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Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing

Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

198 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%


Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rhettroactive on 02-19-2011)
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2013 19:43:33 | More by Onenote81
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 11:28:50 | More by Gavage
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery tap room in Alexandria, VA.

A: single finger head with decent retention and nice lacing on a cloudy copper with golden body.

S: aroma is almost nonexistent with mostly orange peel grapefruit and floral hop notes.

T: this one is very one dimensional. Difficult to separate the hops from the malts. This one is fairly bitter.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. finish is actually pretty dry.

Overall: a very simple IPA. It's about as bitter as I like this style to be. Another simple beer from this brewery however I can understand each of the beers as being made with drinkability in mind which I respect.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 16:54:53 | More by kylehay2004
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theluch

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 23:51:03 | More by theluch
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 22:30:06 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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AgentMunky

California

2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at 3 in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 21 June 2011.

A: Cloudy/murky, barely no head, orangey-brown.

S: Soft fruit (apricot?) and *maybe* a touch of hops. I have my suspicions about the taps at this bar/eatery.

T: Milld and fruity. It doesn't taste like 6.3% or an IPA. Lagery? Not really, but it's similarly light and quenching. Not much main flavour and only a faint bitterness on the endtaste.

M: Carbonated and vaguely malty.

O: Not impressive, but it's not quite *bad*. Not recommended. I would NOT have another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 20:05:41 | More by AgentMunky
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Boto

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Capital Ale House: This one pours a clear coppery color. There was about a finger of off-white head on it. It didn’t linger or leave any lacing. The aroma was good, but a little light for an IPA. Mainly pine but also some slight citrus. It is medium bodied. Mainly piney hop flavor. Not too bitter. Kind of a middle of the road IPA. Not spectacular, but not bad either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 18:37:42 | More by Boto
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cptkem55

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 21:30:26 | More by cptkem55
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nebuck

Virginia

5/5  rDev +44.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 02:56:19 | More by nebuck
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wmdailey

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 17:50:14 | More by wmdailey
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argock

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky amber with stout 1/2 finger of frothy oatmeal colored head with good lacing.

S: Very fruity and reminds me more of an English IPA with more caramel sweetness as well. The hops are citrus but restrained and have a lot of floral and herbal qualities also.

T: Tastes good, but I would not put this in the American IPA category as it is too sweet and much too toasty and caramelly for the style. The maltiness is both bready and fruity and works pretty well with the citrus and floral components. The herbal flavor is honeysuckle. Take away or dampen the citrus and you have a really nice English IPA.

M: THe malt body shines through in the feel which is substantial and not overly oily and slick. The carbonation is a little much for the style and it finishes medium-dry.

O: I enjoyed Monumental IPA, but I don't think of it as an American IPA because of its fruity, malty caramel, and herbal/floral qualities. Still a nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 22:57:25 | More by argock
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SummitVA

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Amber pour with rocky head that lingers as I drink.

S - Malt above all else, with some citrus-y hop character backed with some pine, as well. Huge caramel.

T - Malt character dominates hops, although a moderate amount of citrus and pine hop flavor comes through. Bitterness in the finish is muddled by the overall sweetness of the beer. Some breadiness/biscuity quality, but sweet caramel predominates.

M - On the heavier side of light for my palate.

O - Another sweet East Coast IPA with only moderate hop flavor, something that is just not my cup of tea. Would be less hard on this beer is there were some malt complexity, but it's just a caramel bomb. I'll happily try all of the new Port City offerings, and I'm happy they are here, but I won't be seeking this brew out again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 21:12:52 | More by SummitVA
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Lunch

Maryland

2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at the Evening Star Cafe in Alexandria, VA into a shaker pint while watching Huhzubendah do his musician thing.

I am always surprised when a beer makes it out in distribution that is obviously sub-par for the style. I mean...seriously...did the brewers just forget to taste this one before they shipped it out the door? This is certainly a beer that can be consumed as it tastes like one of the beers that is asks for at some run down bar in the goddamn middle of nowhere when a patrons asks the barkeep for a any old nondescript glass of what-have-you.

I'm no brewmaster, far from it, but this concoction contains almost zero of the aspects that formulate the style known as the American IPA. I get no hops in the smell or taste as I attempt to shovel this malty mess into my gullet.

I like to always give beers a proper taste before drawing any conclusions and by some force greater than that of the good ole Arab Jew that hung on that wooden lower-case 't' many moons ago was I able to get about 5/6 of this pint into my bloodstream. My body and mind were none too happy about that.

I'm all for supporting local breweries, but this was just such a sad attempt at the style that I am frankly insulted. It is confusing to say the least at how many breweries continue to churn out poor examples of the American IPA. I want the rectangular pieces of paper with old and dead white men back that I swapped in order to punish my liver and my toilet with this sad example of one of my favorite styles of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 04:42:14 | More by Lunch
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Munkaboo

Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 03:13:00 | More by Munkaboo
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 02:05:39 | More by smakawhat
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:05:02 | More by guityler83
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 21:19:25 | More by dbrauneis
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:11:17 | More by Chaney
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:29:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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ALBuff

Hawaii

2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:01:57 | More by ALBuff
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ckollias

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:50:29 | More by ckollias
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 00:18:17 | More by KTCamm
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HopsandPots

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 04:25:47 | More by HopsandPots
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TheHopMonster

New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale orange, very clear with fast rising bubbles and a quickly dissipating head.

Faint aroma of hops and sweet malt but nothing that's standing out in any particular way.

Slight hoppiness upfront with sweetness towards the end. Definitely not as strong of a hop flavor as I enjoy but this beer is really drinkable. Doesn't leave your mouth dry only slightly bitter.

Not exactly my type of IPA. I like a little more going on in terms of hops and bitterness but if you don't like the intensity of Imperial IPAs but still want some hop action this beer would be decent for you

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 17:06:13 | More by TheHopMonster
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:20:07 | More by bluejacket74
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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.