1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Monkey Knife Fight - Rubicon Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Monkey Knife FightMonkey Knife Fight

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 11-19-2007

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by womencantsail:
Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

The beer is almost amber in color with a white head. Mild grass aroma followed by citrus peel and floral hops. A strong toffee and toasted bread smell to it as well. Just decent on the nose, sort of bland. The flavor is somewhat sweet, but still a bit bland. Light hop flavors of citrus peel, grass and pine. A light bitterness on the finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A darker yellow pale ale, about 1/2" head on it, poured at beer revolution. Aroma was just a soft meld of hops and mild malt tones. Pedestrian.

Sessionable pale ale, really seems to be something that is made to be plenty easy to drink. Not a hop heads dream. Adequate bitterness, not much in the way of a specific hop flavor though.

Rubicon can make some assertive stuff, this isn't one of them, this is the beer I order for people who don't like beer. Or for myself if its like, 102 degrees outside.

Photo of jj139
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Rusty-orange with a beige head. Long lasting lacing.

S - Very shy nose with hints of tropical fruits and orange. Slight toast aroma as well. The nose was very nice just wish it was more forward.

T- Taste was quite similar to the nose, tropical fruit and toast.

M - Medium/Light body with a very clean finish

O - I was expecting more from this beer and in many ways somewhat disappointed. While it was very drinkable, I don't think I'll be buying any more.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Fair retention, leading to a broken layer of surface suds. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass with nice stick. 3.75

Smell - Nice bouquet of orange and light tropical character backed by a healthy amount of caramel and butter toffee notes. I could stand to smell this all day. 4

Taste - Not as prominent in flavor as the nose suggests, but what's there is cohesive. Lightly toasted bread and hints of butter toffee backed by a moderate citrus undertone. Finishes with traces of orange pith bitterness and caramel. 3.75

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Smooth with slight silkiness, but nothing special. 3.5

Overall - Much better my second and third go-around with this beer. Is it $10 a sixer worthy? Probably not. Might buy the occasional $4 bomber though. 3.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the brew pub. Thin head with medium straw colored body.
The aroma is great: grapefruit and lemon.
The taste is smooth with a good dose of malt and moderate bitterness.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It's a nice, easy drinking ale and flavorful.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this yesterday at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- copper color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- slight aroma of hops

Taste- bitter hop flavor, probably did a lot of dry hopping

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. From the lack of hops that I smelled, the timing could have been off on the aroma hops but maybe they wanted it that way. Either way it was still good and I did enjoy it. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of JTahoe
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A - glowing amber, head is minimal, but clinging ring and patchy lace persists. Not overly impressed.

S - nice bready base with fragrant hops...hopes rising.

T - solid for an APA, nice flavor of grain, malt, and hops with citrus and light pine. Reminds me a bit of Saranc's pale...that to say, not quite as Weat Coast in flavor profile as I exepected.

M - crisp for sure, nice moderate-high carbonation. Feels good on a warm Sacramento night.

O - this is a well made pale ale. Enjoyable to be sure...perhaps not special, but worthy, no doubt.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark gold color with a massive, thick off-white head. So much sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of grapefruit and biscuity caramel malts.

The taste matched the aroma. Grapefruit and orange rind along with biscuit and sweet caramel.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

I liked this one and not just just for the Monkey Knife name. I had to have it, though. ;)

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub last night.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is simple, but attractive, consisting of some light sweet malt and some leafy tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the finish is fairly dry, with some refreshing bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light, as you would expect with the abv., but this beer is very easy drinking, has no off flavors, and delivers a decent amount of flavor with good bitterness. This is a pale ale I would have happily drunk like crazy 20 years ago, but today it seems pretty tame and pedestrian (no one is going to mistake this for zombie dust of the boneyard pale ale). Still a decent and eminently drinkable pale ale that I would happily quaff with some of the always delicious wedge fries at the Rubicon.

Photo of Lard_City
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice Amber/gold color. Mild hop nose. Immediate hop bitterness at first but taste faded quickly leaving a slight metallic aftertaste. More citrus and hoppy bitterness as it warms. A bit pricy. Not bad.

Photo of frutag
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking pale ale. Name is pretty awesome too. Good to see Sac in the game

Photo of JackieTH
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber with a thinnish head and no lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and baked biscuits, slightly sweet.

Taste is lightly resinous, flowery, a little hay and earth, lightly spicy with a pleasant level of hop bitterness. Clean and not sweet. Wet and quenching. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium light, crisp and holds together well.

Overall- it doesn't smell like much, but it's pretty tasty, easy to enjoy.

Photo of ISmith87
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 4 - Nice orange amber color with a thick film of white bubbles on top that stick forever and leaves a nice lacing. Awesome name. Over carbonated.
S - 3.5 - Nice citrusy/flowery hop smell from the hops, a little soapy though.
T - 3.5 - Nice refreshing pale ale taste. Flowery hops, bready grains. A little yeasty/grainy at times.
M - 3.5 - A little yeasty and grainy, but otherwise light MF. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is bready/toastey.
O - 3.5 - It's alright. The name is probably the best part. Meh.

Photo of scottfrie
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at a restaurant an hour south of Rubicon.

A: Poured a light orange-amber with a thin tan head that left decent spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Faint hint of caramel but overall this beer is pretty light smelling.
T: Malt forward but there’s a good dose of earthy hops. They aren’t super grassy, but there’s an herbal quality to them. The malt isn’t overly sweet or caramely which is good, and it has a nice roasted, bready flavor to it. I get a bit of pepper in the finish.
M: Tingly, medium carbonation with a light and highly drinkable body. Mouthfeel is clean.
O: Good drinking and refreshing enough. Flavors are crisp and clean, but it could have used more hops.

Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undistinguished ale wanting to be an IPA.

Plain looking amber with modest head and not much carbonation in the mouth. Sprightly sharp flavors. Resiny hops in the forefront. Quite bitter but some fruit in the nose. Not very aromatic otherwise. Not interesting hops. Malt seems to sink without much trace. To me, it's too bitter to call a Pale Ale, but I don't know where the line is on the way to IPA.

Tasted in Ocean Beach (SD) at the Pizza Port. Served in a standard pint glass.

Photo of Klym
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a surly nonic.

I haven't been disappointed by rubicon yet but this might be a first. APAs are usually done with mediocrity and this isn't necessarily with exception. The wheat/grains ide of the beer dominate both in the initial and after taste, with only a small hop bite and little to no complexity. Mouthfeel is full for an APA but doesn't compensate for the simple taste. Not a total disappointment, but a small bit of a let down.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear honey gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, slight herbal hop aromas, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some toasted malt flavors and a very mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that has no real pale ale characteristics.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse. Huh....how did that happen? On to the beer:

This has an orangish copper color with good fommration of the head, leaving a quality dose of lacing around the glass. The nose is fruity, and also offers some crisp hops. To taste, pale malts hit first, then comes a rush of sweet citurs and orange. Good biting action of hops. It's crisp, nearly medium bodied, and is an easy one to drink.

I can dig this. Keep 'em coming Rubicon.

Photo of KennyBallone
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This is my first time trying a brew from Rubicon Brewing, from Sacramento, CA. I like this beer, it's a good Pale Ale, IMO. Nice color, good thick head when poured, good lacing. This brew has a floral and honey aroma when you give it a good long sniff in a glass. Fairly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for $5.50

Color was a light golden orange with a 3/4 inch silky white head that mellowed quickly, left small amounts of lacing for a few minutes

Smell was full of mellow hops, some lemon aromas, roasted malt, and grainy yeast

Taste was chewy and bready, extremely hoppy, and more noticeably refreshing than most beers I have had, most comparable to Firestone's Pale Ale but just a little darker appearance, no citrus taste like the smell made me think originally, nicely balanced with malts and hops, dry finish but still very smooth and highly drinkable

Average amounts of carbonation and a pretty full body, decent mouthfeel

Could have drink three or four of these as well, goes down very easy and smooth, good to drink with barbeque food, especially because it is not heavy at all, unsure about the ABV but did not seem very high

Second Rubicon brew of the night and tasted good as well, glad to see their beers starting to show up more around my neck of the woods

Photo of chrisd73
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light amber/orange. Half-inch head quickly dissipates to film with some bubbles.

Mild smell of citrus and hops. Flavor is similar, but with less citrus and more hops. Slight bitter bite on the finish. mouth feel is okay.

Slightly above average. Not something I would drink a bunch of, but not interesting enough to be a sipper, either. I'd like to try it again with a meal rather than on it's own, as I can see it working well for that.

Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine in early March for $1.99. No freshness date.

Beer poured orange with a soap bubble head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of tropical and citrus hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced between pale and crystal malts and citrus and mango hops. Light lingering grapefruit rind in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall a pretty tasty brew that is worthy of a try.

Photo of Tstiltner
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly bland with any overly sharp and bitter finish

Photo of SierraFlight
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Roasted malt, grass, citrus rind, and floral aromas. Flavors are similar with a light early malt sweetness then moderate grassy hop bitterness. Not fascinating. Lively carbonation, light-plus bodied, thin texture.

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Rubicon brewing. This one pours an orangish body with a medium head. Hops are pretty potent and it also has a sort of herbal quality to it. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's definitely spiced to a point. I didn't particularly like the balance of it, but my girlfriend loved it.

to view more.
Monkey Knife Fight from Rubicon Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.