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Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

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Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

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
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
379
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
32.74%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 379
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger white head. The head fads over a few minutes to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweeter citrus fruit and tropical fruit mixed with good doses of grapefruit hop and a very light pine hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor of tangerine and some tropical fruits of mango and pineapple. Mixed with these tastes are flavors of a more bready and slightly doughy nature as well as some grapefruit hop taste. As the flavors advance more toward the initial tastes more grapefruit hop comes to the tongue as well as some lighter pine hop flavors. These flavors largely take the taste to its end where a overall citrus sweet and hop flavor linger on the tongue leaving a quite pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the creamier and thicker side for a standard IPA of 6.3 % with a carbonation level that is more on the average side. Overall it feels rather nice on the tongue as the thicker body gives the sweeter fruit and hoppier flavors a good chance to be sensed by the tongue, yet the medium carbonation keeps it very drinkable and quite refreshing. It is a good combo.

Overall – A rater tasty IPA that had a fairly nice balance between sweet fruit and nice more citrus hop flavor. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of ALBuff
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The overall appearance of this beer is sadly it's most monumental quality. It pours a hazy golden amber with a thin, lacy head that sticks to the sides of the glass, and slowly slips down the sides with every sip. It's visually quite appealing. Unfortunately, though, that's where my compliments stop. There's really no significant hops fragrance here, and quite frankly, the malts-which are the stand outs-are hard to pick up too. The taste and mouthfeel are the least enjoyable qualities here: one dimensional with a sweet malty backbone quickly replaced with a bitter, dry finish reminiscent of the first time I tried an acorn. The sweetness dissipates almost immediately, and is rapidly replaced with bitterness and a strong desire to comb my tongue.

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Photo of ckollias
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle at Osteria 177 on Main street in Annapolis, MD

A: Pours an orange-amber hue with a thick, two-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the side of the glass.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus and pine background.

T: Nice and bitter IPA with an excellent hop and malt mix. Finishes in the bitter side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was an excellent IPA – So good I ordered another.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium amber with 1/4 inch white foam. Some lacing. Light grassy pine notes. Taste is a soft malt with a nice bitter that pokes through. Modest bitterness thorughout. Some sweetness before the bitter kicks in. Very nice.

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Photo of HopsandPots
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle brought from the brewery with 2342 A1 1333 on the bottom

A-Amber with a slight head.

S- Smells of toasty sweet malt, but nothing else really stands out. Maybe some blood orange.

T- Toasty and sweet, followed by a bitter finish leaving the palate dry

M- A tangy cloying mix of bitterness and sweetness coats the mouth

Overall- Meh. I've had better, I've had worse. It leaves much to be desired, but I can drink some of these over time.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale orange, very clear with fast rising bubbles and a quickly dissipating head.

Faint aroma of hops and sweet malt but nothing that's standing out in any particular way.

Slight hoppiness upfront with sweetness towards the end. Definitely not as strong of a hop flavor as I enjoy but this beer is really drinkable. Doesn't leave your mouth dry only slightly bitter.

Not exactly my type of IPA. I like a little more going on in terms of hops and bitterness but if you don't like the intensity of Imperial IPAs but still want some hop action this beer would be decent for you

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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 theluch
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Westin Hotel Dulles airport. Kudos to them for having a local on tap, now for the beer review...

A. Cloudy light copper with a finger of head that fades, a bit of lacing. Overall a nice looking beer.

S. kinda loses me here, I don't get much nose on this one. What I do get is a bit musty, not offensive but not totally to my liking. This is the weakest part of this beer, but again not terrible just average.

T. Nice lingering bitter with a pleasant citrus, very flavorful.

M. Full and rounded but silky and smooth with just enough carbonation pop to give it a lighter finish.

Overall an above average, nice American IPA. Well done.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, a buddy of mine picked it up for me on a recent trip to Virginia. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy light copper color with some sediment floaties noticeable. There's also a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Decent amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy (tropical fruit, orange peel) hops along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like citrusy (tropical fruit, pineapple, orange peel) hops, caramel malt and some light piney hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. It's a solid brew, I wouldn't mind trying this one again in the future.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle, $1.99 from the Village Pump. All out of Summer Love, so I'll grab some ticks instead.

Pouring a coppery amber with a thin white head that falls off leaving little lacing, this is too dark for an IPA. The nose has a huge amount of caramel, toffee and butterscotch, with a minimal hop presence. Mild candied orange and grapefruit notes are present in the back, but mostly, this has a ton of malt. Just a touch of butter as well. And maybe some Cascades?

The palate opens with a lot of malt. Toffee, caramel, some butterscotch, with a mild hop presence. The hop character is a faintly bitter Cascade flavor with a mild candied orange fruitiness and no pleasing bitterness. Again, the water seems a little too mineral-heavy, lending an unpleasant harshness to the palate. No off-flavors here IMO. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is too sweet for an IPA, not nearly bitter enough and lacking in hop flavor and aroma. There's nothing really to like here.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its a lighter hoppy/ ipa beer. My go to beer @ Hanks oyster bar in DC. $7 a glass. Flatter than most drafts. Very amber in color. A local beer. This is not my top 6 beers. Tastes like 40 IBU and I dont know how it is. It kinda tatses like Dales Pale Ale.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*No freshness date on bottle -- poured into a tulip glass*

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a thick bubbly head. Lacing ended poorly, though. A nice complex color that has a unique dark to light gradient flowing to the bottom. I look for things like that in the appearance.

S: A crisp pineapple and citrus aroma with a musky malt background. Definitely some earthy notes, but way in the back for me. Not sure there's enough to warrant a 4 -- doesn't really hit the nose like IPAs should.

T: There's some good and bad here: A sweet malt flavor with a fruit-filled backbone. The flavor does dance on the tongue a little bit. However, just not wow-ing me. Honestly, could use a bit more hoppy flavor. My opinion.

M: A well carbonated beer that leaves a chewy hop taste in the mouth. A medium body. There's a lot of good and bad -- I'm trying to see just the positives. But, with the good kind of comes a lifeless feel that I'm just not feeling that much.

O: Just a slightly above average beer for me. Just not enough here for me. With all the goods this beer has it's cursed with just the same amount of negatives. Another negative for me was the almost non-existant finish.

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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 cwoods
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S- bottle poured into pint glass

A- thick head, hazey golden orange

S- hoppy, fruity, somewhat strong, fresh smell

T- very well balanced b/w malts, hops, citrus, grassy.

O- Nothing extradinardy about this ipa excecpt for the fact that its really good. It doesnt blow you away with anything wild but its very drinkable and is a great ipa to enjoy year round.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in the glass a cloudy orange with a thin white head.

The smell is hoppy,citrus and grapefruit,quite subtle.

The taste is bitter from the hops but well balanced with some nice bready malts.

The mouth feel is very smooth with medium carbonation.

A very good ipa,not the most complex but a tasty beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a copper color with decent, though not perfect clarity. Many trails of carbonation are evident rising to the top. The head is ever so slightly darker than in most IPAs (with a light cream color, one finger tall), and has very good retention and lacing.

S: There are notes of caramel, grapefruit, and a little pine. The scent is a little mild, but it smells like it has good balance, at least.

T: Like I suspected it might be, it's a malty, balanced IPA that's easy to drink, but rather unassuming. A slight touch of citrus is augmented by caramel maltiness, with a finishing piny kick. There are also touches of diacetyl near the finish as well, suggesting it's more English IPA than American. Still, these buttery notes never get in the way of the other flavors, rendering it pleasant but wholly unspectacular overall. It has 'enough' flavor - no more, no less.

M: A bit heavy, but nice smoothness with a slightly dry finish. There's a hint of a lingering aftertaste, but it's not as strong as I'd like it to be. Middling carbonation.

O: There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it at all, but it's desire to forsake boldness for ease of drinkability hurts its score a tad. I can't in good conscience call this a session beer, but its easygoing nature makes it a good choice to pair it up with some food. Those looking for a full-flavored kick in the face can safely skip this one. Those looking for a nice introductory IPA or a drink to go with their dinner should give this one a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TechTriumph
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 02/29/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" off-white creamy head with nice retention; Hazy in appearance with an orange hued amber color; Visible carbonation within the glass; Decent lacing left behind

S - Bigger aroma when the head is still around; Nice balance of toasted malts and floral and grapefruit hops

T - Good balance of both malts and hops here with flavors of toasted bread and grains, caramel, pepper, grapefruit, and apricot; Overall flavor is a tad muted with nothing really coming forward strongly; Mild bitterness present in the beginning of the taste

M - Good amount of carbonation; Just under medium bodied; Semi-dry finish

O - Overall, this is a solid IPA offering from Port City. I would've liked for the flavor to stand out a bit more than it did, but the flavor profile itself was pretty good. I think this brew falls somewhere in the middle tier of Virginia IPA's and wouldn't mind trying it again sometime down the line.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle on or best by date. Thanks to gwillyb for this one. Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a rusty, copper color with little head that faded quickly. Thin patches of head remain. Nice clarity.

S - Floral and herbal hop notes with a hint of orange zest.

T - Slight floral sweetness up front with some lemon peel that quickly fades to sharp pine and herbal hop bitterness. There is little malt presence.

M - Smooth on the way in with light carbonation and nice subtle hop oil coating. No alcohol presence.

O/D - This is a decent IPA, but it doesn't hit m preferred, IPA flavor profile. This one is pine and grass, I'm a fan of more fruity hop character.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours from bottle into a Nonic-shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a very healthy frothy white-colored head; about one finger in size and held very well; not much lacing though; dark copper, amber colored looking body, semi-opaque; some carbonation

S - Great citrus bouquet; orange; caramel roasted malt nose; toffee; nice pine hop scents; slightly floral

T - Smooth caramel taste; rich bitter pine taste; citrus taste on the tip of the tongue; nice malty flavor of roasted grains; I can taste every ingredient in the beer

M - Creamy and frothy; well-built body; slightly effervescent; tart feeling on the side of the tongue and cheeks; bitter feel on the back of the tongue; lingering bitter, pine and malt aftertaste

D - Very good drink; I don't understand all the unkind remarks and scores; this is one of the more pleasurable IPA's I've had; kudos to Port City for producing a pleasurably scented and flavorful beer

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last of a free sampler.

Looks light amber in color with little to no carbonation.

I actually like the way it smells. A sticky honey sweet malt is very dominant, which is accented by citric hops. Kind of reminds me of Two-Hearted.

Taste isnt Two-Hearted. Theres a powdery taste that I cant pin down. Maybe its the dried hops, but it just doesnt mesh with the rest of the beer. The grapefruit and other citric flavors just dont feel right, almost like powdered Vitamin C. Rather disappointing after the positivity from the nose.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.74/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I love the Port City Porter, but the Monumental IPA was a big disappointment. Maybe my bottle was old. Where were the hops???

A: Orange amber colour and a 5 mm head that fades very quick. 3.5

S: Not a strong smell other than grain and dust. Very dissapointing. 2

T: Malty with a little tangy grapefruit. There is also a little sweet honey. Not much hops. A little disappointing. 3

M: Not strongly carbonated. 3.5

O: 2.5

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Photo of Guden
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange tinged copper color with a little haze. A nice one finger creamy head sits on top for a while but leaves no lacing.

S- Toffees and fruit mingle together nicely with neither overpowering. Definite american hop character but also a nice mix of the toffee caramel and a little bready malt.

T- A light bitterness permeates with piney hops showing up on top of a crusty malt character. The finish has a bit of citrus perk that screams for another sip...and another.

M- A little bit more on the chewier side of IPA's which I like and goes well with the extra malt and caramel flavors this one has.

D- Really liking the complexity of this one. The mouthfeel and slight maltiness really stick with me, it's not an amber but it's more balanced than the average IPA and I like that. A nice job of not overdoing it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Nugganooch
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle to pint glass
*No bottle dating but some type of coding on the bottom that I am clearly not smart enough to understand.

A: Port City Monumental IPA pours a slight brassy colored amber with some nice clarity. Thin cap of khaki foam had low retention and lacing.

S: Smell has a real spicy hop nose. Caramel toffee. Bready grains and some earth tones.

T: Has a sort of juicy hop presence that is all spice, pine, and some stone fruits. More of a caramel biscuit malt forwardness with a residual sweetness that trails in. Nice frontal bitterness but hops dont really linger. Sort of one dimensional.

M: Good carbonation with a moderately chewier body and a very crisp finish.

D: A decent IPA by not stand out by any means. Actual decent hop bitterness but bread and spice flavors take center.

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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.
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