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Monumental IPA - Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

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238 Ratings

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rhettroactive on 02-19-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-12-2012 18:01:41 | More by anrbot
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:29:46 | More by Dave1999
Photo of alexrich82

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-27-2012 21:46:29 | More by alexrich82
Photo of TheBossMan24

4/5  rDev +15.3%

03-27-2012 03:21:38 | More by TheBossMan24
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-17-2012 23:41:14 | More by williahd
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a copper color with decent, though not perfect clarity. Many trails of carbonation are evident rising to the top. The head is ever so slightly darker than in most IPAs (with a light cream color, one finger tall), and has very good retention and lacing.

S: There are notes of caramel, grapefruit, and a little pine. The scent is a little mild, but it smells like it has good balance, at least.

T: Like I suspected it might be, it's a malty, balanced IPA that's easy to drink, but rather unassuming. A slight touch of citrus is augmented by caramel maltiness, with a finishing piny kick. There are also touches of diacetyl near the finish as well, suggesting it's more English IPA than American. Still, these buttery notes never get in the way of the other flavors, rendering it pleasant but wholly unspectacular overall. It has 'enough' flavor - no more, no less.

M: A bit heavy, but nice smoothness with a slightly dry finish. There's a hint of a lingering aftertaste, but it's not as strong as I'd like it to be. Middling carbonation.

O: There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it at all, but it's desire to forsake boldness for ease of drinkability hurts its score a tad. I can't in good conscience call this a session beer, but its easygoing nature makes it a good choice to pair it up with some food. Those looking for a full-flavored kick in the face can safely skip this one. Those looking for a nice introductory IPA or a drink to go with their dinner should give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 20:41:03 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:50:22 | More by Jason
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-14-2012 19:20:53 | More by Lantern
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3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 11:30:09 | More by TechTriumph
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1/5  rDev -71.2%

03-02-2012 01:15:54 | More by pauljunk
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

02-12-2012 01:16:39 | More by dugly2ugly
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-11-2012 21:52:42 | More by christopheraknox
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

02-10-2012 01:53:34 | More by Southpaw018
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-27-2012 03:53:55 | More by jskennedy
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3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:26:35 | More by LaCoursiere
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4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:35:42 | More by ferrari29
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last of a free sampler.

Looks light amber in color with little to no carbonation.

I actually like the way it smells. A sticky honey sweet malt is very dominant, which is accented by citric hops. Kind of reminds me of Two-Hearted.

Taste isnt Two-Hearted. Theres a powdery taste that I cant pin down. Maybe its the dried hops, but it just doesnt mesh with the rest of the beer. The grapefruit and other citric flavors just dont feel right, almost like powdered Vitamin C. Rather disappointing after the positivity from the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:00:12 | More by VncentLIFE
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2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:26:18 | More by vandemonian
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-08-2012 04:30:05 | More by mrebeka
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-22-2011 00:10:25 | More by nandemo1
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-07-2011 03:01:43 | More by Oasis
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3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 23:23:26 | More by Guden
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

11-24-2011 21:35:27 | More by lokiikol
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-20-2011 20:53:22 | More by cfinch2
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-18-2011 17:58:03 | More by nmann08
Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.