Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
BA SCORE
3.53/5
415 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:
#39,529
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
415
pDev:
13.88%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
80
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery tap room in Alexandria, VA.

A: single finger head with decent retention and nice lacing on a cloudy copper with golden body.

S: aroma is almost nonexistent with mostly orange peel grapefruit and floral hop notes.

T: this one is very one dimensional. Difficult to separate the hops from the malts. This one is fairly bitter.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. finish is actually pretty dry.

Overall: a very simple IPA. It's about as bitter as I like this style to be. Another simple beer from this brewery however I can understand each of the beers as being made with drinkability in mind which I respect.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15%

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 brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with several fingers of head; the retention was fairly good and a few strands of lace were left behind

Smell: Fruity, like an ESB, with caramel and bitters, underneath

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, up front, that lingers from stem to stern; the hops, which taste more like bitters than piney or citrusy, jump in by mid-palate and balance the malt after the swallow, as well, but the beer is one malty IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not really to style but not unpleasant; rather average all around

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation, a light to moderate amount of dark yeast particles in suspension in the lower half of the glass, and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/orange rind hops over a lighter aroma of caramel malts and just a touch of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts and toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/orange rind, and pine hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly thin.

O: Due to the rather subdued hoppiness, this is almost more of an English IPA than an American IPA other than the specific varieties of hops used. The beer is easy to drink but I would like just a touch more fullness to the body and slightly more pronounced hop flavors/aromas.

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint a dull copper color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Aromas of citric hops,caramel,and alcohol,almost DIPA'ish in nature.First off it is a sweet ipa no doubt,alot of caramel and alot of sugary sweetness,there is a decent grapefruit-like hop flavor to it but it seems to be overtaken by sweetness.The sweetest "standard" ipa I have had,it's not horrible but it's not something you could drink a large amount of,the malt bill needs to be toned down a little in my opinion.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Surly pint glass. Consumed a few hours after the fill.

Pours a moderate copper color with a good white head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light hops as well as well as a bit of caramel. Bread crust as well. Hops come through a bit more as it warms. Taste brings forward a better dosing of the hops with some floral and citrus characteristics there. The floral and herbal hops dominate.

Without looking at the ingredients in this one, I would have said this was an English IPA, especially given the caramel and malt presence. Mouthfeel is fairly light and well-carbonated. Bitterness comes through toward the end; the 50 IBUs make their way known. Drinks really, really well. Very much enjoyed making my way through this growler. Almost wish I didn't have as much help as I did.

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Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Two fingers of head, clear brassy color

SMELL: Spicy, minty, orange pith, blonde tobacco, hay, persimmons, white pepper, underripe nectarines

TASTE: Super smooth, hit of caramel, grassy, spicy, leafy, sticky resin, earthy, citric peel, faint pine, bitter, dry finish

Somewhat agressive but balanced, still very much an American IPA but not so far gone that it loses its barrings with an insane amount of hops. Worth a visit IMO.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 06/11/11 notes. I've had this one on tap at the brewery and from a growler, reviewing this one from a 12 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky dark orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, light fruit, caramel malts, bready malts, and toasted malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, and a little bit bitter. Also tastes of bready and toasted malts. A little too bitter with not a lot of hops; not that great.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little too carbonated.

o - Overall a below average IPA, and probably the worst of the Port City offerings. Go for their Porter and Wit first.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Andrew for sending me this bottle as an extra.

A: The pour is amber in color with a small and short lived white head.

S: Smells mostly of sour and overcooked grain. Some grassy and straw sort of hop aromas can't really do much to salvage the beer. Just has a really lemony, sort of sour, aroma that is far too pervasive to really smell anything else.

T: The flavor is not any better. Bitter and slightly buttery are the best words to describe the flavor. There is some of that sourness that the nose had as well. Some grass and mild citrus hop flavors are present, but don't do much to help.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: This was just unpleasant. Not the flavors I look for in an IPA (or really any beer).

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well so there's a brewery in Alexandria, my old stomping grounds. Checking the map out this brewery is barely 1/2 mile from my old apartment. Let's see how this turned out, been looking for this thing for some time now. Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso.

A cloudy orange and very opaque body. Real nice cap though sort of an off white/cream brown. Minimal lacing while drinking.

First smell I get is a citrus but can't go so far to call it grapefruit, the nose on this beer is pretty small. There's a hint of apple also.

Taste brings forth first caramel, even dare I say it a chocolate like sensation as if I am eating Rolo candy or something. Mild hop bitters, even tea like with sugar. Dry. Strangely complex but balanced but sort of unexpected for this style for me.

Still a simple easy good drink, it may not be my favorite for this style but it drinks well. They did a pretty good job with this one have to say.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 VeganUndead
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of IrishColonial
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 415 ratings
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