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Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 332
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | 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

DC is known as the City of Monuments, and our Monumental IPA is a fitting tribute. Monumental IPA is distinctive for its complex aromas and flavors, and it strikes a perfect balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness.
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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 332
Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively light orange amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that slowly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts, floral hops, and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but seems to be a little maltier with additional hints of biscuit malts, toffee malts, and piney hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops impart some crispness.
O: This beer has a solid malt backbone and provides a good balance between the malts and hops. The hop profile is atypical compared to most IPAs and

Serving type: bottle

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with several fingers of head; the retention was fairly good and a few strands of lace were left behind

Smell: Fruity, like an ESB, with caramel and bitters, underneath

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, that lingers from stem to stern; the hops, which taste more like bitters than piney or citrusy, jump in by mid-palate and balance the malt after the swallow, as well, but the beer is one malty IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not really to style but not unpleasant; rather average all around

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Andrew for sending me this bottle as an extra.

A: The pour is amber in color with a small and short lived white head.

S: Smells mostly of sour and overcooked grain. Some grassy and straw sort of hop aromas can't really do much to salvage the beer. Just has a really lemony, sort of sour, aroma that is far too pervasive to really smell anything else.

T: The flavor is not any better. Bitter and slightly buttery are the best words to describe the flavor. There is some of that sourness that the nose had as well. Some grass and mild citrus hop flavors are present, but don't do much to help.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: This was just unpleasant. Not the flavors I look for in an IPA (or really any beer).

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 06/11/11 notes. I've had this one on tap at the brewery and from a growler, reviewing this one from a 12 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky dark orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, light fruit, caramel malts, bready malts, and toasted malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, and a little bit bitter. Also tastes of bready and toasted malts. A little too bitter with not a lot of hops; not that great.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little too carbonated.

o - Overall a below average IPA, and probably the worst of the Port City offerings. Go for their Porter and Wit first.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry this is the worst beer from this brewery sitar. Truly gross. Beer is brown! Hazy with a thin head nonlacing low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and gross, buttery.

Beer is thick and not hoppy. It is goriss and buttery. Diacetyl mess. I'm truly and completely disappointed.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of billab914
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured amber in color with a modest off-white head covering the top.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter, caramel, malty flavors to it. There is a modest citrus, hoppiness to it as well but the malt really stands out for the style.

The taste also is big on the pale and caramel malt flavors up front. Midway some of the hop bitterness starts to come out and leads into a modest citrusy, grapefruit like hoppiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer but not one of the better American IPA's I've had. The malty flavors could be toned down a bit and the hoppiness increased for my tastes at least.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky, orange amber with a fleeting, thin off white that quickly fades to nearly nothing with no lacing.

Aroma is...not good. Smells like an out of code APA. There are some light citrus hops, but this is dominated by a tangy, stale caramel malt aroma and dry yeast.

The flavor isn't horrible but completely fails at being an IPA. Resembles a mildly hoppy amber that has a light cloying, yeasty finish. Orange and citrus hops are present, providing more dryness than bitterness. Malt dominates this, with vert little hop presence for as fresh as this beer is.

Mouthfeel is medium thick and mildly syrupy due to the extremely low carbonation.

Ugh. Very excited to try something new, fresh and local but this misses the mark for me, regardless of what style I pretend it is. Some of the other Port City beers show more promise but IMO this is one worth abandoning.

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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.


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Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes: Share with a generous BA at Evolution Brewery during Menagerie #5 release.

appearance: copper orange with 1 finger head

smell: sweet malts, little hop characteristic

taste: sweet malts, no hop presence

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: this beer did not impress me at all. I've had hoppier Pale ales then what this offered.


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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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle, $1.99 from the Village Pump. All out of Summer Love, so I'll grab some ticks instead.

Pouring a coppery amber with a thin white head that falls off leaving little lacing, this is too dark for an IPA. The nose has a huge amount of caramel, toffee and butterscotch, with a minimal hop presence. Mild candied orange and grapefruit notes are present in the back, but mostly, this has a ton of malt. Just a touch of butter as well. And maybe some Cascades?

The palate opens with a lot of malt. Toffee, caramel, some butterscotch, with a mild hop presence. The hop character is a faintly bitter Cascade flavor with a mild candied orange fruitiness and no pleasing bitterness. Again, the water seems a little too mineral-heavy, lending an unpleasant harshness to the palate. No off-flavors here IMO. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is too sweet for an IPA, not nearly bitter enough and lacking in hop flavor and aroma. There's nothing really to like here.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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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.

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.