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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tdm168 on 03-09-2013

Traditional English-style pale ale with our own East Coast twist: UK Fuggles and Goldings dominate the flavor of Powder Monkey, but has subtle notes of citrus and flower from Cascade hops added in the boil and hopback. Brass in color, Powder Monkey, like all of our beers, is well balanced: distinct bitterness and a slight malt sweetness characterize the taste. In 2010, it won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup; in 2008, it won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
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Photo of microbrewlover
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark copper brown color with a minimal head which dissapates quickly. However the head does last as a collar; there is almost no lacing.

The smell is heavy with caramel, roasted and sweet malts, which is strange for a Pale Ale. There is very little hop bitterness detected in the smell.

The taste follows the nose with the heavy thick sweet malt backbone dominating throughout. There is a dry, bitter, hoppy finish but the hops are kind of lost in the malt; not idea for a Pale Ale.

The feel is thick, bready and chewy.

Overall, this is not a bad beer at all however it lacks the hop character of other Pale Ales. This is more like a malty beer with some hops.

Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like the label says it pours brass in color but with a minimal head that is gone in a flash,somewhat dull in appearance.Aromas of caramel malts and leafy "green" English hops,I don't get much of the Cascades but do get a whiff of the Goldings and Fuggles.The feel is lighter with not much carbonation,on the flatter side.Caramel/biscuit flavors with underlying herbal notes on the palate,pretty unassuming really.I guess it isn't bad for the style but I'll just go and by a Landlord if I want a true EPA.

Photo of MadScientist
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The half a finger of head is rocky and off white with average head retention.

S: A mix of English and American hops and malt aromas. There is a medium amount of floral and citrus hops aromas with a bit of earthiness. The malt brings a some malt sweetness and bit of biscuit. A touch of alcohol in the background.

T: A balance of hop and malt flavors. A medium hops bitterness and hops flavors that are mostly earthy with some floral character and bit of citrus flavors. There is a light fruity fermentation character. The balance is about even with a dry finish. The aftertaste is a quick, clean hops bitterness with a touch of graininess.

M: A creamy, medium-full bodied beer with a moderately-strong carbonation.

O: This is an enjoyable, balanced beer with a satisfying hops presence balance against some malt character.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Flat. Almost no hop bitterness detected. Aroma was decent though.

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Powder Monkey is a medium-dark orange color with a creamy cap of head that starts off about a finger tall and slowly drops to a heavy foam that drops a mix of patching and lacing in moderation on the walls of the glass.
The smell is a little muted and indistinct. I don't get a whole lot besides some leaf, a bit of grains, a light sweetness of caramel malt and some fruitiness, and light floral notes with a metallic overtone.
The taste is more herbal and earthy with caramel and a floral middle underneath the leafy metallic element. It's balanced, has an English character but with some American influence, and has a firm hoppiness at an appropriate strength for an English version of the style but with some sweetness to it.
The feel is bright, crisp and smooth with a leafy, tea-like dryness in a light-medium body (leaning lighter).

Photo of CloudStrife
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. June 2013 notched on the bottom of the label.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the body. Head sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing.

S: Not much aroma, a bit of metallic to it. Roasted malt and dark fruits come through more as it warms.

T: A balanced approach that is suitable for the english pale ale category. Fairly malt forward but yet a decent hop backing. The malts provide a nice sweetness and the hop adds an earthy citrus tone.

M: Full bodied for how light this beer is. Ample carbonation keeps it easy on the tongue. A tad sticky from the sweetness and hops.

Overall can be a real good beer on cask as they often add fresh hops. Not as impressive on its own but perhaps a good intro for someone not hop crazy.

Photo of tdm168
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - clear, see-through orangish amber with a thin, bubbly head that dissipates quickly

S - very faint nose; some citrsu

T - very faint caramel, some faint citrus, a mildly bitter finish, hints of sweetness throughout

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather simple pale ale. It's refreshing and easily drinkable, but the flavor lacks and depth. I was bored with this beer, but it would make for a great BMC replacement beer for the newly craft-initiated.

Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt and fruit with some hops, pretty good.
Appearance- A nice light brownish color that has a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice sweet flavor that is followed by the malt and hops.
Palate- This is a light-to-medium bodied beer with light carbonation.
Overall- A really good English Pale Ale, not much love on the beer sites. but I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

A 3.75 A clearish light burnt orange, a white head that leaves lots of delicate tracings on the glass. A touch of hop haze. A gentle bit of carbonation rising up. A light covering all the way down.
S 3.50 Lots of bready notes and toasted malt and caramel. Light earthy hops and a hint of citrus. Clean yeast.
T 3.75. Like the nose, the light clean malt and yeast are delightful and allow the combination of Fuggles and Cascade to shine. The earth of the former flowing into a mild flash of grapefruit. Clean dry finish with a touch of hop oil and biscuit.
M 3.50 Smooth mild carbonation. Light crisp feel took the fluid. Highly quaffable and quenching.
O 3.75. Easy drinking and delicious. Highly sessionable and a good everyday brewski.

Photo of KTCamm
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber, no foam. Vacant nose, mild beer smell, but little else emerges. English pale taste, little burnt toffee, stripes of citrus in between. Mild. Bready. Modes carbonation. Run of the mill pale.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Earthy? I thought... Woody. Really good after I tasted it. Didn't think much of the smell, kind of over-ripe. All-in-all I thought this was a great representative of an ale.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of hops. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes a good session beer.

Photo of AndreRus
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual taste for a pale ale! Really appreciate the malts in it

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant, easily drinkable EPA with fine balance of malty notes with the barest hint of hops. Not an overly complex beer, but overall a good representative of the style.

Photo of ChrisPortner
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

It's ok if you want a light beer.

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%

Cask, dry hopped with cascade (I think). Much more flavorful and better mouthfeel than the bottled version. They should stick to serving this on cask.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks good for an English pale ale a touch hazy with a brown orange color. Head is minimal with just a mild lace ring in the end.
S - Smell is pretty mild with pale malts, mild tea leaves, and a touch of hops.
T - Well it taste ok its more lager tasting if anything. Tea leaves and cracker malts also.
M - Light to medium not bad.

Overall not really worth purchasing again in fact I don't care for the style much but I tend to try everything Heavy Seas puts out.

Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and light hops. There are some faint grapefruit and a bit of a grassiness. It ends with a malty lightl hopped aftertaste.

Overall - A decent example of the style perhaps, but pretty boring and low key. I much prefer american pale ales to english ones. Quite drinkable but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid milder beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Renzan0
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Fayetteville, NC.
Poured with little to no head retention. Might be the beer, might be the draft system.
This beer was very well balanced from Hop/Malt. Almost a little too balanced for my liking; I expect a slightly more hop bite from my Pale Ales, but that's just preference. For me, this beer would have been a more fitting ESB, or an ale that very closely resembles their Cutlass Lager in taste and mouthfeel, just slightly hoppier.
Overall, decent beer. Not bad, but nothing to get all excited about. If in the mood for an easy drinking beer, I'd have it again; just wouldn't go seeking it out.

Photo of zac16125
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at an airport bar in BWI
Served into a pint glass

A: dark copper, off white head with decent retention and lacing

S: not a lot going on, piney hops and caramel and pale malt, aroma is decent but pretty muted

T: piney hops and citrus rind, good amount of bitterness, pale malts to balance it out

M/D: fuller bodied , carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate, drinkability average

O: really enjoyable pale ale

Photo of cyclonece09
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours translucent light amber red with a small white head. Smells of floral and piney hops, slight citrus. Tastes of watery malt profile with slight floral hop taste. Beer is heavily carbonated but still goes down alright. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a light amber hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Hoppy and malty aroma mix.

T: Slightly tart and malty with a mild caramel background and finishes on the dry side of hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent pale ale – nothing really special but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of TinkerToys
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Quite citrusy on top. Well bodied. Refreshing. Probably not a bad summer beer, actually.

Photo of fscottkey
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Slightly cloudy amber color. Covered with a full 2 finger head. The head dropped quickly to 1 finger and left nice spider web lacing.

S: Mild sweet with caramel. Bready malt smells.

T: Sweet flavor with a slight corn taste to it.

M: Too carbonated. Very tingly.

O: I think that this would be easily accepted by someone that is used to American Adjunct Lagers. The taste profile is similar enough to be approachable. That is kind of he nicest thing I can say. It felt overly carbonated. The taste was similar to an AAL. I bought it because I liked the name.

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