Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

Monumental IPAMonumental IPA
BA SCORE
37.8%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 410 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:
#39,113
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
410
Liked:
155
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
13.88%
Alströms:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
79
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 410 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of MorganH
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of osickeym
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good hops. A bit malty I like a lot. 93/100

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Photo of GearHaiku
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ghirsh
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkermitj
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of godawgs
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Barleycorn
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerimthere
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMili
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of speedvagen
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 37.8% out of 100 with 410 ratings
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