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CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA - CB Craft Brewers

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 21.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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CB Craft Brewers visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2010

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 182
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Club 57 in Hornell.
Golden clear beer with a moderate white head.
Smells great, loads of NZ hops giving fruit and citrus.
Taste follows nose; tropical fruit and citrus. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is light and crisp and wet.
Overall a great beer, I thought I'd like it based on the name and I was right.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

CB Craft Brewers is a great brewery. All of their beer on tap is worth a taste. If you like strong Hops, they have it. If you like smokey, they have it. If you like sweet, they have a Root Beer that is named after their local Fire Department mascot, the Iron Fireman. Everything that this brewery produces is good. Their Caged Alpha Monkey IPA is one of the first IPA's that I have ever had and instantly liked it. Now I have become an IPA snob.

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Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Red's Place, Seneca Falls, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sharp piney hops and a crisp caramel malt.

The taste offered a clean grainy malt and lively piney hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a tasty, neat and compact ale. Well done.

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Photo of pitweasel
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not too much of a head on this golden pour, but I'm fine with that. A little bit of it stuck around throughout the course of sipping this one, so no complaints.

The smell was stronger on the citrus end than I'd expected, so my hopes were high that this might leap to the top of my IPA list. However, the taste didn't match up. It wasn't bad, but there was more straight up hop bitterness and less citrus flavor than the nose led me to expect.

Mouthfeel just seems right - it didn't blow me out of the water, but it did seem a bit above average for some inexplicable reason.

Overall, I'm glad that I picked this up while out of town for Easter. Wish I'd grabbed a little more!

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Photo of StrangerTides
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite generally available Rochester area beers. A bit on the pricy side but the look and taste are fantastic. Have to admit that the name is not what drew me to this beer, and I still find the "overly creative" naming of beers a bit hokey, but I don't hold that against CB in this case. Always my top choice at PF Chang's.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge two and a half fluffy egg shell colored head. Big earthy grassy piney hop smell. Some Carmel smell, sweet malts, apricot maybe. Tastes slightly sweet, piney resinous hops, some funky/muddle middle palate taste. Full bodied creamy feel. Light carbonation. The lingering metallic bitter taste detracts a bit but I enjoyed this one. $2.19 a single.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA is a crystal clear, coppery amber beer with a white head fades to a thin bubbly film. It leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. It has a big, fresh, citrusy hop aroma. It smells juicy and fruity, with a slight hint of sweet caramel. It smells great. It has a soft, smooth medium body with a gritty finish. This is a nice and bitter pine flavored beer. That's pretty much what's going on here. The pine resin bitterness hangs on for a long finish. It's a nice, aggressive IPA.

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A June purchase from my first visit to Premier Gourmet of Amherst, New York, outside Buffalo.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Amber with an inch plus offwhite head which dissipated slowly to a heavy surface foam and good lacing. Impressive so far.

s: Mild pine.

t: Good balanced malt/hop flavor, piney rather than fruity hop notes, but not too strong considering the 65 IBUs. The label claims it is "a big, bold east coast animal that throws hops at you" but it's not as bitter as that might suggest. Really pleasant and refreshing. Alcohol/hop bite aftertaste becomes more evident as it warms.

m: medium, quite smooth.

o: A surprisingly good IPA, one of the best I've tried so far this summer. A premium brew great for those who want a summer drink with a significant hop presence. Definitely worth buying if you can find it.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle no bottle date.

A: Pours orange color with white head. Head does not stick around long at all and is thin. Some carbonation on the glass but not a large amount.

S: Some citrus notes up front, grapefruit and tangerine primarily. Also get some malty notes in the back end.

T/M: Taste is really dry and pine filled. Also get the tangerine and grapefruit notes in the taste. Love the way this beer goes down, very drinkable. I would say that the hop profile holds up well but not the same from start to finish.

D: Good drinking beer that works out well. However, could use just a bit more character as it is rather one dimensional and ends not so great.

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Photo of TheSignPost
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually didn't see the beer. It came in a bottle, and I drank it until it was gone. It was very good. Nice, hoppy, fragrant, and good. I will get more, just so I can pour it in a glass and drink it again. This is a beer worth looking for. I know I will.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice- no date on bottle, but cases were marked 1/21/11. Clear amber color with slight head and small carbonation bubbles.Less aroma than I hoped for- maybe a bit too chilled? Nice citrus hops with a slight malty finish.I have had other CB IPA's, and I like this one more than any others. Could have a little more depth and body, but still good. I will have to try a growler of this from them to compare.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a SA perfect pint glass.

Pours a clear dark golden/light copper color with a fluffy 1 finger head beer. Citrus hops and bold malts slam into the nose at the same time. Mango, orange peel, bready malt, lemon bitterness, caramel, seems a tad unbalanced. Very fruity though, smells like a bowl of fruit loops. Nice bitter hops on the tongue, citrus, lemon, very East Coast. Grassy, earthy, good. Light to medium feel, very crisp smooth, and nice asprin bitterness. Not too bad at a stab at an IPA from Honeoye Falls.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color, clean and clear with nice bubbles. The pure white head rose 1-plus finger and tapered to a slim cap. A fair amount of lacing hangs behind.

S- It had all the hop IPA goodies: pine, citrus, sweet and bready malt. The overall presence of the aromas was faint, though.

T- Pretty solid malt flavor, biscuit and caramel. Hoppy, too, citrus and earthy.

M- Good carbonation, hop bite , malt sweets. Nice dry finish.

O- I don't remember the freshness date on the bottle, if there was one. But all the factors make me think that this brew was young and fresh. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Couldn't locate freshness date anywhere on the bottle.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy, evident as soon as I cracked the bottle open. Hints of malt and some sweetness coming through.
Taste is all hops, all the way through. Bitterness is dominant, but it somehow doesn't feel balanced. Not the kind of taste I like in my IPA, but I'm sure there might be hop-heads out there that would enjoy the hop-dominant profile.
Lacing holds very nice throughout the glass.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay. All in all, a decent IPA. I am glad I tried it, but I'm not sure I would be going out of my way to get a hold of this IPA.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured half a pint from a friends growler that was purchased at abbott road consumers.

pours out a lightly hazed golden orange with a big white retentive head. lots of good looking sticky lace.

not much of an aroma. mettallic like malts jump out at me first. light dank piney hops, very light citrus hops noticable.

the taste is a little better than the aroma. nice balance. dank piney hops with some light citrus. mettallic bready malts. decent bitterness in the finish that lingers for a bit.

medium body, carbonation is a bit on the lighter side.

overall a decent drinker from a decent local brewery. not as hoppy as i might have liked and just a little too mettallic.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CB's IPA brew... pretty excited!

A- pours a darker orange body with a massive head of slightly browned foam. Massive lacing all over the sides. Nice looking IPA

S- very strong citric hops that focus on pineapple, tangerine, and sweet fruit. CAM has a unique scent that is really geared towards a fruity citric hop profile. A little bitter scent at the end, and I like the change up

T- the malt definitely shows up in the taste. Very bitter with not as much citrus as I expected in the scent. The finish is dry and piney as well. Again, another unique attribute of the beer is the malt and pine were nowhere in the scent, but it does in the taste. I kind of miss the fruitiness I picked up in the scent. Good caramel though

M- medium bodied and crisp. Good bitter flavor remains in the brew

D- caged alpha monkey is a pretty tasty IPA. I was hoping that the scent would follow through and deliver a little more citric hop experience, but I still enjoyed the brew. One additional note... I still want CB to bang out a hop fest sometime in the near future

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged Alpha Monkey unleashed some fury upon opening but its bubbles quickly lost steam and would settle into a creamy, complete, inch-thick head. The beer's murkiness makes it appear darker than it in fact is; the golden-brown colour might actually offer some nice highlights if not for the dense sediment.

The aroma smells of sweet candied citrus, as if CB's Brewing boiled an entire grove worth of orange peel and seeped it in the mash. Pine needles too. The malts, for the most part, stay mum. There are also hints of pineapple and grapefruit and papaya - pretty much every garnish you'd find at an oceanside bar. It's a perfect accompaniment to a luau!

But the beer doesn't taste as tropical as it smells. The flavour is leafy, with an almost raw cabbage-like crispness and lingering bitterness. (If you've ever bitten into the center of a cabbage you know all too well about that kind of vegetal bitterness!) There's even more pine and a leafy-green mintiness, like arugula, but with a green tea-like aftertaste.

As advertised, the beer does 'throw hops at you' but as far as the palate is concerned it might as well be feathers or leaves being thrown; there's plenty of hop resins and oils but the palate is not roughed-up in the least. Crunchy, toasty malts cushion the resin-y blow enough to make the stated 65 IBUs seem like a big exaggeration.

Caged Alpha Monkey, like its name suggests, is a little more restrained than many of the big, brute American IPAs, which is not such a bad thing. I'm fine with brash bitterness and gum-splitting acidity being kept shackled so long as the citrusy and piny resins are left to run free. I really enjoyed this Monkey, especially considering it costs peanuts.

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Photo of greg138
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had two pints on draft in Geneva, NY. Very solid IPA, and for the region (which seems to be lacking in any good beers whatsoever) is one of the best I've tried.

Bright, citrusy, and refreshing. Also, a good amount of hop character which is graciously welcomed.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at a Wegmans somewhere around Rochester,NY. No freshness dating to be found.

Pours medium amber with a copper hue. Lite tan head, tightly knit and lasting more then a while, leaving repectable rings, strands and pieces of lacing.

Nose of grainy hops soaked in grapefruit juice.

Quite bitter on the tongue, with more waves of grapefruit juice and rind. Problem I get is that this brew is all about bitter and not about hop flavor. Enjoyable brew for hop heads, but lacking the sophitication and interest of the all stars of the style

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's, this is closer in bitterness and assertiveness to a 1.5X IPA. Hoppy aroma. Big up front hops. Graefruit. Soapy white head. The finish is both a little astringent and a little dishsoap, however one of the more noticeable ones I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

I originally didn't like this beer that much out of the bottle, because of overpowering bitter hops. I had it fresh and on tap at Canandaigua Music and Arts Center (CMAC) and it was delicious. Upped my rating from a 3.25 to a 3.75 based on draft.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The big billowy head has a OK level of retention, fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is biggest of pine and earthy hops along with some more tropical fruit aromas. Along with these smells are some lighter caramel and some mild bready smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a bready and tropical fruit flavor as well as a moderate level of pine hop. As the flavor advances the bready flavors dwindle a little bit, all while the hop flavors get slightly more intense and more complex. Other hops of an earthy nature as well as a little bit of a grass, join the pine midway through the taste, with a citrus hop flavor coming at the very end. While the hops increase in strength and the bready flavors decrease some lighter caramel flavors come to the tongue at the very end, with the combo of flavors leaving a decently multifaceted hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is average as well. The combo of body and carbonation are good for the hop flavors of the brew all while still maintaining the malt and fruity flavors of the brew.

Overall – An alright IPA overall with a rather moderately diverse hop profile in the taste. Not the most super smooth or hoppy, but quite enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Custom Brewcrafters in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Pours a clear golden amber color, with a one inch head and pretty good lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine and cut grass. Very pungent hop aroma.

Similar flavors. Very bitter, with lots of earthy, resinous pine flavor. Not much malt is noticed, maybe a bit of caramel sweetness in the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Finishes dry.

A good local IPA, but a bit removed from the best examples.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Appearance - Clear yellow/amber colour with a large size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruits, oranges, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops mixed with a caramel sweetness and grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet fruity aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I was surprised by this beer.. it has a pretty decent hoppy/fruity taste. I saw bottles of it earlier in the day at the store, but I didn't buy it because I'd never heard of the brewer. When I saw it on tap at dinner time, I figured I'd give it a shot. It's definitely on the the right track taste wise, and while there are many other IPA's that are better, this one is still worth a try.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Mutant-like hop monkey on the label for some visual shock—we guess the animal marketing in beer never gets old, right? Head stands tall; deep amber color. Thick, leafy hop nose of mandarin orange and faint pine sap, with some breadiness from the malt in there as well. Level hop flavor throughout, bitterness is relaxed in a way ... instead of a sharp bitterness, there’s more of a resin, leafy character; though sip after sip, the hops turn into a boa constrictor and squeeze the palate more and more. Sure, the beer lives up to its label and name, and any hophead would have no problem getting their fix off of this one.

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CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA from CB Craft Brewers
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