I moved from Alabama when I graduated from college in 2001, and at that time, there weren’t any craft breweries around the state. Now, Alabama is exploding with craft beer activity, and I can’t wait for all of the new breweries to expand their brewing capacity. I recently published an article on our Facebook page, from All About Beer Magazine. It highlights the explosion of craft beer breweries in Huntsville, Alabama. See the original article here.
I picked up a Monkeynaut IPA when I was on vacation in Pensacola this year. I ran across the beer at Hopjack’s Filling Station, and when you see a beer can with a space monkey on it, it’s hard not to throw it in your shopping cart. According to the Straight to Ale website, their products can also be found around Alabama, Tennessee, and the east-side of Georgia. Let’s get on to the beer, shall we?
Monkeynaut pours a beautiful coppery/amber color, with a thick beige head. The lacing and retention are excellent.
The nose on this one gives off a very strong citrusy hops aroma, mixed with a good bit of pine. I also seem to detect with a bit of floral hops as well. To balance out the hops, I also get a strong presence of biscuit, toffee, and caramel.
The taste, like the nose on Monkeynaut is really well balanced. I get lots of citrus notes with perfectly balanced piney hops. It is sweet, but not overly sweet, from both the fruit notes and the malt. I get a good base of caramel toasted malt along with some sweetness from both the citrus and malt. The aftertaste is bitterly hoppy, very clean and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is a medium body, with some resinous hop oils, and a dry, clean finish. The carbonation is moderate, and very pleasant. The ABV on Monkeynaut comes in at 7.25%, and isn’t really noticeable going down.
I’ll be going home to Alabama in November for the Alabama vs. LSU game, and don’t think that this one won’t be on my collection list to bring back to Louisiana. A tip of my hat to the brewers at Straight to Ale for a job well done!
I just so happened to check one of my favorite Tumblr pages, Beer Labels in Motion, before I started on this review. To my surprise, one of his newest animations was Monkeynaut! Animation below by Trevor Carmick.