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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:
5
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 538
Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained from unclejedi out of the blue. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head recedes at an average pace, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity pine.

Taste is sweet upfront, start to see the pine from very early, which carries through to the close, with some fruitiness apparent in the middle and ramping down towards the close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. An all-around good brew, glad o have the pleasure to visit this part of Alabama.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to richj1970 for this one!

A - Pours a dark copper color with a soapy looking head and sticky lacing, carbonation is active and constant.

S - The aroma is mostly caramel toasted malt with a hint of citrus and herbs.

T - Herbal caramel toasted malt with a bitter lemon and grapefruit finish. Malt up front with a little bit of hop presence and just the opposite on the back side. Moderate lingering bitter finish.

M - Full medium body.

O - Balanced.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 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 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 twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the J. Clyde into a shaker pint.

A: Clear amber body, a shade darker than medium; practically no head, but the whisp of off-white bubbles sticks around throughout. Not a great pour, but not an ugly beer.

S: Pungent piney hops dominate, backed up by some toasty malt. Decent.

T: Pine and grapefruit hops lead things off, followed by some nicely understated caramel malt. Cleanly bitter finish, with a touch of chalky yeast. Enjoyable.

M: Smooth medium body with ample, fairly lively carbonation.

D: Fairly clean and balanced. Not quite juicy enough to make me thirsty for more, but definitely not a struggle to finish.

Notes: This one was recommended to me by the bartender after he informed me that the Good People Pale Ale had kicked. While I don't think that this beer was up to the same standard as the one I wanted, it was a tasty brew nonetheless. It's great to see more quality beers coming out of Alabama.

Cheers!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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 prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to kkipple for the can! You’re the man!

Monkeynaut pours an attractive copper color. It’s very clear. No haze at all. Backlighting gives it a nice orange tint. A really nice off-white head covers it. It’s big, standing over two and a half fingers tall. Retention was very good. I’m not sure it will completely disappear. Lacing was very sticky and thick as it trailed down the glass.

The nose is alright. It could use a little more strength. It kicks off with a little more caramel malt than I’d like. That’s definitely the base. Smells a little sugary and quite sweet. That’s a bit of a cracker-ish scent in there, as well. Hops are easily noted and have primarily a citric scent. Lemon, grapefruit, and light orange are noted. There’s a good dose of pine that follows. Alcohol is blended pretty well and isn’t all that noticeable. Smells pretty good.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. The malt base is caramel. It is sweet and is quite prominent in the flavor. Not my favorite thing. There are some sugar cookie and cracker notes, as well. Hops jump into the mix early. They are mostly citric. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange are all noted. Piney notes follow. It’s a little bitter, but it’s pretty well balanced given the strong malt base. Alcohol isn’t too much of a factor. It’s there, but isn’t too strong. Finishes with a nicely balanced mix of caramel, citric, and piney flavors.

Monkeynaut has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel rather light. The feel is pretty nice and smooth. It’s relatively easy drinking. If the flavor were just a little better, drinkability would be excellent.

Monkeynaut is an okay release from Straight to Ale. It’s a little malt heavy for my taste, but it’s not bad. Especially considering…it’s from ALABAMA! That’s a fact you just can’t ignore. Knowing that, I’m thrilled for the entire state of Alabama. Good things appear to be happening there. Worth a try? Most definitely. Thanks, Dan!

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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 patre_tim
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper filtered, a few particles suspended within, almost no carbonation, 3 finger of slight beige head.

S: Pine, pine sol cleaner, heated spice, slight tropical fruit in the background, floral, candy, baby powder, candy malt.

T: Tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, quite sweet, candy malt, medium dull bitterness that comes in near the end and lingers.

M: Medium heavy syrupy body, low carbonation.

O: Love the can, great taste. Got this in Birmingham at Wholefoods when passing through. Pairs well with spicy food. Very drinkable and almost verges on a double IPA.

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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 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 ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 richj1970
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass.

A: Golden copper with generous 3 finger frothy head that left some sticky lacing.

S: Caramel and malts mixed with a hint of citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, maybe a bit of orange.

T: Combination of rich malts with some slight bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon.

M: Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation.

O: Fairly balanced IPA. Just enough bitter hops, but not overpowering. A nice complement to a Saturday night football game.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the tap room.

Straight to Ale Monkeynaut IPA

Pours a very nice amber color with a solid copper hue. Nice thin white head forms and leaves some slight lacing. Retention is pretty low with the head going down pretty quickly.

Aroma starts off with some nice tropical fruit notes. There are piney hop resins that come up and give the brew a slight sweetness. There is an nice grapefruit rind note that underlays the pine notes to this brew

Flavor starts off with a punch to the loudmouth. There is an explosion of bitter and citrus rind with some intense and full resinous pine. This is an absolute palate wrecker in terms of bitterness. There is also some underlain caramel malt notes that give the brew some background sweetness but its bitter till the end for the most part. A robust bitterness at that. Very much an east coast style with pine and some slight citrus dryness. Mouthfeel is medium light with some nice stickynees to it but a dry bitter finish. Earthy and grassy.

Overall I was quite impressed with this places IPA. Nice East Coast flavors and great bitterness.

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Photo of Squire123
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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 brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear amber. An off-white, one finger head that dissipates to a foamy top. Curtainy lacing.

S: Picking up grapefruit, pine resin. Citrusy.

T: Smooth, sweet. The light hop bitterness is quickly replaced by a sweet malty finish. Very sessionable.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: I really wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The hop/malt double tap really combines for a very drinkable barrel of monkeys. Would drink again.

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Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: translucent copper body with three fingers worth of thick creamy off white head. head retention is about average for an ipa and lacing is spotty.

s: pine needles and bread.

t: nice bready malt body up front, then turns to dry bitter pine needles.

m: starts out with a medium feel thanks in part to the pine resin, but finishes with kinda thin watery feel to it.

o: decent and easy drinkin but far from something i would want to keep stocked all the time.

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Photo of cvm4
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber in color, semi translucent body and an eggshell head.

S - Citrus/tropical nose, herbal and a good hop bitterness aroma.

T - Bitter through and through. Piney hops , herbal, slightly vegetable and a bit of maltiness.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Not cloying by any means.

O - It's decent but nothing really to make it stand out from the herd of IPAs already out there.

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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 Mojo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can -> World Market tulip

This one pours up a nice copper with a 1 finger fluffy off white head. Retention is good and lacing is amazing. Smell is primarily orange and lemon. Taste is where this really shines. Upfront there is a lemony sweetness followed by that wonderful grapefruit not and a hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice with a decent amount of carbonation. This is worth giving a try if you come across it. I'm going to try this brewery's milk stout soon and hope it as good as their IPA.

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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
3.91 out of 5 based on 538 ratings.
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