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Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

76 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 328
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | 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: 76 | Hads: 328
Photo of nebuck
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at a brick-oven pizza joint in Floyd, Va, and I cannot stop raving about it.
A: Beautiful amber color
S: Surprisingly malty on the nose with a healthy dose of citrus and flowers from the hops.
T: Although this is marketed as an American IPA, I would compare it more to an amber or an English IPA. Reminds me of Sam Smith's India Ale. This beer is not a "beat your f-ing brains in with hops" IPA, and, while I love a good hoppy beer that's going to knock my pants off, this beer is much more of a drinkable, good-with-dinner, kind of balanced ale. It paired wonderfully with my pizza.
M: A rich, creamy mouthfeel--again pretty different from the sharp feel of most IPAs.
I rate this with a 5.0 because I loved it. However, I could see someone getting upset with it because it doesn't really fit the character of a normal American IPA. In fact, the company's website says the beer is "intensely hoppy," which, at 50 IBUs, is blatantly false compared with, say, something I really would consider "intensely hoppy" like Stone Ruination or Moylan Hopsickle. So, maybe it doesn't hold up as a good example of an IPA, but it's still a damn tasty brew.
Finally, this beer is a bargain. I saw it in a beer store in town recently at around $10 for a six pack, which isn't too bad. (1,295 characters)

Photo of wmdailey
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last weekend at the brewery

a- A really beautiful dark copper color, not a lot of persistent head.
s- Great smell coming off of this- complex citrus and resin
t- complex citrus and resin tones dominate the hop characteristics, definitely 50 IBUs with well balanced malt
m-the resiny nature of the hops keeps the beer in the mouth. oily but not in a bad way.
o- definitely worth it. (399 characters)

Photo of jacksdad
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical Orange IPA color. Kinda looks like apricots. A bit hazy, small white head with many big bubbles.

S: Very floral scent with citrus notes, nice malt sweetness in the background.

T: Tastes awesome! Somewhat fruity and floral with a nice strong bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium-full bodied.

D: Highly drinkable, considering the 6% ABV. (389 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a very healthy frothy white-colored head; about one finger in size and held very well; not much lacing though; dark copper, amber colored looking body, semi-opaque; some carbonation

S - Great citrus bouquet; orange; caramel roasted malt nose; toffee; nice pine hop scents; slightly floral

T - Smooth caramel taste; rich bitter pine taste; citrus taste on the tip of the tongue; nice malty flavor of roasted grains; I can taste every ingredient in the beer

M - Creamy and frothy; well-built body; slightly effervescent; tart feeling on the side of the tongue and cheeks; bitter feel on the back of the tongue; lingering bitter, pine and malt aftertaste

D - Very good drink; I don't understand all the unkind remarks and scores; this is one of the more pleasurable IPA's I've had; kudos to Port City for producing a pleasurably scented and flavorful beer (931 characters)

Photo of cptkem55
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely a beer to enjoy out of a tap or growler. This is not an IPA snob's beer but rather one to be enjoyed by the everyman. The drinking experience begins with a nice flavor burst at the initial drink followed by a very, very clean aftertaste for an IPA. This is a near perfect drinkable IPA for a hot summer day when you are looking for a refreshing hoppy bite rather than a mouth drying super hop aftertaste. As with every beer, it is situational, and would be best drank when you're looking for something that goes down relatively easy and works pretty well with multiple food groupings (except maybe sweets). Overall a very decent beer. (653 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +19%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of cwoods
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S- bottle poured into pint glass

A- thick head, hazey golden orange

S- hoppy, fruity, somewhat strong, fresh smell

T- very well balanced b/w malts, hops, citrus, grassy.

O- Nothing extradinardy about this ipa excecpt for the fact that its really good. It doesnt blow you away with anything wild but its very drinkable and is a great ipa to enjoy year round. (361 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in the glass a cloudy orange with a thin white head.

The smell is hoppy,citrus and grapefruit,quite subtle.

The taste is bitter from the hops but well balanced with some nice bready malts.

The mouth feel is very smooth with medium carbonation.

A very good ipa,not the most complex but a tasty beer. (307 characters)

Photo of theluch
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Westin Hotel Dulles airport. Kudos to them for having a local on tap, now for the beer review...

A. Cloudy light copper with a finger of head that fades, a bit of lacing. Overall a nice looking beer.

S. kinda loses me here, I don't get much nose on this one. What I do get is a bit musty, not offensive but not totally to my liking. This is the weakest part of this beer, but again not terrible just average.

T. Nice lingering bitter with a pleasant citrus, very flavorful.

M. Full and rounded but silky and smooth with just enough carbonation pop to give it a lighter finish.

Overall an above average, nice American IPA. Well done. (665 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale amber color, a little cloudy (dry hopped?). Pours a modest white head, creamy and with good retention.

smell - citrusy west coast hops aroma, semi-sweet with a hint of caramel. A bit of grapefruit and pine. Aroma nice, but not overpowering.

taste - Brief lived caramel sweetness before hit with a rush of nice hop flavors. Turns subtly bitter midmouth and through the finish. Not an IBU bomb, but flavorwise might be stuck between a typical APA and a typical IPA. Flavors possibly a bit underdone for a stereotypical American IPA.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, little to no alcohol warming.

Overall - a nice, clean, hoppy American beer. No rough edges, but might not be sufficiently "in your face" for an American IPA for some. This beer might be better if considered as a "big" APA. (818 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Port City Brewing began brewing recently in the Washington, DC area - specifically in Alexandria, Virginia, an historic port city a few miles outside our national capital.

Once poured, there is a hearty froth billowing atop a cloudy amber body heavy with active carbonation bubbles. The nose can detect a few whiffs of wet grass splotched with several drops of lemon juice. There is subtle hop bites that is reluctantly backed by a somewhat effeminate bitterness that lingers around the palate to kick at the walls and leave dejected.

The body is a crisp one, light, clean and nicely balanced - it does feel nice as it rolls around the palate. This makes for a nice uncomplicated quaff. While this was not the greatest IPA ever tasted by your humble correspondent, it is brewed locally - I will always support the hometown guys. (Although, I don't actually live in Aleaxandria, I do work in the DC area, a region sorely needing new blood as far as microbrewers are concerned.) (980 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Surly pint glass. Consumed a few hours after the fill.

Pours a moderate copper color with a good white head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light hops as well as well as a bit of caramel. Bread crust as well. Hops come through a bit more as it warms. Taste brings forward a better dosing of the hops with some floral and citrus characteristics there. The floral and herbal hops dominate.

Without looking at the ingredients in this one, I would have said this was an English IPA, especially given the caramel and malt presence. Mouthfeel is fairly light and well-carbonated. Bitterness comes through toward the end; the 50 IBUs make their way known. Drinks really, really well. Very much enjoyed making my way through this growler. Almost wish I didn't have as much help as I did. (834 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (1,151 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,415 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev +11%

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. (262 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,363 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (1,272 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 02/29/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" off-white creamy head with nice retention; Hazy in appearance with an orange hued amber color; Visible carbonation within the glass; Decent lacing left behind

S - Bigger aroma when the head is still around; Nice balance of toasted malts and floral and grapefruit hops

T - Good balance of both malts and hops here with flavors of toasted bread and grains, caramel, pepper, grapefruit, and apricot; Overall flavor is a tad muted with nothing really coming forward strongly; Mild bitterness present in the beginning of the taste

M - Good amount of carbonation; Just under medium bodied; Semi-dry finish

O - Overall, this is a solid IPA offering from Port City. I would've liked for the flavor to stand out a bit more than it did, but the flavor profile itself was pretty good. I think this brew falls somewhere in the middle tier of Virginia IPA's and wouldn't mind trying it again sometime down the line. (986 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy coppery amber color with a white head.

Aromas of earthy and resinous hops and softly rounded out malt sweetness.

Very nice East Coast balance of refined caramel (see how I spelled that - the right way? Misspelling it "carmel" does not validate your mispronunciation of ca-ra-mel) malt backbone with a wood resin earthy hop bite.

Medium body, soft malty mouth feel and a moderately earthy bitter hop finish.

Some might say this IPA tastes like a Pale Ale, and their Pale Ale tastes like a golden ale, and although I am one of those who say that, I also think these beers are very well crafted and worthy of purchase. (624 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (480 characters)

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
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