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Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
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3.53/5
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438 Ratings
Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
DC is known as the City of Monuments, and our Monumental IPA is a fitting tribute. Monumental IPA is distinctive for its complex aromas and flavors, and it strikes a perfect balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,094
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
438
pDev:
13.6%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
88
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of dafla67
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite decent IPA. Served on tap at Murphy's Irish Pub in Alexandria. Golden and clear, with a finger of foam. Nicely balanced IPA, almost somewhere between an English and an American style. Aromas of caramel, grass and floral hops, with a nice balanced flavor between grapefruit, herbal, toasted bread , and caramel.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gavilan
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A malty British IPA.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eluvah
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a much older school, even english style ipa, than what is on trend right now, but these once classic examples of the style are starting to come back into vogue almost in reaction to the hazy ones, and i am all for it. what ever happened to balance and bitterness in a hop forward beer anyway? how did we so lose our way? this has a deep copper color, more crystal malt in here than seems to be allowed nowadays. the hops profile seems almost lost to it, a little pine and more alpha acid bitterness than aroma or flavor combined, but its oily and slick like a lot of hops can do to a beer, and it works well with all the malt in here. this is how they kind of all used to be not that long ago. for me, this could stand more or different dry hopping, i want a little more fresh hop aroma and flavor to this to go with the bitterness that is obviously derived from a ton of hops. i like the balance, but the style has kind of evolved beyond this, even in the more balanced and clear ones. im not sure there is english yeast in here, but i kind of taste it when i think about it. it belongs though, and i appreciate this one for being true to itself. so many beers have changed recipes and retained their names, this feels like its always been like this, even though it is my first time having one. enjoyable, if a bit dated.

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Photo of CoasterGuy
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of richj1970
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimpyle48
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of walkinginplace
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of newcastlemike
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkholmes25
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThePold
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Epic a mile from the brewery. Had a stellar head that left big yeast clusters afloat. Taste was a solid east coast IPA, not quite as hoppy as beers I prefer such as Stone.

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Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Loved their Porter, and I like this EIPA more than most Ba'ers.
a) Pours a clouded dark apricot body with lots of suspended particulate and a little visible carbonation. its 1 finger head resolves into a lasting skim and ring, and leaves dotty lace.
s) Too faint. Offers the aromas of an English IPA, with sweet malt, and fruit flesh among the citrus and orange rind hops, blended with a pear nectar / caramel malt core. Finally, a touch of pine hop.
t) As it smells, but much bigger, complex, and juicy... more of that fruit nectar that's well balanced by the drying pine hops in the finale.
f) Juicy, nectar, in mid-weight and carbonation format, nicely drying in the finish, great first beer of evening before dinner.
o) This beer was more inviting and interesting than as reviewed. I'd an east coast sailor's IPA or EPIA, but better than most.

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Photo of jay25mac
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dull sunset orange has a fairly good clarity revealing a steady, and spacious rise of macro-carbonation bubbles. Thick and foamy chalk white head has a respectable rise and holding stance. Glass adhering lace coverage is generous showing a standard issue and lasting coverage.

S: Wet and lemony citrus on the open. Some apricot fruitiness and dry grains with toasted bread adds malt support. The strength is rather weak, hardly lasting.

T: Lemony-caramel, with a touch of sour citrus. There seems to be of an influence of sour malting and citrus, then traditional hops. Toasted grains add dryness, with some sour pine and a light amount of bitterness. Not a lot of complexity or flavor, rather a monotone of bitterness.

M: Medium body, some tingle and carbonation texture, average regards and certainly not a highlight. Light off the tongue, doesn't leave much impression.

O: Nothing really defining here, just recently had their essential pale, which I thought was good, this is muddled in hop flavors, lacks body and malt support in the mouthful. This is a step above ok regards, but certainly not a 3.5. Lingering sour malt and citrus adds punch, just not a significant reason to re-sample.

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Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cmarshb
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with sticky white crust. 3.75
Orange rind + vague bread crust. 3.75
Thread of toffee, some tannins, copper penny, then leaf, orange peel + pine resin hops. 4
Spicy linger.
Lt+, oily, clean. 4

The more I have juicy Californians + tropical New Englands, there more old school East Coast IPAs just taste English. A couple of different angles to the malts here - malts, in an IPA! - while the hops play straight citrus/pine, and halfheartedly, though with real bitterness. Competent, just not what I feel like drinking. 4

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Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 438 ratings