Monkey Knife Fight | Rubicon Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company
California, United States
rubiconbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Floydster on 11-19-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 28
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear honey gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, slight herbal hop aromas, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some toasted malt flavors and a very mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that has no real pale ale characteristics.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undistinguished ale wanting to be an IPA.

Plain looking amber with modest head and not much carbonation in the mouth. Sprightly sharp flavors. Resiny hops in the forefront. Quite bitter but some fruit in the nose. Not very aromatic otherwise. Not interesting hops. Malt seems to sink without much trace. To me, it's too bitter to call a Pale Ale, but I don't know where the line is on the way to IPA.

Tasted in Ocean Beach (SD) at the Pizza Port. Served in a standard pint glass.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

The beer is almost amber in color with a white head. Mild grass aroma followed by citrus peel and floral hops. A strong toffee and toasted bread smell to it as well. Just decent on the nose, sort of bland. The flavor is somewhat sweet, but still a bit bland. Light hop flavors of citrus peel, grass and pine. A light bitterness on the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yardhouse. Huh....how did that happen? On to the beer:

This has an orangish copper color with good fommration of the head, leaving a quality dose of lacing around the glass. The nose is fruity, and also offers some crisp hops. To taste, pale malts hit first, then comes a rush of sweet citurs and orange. Good biting action of hops. It's crisp, nearly medium bodied, and is an easy one to drink.

I can dig this. Keep 'em coming Rubicon.

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Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub last night.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is simple, but attractive, consisting of some light sweet malt and some leafy tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the finish is fairly dry, with some refreshing bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light, as you would expect with the abv., but this beer is very easy drinking, has no off flavors, and delivers a decent amount of flavor with good bitterness. This is a pale ale I would have happily drunk like crazy 20 years ago, but today it seems pretty tame and pedestrian (no one is going to mistake this for zombie dust of the boneyard pale ale). Still a decent and eminently drinkable pale ale that I would happily quaff with some of the always delicious wedge fries at the Rubicon.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow, half an inch of white head. Aroma was very mild, grain, hops, nothing you can get without searching for it.

Taste is run of the mill pale ale, 45 ibu I'd guess, toasted malt, no off flavors. Like a Cascade hopped pale ale. I can dig it, but not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Donkster46
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A darker yellow pale ale, about 1/2" head on it, poured at beer revolution. Aroma was just a soft meld of hops and mild malt tones. Pedestrian.

Sessionable pale ale, really seems to be something that is made to be plenty easy to drink. Not a hop heads dream. Adequate bitterness, not much in the way of a specific hop flavor though.

Rubicon can make some assertive stuff, this isn't one of them, this is the beer I order for people who don't like beer. Or for myself if its like, 102 degrees outside.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at a restaurant an hour south of Rubicon.

A: Poured a light orange-amber with a thin tan head that left decent spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Faint hint of caramel but overall this beer is pretty light smelling.
T: Malt forward but there’s a good dose of earthy hops. They aren’t super grassy, but there’s an herbal quality to them. The malt isn’t overly sweet or caramely which is good, and it has a nice roasted, bready flavor to it. I get a bit of pepper in the finish.
M: Tingly, medium carbonation with a light and highly drinkable body. Mouthfeel is clean.
O: Good drinking and refreshing enough. Flavors are crisp and clean, but it could have used more hops.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the brew pub. Thin head with medium straw colored body.
The aroma is great: grapefruit and lemon.
The taste is smooth with a good dose of malt and moderate bitterness.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It's a nice, easy drinking ale and flavorful.

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Monkey Knife Fight from Rubicon Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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