Monkey Wrench Imperial IPA - Cellar Brewing Company
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GRPunk:
2.5/5 rDev -19.1%
In hindsight, I now remember having other mediocre beers from Cellar. I had higher hopes for this.
Bottle poured into a Lion tulip.
6.8% double IPA? I'm confused.
A- 1-finger, off-white head quickly drops to a full lace with foamy edges. Hazy, golden-orange body with light carbonation. Really good, lacy rings.
S- Hmm. Really malty with lots of berry-like qualities. Hopping is floral, not nearly as potent as expected. Caramel and biscuit. Candy-like sweetness underlying.
T- Grainy with lots of leafy hops. Very organic. Slightly spicy/medicinal. Crackers. Dry/clean finish shows pithy grapefruit.
M- Maddeningly under-carbonated, creating an exceedingly thin feel. Dry finish.
O- website lists this as a standard IPA while the bottle clearly says imperial. Not the first label confusion with this brewery (RyPA was neither a rye or PA in my book). The mediocre beer may also be a trend. I wish there was a bottle date and ABV stated. Not going to sleek it out, but may give another try in case of a bad bottle. Maybe...
11-25-2013 00:37:57 | More by GRPunk
More User Reviews:
3.01/5 rDev -2.6%
The look is nice. This brew is a deep, moderately hazed amber-orange, thick enough that it's closer to opaque than transparent, with a honey colored hue deep within. The head that develops reaches one head but doesn't stay there for long. What remains holds up for the rest of the time, and some strong spotting and patching are dropped.
The nose is surprisingly malt-forward. The sweetness one might expect, particularly balancing off a strong bitterness. This beer, though, seems to put the malts in the spotlight. There's some good flora and leaf to it, though not enough for the right kind of balance. Dough, caramel and honey are strong notes in here, and sweetness almost goes over the top with sugared apricot and oranges coming in.
Leafy in the bitterness with citrus pith as well, the flavors seem to start off confused before they meld somewhat more harmoniously with time. Malts give more dryness in the taste, too, along with the added sweetness, which emphasizes the discord before things come together. A bit of pepper gives it a little kick.
It's not really lively, attempting to achieve smoothness without any crispness and getting nowhere doing so. It ends up being pretty thin-bodied, but it does try to pick up a little toward the finish.
06-12-2014 18:33:09 | More by Brenden
4/5 rDev +29.4%
A - Very rich amber. Very clear. Thin head faded quickly.
S - Delicious american hops
T - All floral hops, with just enough sweetness for balance. Very smooth for being labeled an Imperial IPA.
M - Typical for what you would expect from an IPA.
Over all, a high quality IPA.
11-10-2013 01:28:33 | More by Skunky_Brewster
Monkey Wrench Imperial IPA from Cellar Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.