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Monkey Knife Fight - Rubicon Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Floydster on 11-19-2007)
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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Monkey Knife Fight from Rubicon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.