Monkeynaut IPA | Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA

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Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Albert. Able. Gordo. Miss Baker. Bonny. Goliath. Between 1948 and 1961 these primate pioneers and others bravely went where no man had ever gone before, paving the way for manned U.S. spaceflight. This hoppy little monkey of a beer is a tribute to those Simian heroes of yesteryear. It has a citrusy, floral hop aroma, a strong malt body and a crisp finish.

Added by Todd on 04-21-2010

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Served on draft at Pretentious Beer Company in Knoxville TN. A beautiful day outside so I am enjoying this on the outdoor patio.

Served in an 18oz customer glass that is mother ducking sweet as hell. Kind of a snifter shape with some blown rings around the bottom, resembling one of those wooden sticks used to serve honey. If I weren't so principled, I would put this in my pocket and take off.

Arrives clear and golden hued with a solid white head of food girth and substance. I am enjoying the look of the lacing in the custome glass.

Aroma is the only thing lacking in this one. It's slightly hoppy but it definitely needs more. I can tell it's an IPA but it has hints of Pilsner (maybe Saaz) hop aromas that are subtle.

Great flavor too. Very well balanced with the bitterness, not sweet, quite enjoyable. Very nicely done.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can dated 2/17/17.

The pour is a very nice amber color with tons of floaties. There is a thick, fluffy white head that left a ton of lacing.

The smell is very malty up front with some orange and pine on the background.

The taste follows the nose, although the citrus balances the malt better than on the nose. There is a nice bitter pine finish

The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth with low to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice beer, although a little more piney and malt forward than I usually like.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear golden copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate honey + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring a the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal, pine, and floral hops over the top of slightly less than moderate aromas of slightly sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of caramel malts with light to moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine, herbal, and floral hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially lightly creamy with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with a decent balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness without losing out on the hop flavors + aromas. Easy to drink. I would definitely have another one of these.

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Photo of tlema1
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: deep gold color,lacing off white head
S: slight citrus pine and trop fruit, but not a ton of nose
T: maltiness up front, hop bitterness on the back end
F: medium body, bitter
O: not a bad beer, nothing really stands out

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer reminds me of arrogant bastard but sweeter milder and just tasty wish I would of bought more when I drove through Alabama. This is a must try

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Photo of Georgedisrespectful
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply the best IPA. Beautiful amber color, perfect bouquet and every flavor in the rainbow. This stuff really has way more kick than it's 7.25 says it has.

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Photo of Squire123
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy gold, very appealing. White cap, good lacing.

Aroma: Malt then a beautiful melange of almost tropical hop scents, I definitely get pineapple and something that's either mango or tangerine. Really smells good.

Taste: Echos aroma but exceed it in intensity. Sweet malt rolling around in those hops. It all works together rather well. Clean finish with malt and hops in concert.

Texture: Medium in feel and no more substantial than it needs to be.

Overall: I like this and I'm not especially a heavy IPA fan. At 7.5% perhaps it is the heft I find appealing. More stuff in there I suppose because the flavor is solid and the alcohol isn't apparent. One to having when you're having just one.

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Photo of Buck89
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light orange-amber with a foamy white head. Fruity aroma with pineapple, orange, and pine with a little caramel. Taste follows with pineapple (!), grapefruit, pine, and earth. Muted malt presence. Dry finish. Nice IPA - this pineapple surprised me.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the brewery. The appearance is a cloudy orange amber with a large white head. The aroma is hops and citrus. The taste matches the aroma. An excellent beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a huge fluffy off white head. Retention is excellent and there are chunky spots of lacing. Smell is pretty bland. Some bready malt along with a bit of piney and floral hops and some hop spiciness as well. Taste is the same and kind of muddled with a good deal of bitterness on the back end. Feel is medium and slick. Overall not bad.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Clean orange pour, very fizzy khaki head
Orange, mango, biscuit, tangerine, apricot, grapefruit
Earthy malts and woody/piney hops underneath a light grapefruit juice
Lightish and very fizzy feel
Decent. A little bitter and earthy/woody for my tastes

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Photo of buschbeer
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a hazy amber with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

It has a sweet honey aroma. I get some caramel malt. I smell some faint floral hops. It appears this can is not as fresh as I'd hoped.

The taste is sweet as well. I can clearly taste the malt. The hops must be completely faded.

Medium and creamy mouthfeel

A friend gave me this beer to try. I was looking forward to it but am disappointed that it is old. I will revisit if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange pour with a white one-finger head. Piney aroma. Taste has lots of pine and resin upfront backed by a good bit of bready malt revealing a slight sweetness. Finishes strong and bitter with notes of spicy pine.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light coppery color with foamy white head. Pine, citrus, floral notes, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with citrus, light pine, and floral tones.

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Photo of Krisp09
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: clear orange to gold in color with 2 finger thick white head. Aroma: a little citrus with sweet malt and candy smell. Taste: Orange up front and then pine on the finish. More sweetness from malt than expected. Mouthfeel: crisp with medium body. Overall: fairly well balanced tasting IPA that could use a little more hop aroma

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber-orange color. Some haze. 1 finger light tan head doesn't last long. Minimal lacing.

Citrus and tropical hops on the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. Some mango. Caramel malt. Spicy at the end.

Taste is more grapefruit hops. Lemon rind, mango, and a bit of pine. Doughy, caramel malt. Peppery spice. Some earthiness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Quite bitter and it lingers. Flavors seem to get swallowed and overshadowed by the bitterness.

A decent IPA but one that could use improvement. The bitterness in particular is overpowering.

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Photo of dcotom
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cold 12-ounce can into Spiegelau IPA glass.
A - Hazy, deep copper color; three-finger head of dense white foam that lingered for several minutes. Lots of sticky lacing. Particularly striking appearance when viewed in sunlight.
S - Hop forward, notes of grapefruit zest and pine resin. A little more maltiness came through as it warmed.
T/F - The flavor profile followed the aroma profile quite closely: hop forward, notes of citrus and pine at first, them some malt sweetness as it neared cellar temperature. Dry finish, bitter, somewhat resiny.
O - A solid, enjoyable IPA, right in the wheelhouse.

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Photo of NWFLyer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden/light Amber color. Somewhat funky nose, like a malty, Belgian golden ale; the antithesis of a hop-bomb, this IPA delivers a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a dry, hoppy bitterness. It hides the 7+ ABV very well.

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Photo of Roby923
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! This one is impressive. Lots of caramel and balanced with a pleasant hoppy taste. Canned in Birmingham. Clever 'lil can image with monkey, perhaps the same one that was in the "Temple of Doom".

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Pours a beer with a solid head at first, then turning into a glass hugging soapy bubble-like head. Nice amber color.
S-Very hoppy and floral with a slight boozy aroma that follows. I also get strong sweet notes, carmel possibly? Whats most memorable is the piney hop smell it has.
T-Very bitter and sweet. This is a tasty beer. I get a very floral flavor when sipping this beer. Earthy, piney, sweet and floral. What more could I ask for in an IPA?
F-Medium carbonation, light mouthfeel though.
O-Great find in my opinion, I haven't had too much Straight To Ale and this makes me want more. This is a great IPA. Give it a try for sure.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with basically no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours a thin finger of frothy ivory foam that has decent staying power. I really like the color on this one.

Smell: very malty with an up-front caramel character and a moderate level of earthy hops. Reminds me more of an English IPA, but not bad.

Taste: caramel malt with a pretty heavy sweetness plus that earthy hop character. Bitterness is surprisingly low, at least compared to the sweetness. It's not bad, but not especially hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.

Overall: not a bad IPA, but not one I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color, head lingers throughout drinking, nice lacing not he glass. Hop smell is present along with some malt. Hop flavor pops through at the front and finishes with some malt sweetness. Smooth feel, very enjoyable. Nice offering from the folks in Alabama!

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see a lot of reviewers down on the maltiness of this IPA. But why? Nowhere is it written that IPAs can't be sweet AND bitter. I say well done STA. This is a great beer and one I always look forward to.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy dark orange, 1 inch off white head,

S: Slight smell of earthy, piney hops and some malts

T: Really sweet malts, spicy rye, balanced well by the earthy pine hops that was in the smell, balanced really, really well

M: Medium to full, lingering hop bitterness, smooth

O: I really like this IPA but I tend to like them a little more malty. Anyone who would rather have it leaning toward the hoppy bitterness, this probably isnt for you.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed copper color with a thick cap of creamy, tan head. Nice retention and lace...a very good looking brew. Bonus points for the fantastic name and can design.

Nose is a little on the malty side for me in an IPA, but there are some tropical aromas there. East Coast style for sure - toasty, nutty malts to compliment the hops. The more it warms up, the more I like it though...something in between sugar and caramel - salt water taffy fits.

A nice little malt - hop combo here. Both are well done and dare I say...balanced? I like the toast and sugary malt profile and the hops are mostly on the bittering end as opposed to flavoring but somehow it works ok here. Id drink this again, for sure.

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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
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