Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing
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5/5 rDev +43.7%
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.
07-11-2011 02:56:19 | More by nebuck
4.5/5 rDev +29.3%
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.
06-21-2011 17:50:14 | More by wmdailey
4.18/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
04-17-2011 01:48:18 | More by tlazaroff
4.11/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
01-29-2013 02:50:29 | More by ckollias
4.1/5 rDev +17.8%
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
01-21-2012 23:35:42 | More by ferrari29
4.08/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
08-19-2011 21:30:26 | More by cptkem55
4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
12-09-2012 00:18:17 | More by KTCamm
Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.