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Monkey Knife Fight - Rubicon Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 11-19-2007)
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

GRG1313, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

mactrail, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -15.3%

drewone, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

DoubleJ, May 10, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

John_M, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

dmorgan310, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

harpus, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rubicon on 7/25/09.

A - Clear golden body with half inch of creamy white head that retained well and yielded thick, sticky paper-thin lace.

S - Citrus hops suggesting grapefruit and orange rind. Actually, the aroma reminds me of orange pulp. Fresh citrus dominates the aroma, with some sweet malts joining in for good measure. Pretty one-dimensional aroma, but pleasant nonetheless.

T - Again, the fresh orange dominates the flavor with citrus hop overtones and sweet malts to balance. There is also a touch of dry hopped character, but not too obvious.

M - Light bodied with a very thin, watery texture. Kind of flat even for a cask conditioned ale. Finishes bittersweet with a dry, very faint lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - To paraphrase James Brown on crack, "I look good, I smell good..." but I don't feel good. Mouthfeel is lacking on this cask offering, and the hops could be a bit more pronounced. However, the aroma was nice and overall it was pretty drinkable.

ffejherb, Aug 04, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

scottfrie, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Floydster, Nov 19, 2007
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

arizcards, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  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. ;)

Monkeyknife, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

avisong, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of codynevels
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

codynevels, Nov 12, 2012
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Monkey Knife Fight from Rubicon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.