My First Canning Line DIPA | Monkish Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Monkish Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double IPA dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 31
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had I not seen the label for this, I would have surmised that this was brewed in my relative neck of the woods. Everything about this beer screamed "juice bomb" and as wonderful as this looked and felt, this nearly came across as fermented orange juice, than something with malted barley and hops in it. If that's what you're looking for, you've certainly found your match here!

To be fair, the date on the bottom of the can read 9/28 of last year but this poured well for being in the fridge for so long, as it did indeed have the appearance and consistency of what I'd drink with breakfast. More than enough head could be seen here with plenty of bubbles to boot, and the lacing left behind was thick and relatively copious between the top ring and the coating from the middle of my pint glass on down. Plenty of orange, grass, and onion in he muted with more of the non-fruit notes coming out in the taste. Pineapple dankness kicked in as well as an odd sense of woodiness that didn't quite complement everything else that was going on here. A mouthfeel of citrus juice was pleasing but clashed with the dank, earthy bitterness of the Simcoe, which actually made things interesting and gave this some much-needed depth.

The alcohol was high enough but with so much juice, who's gonna even notice? I enjoyed this and like most beers from Monkish, was nicely crafted. This just seemed to be one of those offerings that gave people like me what we wanted in a mindless way, though by no means was this forgettable or disposable. a few more fruit flavors or additional malt would have taken this over the top but as it was, it was more than sufficient. Enjoy this juice bomb as a West Coast take on an East Coast style, and savor all the flavor. The"First Canning Line" from Monkish was more than worthy to be their first brew that I reviewed on here!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a great example, IMHO, of how the juice and haze craze can throw a beer out of balance. There is a ton of pineapple here and some citrus (mandarin) but no real sense that this is a beer. Less complexity in aroma and flavor than Monkish's more balanced examples. (The single Canning Line was superior for sure). The body is a heavy and the flavor is flat, without dynamism, missing the bitter / vegetal / earthier hop notes that could of kept it from toppling over.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Murky, hazy, glowing orange with a finger of white head

S - Orange juice explosion with a good malt base

T - Unexpected bitterness up front, but washed away by the flood of citrus. Oranges, pineapple, and bready/doughy malts.

F - Perfect. Doesnt feel like a DIPA and has great carbonation. Drinkability is high.

O - A complex DIPA with insane drinkability. Great combo of bitterness and juice.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at brewery. This one definitely follows the new hoppy beer trend of all aromatics (tropical fruit/woodsy bomb) with no bitterness (read: drink as fresh as possible). Had the requisite soft mouthfeel as well. A fun beer to drink if you're looking for what's in vogue.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter.

Pours an opaque hazy orange with half finger egg white head. Leaves just a ring with no lacing.

Smells more bitter than the single IPA. Grapefruit and more floral notes present. A hint of mango and some piney notes. Not as much like an east coast bomb as the single.

Taste of earthy bitter hops, grapefruit and mango. Has some pineapple notes but lacking a certain umph. Balanced and bitter.

Juicy and bitter. Not as juicy as the single IPA.

Nice brew here, but in my opinion the single is more juicy and solid.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a turbid golden color same as OJ. There is a 1.5 finger puffy, off white head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves sticky webbed lacing in its wake.

Smell is amazing. Pineapple is the star of the show with dank resinous pine, grapefruit and tangerine as the supporting cast.

Taste is the same, but slightly more subdued than the smell.

Feel is medium, and full of prickly carbonation. The finish is oily, sticky and resinous. Not bitter at all, but not soft and juicy either. A nice happy medium.

Overall a fantastic beer! Monkish is on point with another one. My only complaint (and obv it didn't effect my rating) is that the name doesn't have a hip hop affiliation like most of their other beers.

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Photo of Keith-Manuel25
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of the 2 best beer I have had. 100% opaque in glass, two finger head, bright orange / yellow color This is a fantastic beer
Kinda reminds me of the 'Alter Ego' by Tree House but with a slight variation

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

fresh can drank on 10/8/2016

L-thick and pulpy orange juice. Creamy head. Really hazy
S-tropical burst. Pineapple and mango and grapefruit are the boldest
T-follows the smell. Really nice, a lot of flavors going on.
F-juicy and creamy. thick for an IPA, but very enjoyable
O-another great one from Monkish. Loving their stuff more and more

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Photo of aquabears
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very little head, super hazy amber. Smell is slight citrus and tropical and a little alcohol. Taste is very tropical and very citrus. Orange, slightly pineapple, fizzy and creamy. It feels wet, but leaves you with a dry finish. Very good.

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My First Canning Line DIPA from Monkish Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 31 ratings