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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: 327
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 8.04%
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: 327
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. (978 characters)

Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*No freshness date on bottle -- poured into a tulip glass*

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a thick bubbly head. Lacing ended poorly, though. A nice complex color that has a unique dark to light gradient flowing to the bottom. I look for things like that in the appearance.

S: A crisp pineapple and citrus aroma with a musky malt background. Definitely some earthy notes, but way in the back for me. Not sure there's enough to warrant a 4 -- doesn't really hit the nose like IPAs should.

T: There's some good and bad here: A sweet malt flavor with a fruit-filled backbone. The flavor does dance on the tongue a little bit. However, just not wow-ing me. Honestly, could use a bit more hoppy flavor. My opinion.

M: A well carbonated beer that leaves a chewy hop taste in the mouth. A medium body. There's a lot of good and bad -- I'm trying to see just the positives. But, with the good kind of comes a lifeless feel that I'm just not feeling that much.

O: Just a slightly above average beer for me. Just not enough here for me. With all the goods this beer has it's cursed with just the same amount of negatives. Another negative for me was the almost non-existant finish. (1,184 characters)

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. (510 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,526 characters)

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. (480 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 LaCoursiere
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (666 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 VncentLIFE
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
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 (424 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 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 (570 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle to pint glass
*No bottle dating but some type of coding on the bottom that I am clearly not smart enough to understand.

A: Port City Monumental IPA pours a slight brassy colored amber with some nice clarity. Thin cap of khaki foam had low retention and lacing.

S: Smell has a real spicy hop nose. Caramel toffee. Bready grains and some earth tones.

T: Has a sort of juicy hop presence that is all spice, pine, and some stone fruits. More of a caramel biscuit malt forwardness with a residual sweetness that trails in. Nice frontal bitterness but hops dont really linger. Sort of one dimensional.

M: Good carbonation with a moderately chewier body and a very crisp finish.

D: A decent IPA by not stand out by any means. Actual decent hop bitterness but bread and spice flavors take center. (806 characters)

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. (552 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 avaldivia
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from Raveskdr. Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange, light brown color. Good head with little retention. Good lacing.

S: Mainly malt. little hop presence.

T: Better than the smell. Still maltier than I was expecting, but a good flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

O: I'm starting to realize what people mean when they distinguish a west coast and an east coast IPA. This is good, but I was hoping for more hops. (460 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Robert for this extra.

These Port City labels are classy, but also really plain/dull, which for me makes them ugly. It's like Green Flash but not as eye-catching.

Anyways, no freshness date. Pours with very little head, no retention to speak of. More brewers need to be sure to add something beyond base malt to aid in head retention...

The beer is dark for an IPA; nearly, well hell, it is amber. Very good clarity.

Smells herbal and a bit grassy. Reminds me of DFH Shelter Pale Ale in the hop profile/aromatics. Not really my favorite style of hop character, but it's nice in its own way.

This IPA is really bitter off the rip. Aww damnit, my UPS lingo is intruding into my beer reviews. Seth, you may be the only person to get what just happened here.

Train of thought review - derailed. Back on track... the beer mellows a bit after a few sips. The malt is also full of caramel sweetness and toffee chewiness.

Full body for an IPA with low carbonation.

Overall this just isn't how I like my IPAs. That said, it's done with care and I am sure it is appealing to you easterners... (1,097 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear deep rusty gold with a white bubbly head building about two fingers high. It has little retention and leaves no lacing.
The smell is mainly malt flavors, little else.
Tasting the beer, I felt the malt and caramel notes up front, being followed by some mild flowery hops, which I thought not strong enough to give the beer the needed balance in the middle. In the finish the notes start blending a little better.
A decent beer, but not my favorite. (475 characters)

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. (969 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (381 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 engagechad
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - dfh snifter

Pours a decent orange amber with not much head and low carb, smells like a non hoppy pale not an IPA. Taste follows unfortunately, kind of bland and too malty.

Not an IPA I would buy again. (274 characters)

Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.