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Rubber Monkey - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Rubber Monkey
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BA SCORE
85
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
1 of 2 collaboration brews with Scott Sullivan from Greenbush Brewery in Sawyer, MI. This brew was crafted here at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. A delicious wheat IPA, this beer uses all Citra hops and authentic Belgian yeast. Yum!

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-21-2012)
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4oz glass at Haymarket Pub & Brewery

A: Clear golden body with a decent white head that left some lace on the glass.

S: There was a very strong presence of grapefruit and grass. The Citra hops are no doubt responsible for the fruity smells and from what I could smell, they used a lot of them.

T: Very citrusy in taste with a nice bite and a hoppy finish.

M: Fairly carbonated on the palate but nice and crisp in its flavors.

O: A very flavorful and balanced beer. Pretty fruity and hoppy and pairs well with Haymarket's chicken sandwich.

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Bachelor Party-Palooza chugs on at Haymarket, this time with a collaborative wheat IPA. I know I'm game... This stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger o lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises fresh Citra hops (unsurprising given their inclusion, but a bit surprising given their strength here), light grass, light biscuit, mild lemon zest, a pinch of coriander, and the vaguest possible sense of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, though the Citra doesn't come through as powerfully as in the smell, replaced by a stronger grass component and a hint of leek. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a pretty solid wheat IPA, one that showcases the Citra without drowning me in them (something many other breweries are wont to do).

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A - Filled close to the brim, with a thin near-complete white cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Lightly hazed bronze body.

S - Big Citra hop aroma imparts notes of juicy citrus and a hint of onion, while the Belgian yeast adds a phenolic touch. Malt bill seems more Belgian, with stone fruits and wheat dominating.

T - Taste has more wheat and less sweetness. Citrus flavors are more bitter peel and less juicy flesh, although it gets a tad sweeter as it warms. More Belgian yeast character as well, with moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Dry, chewy, medium body, with lower carbonation. Plenty of resinous hop oils in the finish and no obvious alcohol.

D - A very nice beer, and one of Haymarket's best hoppy Belgian offerings. Would gladly drink this one again in a larger serving next time I'm down there.

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Rubber Monkey from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.