Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

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BA SCORE
80
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323 Ratings
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82
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 44 | 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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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Two fingers of head, clear brassy color

SMELL: Spicy, minty, orange pith, blonde tobacco, hay, persimmons, white pepper, underripe nectarines

TASTE: Super smooth, hit of caramel, grassy, spicy, leafy, sticky resin, earthy, citric peel, faint pine, bitter, dry finish

Somewhat agressive but balanced, still very much an American IPA but not so far gone that it loses its barrings with an insane amount of hops. Worth a visit IMO.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint a dull copper color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Aromas of citric hops,caramel,and alcohol,almost DIPA'ish in nature.First off it is a sweet ipa no doubt,alot of caramel and alot of sugary sweetness,there is a decent grapefruit-like hop flavor to it but it seems to be overtaken by sweetness.The sweetest "standard" ipa I have had,it's not horrible but it's not something you could drink a large amount of,the malt bill needs to be toned down a little in my opinion.

Photo of Guden
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange tinged copper color with a little haze. A nice one finger creamy head sits on top for a while but leaves no lacing.

S- Toffees and fruit mingle together nicely with neither overpowering. Definite american hop character but also a nice mix of the toffee caramel and a little bready malt.

T- A light bitterness permeates with piney hops showing up on top of a crusty malt character. The finish has a bit of citrus perk that screams for another sip...and another.

M- A little bit more on the chewier side of IPA's which I like and goes well with the extra malt and caramel flavors this one has.

D- Really liking the complexity of this one. The mouthfeel and slight maltiness really stick with me, it's not an amber but it's more balanced than the average IPA and I like that. A nice job of not overdoing it.

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ChadwickHines
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 Munkaboo
2.22/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Galaxy Hut...

Appearance: Looked like an IPA, okay cool!

Smell: What the heck? This does not have any scent of hops...

Taste: What...? This tastes like a muddled Pale Ale. Very little hops to speak of, verrrry malty, not at all like an American IPA

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was okay, nothing major.

Overall: Hopheads, AVOID THIS BEER. They have a lot to work on with this beer. The Porter was MUCH MUCH better. If you like balance, I guess it would be okay?

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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 KTCamm
4/5  rDev +14%
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 TheHopHeadGirl
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its a lighter hoppy/ ipa beer. My go to beer @ Hanks oyster bar in DC. $7 a glass. Flatter than most drafts. Very amber in color. A local beer. This is not my top 6 beers. Tastes like 40 IBU and I dont know how it is. It kinda tatses like Dales Pale Ale.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, a buddy of mine picked it up for me on a recent trip to Virginia. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy light copper color with some sediment floaties noticeable. There's also a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Decent amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy (tropical fruit, orange peel) hops along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like citrusy (tropical fruit, pineapple, orange peel) hops, caramel malt and some light piney hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. It's a solid brew, I wouldn't mind trying this one again in the future.

Photo of goldbot
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours coppery tan in color with a slight haze. Medium amount of white to off-white head with pretty good retention. Subtle hop aroma of citrus and a bit of pine resin; floral, with bready malts and caramel. The caramel malt also jumps out in the flavor, with an even mix of citrus and resinous hops. Quite bitter on the back end, but with a lingering sweetness that approaches a good balance but doesn't quite make it. Overall, definitely an average IPA; I will keep on looking for a great local beer from the DC region.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.3% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for another local!

A - Cloudy to the core, this dirty apricot-colored IPA is topped by a bone-colored head with low retention but some nice lace adorning the glass.

S - Resiny bitter hops appear weak in the nose and are backed be equally weak bready amber and caramel malt. Faint for an IPA, I'm digging to pull anything from this.

T - Bready amber malt and caramel sweetness provide a good base for the low hop presence. Resiny and pine-laden with mild citrus undertones. No dimension or hop complexity.

M - Medium-bodied and "balanced" I suppose. The sweet malt is there but it's not balancing the would-be bitter IPA-like hops. Instead the mild hop presence is just balancing the malt.

O - Like Port City's Essential Pale Ale, this beer has a good malt base, hop additions to the boil as well as dry-hopping need serious tweaking though. Monumental this one is not.

Photo of vandemonian
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I love the Port City Porter, but the Monumental IPA was a big disappointment. Maybe my bottle was old. Where were the hops???

A: Orange amber colour and a 5 mm head that fades very quick. 3.5

S: Not a strong smell other than grain and dust. Very dissapointing. 2

T: Malty with a little tangy grapefruit. There is also a little sweet honey. Not much hops. A little disappointing. 3

M: Not strongly carbonated. 3.5

O: 2.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well so there's a brewery in Alexandria, my old stomping grounds. Checking the map out this brewery is barely 1/2 mile from my old apartment. Let's see how this turned out, been looking for this thing for some time now. Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso.

A cloudy orange and very opaque body. Real nice cap though sort of an off white/cream brown. Minimal lacing while drinking.

First smell I get is a citrus but can't go so far to call it grapefruit, the nose on this beer is pretty small. There's a hint of apple also.

Taste brings forth first caramel, even dare I say it a chocolate like sensation as if I am eating Rolo candy or something. Mild hop bitters, even tea like with sugar. Dry. Strangely complex but balanced but sort of unexpected for this style for me.

Still a simple easy good drink, it may not be my favorite for this style but it drinks well. They did a pretty good job with this one have to say.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5-20-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, ok lacing ring with a dark copper color, carbonation is present

S – Dark roasted malts, slight hop aroma with hints of caramel

T/M – Medium bodied malty brew, smooth at first but has a bitter after taste

D – Easy drinker, not really hoppy more of a malty brew then hops. Wouldn’t seek this brew out again but glad I had tried it. It wasn’t much of an IPA for my taste

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

a: an average sized khaki head recedes to leave a thin layer, the beer itself is a very muddy, dark amber in color

s: lots of husky, toasted caramel grain - very raw and rustic, dark bread, fermented orange, leafy, earthy citrus hops give a heavily tealike aroma

m: carbonation light to moderate, body around medium

t: bready caramel body with lots of husky grain flavor, slightly sweet toasted grain, dried orange flesh, hops earthy and even a little grassy with a tealike bitterness growing into the finish alongside pithy citrus flavors

d: it's a bit atypical for the "American" designation, but it's a nice ipa all around, maintains a good balance, kinda dig the rustic grain character, would purchase again

32 oz swing-top growler from WF Arlington

Photo of utilityname
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jacksdad
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
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 Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/18/11

*It should be noted that the growler was filled but an hour ago.

A: A good 2+ finger head on a reasonable pour. It's got a really inviting orange amber glow, as it's unfiltered and cloudy. There isn't a significant amount of lacing, though a little sticks around for the duration.

S: The hop oil hits first, slight citrus and bitter pine resin. Hints of heavy malt and yeast on the back end.

T: This is a prime example of a heavier, maltier and more subdued east coast American IPA. It's not a hop bomb - it's bready and slightly yeasty, with a good amount of that resiny profile you'll find up and down our seaboard. Quite bitter up front, it eventually progresses toward a toasty finish.

M: A bit light, but with 6.3% ABV, I'm not surprised. To be honest though, the carbonation is spot-on and pitch perfect. It really compliments the brew well and draws me back to the glass often.

O: Congrats to Bill Butcher and the Port City team! Your Monumental IPA is most certainly quaffable. I think that Bill and the crew accomplished what they set out to: creating an everyday east coast IPA.

Here's to years of success and good drinking. Oh, and thanks for bringing good, locally crafted brew back to Alexandria.

Cheers!

Photo of bubseymour
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very well balanced ipa with a nice malt background and pine hop notes.

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle on or best by date. Thanks to gwillyb for this one. Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a rusty, copper color with little head that faded quickly. Thin patches of head remain. Nice clarity.

S - Floral and herbal hop notes with a hint of orange zest.

T - Slight floral sweetness up front with some lemon peel that quickly fades to sharp pine and herbal hop bitterness. There is little malt presence.

M - Smooth on the way in with light carbonation and nice subtle hop oil coating. No alcohol presence.

O/D - This is a decent IPA, but it doesn't hit m preferred, IPA flavor profile. This one is pine and grass, I'm a fan of more fruity hop character.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy copper-orange color. The tall, densely frothy head has a similar hue and good retention. A thorough splattering of fine lace sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Toasty, with a fair amount of caramel sweetness bordering on toffee notes. Hop aromas are a bit more various than many citrus-dominated American IPAs, though some orange/citrus notes are definitely still present. A bit of leafiness is also detectable, as well as a mild mineral note.

T: Quite bready/toasty up front. Also a good deal of caramel sweetness before the hops take the stage. Orange pulp and some grapefruit pith are noticeable, along with some lesser leafy and herbal flavors. Bitterness builds into a moderately firm crescendo before fading gradually. Again a light mineral character.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is on the light side of medium, contributing to a denser-than-average overall feel. Hops do add a nice finishing dryness, but overall there's a bit more body than most IPAs.

D: A pleasant local IPA. This scores points for showcasing a decent blend of hop flavors, along with some toasted/sweet notes. A bit of yeast character in a style that is typically very neutral. I mentioned above that the body is a tiny bit sluggish, and other IPAs definitely demonstrate a cleaner, more focused palate, but this is still a worthy offering.

Photo of neenerzig
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Tlringer
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Tried it on tap a TJ Stones in Alexandria Va

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
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