Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rhettroactive on 02-19-2011

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Ratings: 314 | Reviews: 80
Photo of Maxbier
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark caramel/golden color with dense off-white head. Aroma is flowery sweet hop, the hop aroma is closer to a Hallertau or Saaz than to an American hop. Taste is more like an American IPA; Bitterness up front- pine, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits and grasses. Maltyness is noticeable but generic in its flavor and character. Finish is piney bitter and lingers a while. Food pairing is probably critical with this beer- completely different experience depending on what you are eating.

Photo of utilityname
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good full flavor. Average smell. Lives up to its claim of balancing malt with hops. Average body. Slightly hazy.

Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an ipa. This was not a bad ipa. I would drink this ipa again. I would not go in search of this ipa.

Photo of jacksdad
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since moving to the DMV area from the Pac. NW, I am always amazed to find a locally produced IPA that rivals those found in Nor. Cal, Oregon,and Wash. I am even more amazed when I find something that is even better than a previous one I've tried.

Port City's Monumental is just that, a monumentally good beer. Wonderful copper orange color. Fragrant and hoppy. A respectable 6.3% but not the least bit boozy. Just a tad more carbonation than usual, but it works.

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice medium gold color. Head is ok and lacing is pretty monumental as it clings for dear life all over the inside of the glass !. Aroma is balanced well with hoppiness and sweet malts with the hops winning out by a small margin. Taste is light with a nice sampling of hop bitterness, some orange and a good balance overall. Fells good going down with nice carbonation and a good refreshing taste and feel...

Photo of DrLoveMuffin1
4/5  rDev +14.3%

All the floating stuff in it !! Tastes good

Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer has a decent hop presence of woodiness and leaves. There's a substantial maltiness and sweetness in the middle. The beer is decently bitter. A good beer to pair with food.

Decently better than the rating it gets.

Photo of ChadwickHines
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Absolutely fantastic. Hops are almost spilling over with this delicious IPA

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is a hazed brown-orange with a creamy off-white head with good strength. Lacing is in a thick and heavy layer on the glass before dissipating to a lighter but still plentiful patching.
This beer has an interesting profile for sure, hops easily detectable enough but certainly resting beneath the malts. The bitterness is akin to rind, a bit of citrus to it, and some of the earthy nature could be hops. Otherwise it's extremely doughy with lots of toffee and a little spiciness to it. What makes it most interesting is the strong tobacco-like note that comes off all the way from beginning to end and incorporates itself into every other aspect. The finish is sort of minty in the back off a tangier mint more forward.
This one is very creamy and smooth as well as being crisp, and it's a solid medium body holding it together. Chewy is the key here, as the doughy nature it shows translates to the feel.

Photo of neenerzig
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am currently on vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there is a Wegman's located close to the hotel we are stating at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with some bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. Has a nice white head about 1/3 to 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured. Very good head retention and nice lacing too! Has a nice, slightly toasted, bready/biscuit caramel malt aroma followed by piney hops. It should come as no surprise I suppose then that it also has a nice, slightly toasted, biscuit/bready caramel malt sweet flavor upfront that give way to a nice piney hop backbone. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, frothy, slightly oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation rounded out by a dry finish. Worth a try I suppose. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing special here either.

Eric

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly golden orange body with minimal head and lace and had a little bit of an interesting aroma with poney hops, caramel malt and bread. However, nose is as good as it gets. Minimal citric/pine hops balance with slight caramel sweetness and a little bread for dryness and full body. However, these aspects are all low-key so while I am not saying this is a watery beer it certainly is "mild", to be polite. Pretty much fence sitting on styles and just not noteworthy.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed this several months ago and thought perhaps I had gotten an old bottle. Wanted to re-review. My original review with ratings is below. Here's my new review.

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops; toffee:

T: toffee sweetness up front; earthy hops peek through at mid-palate, but disappear before the toffee sweet finish; almost no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: still not among my favorite IPAs, but a clear step up from my first experience:

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger head that dissipated almost immediately to a patchy film; moderate lacing; (3.5)

S: not much aroma at all; a little dank pine and caramel malt; (3)

T; taste is also subdued; caramel malts up front; a fruity sweetness from med palate through the finish; no bitterness; (2.75)

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation; (3)

O: not enough malt to be an English IPA and not enough hops to be an American IPA; (2.75)

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info that I can find.

Pours clouded medium amber, looser lite khaki head.

Some mint and tea on the nose.

Malty with ample caramel. Too sweet for the style, hops present but way in the rear.

Meh, not really doing it for me.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky sunkist orange/over-ripened mango red hue. Very fluffy white head with excellent retention.

S: Earthy, woodsy, peppery. Orange citrus and vanilla undertones.

M: Slick and oily, medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Some pithiness at the end.

T: Prickly pine and bright grapefruit combined with a moderate minerality give the impression this was aged in wine barrels. Metallic afterbite and spicy hops. Strong grass notes. Distinct patches of toasted caramel with orange bursts of sweetness.

O: More of an American/English hybrid if you ask me. The Liberty and Magnum hops speak to its European heritage, as well as its pronounced malt flavor, and combined give it a pleasant aroma. Not a hop bomb for sure, but the malts can carry the hop oils nicely...perhaps too nicely as the Amarillo hops gives off too much metallic that hampers the enjoyment of the hop bitterness.

I'm interested in comparing this beer to Maine's Peeper, as the hop bills are nearly identical, save for the substitution of Cascade for Liberty.

Photo of humuloner22
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had some really good beers lately and maybe this has tainted my perspective a bit. This is not a horrible beer, its just not up to others standards. I saw it frequently in a local grocery store and then all of a sudden they were gone, they had this one stored in the mixed six pack area and I needed one more to try so I figured what the hell. It has not date that I could tell so this one may have been older and thus the hop presence that was there had dissipated with the passage of time.

Appearance: Standard, reddish golden color, nothing outstanding.

Smell: Not a lot going on, you could tell that it was an ale, but more of a pale ale than an IPA in smell, a little on the malty side.

Taste: Same thing, more Pale Ale, I think the hops had died really, it wasn't a bad beer and if it were not 6.2%, I would categorize it as a session "tasting" beer. Not that I would want to, but it is not in the league of others, not really boozy but nothing to brag about.

Overall: Fair, maybe better than that, especially if it were fresh, and it may have been but I will never know that for certain, but by the absence of the beer in the store in six packs I assume it wasn't a big seller so this is just unloading the rest of the stock one by one. I am not unhappy about trying it, especially since I scored some really expensive beers in singles for way less than the going price. I guess the store wasn't paying attention to what was going on, or broke one out of a $12 four pack, so I lucked up and got the other three, so I needed three more to fill out the pack. I feel like I got a very good deal overall, so this mediocre beer was the only let down and it was not THAT bad really.

Photo of guityler83
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Finger full of off white head that quickly fell into the murkey copper colored liquid. It left a coat of lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Dank, grapefuity and dark citrus hop aroma with a solid malt aroma underneath.

T: Very firm dank, reisonous bitterness that rolls over the pallet. As it adjusts the malts come through in the way of caramel and toast with some sweetness. It finishes with the grapefruit and citrus flavors but in a subdued way. kind of muted if you will.

M: A stickey sensation on the pallet from the hop oils. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level.

O: The bitterness was nice, but the malt profile was a little too much for my liking in an IPA. Overall not great but worth a shot.

Photo of Onenote81
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Finnegan's Wake here in town. Came out a crystal clear pale orange with a thick creamy white head on top. Good retention and lacing.

Nose is sweet and fruity. Pretty tame for an IPA. Some citrus zest, light floral hops. The mouth was a tad on the thin side as well, but it made for easy-drinking with my lunch.

Mild bitterness, some more citrus sweetness, sweet finish. This was an odd one. Not exactly what I was craving. With an overabundance of IPAs in the market now, this is probably one I won't revisit anytime soon.

Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark golden / light orange color with a one finger head that lingered around a bit. Spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: caramel and orange are mellow but pleasant.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, and a moderate hop bitterness create a straight forward IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Refreshing with a short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy drinking IPA and a few of these could be enjoyed in a session. This one is more citrus and fruit forward instead of a hop driven IPA.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation, a light to moderate amount of dark yeast particles in suspension in the lower half of the glass, and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/orange rind hops over a lighter aroma of caramel malts and just a touch of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts and toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/orange rind, and pine hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly thin.

O: Due to the rather subdued hoppiness, this is almost more of an English IPA than an American IPA other than the specific varieties of hops used. The beer is easy to drink but I would like just a touch more fullness to the body and slightly more pronounced hop flavors/aromas.

Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard than in recent times that they actually revamped this brew.

Served in a Port City tulip/snifter.

No freshness date, but this place is right up the street and it smelled pretty damn fresh to me.

A: Poured a pure melted orange popsicle orange with tons of little yeasties floating around and a nice pillowy off-white head.

S: Lots of hops and citrus... pure orange peel actually. I remember this thing being more towards the English IPA side last time I tried it a few years ago.

T: It tasted like a DIPA actually. Seriously, it was than compact hop-wise. Pure orange peel, fully sugared Orange Julius, with some grapefruit peel on the finish. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!

M: Seriously bitter and I don't really meant that as an absolute compliment. Nice carbonation and the bitterness cut through the sugar.

O: I was one my second when I started to make the bitter beer face. Seriously hoppy. Nice but I couldn't drink it often.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger white head. The head fads over a few minutes to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweeter citrus fruit and tropical fruit mixed with good doses of grapefruit hop and a very light pine hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor of tangerine and some tropical fruits of mango and pineapple. Mixed with these tastes are flavors of a more bready and slightly doughy nature as well as some grapefruit hop taste. As the flavors advance more toward the initial tastes more grapefruit hop comes to the tongue as well as some lighter pine hop flavors. These flavors largely take the taste to its end where a overall citrus sweet and hop flavor linger on the tongue leaving a quite pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the creamier and thicker side for a standard IPA of 6.3 % with a carbonation level that is more on the average side. Overall it feels rather nice on the tongue as the thicker body gives the sweeter fruit and hoppier flavors a good chance to be sensed by the tongue, yet the medium carbonation keeps it very drinkable and quite refreshing. It is a good combo.

Overall – A rater tasty IPA that had a fairly nice balance between sweet fruit and nice more citrus hop flavor. Worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of ALBuff
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The overall appearance of this beer is sadly it's most monumental quality. It pours a hazy golden amber with a thin, lacy head that sticks to the sides of the glass, and slowly slips down the sides with every sip. It's visually quite appealing. Unfortunately, though, that's where my compliments stop. There's really no significant hops fragrance here, and quite frankly, the malts-which are the stand outs-are hard to pick up too. The taste and mouthfeel are the least enjoyable qualities here: one dimensional with a sweet malty backbone quickly replaced with a bitter, dry finish reminiscent of the first time I tried an acorn. The sweetness dissipates almost immediately, and is rapidly replaced with bitterness and a strong desire to comb my tongue.

Photo of ckollias
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle at Osteria 177 on Main street in Annapolis, MD

A: Pours an orange-amber hue with a thick, two-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the side of the glass.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus and pine background.

T: Nice and bitter IPA with an excellent hop and malt mix. Finishes in the bitter side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was an excellent IPA – So good I ordered another.

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium amber with 1/4 inch white foam. Some lacing. Light grassy pine notes. Taste is a soft malt with a nice bitter that pokes through. Modest bitterness thorughout. Some sweetness before the bitter kicks in. Very nice.

Photo of HopsandPots
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle brought from the brewery with 2342 A1 1333 on the bottom

A-Amber with a slight head.

S- Smells of toasty sweet malt, but nothing else really stands out. Maybe some blood orange.

T- Toasty and sweet, followed by a bitter finish leaving the palate dry

M- A tangy cloying mix of bitterness and sweetness coats the mouth

Overall- Meh. I've had better, I've had worse. It leaves much to be desired, but I can drink some of these over time.

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.