Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
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3.53/5
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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:
#40,434
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
438
pDev:
13.6%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
88
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 438
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 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 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 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 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 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 IronLover
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +2.8%
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 VoxRationis
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +13.3%
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 Barnoloid
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -4.2%
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 +5.9%
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 -53.3%
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 +8.5%
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 +11.3%
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 +22.9%
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 -5.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.7%
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 VABA
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Revisited 1/19/19

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hoppy flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A refreshing beer

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -3.4%
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 +22.7%
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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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 438 ratings