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Monkey Paw Bonobos IPA/SD pale ale

Monkey Paw Bonobos IPA/SD pale ale
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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THIS IS NO IPA. THIS IS A SAN DIEGO PALE ALE. HOW DID WE GET HERE? EASY! TAKE OUT THE THE SWEET CARAMEL MALT BACKBONE AND INTENSE BITTERING OF CLASSIC IPAS AND REPLACE THEM WITH A LIGHT BISCUITY MALT PROFILE AND INTENSE FLAVOR AND AROMA HOP ADDITIONS. WE THEN DRY HOP THE BEJESUS OUT OF IT AND GET IT OUT AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE. BE CAREFUL, THIS 7.9% ABV BEER DRINKS LIKE A PALE ALE AND THATS HOW WE LIKE IT IN AMERICA’S FINEST BEER CITY.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6537) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours blonde with a thick beige head and a bread and citrus aroma. The substantial pale malt base is paled ha ha in comparison to the accompanying hop bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
On my flight of beers at the brewpub on 18th March 2014. Light haze to the pale but deep old gold coloured brew, not much of a head, but plenty of nose! Citrusy hop front with a mini-floral hint or two: no maltiness in the smell or taste, this is for hop minded people. OK and a nice balance to the three other house brews I had along side it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2014
On tap in San Diego (CA)
Sadly this was not at draft at Monkey Paw so I had to go elsewhere to get a pour of a world class IPA / American Pale Ale. Whatever you try to pigeonhole it as the result is a great beer that bucks the normal expectations for a West Coast hop bomb.

Aroma / Appearance - A yellowy warm presence imbues the beer with a playful personality like rays of sunshine filtering through the trees. Sweet citrus, lemon, yeast, and bread dough starter rise up to grab your attention but this does not hit you hard with hops like many local IPAs try to do.

Flavor / Palate - A creamy full bodied mouthfeel slowly provides a warmth that radiates from the tongue outwards. The burst of lemon butter on toasted whole wheat bread continues to please until the bitter finish, paired with a strong maltiness, leaves you wishing you had more than just a generous sample. If Monkey Paw ever gets around to canning like Modern Times I could see them having a huge success with this one.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sourguy83 (40) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Had at GABF 2013. Unreal great non IPA but never the less it is an IPA in its purest sense. Unlike most IPAs that I shy away from this has a multy dimension of hops from aroma to mouthfeel to finish. Balanced IPA sounds strange but this s not you typical IPA that folks shove tons of Citra at you. Great great great!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
GABF 2013. Clear light amber. Danker nose, clean finish, some resinous and citrus hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8460) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Draft. Pours cloudy yellow with white head. Nose and taste of caramel malt, hop and some citrus. Lighter medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4368) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 Draft. Golden pour, lightly hazy, with a small white head. Nice and hoppy, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, bread, and light caramel malt. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3372) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Clear golden pour. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, smooth and creamy. Flavor is creamy citrus hops, bitter and meaty. Strange brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3629) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 8, 2013
Golden, low haze body an small white head. Citrus, lemon, fresh hops, simple but nice. Sharp bitterness, dry, well brewed. Amazing. (ZeeBra)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3131) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2013
Zeebra Extreme Beer Festival (Growler) - Light golden colour with decent lacing. Aroma has tropical fruit and floral hops. Flavour has initial creamy malt feel but then becomes fruity, juicy and finally bitter in the finish.


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