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Monkeynaut IPA - Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

jzeilinger, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of AUGRAD06
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had Monkeynaut twice, once in a can and then on tap. On tap it was definitely better. It's a darker IPA that kind of feels like a mix between an IPA and a Lager. It can be a little harsh on the pallet, but if you let it warm up just a touch it brings the more subtle flavors out. It's a good one to try, it's just not one of my personal favorites.

AUGRAD06, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of moneyturtle
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a large (15.5 oz) brandy snifter.

A - Pours a brown-orange color with a half-finger of creamy white head that dissipated after about a minute. Moderate lacing. It seems a little dark for the style.

S - Popped open the can and was greeted with more malt than hops (canned 1/2, drank 3/8; that shouldn't be long enough to cause so much hop dissipation). Poured into my glass; the hops are there, just not very forward. Picking up a slight bubblegum smell, as well as something like carrots. Very unique. There's an underlying component of the smell that's frankly a little like vomit; it's not highly pronounced, but it's unappetizing when you pick up some of that.

T - Pineapple, orange rind, perhaps even a little brown sugar. Finishes slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Slight alcohol burn that's right in line with its 7.25% abv, though I've definitely had higher alcohol IPAs that mask it a little better. The aftertaste is actually quite good and makes you want to reach for more; it's just comparatively disappointing on the front end.

M - Right in line for the style. Slightly creamy, very smooth.

O - This was my first beer from Straight to Ale. It's nothing particularly special. The smell is a bit off-putting. Overall, a decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I'd probably give it another try if I saw it at a restaurant since it seemed like it would balance nicely against pizza or a burger. It's just not all that good on its own, though it does leave me curious to try some of their other offerings.

moneyturtle, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of markgugs
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

markgugs, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Schlafly33, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of seavercm
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

seavercm, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of TheBeard89
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

TheBeard89, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Canti4341
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Canti4341, May 21, 2014
Photo of strohme2
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

strohme2, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of ffshore545
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

ffshore545, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of bifrost17
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

bifrost17, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of icculus71
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

icculus71, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of JHendu
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

JHendu, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of durlta
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

durlta, May 27, 2013
Photo of jmsedgwick
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

TurdFurgison, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of ubenumber2
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

ubenumber2, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of garuda
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

garuda, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Brockpellegrin
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Brockpellegrin, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of RoninTK3
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Translucent orange with a couple fingers of thick head.

S - Spicy hops, a bit herbal, and a touch of citrus fruit. Pretty typical hoppy IPA.

T - Biter and hoppy with a touch of maltiness to balance it out. Piney/spicy hops dominate this one. The 7.25% ABV shows a bit, but it's fairly well masked.

M - Pretty full bodied IPA with just a bit of carbonation. Resiny finish.

This is a solid IPA, but nothing that stands out among the herd. Perhaps I've become desensitized by bigger DIPA's but I expected a bit more from this one.

RoninTK3, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
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.

WoodBrew, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber in color, semi translucent body and an eggshell head.

S - Citrus/tropical nose, herbal and a good hop bitterness aroma.

T - Bitter through and through. Piney hops , herbal, slightly vegetable and a bit of maltiness.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Not cloying by any means.

O - It's decent but nothing really to make it stand out from the herd of IPAs already out there.

cvm4, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: translucent copper body with three fingers worth of thick creamy off white head. head retention is about average for an ipa and lacing is spotty.

s: pine needles and bread.

t: nice bready malt body up front, then turns to dry bitter pine needles.

m: starts out with a medium feel thanks in part to the pine resin, but finishes with kinda thin watery feel to it.

o: decent and easy drinkin but far from something i would want to keep stocked all the time.

match1112, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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

barleywinefiend, Aug 01, 2012
Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
87 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.