Monkey's Uncle IPA | Straight To Ale

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Monkey's Uncle IPAMonkey's Uncle IPA
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Monkey's Uncle IPAMonkey's Uncle IPA

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ncfranklin on 02-04-2011

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Donamus
2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was just released in cans. I've had it in draft and cans. Draft is fantastic..

4 pack cans poured in to a pint glass

Look: Looks good. Like a typical DIPA

Smell: Burnt malt/plastic. Really heavy on the hops. Possibly to cover up a mistake?

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Too much of everything. Hops and malts don't balance. Tastes like the malt was burned in the mash. As far as hops go, I can dig it.

Feel: Thick, lingering after taste of the burning plastic.

Overall: Not a good one they produced in cans. It's a completely different beer on draft. In fact, it's fantastic on draft. Not sure what went wrong here. I still love STA though.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Abbo
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of HiWire
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darker tint Amber that's very clear. 1 finger head that stays pretty long time with little lacing. Smells super hoppy and malty. Very bitter right off the bat, finishes earthy and bitter. Good carbonation. Not sure how I feel about this one after the 4 pack is done.

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Photo of jdpatterson
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery.

Clear gold. Smells vaguely cheesy. Pine hops.
Quite bitter. Perhaps too much. It's earthy-bitter and very deep. Maybe TOO bitter. There are some sweetish malts, but you couldn't call it balanced. The aftertaste is lingering.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Monkey's Uncle is brewed in the style of an Imperial India Pale Ale, available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth foam head of a pastel white color over a very mildly hazy honey amber body with moderate carbonation and high clarity. Retention is very good and lacing is mild and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Hop flavors of pine, pithy citrus and light floral tones with a moderate bitterness against a pale and biscuit malt body with a light sweetness. Fairly mild on the hop front overall. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Biscuit and caramel grain malt body with a light piney hop flavor and a mild bitterness. Decidedly light on hop flavor and bitterness, with little to keep interest in this beer otherwise. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is moderately oily, lightly residual, softly chewy, slick, medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a mild frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly malty sweet and grainy over hoppy bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Not a particularly memorable Imperial IPA with little going for it in hop flavor and bitterness. There's much better stuff out there. 3.5

Straight To Ale's
Monkey's Uncle Imperial India Pale Ale

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RichJ1970 for including this in the box he sent as part of NBS BIF #3. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Canned on date of 3/3/16. Poured a lightly hazy orange-gold color, with 1/3 inch of of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

There was a lightly grainy malt base in the nose, topped up with a nice blast of brite citrusy hops. A very good taste hits the tongue; low grain base, some light floral tones in front, citrus in the middle, and some grapefruit on the finish.

The body was the typical medium of the style. Drinkability was fairly typical for the style, the beer went down easily enough, and was tasty in doing so. Overall, a very nice example of a standard American style. Certainly worth your time when you see it.

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Photo of rworkman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of GratefulEdd
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrankK
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of helios7
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of zookerman182
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orange/copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, malts as well. Taste is the same. lots of tropical fruits, a good bit of malts, some sweetness, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MuFugga
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BamaViper1
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from draught into a snifter at the J Clyde in Birmingham, Al. I will say that I drank a Great Divide Old Ruffian and a water before I had this beer.

The Monkey's Uncle is amber brown with a 1/2 inch head. Very nice lacing as well.

The beer has a pungent, funky hop presence in first smell. This gives way to caramel malt and pine and banana and fig and then more caramel malt.

The maltiness is what hits the tongue first - caramel and sugary. This is then overtaken by hop presence, bitter and a little funky with a good bit of pine. Hints of banana and earth, and the finish has slight hoppy bitterness wrapped in more of that caramel, sugary malt.

The mouthfeel for this beer is very, very creamy. It has nice carbonation, a medium-full body, and the finish is long and thick too.

I like this IPA. It is great especially at first. I will say that drinkability diminishes as time passes. The maltiness gets to be a little much as the beer warms. I think I just wish the hop presence were a little bolder, or maybe more bitter. But as is, I do enjoy I this beer a whole lot, appreciating it's roundness and not pure hopbombness, and I will definitely drink it again.

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