Monkey's Uncle IPA | Straight To Ale

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Monkey's Uncle IPAMonkey's Uncle IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ncfranklin on 02-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
2
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll be a Monkey's Uncle! I just opened a box from Uncle JedI & Purple Hat Joan and it was an indulgence of two of my favorite beer-related things: CANned beer & embroidered cloth patches! It is good to have friends nationwide and worldwide to CANnect with.

From the CAN: A serious, pipe-smoking simian stares out from above his reading glasses at me. I do not understand why, as I liked his nephew, Monkeynaut.

Usually, when I Crack! open a CAN of beer, the Crack! is all that I hear, but tonight, it has been animal noises. First it was a lowing cow, now it is a chattering monkey! Did they throw Pleepleus in the CAN?!? I employed an inverted Glug to shut him up and it worked, but I was met with three fingers of massive, rocky, tawny head with such amazing retention that I began to regret my decision to go that route. I'm thirsty and this is getting in my way! Sticky lacing began to form as it fell and I suddenly regretted lending my jackhammer to my neighbor as that was the only way I was removing that sticky mess. Nose was redolent with tropical fruits - pineapple, mango and coconut. My mouth went into overdrive in terms of watering. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. Mouthfeel was full and viscous on my tongue. It was more like a dollop than a draught! Man, but the tropical fruit flavors hit my tastebuds like the landing craft at Normandy. For the fools, I mean, people who eschew hoppy beers at this point in time, you have no idea what you are missing! This was not overly bitter, but it was definitely hoppy. It had a really dank quality to it, like putting your nose in a baggie of a hybrid. Finish was likewise fruity, but not hot, overwhelming or any other CANplaints that I read about DIPAs. Now, at 7.75% ABV, a couple at a time would probably suffice.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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 AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a great golden yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is mild hops. The taste is a unique creamy hop flavor. Really good.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of richj1970
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz growler into tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper color with two finger white head with good retention and decent sticky lacing.

S: Grapefruit and oranges mixed with pine resin and a hint of banana.

T: Mostly citrus and hops up front with a hint of sweetness. Grapefruit, orange. Pretty big hop bitterness, but enough malt backbone to balance it out.

M: Light with good carbonation. Finish is dry and a little bitter.

O: A solid offering from STA. I like this one quite a bit more than their year round IPA, and maybe not as much as Gorillanaut.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear copper color. The smell is of mango and maybe oranges with a pine aroma. The taste is mainly malty sweet oranges and pine with a nice bitter hoppy ending. Not super complex but a tasty imperial iPod.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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
3.42/5.00

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Photo of Squire123
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Burnished gold leading toward red, bright cap with very good lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly bright, the hops jump out in an earthy, spicy way and malt quickly follows. Very good first impression. Some floral, hint of conifer, solid without being heavy.

Taste: Solid malt here with hop support. This is bigger, bolder and stronger, a true Imperial brew. The website says 8%, no mention I can find of IBUs, hops are there but not intrusive, certainly not the focal point, malt is main and hops play a supporting role. Mid palate hops arrive and sing the way to the finish. Lots of hops but bitterness is noticeable only in the aftertaste where it lingers just slightly.

Texture: Pretty full.

Overall: Now, I can take hops as well as the next guy, I mean when you open the can this one hits you with a hop aroma discernable three feet away, yet that's just part of the picture. As you glass then lift to sip you're thinking hops but no, what presents is rich malt with hops following. Bit of a surprise but a nice one. Full on malt, good hop counterpoint, this one's a winner.

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jkermitj
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Reaper16
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of helios7
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Monkey's Uncle IPA from Straight To Ale
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