Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

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.

Added by Rhettroactive on 02-19-2011

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 402
Photo of Barnoloid
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pithy, sticky and ripe fruit driven IPA with a bit of a battle going on between the caramelly malt backend and the tropical to piney hop feel. Neither side really wins out here, although this beer goes down easier than it could do.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at a Liquor Store on Muddy Branch Road here in Gaithersburg. Pours a translucent cider brown color with little head. Nose has some citrus and minty hops but it isn't terribly inspiring.

The hops are more assertive in the flavor, although there is still reasonable balance. The carbonation could probably be lowered a touch. This is fine, but pretty nondescript. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orangish-copper body; small head, dissipates quickly; little lacing

Smell: sweet, biscuity malts; citrusy hops

Taste: sweet malts with quick hop bite right up front; finishes fairly sweet, but enough hops to balance it out

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy with good effervescence

Remarks: excellent IPA for me

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Photo of hdf561
1.65/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Had in a bottle from local Kroger make your own 6 pack...initial smell is harsh it makes my skin crawl and shudder, can get small hints of caramel but it's mostly hoppy.

Taste is very bitter Carmel notes but bitter. Finish is actually smoother than the initial taste but still a hard bitter drink. This is just not for me.

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Photo of GregA135
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at L.A. Bar in DC
From what I could see in the darkly lit bar was a amber color with a thin head
Smelled of pine, hops and a bit of citrus
Taste of hops and pine, some orange with a very present malt backbone
Very easy to drink and I enjoyed it. Nice sipper when you are out with friends in DC

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - date on neck - about 3 months old

orange rust colored, white head good lacing. nice hop aroma - some citrus flavor in there. taste is nice and balanced - biscuity malt flavor and hop flavor - but no bitterness. medium bodied, nice feel.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.34/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anyone who doesn't think this one of the best IPAs brewed in the greater DC area either hasn't had it fresh enough or is just biased against local shelf beers. Seriously, I drank this stuff 4 days after it was bottled and I only just barely had time to swallow before my jaw dropped and I would have spilled beer all over.

You like chewy pine? You like refreshing citrus? You like a bittersweet and almost perfect malty hop balance? You like IPAs that don't need 8% alcohol to taste good? Then drink this shot now!

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Has a light orange color. The pour leaves a nice lacing. The smell has a floral component to it. Has a pleasant hoppy taste at the beginning but ends with a slight bitter taste. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA. I have had better but I have also had worse.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was down to visit my aunt & uncle in DC recently when I hit upon stopping in at the local World Market. It was not terribly well-stocked, but I was able to find enough to fill a mixed six-pack. Yeah, it's another bottle, but I needed to take some beer back to the house & this was my best option.

From the Bottle: "Monumental IPA has flavors of citrus and pine resin and floral aromas combined with a malty background. This IPA shows a delicious, yet elusive balance between hop bitterness and malt flavors. We believe that Monumental IPA is a great example of a complex and balanced East Coast-style IPA."

I Pop!ped the cap just before the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships were preparing to drop the puck in overtime. I was quite excited by all of it, so I gave it a heavy-handed pour. This raised three fingers of puffy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a cloudy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with lots of floaties in evidence. Finland just won over Russia in OT! Nose smelled like sweet victory in the form of minty hops, very cool, very green, somewhere among spearmint, peppermint & pine. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops bite that put my poor, bruised tongue to the test. Finish was cool and dry, like inhaling after mouthwash. It was decent, but so like so many others.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is just a solid IPA. Ten years ago this would have been top-shelf, but these days it's a bit middle of the road for an IPA. That's not a criticism, just a fact that non-extreme beers have a tough time standing out. I had a couple of these at a local bar for a work function in NoVa, and I was glad to have it. The beer was fresh, and nicely balanced between hops and malt. Not a palate crusher, but a really decent beer. Nice amber color, a little citrus/pine on the nose, and a balanced malt/hop taste. After a couple, I decided to try a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which I noticed on their menu. The bottle date was 10/2014, so over a year old, and you could tell. At least the Port City tasted nice and fresh. I'd have again in a similar setting.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively light orange amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that slowly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts, floral hops, and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but seems to be a little maltier with additional hints of biscuit malts, toffee malts, and piney hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops impart some crispness.
O: This beer has a solid malt backbone and provides a good balance between the malts and hops. The hop profile is atypical compared to most IPAs and

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Maxbier
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark caramel/golden color with dense off-white head. Aroma is flowery sweet hop, the hop aroma is closer to a Hallertau or Saaz than to an American hop. Taste is more like an American IPA; Bitterness up front- pine, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits and grasses. Maltyness is noticeable but generic in its flavor and character. Finish is piney bitter and lingers a while. Food pairing is probably critical with this beer- completely different experience depending on what you are eating.

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Photo of jacksdad
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since moving to the DMV area from the Pac. NW, I am always amazed to find a locally produced IPA that rivals those found in Nor. Cal, Oregon,and Wash. I am even more amazed when I find something that is even better than a previous one I've tried.

Port City's Monumental is just that, a monumentally good beer. Wonderful copper orange color. Fragrant and hoppy. A respectable 6.3% but not the least bit boozy. Just a tad more carbonation than usual, but it works.

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Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice medium gold color. Head is ok and lacing is pretty monumental as it clings for dear life all over the inside of the glass !. Aroma is balanced well with hoppiness and sweet malts with the hops winning out by a small margin. Taste is light with a nice sampling of hop bitterness, some orange and a good balance overall. Fells good going down with nice carbonation and a good refreshing taste and feel...

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer has a decent hop presence of woodiness and leaves. There's a substantial maltiness and sweetness in the middle. The beer is decently bitter. A good beer to pair with food.

Decently better than the rating it gets.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is a hazed brown-orange with a creamy off-white head with good strength. Lacing is in a thick and heavy layer on the glass before dissipating to a lighter but still plentiful patching.
This beer has an interesting profile for sure, hops easily detectable enough but certainly resting beneath the malts. The bitterness is akin to rind, a bit of citrus to it, and some of the earthy nature could be hops. Otherwise it's extremely doughy with lots of toffee and a little spiciness to it. What makes it most interesting is the strong tobacco-like note that comes off all the way from beginning to end and incorporates itself into every other aspect. The finish is sort of minty in the back off a tangier mint more forward.
This one is very creamy and smooth as well as being crisp, and it's a solid medium body holding it together. Chewy is the key here, as the doughy nature it shows translates to the feel.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am currently on vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there is a Wegman's located close to the hotel we are stating at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with some bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. Has a nice white head about 1/3 to 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured. Very good head retention and nice lacing too! Has a nice, slightly toasted, bready/biscuit caramel malt aroma followed by piney hops. It should come as no surprise I suppose then that it also has a nice, slightly toasted, biscuit/bready caramel malt sweet flavor upfront that give way to a nice piney hop backbone. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, frothy, slightly oily, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation rounded out by a dry finish. Worth a try I suppose. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing special here either.


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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly golden orange body with minimal head and lace and had a little bit of an interesting aroma with poney hops, caramel malt and bread. However, nose is as good as it gets. Minimal citric/pine hops balance with slight caramel sweetness and a little bread for dryness and full body. However, these aspects are all low-key so while I am not saying this is a watery beer it certainly is "mild", to be polite. Pretty much fence sitting on styles and just not noteworthy.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed this several months ago and thought perhaps I had gotten an old bottle. Wanted to re-review. My original review with ratings is below. Here's my new review.

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops; toffee:

T: toffee sweetness up front; earthy hops peek through at mid-palate, but disappear before the toffee sweet finish; almost no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: still not among my favorite IPAs, but a clear step up from my first experience:

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, got a 1 finger head that dissipated almost immediately to a patchy film; moderate lacing; (3.5)

S: not much aroma at all; a little dank pine and caramel malt; (3)

T; taste is also subdued; caramel malts up front; a fruity sweetness from med palate through the finish; no bitterness; (2.75)

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation; (3)

O: not enough malt to be an English IPA and not enough hops to be an American IPA; (2.75)

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info that I can find.

Pours clouded medium amber, looser lite khaki head.

Some mint and tea on the nose.

Malty with ample caramel. Too sweet for the style, hops present but way in the rear.

Meh, not really doing it for me.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky sunkist orange/over-ripened mango red hue. Very fluffy white head with excellent retention.

S: Earthy, woodsy, peppery. Orange citrus and vanilla undertones.

M: Slick and oily, medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Some pithiness at the end.

T: Prickly pine and bright grapefruit combined with a moderate minerality give the impression this was aged in wine barrels. Metallic afterbite and spicy hops. Strong grass notes. Distinct patches of toasted caramel with orange bursts of sweetness.

O: More of an American/English hybrid if you ask me. The Liberty and Magnum hops speak to its European heritage, as well as its pronounced malt flavor, and combined give it a pleasant aroma. Not a hop bomb for sure, but the malts can carry the hop oils nicely...perhaps too nicely as the Amarillo hops gives off too much metallic that hampers the enjoyment of the hop bitterness.

I'm interested in comparing this beer to Maine's Peeper, as the hop bills are nearly identical, save for the substitution of Cascade for Liberty.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had some really good beers lately and maybe this has tainted my perspective a bit. This is not a horrible beer, its just not up to others standards. I saw it frequently in a local grocery store and then all of a sudden they were gone, they had this one stored in the mixed six pack area and I needed one more to try so I figured what the hell. It has not date that I could tell so this one may have been older and thus the hop presence that was there had dissipated with the passage of time.

Appearance: Standard, reddish golden color, nothing outstanding.

Smell: Not a lot going on, you could tell that it was an ale, but more of a pale ale than an IPA in smell, a little on the malty side.

Taste: Same thing, more Pale Ale, I think the hops had died really, it wasn't a bad beer and if it were not 6.2%, I would categorize it as a session "tasting" beer. Not that I would want to, but it is not in the league of others, not really boozy but nothing to brag about.

Overall: Fair, maybe better than that, especially if it were fresh, and it may have been but I will never know that for certain, but by the absence of the beer in the store in six packs I assume it wasn't a big seller so this is just unloading the rest of the stock one by one. I am not unhappy about trying it, especially since I scored some really expensive beers in singles for way less than the going price. I guess the store wasn't paying attention to what was going on, or broke one out of a $12 four pack, so I lucked up and got the other three, so I needed three more to fill out the pack. I feel like I got a very good deal overall, so this mediocre beer was the only let down and it was not THAT bad really.

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Photo of guityler83
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Finger full of off white head that quickly fell into the murkey copper colored liquid. It left a coat of lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Dank, grapefuity and dark citrus hop aroma with a solid malt aroma underneath.

T: Very firm dank, reisonous bitterness that rolls over the pallet. As it adjusts the malts come through in the way of caramel and toast with some sweetness. It finishes with the grapefruit and citrus flavors but in a subdued way. kind of muted if you will.

M: A stickey sensation on the pallet from the hop oils. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level.

O: The bitterness was nice, but the malt profile was a little too much for my liking in an IPA. Overall not great but worth a shot.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Finnegan's Wake here in town. Came out a crystal clear pale orange with a thick creamy white head on top. Good retention and lacing.

Nose is sweet and fruity. Pretty tame for an IPA. Some citrus zest, light floral hops. The mouth was a tad on the thin side as well, but it made for easy-drinking with my lunch.

Mild bitterness, some more citrus sweetness, sweet finish. This was an odd one. Not exactly what I was craving. With an overabundance of IPAs in the market now, this is probably one I won't revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark golden / light orange color with a one finger head that lingered around a bit. Spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: caramel and orange are mellow but pleasant.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, and a moderate hop bitterness create a straight forward IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Refreshing with a short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy drinking IPA and a few of these could be enjoyed in a session. This one is more citrus and fruit forward instead of a hop driven IPA.

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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