Monumental IPA | Port City Brewing

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78
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403 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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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.

Added by Rhettroactive on 02-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
403
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
78
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of j0hnc2468
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of godawgs
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +2.9%
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 +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerimthere
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMili
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of speedvagen
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markjarema11
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barbican
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beers-es
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kettle1
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmf
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpkrippner
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lillitnn92
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colin32
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Monumental IPA from Port City Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
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