Monkey Knife Fight - Rubicon Brewing Company
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3.1/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-08-2012 03:59:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
10-24-2012 19:37:31 | More by womencantsail
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
04-03-2011 06:36:26 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
05-10-2012 16:32:11 | More by DoubleJ
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-05-2013 00:24:20 | More by John_M
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
05-11-2012 00:11:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
08-04-2009 02:26:04 | More by ffejherb
3.23/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
07-23-2011 16:14:40 | More by scottfrie
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
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
11-19-2007 16:57:06 | More by Floydster
3.68/5 rDev +4%
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.
05-11-2014 22:20:18 | More by arizcards
3.95/5 rDev +11.6%
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. ;)
10-15-2013 22:34:37 | More by Monkeyknife
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-19-2013 05:15:35 | More by Fatehunter
Monkey Knife Fight from Rubicon Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.