Monkey Head | Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

13 Ratings

Brewed by:
Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Boneheadmx on 05-06-2007

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by ngeunit1:
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toasted caramel malts with some citrus hops and a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts, and some light citrus hops and bready malts. Through the middle, some more bready malts come through with more hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, sweet bready malts, and a bit of bitterness and yeast.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced but could have used a bit more of a kick.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Monkey Head is served Thursdays only at Triple Rock in Berkeley for the price of $10 for a liter of 8% "Arboreal Ale". They give you essentially large shot glasses to drink the beer out of which must be some kind of legal restriction because it's an awful presentation. You're constantly pouring and agitating this beer which is highly carbonated and abrasive to begin with. The beer is really like an imitation of a strong amber ale in that the 8% alcohol is unaccompanied by much flavor or enjoyability and you end up with a malt liquor taste. Monkey Head is made to please the college students who are coming to get hammered on Thursday nights, and not the taste buds of a critical drinker. Overall, it's just a cheap semi-drinkable beer that you can share with your friends and have a good time on Thursdays.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tomb_ride
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Triple Rock only offers this beer by the liter-bottle and only on Thursday nights, so it might be hard for some people to catch.

Pours out to a clear reddish amber with just about no head (some carbonation hugs the walls of the glass). Looks like a whiskey almost.

The smell is very light and smells like caramel.

The taste is fantastic! It's fairly malty and the hops are pretty strong in this one. This is a very strong-tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but a tad bit watery. However, it works well in this beer because it's already quite heavy in taste.

The drinkability on this one is fair. The taste is very strong, and it's something most people would probably not be used to, so sometimes it can get rather hard to drink. Though its sold by the bottle, it is served in a whiskey glass. I do recommend this beer to someone who wants to try something new, because it is quite a unique beer. Overall, I like this one a lot.

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Photo of plickxt
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TripleRockMonkey
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You won't find many who have tasted this beer. As mentioned in previous review, it is only available Thursdays at Triple Rock in 1-Liter bottles (swingtop, no less) but, the policy used to be that if you bought a 3-Liter bottle for $57 dollars or so, full, you could refill it for $27 dollars. Which is more than the $8 per Liter they charge on Thursdays, but you could refill that bottle any day of the week.

(There is also a punch card that you can fill up by buying 10 Liters, and a completed card gets you a shirt. My wardrobe contains several $80 t-shirts. But this is a review of beer, not shirts.)

The lack of carbonation and the heavy malt/caramel taste work well with the 8.0% ABV (phenols) to pair with food, I find, since you aren't filling up on a frothy, over-carbonated ale. And you're sipping. Spicy and pub grub staples at Triple Rock like wings and fries are fine, but so is (if you take it home) a steak or a robust pasta dish.

But one of the best features of this beer, in my opinion, is the social aspect to the service (sharing small whiskey tumblers with 3 or 4 friends) and the fact that its flavor palate of strong alcohol notes, without over-hopped or over toasted characters, seems to appeal to "novice" beer drinkers who are convinced that they don't like beer because they associate the word with macro pilsners and lagers.

I cut the drinkability down to 4 only to reflect that it isn't a day-to-day beer that is as good to swig as it is to sip. I also called it out as a "growler" serving since the swingtop bottles are filled onsite, so the growler seemed to be the closest serving type.

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Photo of gymnastcarol
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.37/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In undergrad, I made a habit of drinking this on Thursday nights. I tried it again after I started getting into craft beer as a whole, and was disappointed to see this didn't live up to my memory.

This is bottle-conditioned and served in 1L flip-top bottles. Thursdays only. Marked as "growler" serving for the same reasoning as TripleRockMonkey below.

A: Clear reddish amber, whiskey/scotch-like in color. But it's hard to tell because I've only had it in the darkly-lit bar there. Poured into a whiskey-type glass, the beer generates half an inch of frothy off-white head with a minute or so of retention. Leaves some lacing webs down the sides.

S: Pretty weak on the nose. Mostly sweet caramel, some floral hops.

T: Caramel and toffee-like malts with a slightly molasses bent to it. A noticeable floral hop presence with some citrus notes. Finishes dry with a slight spicy or rye grain bite to it. Almost no alcohol burn despite the ABV. A well designed red, but the swigs are sometimes a bit watery, diluting the taste.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Has a slight wateriness to it that detracts here.

D: I had some of the other Triple Rock beers after this, and I felt they were much stronger -- plus they are available anytime and also to go. Not really worth the trip up to grab this on Thursdays.

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Photo of OMPH
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Nbdreher
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of oysbot
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBr3wster
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monkey Head from Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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