michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Brewery: Smelled strongly of lemongrass and ginger, with hints of pine, fresh cut grass, and a little hop as well. Very pungent. Poured light yellow. Big, frothy, white head. Clear. Looks a little thin. No lacing. Flavors of lemongrass, ginger, honey, and barley. Spicy from the lemongrass. Mildly bitter and medium sweet. Long sweet finish. Light body. A bit oily in texture. Average carbonation. Overall, an interesting brew. Very refreshing and summery. Not sure I could drink more than one of these.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
OK, this is fun bot on balance not so excellent. It’s unique - basically like chowing down at a chinese buffet and drinking a normal lager beer, but oddly contained within a beer. the lemongrass is nice and makes it taste like thai food. very pale yellow extremely white tight head. the ginger is notable too. nice light beer and light afteraste. overall chinese buffets = garbage bin but thiis is a good experience to have once, it’s unique and not terrible.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Nodding Head. How can you go wrong with the name of Monkey Knife Fight? Poured a light straw color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of light grass and ginger. Tastes of grass, stronger ginger, citrus and a honey sweetness. Thinner body. A little to herbal and thin for my tastes.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampler at brewpub. light straw color with good carbonation. Aroma is of ginger and leongrass(obviously) with some tart fruit and light sweetness. Taste is lightly tart, lemony, and alot of ginger across the palate-Am I drinking a beer or eating sushi...hmmmmmm...nice though. Refreshing. Would be a good pair with some sashimi, I think.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Made with lemongrass and ginger as noted, flavor evokes Asian tropics. Lager base adds to smooth character. Best drank cold; flavor stars to turn grainy-sour as it warms and the effect of the ginger & lemongrass diminish. Interesting summer brew.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK first off, I got a story about the Monkey Knife Fight that the Philly peeps might not know - about three years ago there were a bunch of graffitti-stenciled sidewalks in the Mission District in SF CA that said "monkey knife fight" and had a funny little graphic of three monkeys with knives to boot. for about a year, nobody knew what it was for or where it came from, no bands or gangs would fess up! there was even an article in the SF Gaurdian about the mystery. well the bartender said that the phrase comes from a Simpson’s episode, but we still don’t know which came first... back to the rating.... clear yellow gold color, a little fizz up the body. dense foamy white head. lemongrass & faintly sour hop aroma. flavor is LOTS of ginger right away! clashes a little with the lager-like flavors of slightly sour hops. the finish is a little dry and a little bitter. the aftertaste is lots of dry ginger powder. very creative foray.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden color with a decent lacing off white head. Little bit of yeast in the aroma with some citrus. Same in the flavor with some decent malt to it as well.
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite summer brews, and still ranks high on my favorite names list. Pours a clear pale gold with little head. A wonderful aroma of lemon and ginger. Only problem was we kept going back for it, but they never brewed it the rest of the summer. The night I had it, I drank so much I couldn’t see straight. A very good beer.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is by far my favorite beer for the summer. It has a wonderful aroma, great appearance and the mouth feel is tremendous. Being from Jersey it is always a treat to cross the bridge and hit Nodding Heads for some great food and even better beer.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Clear pale gold. Clean vibrancy to the nose with ginger, soft hops, doughy malts, and yeast. Slick, round mouthfeel. Lemony, fresh melon interplay to the flavor, coupled with mild buttered malt sweetness and lemongrass. Mild effervescence fused with soft flower and citrusy acid notes to liven the delicate, yet relentless, crackery malt attack. Grassy finish is mostly overrun by the sweet maltiness. Very stylish brew with stellar balance between the juicy acidity and plush malt profile.