SF-SD Bay To Bay | Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A california common is lager yeast fermented at ale temperature unique in its own right but alongside 2 row, biscuit and munich malts we added a bit of dark malt to give it's black hue. If not uncommon enough we gave it a very healthy dose of citra, amarillo and sorachi ace to give it that west coast/San Siego citrus hoppiness that we've come to know and love. To freak out the beer a little more we added single origin madagascar cacaoa nibs from Dandelion Chocolate (bean to bar chocolate factory in the mission, SF) and we zested a slew of blood oranges (sourced from our local farmers market). The beer pours black and the first thing you'll notice is a bouquet that is dank with orange, grapefruit and subtle lemon intermingling with some soft notes of roast and cocoa. We have curated quite a unique flavor that starts smooth and bright but transitions to a cocoa/hop finish that sits on the mid palate. Much brighter and hoppier than the IBU's would lend you to believe and a perfect beer for the dark chocolate and hop lover. Brewed with adventurous love with our friends from Almanac Brewing from the bay area. This beer would go great with roasted beef, grilled root veggies or mushroom risotto. We hope you enjoy this UnCommon Ale!

Added by KevT on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by KevT:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in collaboration with Almanac in San Jose. This is a beer fermented with lager yeast at ale temperatures, otherwise known as a California Common or Steam beer. What sets this one apart is the addition of dark malts and lots-o-hops (this is San Diego after all!). The beer is pitch black; the roasted malts dominate the aroma and flavor. The description on the Monkey Paw website says there is cocoa and blood orange in the beer but I did not really detect any contribution from these ingredients.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. They call this a "Black Lager with cocoa nibs and blood orange." Just a slight malty sweetness. Lots of darkly roasted grains plus a weird vegetable soup taste.

Very dark brown in the pint glass with a thin cap of foam. A funny fruity tang. Quite bitter with lots of citrus peel taste and a hoppy note. Some bitter chocolate flavor, but it really tastes like diluted burnt coffee with an unwelcome fruity edge. Maybe they will lose the recipe for this one. [From notes on May 28, 2013 tasting at the brewpub]

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

SF-SD Bay To Bay from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 6 ratings