CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA | CB Craft Brewers

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82
good
210 Ratings
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CB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPACB's Caged Alpha Monkey IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States
cbsbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
210
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.29%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
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Photo of djmichaelk
1.64/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle courtesy of the generous laxer8811 (thanks again!), into a pint glass. No bottle dating (boooo).

A - Pours a clear golden, with a finger of cream-colored head. Decent retention, solid lacing.

S - Wet, earthy hops, maybe a little malty sweetness, and cardboard. I have to work to get much aroma out of it.

T - That earthy tone really stands out in the flavor, and not in a good way. There's an acrid note that's a little like burnt plastic, and no sign of the maltiness that I got in the nose. Very astringent. And... that's it. Nothing like I'm used to in an IPA, no piney or fruity hops, no sweetness, nothing else.

M - Carbonation is very low, and it gives it a slick, oily feeling that doesn't sit right. And it's very drying.

O - Only the appearance saves this beer from a 1 overall, and even then just barely. Not sure if I just got a bad bottle, but this is just awful. And with CB not dating their beers it's impossible to tell if this is a really old bottling or just bad. This monkey needs to stay in its cage. Down the drain it goes...

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.98/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is no shortage of hops in this thing. But there also seems to be no rhyme or reason to the recipe. It's just a bunch of hops, like a strong hop tea.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of dgeebs07
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of ATTWNone
2.62/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm new at this, so I will start by saying the American IPA is my favorite style of beer. I travel the country on business and I've had a number of IPA's in my time (including the incredible Pliny the Younger), but I will say that IPA's from the Rochester NY area have always underwhelmed me. Same goes here. The decent smell did not forbode well for the rest of the tasting. Hardly any flavor upfront with an average hop finish. Priced at $10 a six pack, I would rather purchase Dogfish or even the Saranac IPA at a lower price point. Cheers!

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of aranheaney
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at The Lovin' Cup at the 3HB Anniversary Fest on 1/14/12, reviewed from notes.

A-Decent, cloudy, straw with some cloudy haze

S-Very hoppy, a bit of pine, not as much citrus as I might have expected

T-kind of disappointing, don't know if I got a bad batch, but my homebrew boys and I all agreed that our IPA is as good, if not better. The taste seemed all mixed up, nothing was in balance, the hops were overpowering and unpleasant, almost nothing else there

M-ok,but not great, a little thickness

O-not great, wouldn't try again

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zach_Hale
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Lackluster flavor, slightly malty, standard hop. Sub-par IPA .

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Photo of brendaniel
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color with a half inch head and excellent lacing. Simple citrus aromas but nothing terribly overpowering. Medium bitterness with a soft IPA texture and light carbonation. Not too bad for an East Coast IPA ... just lacked a little bit of punch - definitely worth a try.

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Photo of match1112
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with no head or lacing. smells of resiny pine and some citrus. taste is pretty bland, more like an apa. still pick up on dank resin and citrus on the tongue. mouthfeel is flat and unexciting. there is a little bitterness on the finish that tastes like burnt pine needles, not a good thing. overall i dont care for this beer, but glad i got the chance to try it!

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Photo of McKinley
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of methtlcai
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes and smells like Bills socks and Canadian Beasters

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Photo of djl1983
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EgadBananas
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to rageagainst123 for this!

Dark copper in color, transparent, with a bright white head of about a finger. Lacing is alright.

Aroma is slightly spicy, almost peppery, with a bit of lemon zest, and tangy malt sweetness. Smells a bit too sweet

Very bitter. But it seems the bitterness was the result of tunnel vision: bitter, but not hoppy. That sweetness I got in the aroma plays third fiddle here. The hop presence is more spicy and zesty.
It's not awful...it just needs to be more coherent and balanced.

Feel is good, it's crisp and a little creamy, and lightish in body.

Middle of the road on the drink.

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Photo of Florida9
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear deep amber. Forms a small white head. Little retention, but lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Mostly pine, but not lots of it. Some light malt as well.

T: A huge hit of metallic bitterness on the first sip that sort of subsides on subsequent tastes, but never really goes away. Moderate caramel maltiness. Unpleasant astringency.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Drying bitterness that is almost chalky.

D: With the name and the labeling, I was figuring this one was going to be a bit more hop forward. Hop bitterness, but no hop flavor and only a faint hoppy aroma. A rather generic IPA.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mancer
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle poured out a clear orange/copper body with a minimal off-white head. The initial aromas were of heavy amounts of resin, pine and citrus. The initial flavors were of resin, pine, and a light barley finish. The brew had some sweetness to it, as well as a slightly bitter and dry body. It was medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, not the best I've had. I was a little disappointed with this one and wouldn't recommend it.

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