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Monkeynaut IPA | Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
straighttoale.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
538
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
29.16%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
129
For Trade:
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 538
Photo of NWFLyer
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head laying on top of the clear amber liquid; streaks of lace are left behind

Smell: Caramel and herbal, pney hops; a little spicy

Taste: The malt lays down a caramel backbone, with the resinous, piney hops building through mid-palate; nicely balanced into the finish with a leafy, spicy character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit more like a hoppy amber than an IPA but still quite good

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Photo of GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick light tan head into an english pub glass. the body was a bright copper color.
s - big piney hops with some nice caramel sweetness.
t - up front big-time with piney hops but there is a nice balance here too.
m - medium thickness, creamy.
o - loved this beer in a can, so quaffable.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bulbman for sending this one my way!! This poured out as a clear looking orange color. Tere is a nice looking white head on top. The retention is good and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer is bright and lively with hops. Really nice citrusy aromas on this beer. The taste of the beer has a nice hoppy flavor as well, subtle lemon and orange flavors with a sweet maltiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, it's slick and kind of oily. The carbonation is good here too. Overall the beer is very good. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes at The Nook's sneak preview.

a- dark amber, barleywine like color with a beige head. fairly heavy lacing.

s- piney resinous hops. apparent caramel, a little breadiness. a hint of grapefruit is about all I get from the citrus spectrum.

t- like the nose, the caramel malts are plentiful and add a substantial malt backbone to a heavy dose of hoppiness. it's mostly piney with a little grapefruit/citrus. the bitterness is fairly heavy but not overdone. the finish is bready and bitter. reminds me of a Maharaja, Hopsecutioner like profile. good company IMO.

m- full bodied for an IPA, sticky and well carbonated.

d- goes down easy with no "extreme" flavors to slow you down. it feels a little on the heavier side for an IPA which might hinder your drinking rate after a couple of these.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ghetto growler purchased from Highland package Store in Birmingham. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a swirly head. Very nice citrusy aromas with some floral notes as well and some leafy hops near the end. A touch of pine rounds it out. The tangerine, orange, and lemon notes play nicely with the sweet malt here. Just lovely. Very smooth in the mouth with similar notes as found in the nose, but slightly more muted here. Still very nice citrus and a good leafy bitterness on the finish. Very smooth with a creamy note, and good clean, pure flavors. Another solid Alabama IPA- maybe this is a trend.

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Photo of Boski
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Nice golden copper color. Nice head retention

S: Slight floral and tropical smell

T: Big malt profile up front with a very aggressive bitter finish.

O: This one lived up to the hype I heard. Perfect amount of malt/hop balance IMHO. One of the better IPA's I have had in a while.

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Photo of kaips1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler into a pint glass, brought straight from Alabama. Thanks Walter

A-a nice rich amber, good head, some lacing that turned into a small bubble ring
S-a slight bready smell,some citrus(makes me think of citra hop)
Slight sweetness and then tart
T- close to the same as the smell, there is a slight tangyness in the middle of the drink, it's a good thing
M- it's moderately lively not as much bite and tingle I was expecting, a clean wet finish
O/d- overall I really like this, it's not the craziest ipa but it's more than just decent, drinkability, I can see myself finishing this growler, this is a tasty beer and one I really like

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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 SteveLyman
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To begin,

A small half inch silvery white head, with a decent lacing throughout. When looking at my glass,there is a golden orange sunset color.

The smell is of a typical American IPA, grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma. The kicker at the end is the strong pine notes.

The taste is much the same as the smell. Grapefruit taste at the very beginning, but ends in a fresh evergreen pine.

The is a great beer if you are looking for a refreshing taste on a Friday night.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the J. Clyde. From notes. Reviewed 9 June 2011. Listed as 7.3%.

A: Clearish, orange, no head. Pretty.

S: Orange peel, citrus juice, resiny hops.

T: Really nice. Well-balanced. Fruity (lots of grapefruit) with perfectly balanced piney hops. The maintaste is sweetish (from both fruit and malt). The aftertaste is bitterly hoppy, but not dry.

M: Robust, lightly carbonated, and good -- there's nothing to criticize.

O: Good American IPA. Strong, drinkable, and pleasurable. Recommended. Would drink again.

EDIT 25 January 2013: Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass (thanks to xxcarpxx!). Might be a little old.

No real change, except that this iteration is less hoppy and more sweet. Creamy with fruit and a lightly bitter aftertaste. I still really like it.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber brew with foamy head. 4.0

Pine and resinous citrus. Toffee malts. Pretty dank. 4.0

Moderately bitter. Orange, pine, and grapefruit. Toffee malts make for great balance. 4.0

Smooth, yet brushy. Excellent feel. 4.5

Tasty sample I had from my buddy's growler. An oily hop wonder without all of the extra sweetness or bitterness.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned around late October.

Pours a muddy copper color, tan coloured head. no real lacing to be had. Bright citrus aroma, some tropical fruits and slight bready malts. Bitter front, citrus, pine and resins. Creamy, slick, oily medium feel. Good, easy drinking IPA...Thanks Jamie!

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Photo of dizzyballer
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huntsville airport. The Grille at Four Points.

Four points for the beer too.

Great nose. Nice bitterness. Almost coppery. Well balanced.

Not much head, but I don't know who to blame for that. Served in a nice glass.

Not a tremendously handsome waitstaff. But friendly enough.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim for the generous post-fest freebie. Awesome can graphic of a reluctant and/or awestruck primate astronaut.

Color is a saturated dark orange with bright clarity, with lasting foam and drippy concentric rings of sticky lace. A floating island veil of skim hovers for the remainder of the glass.

Some herbal greens and funky citrus rind notes in the aroma, slightly dank in that wet green way.

Moderately bitter at first with a balanced supporting caramel malt middle, lingering orange peel and citrus notes throughout. Medium bodied with light carbonation, nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers. One for the deep south hopheads...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 costanzo_mike
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass a clear amber/copper with a nice one finger slight off white head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas of citric hops over top of a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base,the hops win out with the deep citric and resiny notes.Grapefruit and a nd pine resin really hit nicely at the onset of the beer,the maltiness is pretty big holding up nicely to the hops and adding mild caramel sweetness.This is a "bigger" standard IPA,big hops with quite a malt base that hold up to it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can delivered from Alabama to Portland by none other than unclejedi ~ thanks again, Jim! No dating on the can, but I received it on 11/30 & figure it was pretty fresh.

Label shows a screaming 'monkeynaut', a tribute to our poor primate friend/'space explorer' who's still stuck in an endless orbit, I suppose. NASA meet PETA. PETA, NASA... whatever. That Straight to Ale hails from Huntsville (Rocket City!) is cool nonetheless...

A: Lovely caramel/copper with a superb head of stocky cream (soap suds) and endless lacing, sticking top to bottom. Pour is almost clear, exploiting a lazy carbonation.

S: Grassy aroma of green hops, but not a thrilling/inviting - just a 'pleasant' one. Somewhat flowery and honey-like. Grassy and citrus fruit. Good strength.

T: Citrus orange and a mango/pineapple fruitiness. Cakey and lots of caramel, all covered with piney & spicy hops, pithy bitterness lasts a while. Slightly metallic in the finish.

M:Started a little thin but filled out nicely. Smooth, not overly carbonated - even a little heavy/sticky in the finish.

O: One of those beer that's good on all accounts and somehow garners an even better overall score. Would I drink this frequently if I lived in Alabama, I'd be having this... ALL. THE. TIME.

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Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +2.3%

I think this is a solid IPA. I'm a bit biased because it is singled hopped with centennial and that is one of my top favs. Easy finish and good level of resin with a nice touch of malt backbone.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Clear amber body with a very thick 2-finger head of off-white color. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Hoppy aroma consisting of mostly earthy pine and light tropical notes. Small caramel malt note in the background.

The flavor is slightly different than I would have expected from the aroma. It starts off very malty, but there is a very nice hop finish. Hop flavors are grassy with a little pine cone. Caramel malt flavor is a solid base flavor and holds it altogether. Solid blend of flavors overall.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel with little to no notice of alcohol. Overall, I like this beer very much and could see it being a regular in my rotation if I lived in Alabama.

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Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. I've been looking forward to trying something from this brewery!

Pours a hazy brownish orange with a one finger white head. Nice fluffy head has good staying power and some pretty nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a very orange/tangerine quality mixed with an almost Belgiany yeasty spicyness. It is definitely unique but works quite well. Some bready malt comes through in the background.

The flavor continues the tangeriane and orange character almost approaching a dreamsicle-like flavor. Maybe touches of cream and vanilla in there. I love the hops in this one. Some light bready malt is present to lend some balance to the hops. High bitterness that finishes with a light sticky sweetness.

Overall, a very nice IPA that stands out from so many others being made by small breweries. An enjoyable beer and one to pick up should you come across it.

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Photo of Keene
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, the can design is fantastic. Brilliant orange or medium amber with a generous head that leaves lots of lacing. Nectarine, citrus fruit, a bit of soft malty aroma and a whiff of alcohol on the nose. Medium bodied with a degree of silky smoothness on the palate. More juicy nectarine to the taste, which mingles with marmalade and lightly toasted bread. Mild, herbal and grapefruity hops sustain through the finish. Very drinkable, even five months after its born on date. From soup to nuts, Monkeynaut is a solid American IPA.

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