Foggy Window
Monkish Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #52
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
98
Ranked #267
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 5.32%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
248
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Monkish Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  83
Gots
  23
SCORE
98
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Notes: Double IPA with Citra, Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops.
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 248 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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FBarber from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely opaque, thick yellow-orange color. Thin, weak white head forms on the beer without much in the way of retention.

Aroma is incredibly bright with lovely notes of tropical fruits, orange, lemon, with some lighter pine and woody notes.

Taste follows the nose with bright notes of orange, lemon, green grass, green onion, with an earthy woody note. Very mld bitterness. Minimal sweetness. Crackery malt backbone provides a nice canvass for the hops to shine on. That woody bitterness lingers into the finish. It provides a nice balance to the moderate sweetness.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth. Mild carbonation.

Really enjoyable NE style IPA - it deftly avoids becoming too sweet and has a pleasant bitterness to it.

Oct 27, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2 days ago. Pours a murky orange with white head. Definitely hazy! Nose is grapefruit peel, pineapple, apple, honey dew, pine needles, and a bit of leather. The taste is interestingly smooth. Not a huge hop bite on the first sip. Restrained. Definitely some citrus peel - grapefruit again comes to mind. Leather, dirt, a floral note, and more grapefruit on the aftertaste. In fact, the aftertaste is almost identical to the bitter grapefruits that I get from our tree in the backyard when they are a bit under-ripe. The pineapple is there on the taste, but it pales in comparison to what was on the nose. The hop bitterness definitely overshadows the tropical fruit on the taste. Really nice overall, and I would definitely buy again.

Oct 01, 2021
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IKR from California

4.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, opaque, straw-yellow color with a generous-sized, thick, foamy white head that slowly faded. A nice looking hazy IPA.

Smell: Moderate tropical fruit aromas dominate with a touch of mild onion aromas.

Taste: Moderate fruity notes, mild grassy/hay notes, and a faint hint of onions. The bitterness is restrained and the beer has no sweetness to go along with the fruit notes. The beer comes off fairly dry with no lingering sweetness.

Mouth-feel: on the light side of medium-bodied with a generous level of carbonation. The beer has a nice crisp finish.

Overall: A good IPA but for my tastes it lacked the fruitiness I was anticipating.

Sep 10, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Murky pale orange. Smells of acidic fruit, herbal notes, and oniony hops. Tastes of passion fruit, but tempered by oniony hop tones, light herbals. Low sweetness. Lingering spicy and earthy notes. Medium body. A little booze. Onion is strong here, which doesn't bother me much. Sharp and oniony, which isn't ever a great combination, but it's surprisingly not terrible.

Apr 16, 2021
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dannymoerkerke from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, hazy beer. The color is deep yellow going towards orange.
Smell is amazing, peach, citric and creamy. Taste is full of tropical fruit, peach, pineapple, citric and a hint of sweet banana. Overall quite dry with a firm bitterness and very creamy which makes an awesome combination with the fruitiness and makes it very well balanced and definitely not too sweet. Benchmark DIPA.

Jan 24, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. White head with lace. Hazy pale dull golden yellow.

A really nice hazy that is tropical, but still hoppy. Floral, touch of pine and bitterness and then a bunch of tropical notes. Melon and cantaloupe. Candied fruits. Reminds me of drekker. Very solid.

Jan 09, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/13/20; consumed on 8/3/20

Pours an opaque pale gold body with multiple fingers of uniform, foamy white head; excellent retention yields a frothy ⅓ of a finger of cap, a moderate, creamy collar, and a distance spread of webby/spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with notes of papaya meshing with a musty onion dankness, a contrast continuing to play out across the bouquet as the middle features jellied basil phasing into mango, with tropical cream deftly interwoven into the back end; hints of lychee and guava round out a further detailed, tropical close.

Taste starts off with tangerine and overripe pineapple as the tropical hops steadily transition to an earthy mid-palate of dried grass and wet basil; papaya and semi-sweet hop resin backed with musty melon and hints of white grape and orange zest progress and flourish on the finish.

Mouthfeel features a smooth, medium body persisting alongside a concentrated, prickly, moderate-high carbonation petering out steadily a creamy, resinous peak past the mid-palate disperses across the palate to an easy, quasi-bitter prickle through the finish, sparking a slightly juicy texture into the swallow.

On the cusp of absolute hop equilibrium, this one flashes refined elements that edge a beer toward perfection in the style; waves of fruity tones entangled with an eclectic array of well-defined, herbal hops sit atop an absolutely seamless body, and yet a persistently spotty, subdued character plagues the profile just enough to hinder this NEIPA from reaching a truly special, harmonious peak.

Aug 04, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 12/13/19
Had on-tap at Monkish Brewing in Torrance, CA

Appearance - Served up in a tulip, hazy and light orange in color with a thin, broken layer of suds covering the surface. Lacing consists of broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Aroma hits on papaya, pineapple and a bit of orange. Maybe some faint leafiness, too.

Taste - Soft, tropical notes of mild pineapple, papaya and orange with a touch of mango. Pineapple bite becomes more assertive as it warms. Fruity, juicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Soft, creamy texture as is that signature Monkish feel. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - A bit reserved in flavor at first, but blossoms nicely as it warms. Another great Monkish offering.

Jan 22, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a fluffy white head, it’s to style. What is beyond the style is the nose - this is a Citra hop sledgehammer between the eyes. Juicy ripe oranges, pineapple, grapefruit rind, passion fruit, mango, and a smidge of grape mist. WOW!

The taste captures the essence and substance of the aromas magnificently. This is ridiculously flavorful and yet perfectly balanced while retaining the mouthfeel you want in a beer like this, something difficult to do for many breweries.

But Monkish isn’t “many breweries,” they are truly world class.

Dec 13, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Imagine the day Marilyn Monroe was born. A blonde for the ages. Now think about that, try and feel it... And Monkish is like, I’m going to try and brew it.

Perfection. This is the juiciest, the sleekest, the creamiest, and one of the most sexy IPA’s I’ve ever had. Do gentlemen prefer blondes? Hell, all I know is that Raul prefers Foggy Window.

Rawhide!

Aug 18, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Monkish Brewing Co., Torrance, CA
Served in a tulip

Hazy, pale straw yellow appearance. Slightly short of cloudy. The body was topped by a bubbly, two-finger tall, off-white crown that slowly fell to a lasting collar. A patchy wall of lacing coated the glass and stuck around until nearly the drink’s end.

The aroma was really hoppy and bright. Citrus notes dominated. Loads of juicy orange. Mango was also noticeable. Bit of grapefruit too. As the beer sat, the nose mellowed out. Later, however, peach notes appeared and really took over. Somewhat sugary and sweet. Peach candy rings came to mind.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the aroma. Loads of juicy citrus notes. Freshly squeezed orange juice perhaps. Some tangerine too. Wheaty and lemony in the center. Grapefruit came through on the back end and the finish. Hint of pithy bitterness after the swallow.

Excellent frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Somewhat lighter bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, fairly zippy effervescence that fluffed up really nicely on the palate.

Monkish make some of my favorite hoppy beers on the planet, and all five of theirs we sampled at the brewery were terrific. That said, Foggy Window did strike me as being somewhat less interesting than the others. For a “flagship IPA,” however, one cannot ask for too much more.

Aug 15, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet, white wine grape, tropical hoppy, and orange/grapefruit citrus nose on this one! Nice! Taste follows with a well-balanced Nelson, Galaxy, and Citra finish! The entire hop profile plays an equal part in this masterpiece...it is so balanced and well done!!! Fantastic!

Aug 14, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler filled up earlier this day. Been wanting to try this one for a while, and tonight is the night.
L: hazy yellow in appearance, in your usual monkish fashion. 3 fingers of head formed from pour, and moderate amounts of lacing coat the glass. Looks great, and the cap/lacing is icing on the cake.
S: very tropical and citrusy on the nose. Orange, grapefruit and lemon are in full force, with pineapple and mango playing support role. Slightly grassy with bright hop profile.
T: amazing. Orange, lemon, apricot, pineapple and mango all present. It’s juicy initially but finishes with hints of grass and black pepper. After taste is citrusy and grassy with lingering sweetness. Nectar to my taste buds.
F: also incredible. Soft, loft, fully and smooth. I can’t stress how soft it is. It is light on the tongue but has a heft to it without being oily and overly full. Lower end of moderate for carbonation.
O: I can’t get enough of it, and I’m glad to finally be drinking it. A home run for monkish. I would drink again, recommend, and I’m very glad to try. Cheers!

Aug 03, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous - thick, hoppy, lightly yeasty but not pronouncedly malty. Clean, sweet. I have talked about how Monkish can't possibly live up to the hype, but I was wrong.

Excellent beer.

Apr 08, 2019
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chrisono81 from California

4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Citra, Nelson and Galaxy hops... Super excited to try my first Monkish can! Super limited and hard to get unless you are in the southbay area. I was not dissapointed! Fresh mangos, citrus with a hint of melon, mouthful very creamy and smooth. This is an exceptional beer and was just such a great find!

Feb 18, 2019
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MFMB from Idaho

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden straw yellow with highlights of orange. Thick creamy white head on heavy pour. Nose is fragrant. Fresh cut mangos, guava, melon and pineapple with super light hints of fresh floral. Taste follows the noses fruit like character. Among the tropical fruits, peaches and hints of citrus combine for a fresh and vibrant juice bomb. Floral notes and hints of sweet malt peak through to round out this beer. Creamy smooth body with a soft velvet like mouthfeel.

Dec 21, 2018
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Goneflying87 from California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty solid beer! Nice hoppy taste to this beer! Had it in canned freshed and a pour that was stored for a few months in my cellar. Must admit this is an awesome brew; this brew has a nice Orange/Gold color to it; hoppy sweet smell; and some light foaming. Taste it smooth slightly carbonated feel to it but overall goes down smooth!

Nov 05, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/15, so one week ago.

A: Pours a light orangish pale, opaque and flour-y, with a finger of nice looking white head. Good retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Candied pineapple, tangerine, grass, a little dankness and white wine, and sweet honied malt.

T: Fresh orange, lightly dank, a bit of sweet white wine, and honey, finishing with a good deal of sweetness and light bitterness.

M: Medium body and medium-high, somewhat sharp carbonation. Decently creamy and thick, enough so that it’s a bit fatiguing.

O: Solid effort, and nice showcase for hops, but the sweetness kind of overwhelms the other aspects of the beer.

Oct 31, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy straw appearance with moderate white head. Aroma is a strong citrus with some hoppyness. Taste is a grapefruit/citrus with some bitterness.

Oct 21, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At this point, there is like a brewery every 20 miles who makes elite tier hop goods. Its not ubiquitous, but its getting close. Along those lines, let's visit Monkish's almost flagship? Had this last year at the Eclipse party, I think someone from SBG brought it. Pours a yellow haze with 1/3" white head. The aroma is all that proprietary hop tropical notes and marijuana strain one could want. Pineapple, sour bubba, guava, tangerine and pine. The dry hopping is very bigly.

The taste, damn some juicy dankness going on here. I believe the namesake is a shout out to hot boxing, something a brewery in Colorado already seized upon. Well this is a concentrated hash like dopiness and its plenty yummy. Usual flaked oat kind of body smoothing things out and making 8% not taste anywhere near that strong while holding down the bitterness very well. If I had to nitpick, I would ask for slightly more carbonation.

So hey this is a great beer. I mean, given the market saturation for great ipas, I have no idea why one would stand in line or do an inflated trade for such a thing, but you know how collector nerds are.

Sep 12, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of peach, kiwi, tangerine, and dank herbs. It tastes of kiwi, peach, tangerine, and papaya. The feel is medium light and smooth. Another good IPA from Monkish.

Aug 23, 2018
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ptykozoon from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours foggy peachy hazy cloudy lovely..

Fruit forward, lots of stone fruit, pineapple, subtle hops and breadiness.

Really good. The fruit notes compliment the mellow hops so well. Pineapple, mango, orange, apricot, some spice notes. I think it's the nelson hops that work so well with this.

Velvety texture, just an awesome mouthfeel. Dry tangy resin from the hops.

One of the best. Bravo.

May 26, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From howler, after 5 days.

Absolutely incredible DIPA. Beautiful yellow-orange color with a good amount of foam upon aggressive pour. Very aromatic and loads of juicy and tropical flavors: mango, pineapple, citrus. Extremely tasty. If there's one 'negative' it's that it is super easy to drink for an 8.1% abv, even with a medium mouthfeel for a DIPA. I went through the howler like I was dying of thirst. This is my first Monkish beer after having dozens upon dozens of the very best NE DIPAs from North East, and this is really able to hang.

Sep 19, 2017
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mp12 from Vermont

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy peach with a medium white head. Aroma is fantastic with pineapple, mango, orange, and hints of white grape. Flavor follows. Overall awesome beer. Might prefer it a touch less sweet

Jul 06, 2017
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Eyenigma from California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Not much to say on this that hasn't already been said. Smooth, fruity, refreshing. Great mouth feel. Just fantastic all around.

Jun 20, 2017
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 248 ratings