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Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A powerful smooth strong ale to suit all tastes. Monkey Wrench is mid brown to ruby in hue with aromas of fruit hops malt and roast malt together with some sweetness.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wimpyjoe (3484) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
A hoppy ale in aroma and to an extent in character but negated by its strength.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3480) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Hand pulled pint at a Spoons in Tamworth before a Grimsby Town night match on 27th March 2012. Ruby/mid-brown coloured brew with an off-white head of closely knit bubbles. Aroma was both malty and fruity. Taste wise: it was again malty and fruity, a drier hop bitterness comes late on the palate but this is a primary a malty brew. Body depth is good and the alcohol sits well within the whole feel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2012
How many dirty stinking apes does it take to throw a wrench in a bitter ale? Notes of chocolate and coffee, also looks like strong coffee. Nuts and raisins as well. Sweet flavor with caramel aftertaste. Very smooth, full bodied, and easy drinking. Needs more hopping, really more like a mild ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2012
Clear nutty brown with a big beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty and dried fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. Oily. 050412

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (924) - ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
On cask at Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. Dark ruby/brown ale with a small tan head. Smells malty, roasty and toasty. Tastes of cocoa biscuits with a little bit of raisin and peach. Not much bitterness, more a sweetness to the finish. Pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1467) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Cask conditioned @ The Postern Gate (JDW), York. Medium off white head. Clear dark brown body. Rich red fruit, alcohol, malt, chocolate, toffee, nail polish, red grapes, red wine. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Warming. Too rich but comforting. 6 4 6 4 12
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2011 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. Thick off white head with great retention. Dark brown body. Fruits, cherries, malt, toffee, grass, alcohol, tin. Bittersweet. Bitter and dry on the finish. Smooth drinking. Warming. 6 4 6 4 12

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
5.3% and not a bad beer but they have annoyed me immensely, if the monkey had been hanging I would have really enjoyed it but at the time I was too confused by the drivel on the label. The label on the back claims that the beer was named for an old legend (to do with my home town), en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_hanger but it is obviously not, it is named after a type of adjustable spanner and nothing to do with the legend. I can not see why they even bothered printing it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Pours dark reddish brown with a thin wispy tan head. Notes of biscuit, marris otter, raisin and roasted nuts. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1782) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Dark red-amber with a long lasting head and thick lace. Solid sweet caramel malt with overtones of sorghum molasses and biscuit. As it moves through the palate a smooth floral hop bittering provides a cleansing balance. At the finish, sweetness re-emerges. An excellent beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1332) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2011
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 1991. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear reddish amber in colour with a thin white head. Slight treacle toffee and roast barley in the short but pleasant aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts deliver a good maltloaf body with sultana fruit, dates and sweet soft toffee notes. Dry hop prickle in the brief aftertaste but this soon fades to reveal a warming alcoholic malty finish with a dry liquorice edge. An excellent English Strong Ale and very hard to find north of the border.


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