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CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA - CB Craft Brewers

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CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPACB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
CB Craft Brewers visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2010)
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Photo of djmichaelk
1.55/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle courtesy of the generous laxer8811 (thanks again!), into a pint glass. No bottle dating (boooo).

A - Pours a clear golden, with a finger of cream-colored head. Decent retention, solid lacing.

S - Wet, earthy hops, maybe a little malty sweetness, and cardboard. I have to work to get much aroma out of it.

T - That earthy tone really stands out in the flavor, and not in a good way. There's an acrid note that's a little like burnt plastic, and no sign of the maltiness that I got in the nose. Very astringent. And... that's it. Nothing like I'm used to in an IPA, no piney or fruity hops, no sweetness, nothing else.

M - Carbonation is very low, and it gives it a slick, oily feeling that doesn't sit right. And it's very drying.

O - Only the appearance saves this beer from a 1 overall, and even then just barely. Not sure if I just got a bad bottle, but this is just awful. And with CB not dating their beers it's impossible to tell if this is a really old bottling or just bad. This monkey needs to stay in its cage. Down the drain it goes...

Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of dgeebs07
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of ATTWNone
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm new at this, so I will start by saying the American IPA is my favorite style of beer. I travel the country on business and I've had a number of IPA's in my time (including the incredible Pliny the Younger), but I will say that IPA's from the Rochester NY area have always underwhelmed me. Same goes here. The decent smell did not forbode well for the rest of the tasting. Hardly any flavor upfront with an average hop finish. Priced at $10 a six pack, I would rather purchase Dogfish or even the Saranac IPA at a lower price point. Cheers!

Photo of aranheaney
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at The Lovin' Cup at the 3HB Anniversary Fest on 1/14/12, reviewed from notes.

A-Decent, cloudy, straw with some cloudy haze

S-Very hoppy, a bit of pine, not as much citrus as I might have expected

T-kind of disappointing, don't know if I got a bad batch, but my homebrew boys and I all agreed that our IPA is as good, if not better. The taste seemed all mixed up, nothing was in balance, the hops were overpowering and unpleasant, almost nothing else there

M-ok,but not great, a little thickness

O-not great, wouldn't try again

Photo of match1112
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with no head or lacing. smells of resiny pine and some citrus. taste is pretty bland, more like an apa. still pick up on dank resin and citrus on the tongue. mouthfeel is flat and unexciting. there is a little bitterness on the finish that tastes like burnt pine needles, not a good thing. overall i dont care for this beer, but glad i got the chance to try it!

Photo of brendaniel
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color with a half inch head and excellent lacing. Simple citrus aromas but nothing terribly overpowering. Medium bitterness with a soft IPA texture and light carbonation. Not too bad for an East Coast IPA ... just lacked a little bit of punch - definitely worth a try.

Photo of McKinley
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of methtlcai
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to rageagainst123 for this!

Dark copper in color, transparent, with a bright white head of about a finger. Lacing is alright.

Aroma is slightly spicy, almost peppery, with a bit of lemon zest, and tangy malt sweetness. Smells a bit too sweet

Very bitter. But it seems the bitterness was the result of tunnel vision: bitter, but not hoppy. That sweetness I got in the aroma plays third fiddle here. The hop presence is more spicy and zesty.
It's not awful...it just needs to be more coherent and balanced.

Feel is good, it's crisp and a little creamy, and lightish in body.

Middle of the road on the drink.

Photo of Florida9
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear deep amber. Forms a small white head. Little retention, but lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Mostly pine, but not lots of it. Some light malt as well.

T: A huge hit of metallic bitterness on the first sip that sort of subsides on subsequent tastes, but never really goes away. Moderate caramel maltiness. Unpleasant astringency.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Drying bitterness that is almost chalky.

D: With the name and the labeling, I was figuring this one was going to be a bit more hop forward. Hop bitterness, but no hop flavor and only a faint hoppy aroma. A rather generic IPA.

Photo of Mancer
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle poured out a clear orange/copper body with a minimal off-white head. The initial aromas were of heavy amounts of resin, pine and citrus. The initial flavors were of resin, pine, and a light barley finish. The brew had some sweetness to it, as well as a slightly bitter and dry body. It was medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, not the best I've had. I was a little disappointed with this one and wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Received this as an extra in a trade. Pours a transparent golden hue with a nearly nonexistent head. Nose is on the malty side. Not a lot of hops found here. Taste is also lackin' on the hops. This is by far, the maltiest IPA I've ever had. This almost doesn't possess any of the characteristics I've grown to expect from an IPA. The moutfeel is waaaay bitter. That malt just hangs on your tongue for what seems like an eternity squared. Overall, this just isn't my bag. Lots of IPA's out there that I thoroughly enjoy. Can't say this is one of them, however.

Photo of HopNelius
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served-out of a 12 ounch bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance-Amber, fingerhead, some carbonation visible
Smell-Notes of grapefruit and pine, likey some cascade and or centenial hops in there.
Taste-Great notes of grapefruit coming through strong and there is a leafy pine ness as well.
Mouthfeel-good, wanted more
Overall-I was surprised by this beer,I had seen it before at the store but had never heard of it and there were others that I wanted to try first. I sought it out yesterday as I wanted to try something new, Craft Brewery out of Rochester, NY. This was a very drinkable IPA, although not the best IPA I have ever had I would reach for or order this at a restaurant again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 4/28/11. Thanks to korguy123 for this one.
Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Medium amber colour, almost transparent (definitely filtered) with one finger of off-white head.

S - Citrus, pine and plenty of sweet caramel. Some light tropical fruit notes come through as well. A very robust and very inviting note.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with some pine flavours coming through from the hops but the citrus that was in the nose doesn't translate the palate at all. Some caramel sweetness enters the palate mid-way through followed by a dry and bitter finish.

M -Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

O - This was a decent IPA but not one I would seek out again. the nose was excellent but it didn't translate in to a great tasting example of the style.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampling a bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature. The beer pours a clear copper hue with no head except for a bleached white edge layer.
Aroma is grapefruit and a bit of pine with hints of caramel. First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonatio.
flavor is a little husky grain up front and then rolls to a bitey and rindy hop finish that is fairly bitter overall. Finish is a little dry and definitely has a crisp hop bite. Beer is drinkable but a little one dimensional, if you like bitey hops this is probably pretty good for you. Ill probably pass next time around.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of westcott
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jminch
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA from CB Craft Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.