room for the sweet biscuity malt. More like an Imperial APA here, but not bad.

T. Big red malt character, lots of Cascade, bitters carry on from the start to finish, sort of "standard", short and clean finish, sweet in all the good places... does not take any chances, nor does it really stick around as interesting, but is quite solid and has no off flavors. A good start, to me, but this can be made better.

M / D. Fine carbonation, even via growler, mouthfeel is medium-ish, feels bigger than it actually is... still, not hard to put back.

Monkeynaut is a fine beer, but as a flagship sort of thing, really needs to (imo) find its own character and stake a claim. It's rather pedestrian, and while there are no real flaws, it doesn't stick in your head and make you think "This is Alabama beer." Given that this is a less than year old outfit, these issues could be easily addressed. I look forward to seeing what Straight to Ale does in the future! (1,313 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Nook in Huntsville, Al

A : A murky brown/hint of red with a solid finger cream head. Reasonable amount of lacing.

S : Piney & cirtrusy hop notes, small level of caramel maltiness underneath.

T : Upfront with the piney hops hitting hard, but quickly balanced by a smooth level of malt. None of the light citrus note from the smell, but not lacking in a robust flavor. A smooth finish with a long hop aftertaste.

M : A nice medium-body with a creamy feel. Leaves a very nice cleanness to the mouth afterward, with a small tingly touch. Not hugely carbonated, just enough to give texture.

D : Very well balanced makes it extremely drinkable. This is a standout IPA from a new brewery. Coming back from a west coast IPA binge to find this reputable brew is a real treat. (789 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of my three 'bama beers from my friend's vacation. Thanks again Jen!

A. Pours a thick copper with a very small head that leaves small flecks of residual lacing.

S. I didn't detect a whole lot in the nose. Some floral hop character as well as caramel malt as it warms.

T. Raw hop bitterness upfront - tastes like a slightly subdued version of very fresh hop buds. There is a slight sweetness that mellows out the bitterness. As it warms, the sweetness shines through more. A bit of burnt orange peel as well.

M. Thick and creamy with a medium level of carbonation.

D. An IPA that isn't over the top and develops as it warms. While I wouldn't drink most IPAs all night, I could put a couple of these back happily. (725 characters)

Photo of Freethyhops
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes at The Nook's sneak preview.

a- dark amber, barleywine like color with a beige head. fairly heavy lacing.

s- piney resinous hops. apparent caramel, a little breadiness. a hint of grapefruit is about all I get from the citrus spectrum.

t- like the nose, the caramel malts are plentiful and add a substantial malt backbone to a heavy dose of hoppiness. it's mostly piney with a little grapefruit/citrus. the bitterness is fairly heavy but not overdone. the finish is bready and bitter. reminds me of a Maharaja, Hopsecutioner like profile. good company IMO.

m- full bodied for an IPA, sticky and well carbonated.

d- goes down easy with no "extreme" flavors to slow you down. it feels a little on the heavier side for an IPA which might hinder your drinking rate after a couple of these. (802 characters)

Photo of abar22
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer release event notes...

Dark and cloudy with a solid creamy white head.

Hoppy nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, and pine.

Taste mirrors nose. Grapefruit, orange peel with a splash of lemon and a piney bitter finish. Great beer for a first run.

Solid body and carbonation.

Better than most IPAs and this was its maiden voyage. (335 characters)

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