Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
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3.54/5
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423 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.

Added by Rhettroactive on 02-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,421
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
423
pDev:
13.84%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
85
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 423 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of jzeilinger
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThePold
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cmarshb
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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 -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange in color with yellow hues and a heavy haze. Poured with a short white foam with medium low retention. Fresh fruity aromas with resinous and minty notes hints. Medium malty aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light smoothness into the middle followed by light warmth near the end. Dark fruit flavors up front followed by minty hops and medium, spicy hop bitterness. Spicy hop flavors on the back end with solid malty character near the end. Finished with a lingering spicy hop bitterness with malty notes. This was different. Kind of like a hybrid NE IPA. A bit hazy and fruity, but with minty and spicy notes opposed to citrus. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long and bitter. Good brew.

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VoxRationis
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled on 2/21/17.
A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a less than a one half inch head and minimal lacing.
S: Floral esters up front with a toasty aroma overall. Perhaps some citrus or pine.
T: Fruity flavors, largely citrus (grapefruit) and pitted fruits (apricot) blended with caramel base. Some subtle pine/spiciness. Bitterness nicely in balance overall.
M: Medium bodied; solid effervescence.
O: Really a nice, almost New England style IPA.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PurpleEagle90
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tim725
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nace4
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbexphys
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some caramel malts. Taste is resin, pine, malts are present, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange color. Medium and resembles an orange. Smell and taste are good. Sort of balanced toffeer malt notes and strong orange and grapefruit rind as the dominant note goes back and forth. Lingering fruit in the finish. Body is medium and tingling carbonation. Also slightly syrupy. Pretty good and more interesting than people give it credit for.

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Photo of buzzy
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevintaraross
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breardon1776
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 423 ratings