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Monkeynaut IPA | Straight To Ale

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Monkeynaut IPAMonkeynaut IPA
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
564 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#10,545
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
564
pDev:
12.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
140
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of leroybrown10
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 MaMacK75
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of warpig372
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jar0028
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcotom
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 jnorris404
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyburczy
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfoltz53
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NWFLyer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +5.2%
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 Flatsskipper
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WilliamCook
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Psychromatic
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hootie159
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwd
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jdpatterson
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drinking12many
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ziggy1717
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 tmappenzeller
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Monkeynaut IPA from Straight To Ale
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 564 ratings
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