Twisted Monkey
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #72
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,007
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 14.4%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
87
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Notes: Born into a family of mystical monkeys, this light-hearted sibling brings a twisted spin to the bunch. Hearing about the flavorful excitement that the overgrown jungle had to offer, he set out to explore. It was a sensory overload, and he had to try it all. His favorite – the mango. Introducing hints of his favorite fruit to the same imported malts and Belgian yeast favored by the family, this magical ale results in big flavor refreshment that only the Monkey can deliver.
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3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a faint wisp of off white around a quarter of the rim. The aroma is dominated by mango. I’m tasting mango with a bit of sweet Belgian malt. The mouth is moderately acidic and crisp.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Apr 05, 2020
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2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oh this was a bit of shocker. Usually, I enjoy Victory offerings but this is a mess. Mixed bag of sugary sweetness that comes out flat on top of it. If you want to try it buy a single first, I'm going to have to mix these in when the fridge is empty to get through it. Terrible stuff.

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Zylod from West Virginia, Feb 29, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A pale lemon-straw pour sits a bit darker in the vessel, a faint tangerine tint. Frothy, dirty white head is thick and clumpy atop, with a moderate rate of retention. Good show of bubbly crispness.

S: Sour mangoes, tart oranges with hints of watermelon. Slight funk, crisp grains, with some bublegum yeastiness. Average awareness.

T: Fruity funk of mangoes and slightly tart tropical oranges and bubblegum yeastiness as with the nose. Bright and fruity, crisp grains, kiwi-strawberry, and pineapple. Spicy hops, with hints of watermelon, tangerine and peach.

M: Very crisp and sharp carbonation. Clean and tingly, very slippery smooth and easy feel. Very nice feel with a spicy fruit lacing.

O: Very nice crisp and bright flavor with a easy and very like-able funk. Very drinkable, crisp and sharp and highly sessionable with a great Belgian yeastiness of bubblegum and fruit. A classic example that many may overlook. Glad to see the Belgian pale making a comeback. Victory nails the yeast factor here, the most important aspect per style by an outside brewery. Outstanding.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Feb 01, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of a nice mango smell mixed with some cracker aromas and a big showing of spice of coriander and clove. Along with these smells comes some notes of yeast and a touch of grass.
Taste – The taste is big and sweet of mango right from the start. Along with the big mango flavors comes notes of a biscuit malt flavor mixed with a rather strong showing of a candied sugar and some spice of a coriander and clove. As the taste moves forward there is more and more mango that hits the taste buds with some other light yeast and herb tastes joining as well. These tastes take the taste to the end and leave one with a nice sweet and smooth mango taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher. The feel is great for the mix of sweet mango and Belgium crisp malt and makes this a very approachable and refreshing brew.
Overall – This is a great tasty and sweet mango Belgium style pale ale. Rather well done!!!

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Jan 18, 2020
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is 'ENJOY BY: 24 DEC 2019'.
Opaque, pale gold colored body. Has a skiff of white hear upon pouring but soon disappears. No lacing.
Aroma of Belgian yeast and a vague fruit component.
Taste is Belgian yeast bubble gum and sweet tropical fruit. This is an odd combination.
Medium mouth feel. Has a dry touch.
Drinkable but not a combination that is expected.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm 3.75 x the board, as this is a great morning beer for those so inclined on the holidays.
a) Yellow, translucent, sports thin head that laces.
s) Floral, fruitful, with estery yeast backdrop.
t) Adds more flowers, mango, honey, and cookie dough.
f) Thinner than full monkey, but aptly tingly, and bright.
o) Lighter and brighter, manages the sweetness well in the end. Morning beer. Eye Opener.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Dec 23, 2019
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, enjoy by 9/4/19. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a light dusting that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is yeasty bready malt with coriander and some fruit.

The flavor is a lot of sweet syrupy tropical fruit with some coriander and some malt in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK fruity beer with a little bit of wit.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Oct 22, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting and unique brew. Fruity, decent bitter. Takes a little while to get used to. I've never had mango in my ale before. I don't detect any coriander as I'd expect in a Belgium ale, but its not a wit beer. Anyway, I like it!

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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 12/24/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy mangoes, fruit skin, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of mangoes, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy mangoes, fruit skin, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; light herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart/tangy mangoes, fruit skin, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, cracker, white bread, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of mangoes, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitter/spiciness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly acidic/tangy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Belgian blonde. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of mangoes, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink; with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tart/tangy/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of juicy fruits, and Belgian yeast; with a great clean pils malt backbone, and solid earthy Tettnang hop presence. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example as expected.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 05, 2019
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1.85/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Big fan of the golden monkey and sour monkey so I thought this would be another great choice. Unfortunately this is too sweet and isn’t reminiscent of a beer whatsoever. There was no carbonation. It was more of a sweet tea than a beer. Couldn’t even finish the sixer.

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Cfitty from New York, Aug 30, 2019
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is unbearably sweet and cloying. It's as if they took the malt bill for Golden Monkey and just didn't bother to ferment half the sugars. There is some mango aroma/flavor but the heavy sweetness takes over completely. A relatively low level of carbonation doesn't help either.

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Lucular from Maryland, Aug 23, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From golden to sour and now to tropical, the new twist that Victory Brewing Company puts on their "Monkey" series lightens its profile, strength and punch but elevates its fruitiness with a generous mango application to a Belgian styled blonde ale.

Hazy golden and glowing with a translucent gaze, the frothy Twisted Monkey kicks off with a spicy, citrusy perfume and those very bold tropical fruit impressions. Once on the tongue, a rich sweetness of cookie dough, fruit sugars and honey coats the tongue with unapologetic fashion.

As the ale rolls along the middle palate, its sweetness hold firm while the rich mango flavors add a tangy, sweet and succulent combination. Natural esters of apple, pear and white grape trend slightly winey while a peppery balance of white pepper, paradise seen and coriander. Lightly hopped, the beer trends sweeter and heavier into a late palate of a bready sangria.

Medium bodied but seemingly fuller, a vinous spice attempts to take an edge off of the fruit and malt but only to a slight degree. While most Belgian styled beers prize themselves in their dry drinkability and spice forward character, many Belgo-Americanized versions trend under attenuated and fruit heavy. This monkey certainly suffers such fate as it dearly misses its 9+ percent in alcohol.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jul 22, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 11/24/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; small white head that quickly fades leaving decent retention and little lacing. The aromas have peach and mango upfront. Some banana and bubblegum. Yeasts and malts are there. The flavors are definitely on the sweeter side due to the mango. More peach along with some apricot. Subtle hints of banana. More bubblegum in the mix. Mild spice notes. Yeasts and malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's thick, syrupy and fluffy.

This is an alright brew. The sweetness hurts this one a little bit, but maybe that's just me. It's borderline cloyingly sweet. They deliver exactly what they advertise. The mango definitely comes through, which makes this one sweet. It starts off rough around the edges, but it becomes a little more balanced the more you get into it. It's not bad at all.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Jul 15, 2019
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1.95/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I like sweet beer but this beer is TOO sweet, saccharine even. Kindof has that fake medicinal sweetness. For a Belgian and especially compared to the Golden Monkey which I really like, it feels a little too thin too. A loose and not-that-creamy carbonation. Took me over a month to work my way through a six pack and I almost actually threw it away. I was only drinking it when it was literally the only thing in my fridge.

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Sarah_Bearah from California, Jun 29, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at marzoni's in Duncanville pa Saturday lunchtime.

Slightly pale hazy yellow body. Initially a decent white head which disappears about halfway through. There is some lacing at first.

There is a faint vinegary aroma above some sweetness.

The taste is the opposite of the nose, and quite pleasant. The sour aspect of this monkey variant is very much in the background, while the sweet side of the drink is front and centre,, with non citrus fruit. Goes down very easily, so onto pint 2.

Mouth around medium, finish a sweet light fruity wash.

Overall, a nice drink for me. I enjoy the other monkey variants, and this one is very different. I have a serious sweet tooth, but I can imagine others might find this drink too sweet.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jun 10, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Victory Brewing Co. "Twisted Monkey"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 14 AUG 2019 1515 P" and sampled on 22 MAY 2019

Notes via stream off consciousness: So is this Golden Monkey with mango added? No, it's not strong enough; interesting that they've used the monkey name though. So, OK, it's poured a hazy gold body beneath a short head of white foam. Let me pour some more, aggressively, and see if I can raise a head. Hmmm, nope, that's disappointing. The aroma is quite mango-like, and I'm getting a good amount of maltiness and some spicy and clove-like yeast character in the background as well. On to the flavor... it's sweet, and the mango is clear, with a pleasant maltiness to it. I'm getting some banana but otherwise very little yeast character out of it - did I imagine it in the aroma? Or maybe there's just too much sweetness and mango going on for it to come through? There is a light touch of spiciness in the finish, which is great, because there's not a lot of bitterness to it. There's not a lot of carbonation to it either, which explains the lack of a head on it, and although it's smooth in the mouth I feel it's a bit lacking. A bit more zest would liven it and help to balance the sweetness. Besides, when has a Belgian beer ever lacked carbonation? That to me is it's downfall. It hurts the appearance, doesn't exactly help the flavor, and may or may not hurt the mouthfeel depending on your personal preference. I'm hoping that this is a single batch issue but who knows, maybe it's intentionally flat for some reason. Overall, however, there is some charm to it. I'll wait to see if the carbonation gets bumped up on subsequent batches as it would probably make a great summer beer.
Review #6,576

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, May 22, 2019
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2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Head vanishes almost as quickly as it forms. Not a good first impression. Smells pleasant enough, though. Got that spicy Belgian yeast thing going on. Mouth is cloyingly sweet with a mild artificial mango aftertaste. Mouthfeel is plain weird; overly carbonated and just very soda-like. Going to choke this back 'cuz I'm a lunatic (and an alcoholic), but this is pretty bad.

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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania, Apr 06, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Almost clear, bright golden color. Thin head with no real retention or lacing.

S---Peppery, crackery. A little bit of the advertised mango, but much more banana with some cloves.

T---Sweet, perhaps a bit too sweet. Banana is dominant. Strong malty backbone with a little bit of mango in the background.

F---Fairly heavy & substantive for a relatively low ABV. Very mild carbonation.

O---Pretty good. Not great, but I'd like another. A lot more going on than the ABV would indicate.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Apr 04, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bananas and mangos are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a little sweet with flavors of bananas and hints of mangos.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot sweeter compared to its Golden Monkey counterpart and doesn't have any spiciness from the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Apr 04, 2019
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2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours flat with no carbonation and a wimpy head that dies quickly. Aroma is also pretty weak, some vague tropical / mango but it just really present. Taste is alright - it doesn’t have layers or depth, the mango gets pretty washed-out by the yeast profile and it just ends up being pretty bland.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Apr 03, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy, amber yellow with a small, rapidly vanishing head. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Sweet mango and banana. Lemon.
Taste: Sweet, syrupy mango with a hint of agave nectar. A bit of citrus lemon/grapefruit flavor. Some biscuit malt flavor behind the intense mango.
Feel: Medium-bodied and mouth-coating. Low carbonation.
Overall: This is a hard beer to rate. I think it goes a little too far overboard on the sweet mango flavor -- it could use more complexity or sourness or bitterness to balance the sweetness. As it is, it just looks, smells, and tastes a lot like mango syrup. That said, it is starting to grow on me, so maybe it just takes some getting used to.

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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania, Mar 29, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The lightly hazy pale yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that visibly recedes to become a thin irregular island of foam and a small ring around the glass while leaving behind no foam or lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a few scattered patches of foam on the sides of the glass. By mid-way through the beer there’s only a partial ring and sipping creates tiny speckles of foam on the sides.

The aromas include some mango as well as some light yeasty character some malt, with some light banana and clove in the background

The moderately complex flavors are much as expected from the nose with a good bit of malt and mango sweetness blending with the yeast, a bit of banana and a bit of clove. Early on there’s also a light bit of tartness but there’s no real hop bitterness showing.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly from the light carbonation that persists for most of the beer. The finish begins as the fruit and spice flavors begin to fade. About midway through the medium length finish there’s still some lightly spicy and fruity sweetness that eventually disappears into a bit of dryness.

On the whole a reasonably drinkable beer which is worth trying at least once. I think however that I’d have enjoyed it more if there were more mango showing, less sweetness and at least a bit of dry bitterness in ending.

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drtth from Pennsylvania, Mar 24, 2019
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2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Light gold with a thin white head. Smells sweet and fruity with a little spice. Taste is overwhelmingly, sickly sweet citrus to me that persists, masking any other flavors. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy with medium carbonation. Overall I was a bit disappointed. Golden Monkey is one of my favorite medium/high abv beers and this just felt like Golden Monkey that’s been heavily diluted with mango syrup.

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jmcki13 from Virginia, Mar 22, 2019
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $2.29) with a 22 July 2019 BB date stamp on the label.
Pours slightly hazy, pale golden with a short, weak white head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma: lemony and spicy, with some mango and a faint but unfortunate hint of rubber.
Flavor: follows the aroma. Sweet for style.
Feel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Mar 18, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours light gold and clear. It has a white head and medium head retention.

Smell: It has some spicy orange like and spice characteristics in the aroma. It also has a very light perfume character with some grainy sweet character.

Taste: It has a sweet character throughout the tasting. There are some orange flavors with some light spice. It has moderate grainy sweetness with some sugary flavors on the palate.

Feel: It has medium high carbonation with a somewhat creamy texture.

Overall, it is a bit sweet with some orange and spices.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Mar 16, 2019
Twisted Monkey from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 87 ratings