Monkey's Uncle IPA - Straight To Ale
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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at The Nook in Huntsville, Al.
Monkeys Uncle is supposedly a batch of Gorillanaught that didn't hit the right ABV, and thus... created this new beer.
A: Dark orange with a golden tinge. Thick two finger tannish head.
S: Strong pine hop, with just a light citrus note. Malts aren't discernible, but the balance is present.
T: Hop bomb. Wow. Heavy pine. Really a bit overwhelmingly bitter. Malt is barely adding any level of balance that was found in the smell. With a little warming it gets just slightly smoother, but bitter and earthy pine to grass hops dominate the palette.
M: Medium bodied, bitter, and a bit dry on the finish.
D: Do you like hops? Do you like not being able to taste anything after one beer? This is for you. So tongue-twistingly bitter and hoppy that I must say it may be the hoppiest thing I've tasted. Great beer, but not something one could enjoy multiples of.
Serving type: on-tap
02-04-2011 17:31:36 | More by ncfranklin
3.94/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 32 oz growler into tulip glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear light copper color with two finger white head with good retention and decent sticky lacing.
S: Grapefruit and oranges mixed with pine resin and a hint of banana.
T: Mostly citrus and hops up front with a hint of sweetness. Grapefruit, orange. Pretty big hop bitterness, but enough malt backbone to balance it out.
M: Light with good carbonation. Finish is dry and a little bitter.
O: A solid offering from STA. I like this one quite a bit more than their year round IPA, and maybe not as much as Gorillanaut.
Serving type: growler
01-02-2014 01:25:05 | More by richj1970
3.7/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from draught into a snifter at the J Clyde in Birmingham, Al. I will say that I drank a Great Divide Old Ruffian and a water before I had this beer.
The Monkey's Uncle is amber brown with a 1/2 inch head. Very nice lacing as well.
The beer has a pungent, funky hop presence in first smell. This gives way to caramel malt and pine and banana and fig and then more caramel malt.
The maltiness is what hits the tongue first - caramel and sugary. This is then overtaken by hop presence, bitter and a little funky with a good bit of pine. Hints of banana and earth, and the finish has slight hoppy bitterness wrapped in more of that caramel, sugary malt.
The mouthfeel for this beer is very, very creamy. It has nice carbonation, a medium-full body, and the finish is long and thick too.
I like this IPA. It is great especially at first. I will say that drinkability diminishes as time passes. The maltiness gets to be a little much as the beer warms. I think I just wish the hop presence were a little bolder, or maybe more bitter. But as is, I do enjoy I this beer a whole lot, appreciating it's roundness and not pure hopbombness, and I will definitely drink it again.
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2011 07:06:13 | More by BamaViper1
4.38/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tried this one at "The Nook" in Huntsville.
I asked the bartender if he recommended an IIPA and he didn't hesitate, Monkey's Uncle was served in a Pint glass.
The bartender stated that it was a batch that he believed had not reached the ABV for Gorillanaught.
If this was a "goof" by Straight to Ale, I hope they kept this recipe. This was one of the best tasting Imperial IPA's I have tasted this year.
I found this one really Wet Hopped probably with Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade Hops. Much like the wet hopped Harvest Ale Sierra Nevada did this year but not quite Hoptimum's higher alcohol feel..
This one was balanced on the hop side but a smoothed out ester cut in after the first sip and then finished with a "polite" hop finish.
Really smooth though but not excessively Ester or Alcohol.
I consider this a real winner.
Lacing was ribboned on the glass in a pale - white hue.
This would be a "hopheads" dream.
Not sure of the ABV or IBUs but I will take a guess at 7.5 - 8 on the ABV and the IBU;s must be close to 85 or 90.
Really good product for what appears to be a "one and done."
Serving type: on-tap
02-16-2011 01:09:58 | More by MQ4188
Monkey's Uncle IPA from Straight To Ale
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.