Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery Reviews




Benzai
4.3
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
Sampled @ GBBF Day 3. Quite hazy dark brown color, average sized off-white to beige head. Heavy coffee aroma up front. Taste malts, coffee, espresso, roast and roasted malts, malt and coffee bitter. Very nice!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

blipp
3.6
Monkey Paw Monkey Gose Bananas with Cherries
Draft. Pours hazed peachy orange with a white head. Nice tart fruity base, a bit of a wheaty and grainy underpinning, some acidity, and lemony-citric notes. Solid.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.5
Monkey Paw / 2 Towns Ciderhouse Monkey Towns
Draft. Pours hazed yellow with a white head. Fruity and yeasty base, light acidity, wheat, mild fruity strawberry-like notes, and a quick tart fruity finish. Good stuff.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.6
Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA With Coconut & Himalayan Pink Salt
Draft. Advertised as just "Coconut," but based on the description on the website, I’m assuming these are the same beer. Pours near black with a beige head. Sweet coconut and roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate, and mild bitterness, followed by a sweet tropical fruity and lighter roasted finish. Solid.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.6
Monkey Paw Gibbon Back
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Dank green onion hops, lighter notes of over-ripe tropical fruits, moderate bitterness, and a lingering dank hoppy finish. My guess when I drank it was Mosaic/Citra/Galaxy. Solid.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.5
Monkey Paw Low & Slow Rauchbier
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Nice smoked malty base, a bit of toffee-sweet malts, light husky notes, and a lingering smoked malty finish. Pretty good.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.4
Monkey Paw Jimbo’s Ale
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Toasted malty base, some floral and earthy notes, relatively low sweetness, and mild-moderate bitterness. Solid.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.5
Monkey Paw Mighty Joe Young American Stout
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Hard roasted malts, coffee beans, mild sweetness, and light husky notes. Solid.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

blipp
3.7
Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Smoked and mild roasted malts, a bit of chocolate sweetness, and light earthy bitterness. Pretty good.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

gegwilson
4
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
Cask at the GBBF 2016. Deep brown with a frothy cream head. Aroma of fresh coffee. The taste is sweet coffee with some chocolate. Great coffee beer. Very easy drinking.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Scopey
3.2
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
Cask at GBBF 2016. It pours very dark with a decent yellow - beige head. The aroma is soft, sweet, sticky, fruit cake, brown bread, treacle and earth. The taste is soft bitterness, brown bread, earthy, malt loaf, plum, prune, woody, rich, coffee grounds and earth with a dry. Medium body and soft carbonation. Toasty and earthy. Fair.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.6
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
Cask at GBBF day 3 11/08/2016. A mahogany brown coloured pour with a halo of tan head. Aroma is sweet nutty hazelnut, smoked nuts, pecan, earthy fireplace. Palate is sweet, rounded, nutty earthy. Flavour is composed of, earthy smoked nuts, earthy, cold brewed coffee earthy, little brown sugars decent. Nice coffee bean character.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Beerhunter111
3.8
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
Gbbf. Trübes dunkel orange braunes Bier. Geruch nach Espresso Vanille, dunkles süßes malz. Geschmack süß Röstmalzig, Espresso, Vanille, lecker.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

harrisoni
3.3
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown
Cask gravity at GBBF 2016. Lots of coffee. Powdery coffee. Lots of strong coffee flaviur overtook everything else.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Oakes
3.4
Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave
Has a medium brown colour. Light smoky, toasty aroma. Maybe the nose shows a touch of acidity. Acrid smoke on the palate, toast. A bit thin? The thing is, though, it improves a fair as it warms. The sugars come out more and really round out the palate, allowing the smoke to impress.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

kevinator
3.3
Monkey Paw Oatmeal Pale Ale
Oat and tangerine aroma, which makes for an interesting combination. Smooth and somewhat full palate. Malty with a subtle bitterness. Nice color and head.
Friday, June 17, 2016

kevinator
3.2
Monkey Paw Patas Pale Ale
Hoppy pale ale with nice aroma and flavors of citrus and some floral bitterness. Crisp and light. Nice clean and bright color with a white head. Easy to drink.
Friday, June 17, 2016

kevinator
3
Monkey Paw The Big Smoke
Smokey! Roasted and woody. Not too much over the top but not one you would visit on a regular basis. Low hops presence. Rich character. Nice color and weight.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

kevinator
3.2
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison
Light and clean beer. Slight tart and farmhouse flavors with citrus and a little peppery spice. Nice color and medium and crisp feel.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Barreras
2.3
Monkey Paw Satanic Chimp
Pours a deep copper color with a dirty caramel aroma taste and flavor. Slight metallic flavor throughout with a light bitterness in the aftertaste.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.1
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Keg at Marin brewing tap room, 29/01/16. Murky brown meets algae like green topped with a moderate egg shell white cap. Nose is tangy citric shreds, lime jus, straw, light funk, grain. Taste comprises sharp citric vibes, lime, salt licks, nip of tequila, grain, damp hay. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a sharp edge. Ok stuff .... no great but I don’t feel it warrants the sub 1 scores.
Friday, May 13, 2016

nickd717
3.9
Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave
Draft at Stone Liberty Station. Black in color with a YUUUUUGE tan head. Very smoky, roasty aroma. The flavor is solid, dry with roast, dark chocolate, smoke. Medium bodied and drying feel. Deece.
Sunday, May 08, 2016

SHIG
1.3
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Draft: Poured a murky toilet with turd brown green, the head was white. The aroma is beach funk, salt and fish guts. Taste was salty, grain, and funky gunk. I can’t believe adnielsen down this garbage juice.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

BucannonXC5
3.5
Monkey Paw BEAT L.A.! IPA
Type: 16-oz. draft Glass: Clear pint glass From: Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, Calif. Price: $3.75 Purchased: April 6, 2016 Consumed: April 6, 2016 Misc.: Brewed for the Padres’ season-opening series with the Dodgers Love the name and decided I had to try it once I saw that it was a one-off and I might not get to try it again. Only good things come out of Monkey Paw and I expect nothing less here. Poured a yellow, golden, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, white head when I got it. Great spiderweb, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled dry hops initially. Also Mosaic, dankness, tropical hops, mango rind, resin hops, Galaxy hops and trash. Reminding me of Modern Times’ Hooloomooloo. (Smell - 3.50) Tasted much better than the nose, getting dank Mosaic, tropical hops, tangerine peel, grapefruit pulp, mango and pineapple. (Taste - 4.00) Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, danky finish. (Feel - 3.75) This one grew me on a bit as it went down. I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75) 3.82 86 B+
Monday, April 18, 2016

Marheb
4.6
Monkey Paw Bonobos IPA/SD Pale Ale
(En fût au Tiger!Tiger!): Ils appellent ça "San Diego Pale Ale". La plupart des narines, langues et intérieurs de joue appelleraient ça DIPA. C’est San Diego, quoi dire de plus. C’est aussi juteux que résineux, hyper protéiné et amer, vicieusement tropical et sapiné. Bravo terroir.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

adnielsen
2.9
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
On tap @ brewpub during RateBeer weekend, January 2016. Green poop appearance with a white head. Maybe the least appealing beer I’ve ever seen based solely on appearance. Aroma has garbage, old fruit, yogurt, and is twangy. Salt, yogurt, lactic acid, lemon in the very strange but not all that horrible flavor. Light body. Flavor is pretty decent but the aroma is incredibly unappealing, as is the appearance.
Friday, April 08, 2016

slowrunner77
3.9
Monkey Paw Dr. Bill’s Extra Special Barleywine
This English leaning Barleywine has a very nice malt profile - dark fruit, leather, and little hop bitterness. Good body but drinks easy for 10.5%. Nicely done.
Monday, March 21, 2016

marcus
3.6
Monkey Paw Dr. Bill’s Extra Special Barleywine
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark golden with a clinging off-white head and a sweet malt aroma. There is a mellow malt and honey flavor with a very dry slightly sour finish.
Friday, March 18, 2016

fordest
3.7
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Draft at Urbn. Really unusual. Strange gray tan color with no head. Not much aroma. Just touches of tartness. Flavor was better. With tart and more strangeness on the finish. Slightly salty. Idk. I kinda like this new (to me) style.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

brokensail
2.3
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
On tap @ Marin. Opaque brownish cola colored beer with a thick khaki head. Incredibly sour and lemon forward. A lot of salt and green apple, too. Slight metallic quality to it both on the aroma and flavor, which is unfortunate. Gets to be a bit much in all facets. Maybe a little bit of a blackberry note to it? Letting it sit does not do any favors. Becomes earthy, tinny, and incredibly briney.
Friday, February 26, 2016

phaleslu
2.1
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Draft at Marin, served in a flight. Pours a very hazy color that suggests ink spilled into old gold. So it looks the part, but it looks terrible. Small off-white ring for a head. It smells like rancid ocean water, like they walked up to the nastiest part of the shore and dropped a collection vessel in. If you don’t breathe in through your nostrils while drinking, the flavor and palate aren’t bad. Tastes like lemon, sea salt, water, and metal. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, salty mouthfeel. One of the weirdest beers I’ve had. Ever.
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dfonorow
3.5
Monkey Paw Dr. Bill’s Extra Special Barleywine
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is dark brown with some slight purple and red tints. Aroma and flavor of english ale yeast, sweet fruit syrup, and bitter hops. Finish is similar with a bit of booze coming through.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.8
Monkey Paw / Green Flash Cellar 3 - Continuous Improvement
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is hazy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor of heavy wit spice and sweetness - ginger, lemon peel, wheat, sweet rosemary, and boose. I usually don’t like wit beers but this was pretty good.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.1
Monkey Paw Top of the Hill
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is black with basically no head. Aroma and flavor of smoked malt, peat, oak, and sour blueberries. Finish is roasted blueberries, really weird.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.7
Monkey Paw Santa’s Pet Monkey
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is black with a minimal tan head. Aroma and flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla extract, earth, and slight hops. Finish is sweet but fairly well balanced with winter spices.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.2
Monkey Paw Mighty Joe Young American Stout
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is dark brown with a slight tan head. Flavor and aroma of smoke, chocolate, roast, and slight citrus. Finish is citrus and coffee.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
2.5
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is cloudy / hazy black, basically looks like squid ink. Aroma and flavor of sour mash, hay, salt, yogurt, and earth. Finish is bitter gose mixed with dirt.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.6
Monkey Paw Chimpin’ Ain’t Easy
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is black with a minimal off-white head. Aroma and flavor are overly sweet - chocolate, coffee, caramel sauce, and booze. Finish is slightly more balanced due to some coffee bitterness.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.9
Monkey Paw / Juli Goldenberg Juli’s Bizzaro
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is close to black with a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor of cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, coffee, and dark plums. Finish is sweet but bitter.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Dfonorow
3.4
Monkey Paw / Border X Monos Equis
On tap at Social Kitchen - San Francisco. Pour is brown/orange with a very small tan head. Aroma and flavor of espresso, dark fruit, booze, and oak. Not bad.
Monday, February 15, 2016

DSG
1.1
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
[1/29/16] Draught at Marin Brewing in Larkspur. Murky gray-ish amber. Aroma of stinking sea food, dirty seawater. Really bad sour flavor with yogurt and salty rotten sea food. Medium-bodied. Really weird and awful. What were they thinking?! Even 1.1 is kinda generous for this one, really nasty stuff.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Homer321
2.6
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Draft at Marin. Weird aroma. A ton of salt. Very tart. Pickering. Earthy. Weird. Not a beer I would drink more a few sips of.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

joeneugs
3.5
Monkey Paw Lab Monkey - Simcoe
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a clear pale yellow gold color with a white head. The aroma is grainy, piney and herbal. The flavor is the same with a hint of lemon cleaner that I got from some of their other IPA’s. Still, a pretty nice hop profile, but without the lemon cleaning fluid notes this would’ve been several ticks higher for me.
Monday, February 01, 2016

joeneugs
3.5
Monkey Paw Mandrill IPA
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a lightly hazed dark orange color with an off white head. The aroma is strong with florals, orange, peach and mango. Fruity and complex. The flavor is full bodied with some caramel, dank, flowers, pineapple and mandarin orange. A little menthol and lemon cleaning fluid in the finish. Not bad.
Monday, February 01, 2016

b3shine
1.9
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Draft to taster at Marin. Looks ugly; a hazy diarrhea brown. Smells like salty seafood water with a bit of lemon/lime. Tastes like it smells, but fortunately more citrusy. Still not good though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and tart. Garbage juice.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

JulienHuxley
1.3
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Disgusting dirty grey sea-water colored pour with no head, looks straight out of SF Bay. Aroma of dirty, low-tide beach, saline spray, light smoke, yoghurt. Taste is salty, lactic, puckering, nasty. Palate is light bodied, watery. Gross.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

VsXsV
1.3
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey
Draught at Marin Brewing Company. Light hazy deep gray liquid with small to medium white head. Looks weird as hell. Aroma of lemon, butter, grain and coriander. Taste is dry and light sour with notes of salt, coriander, grain, earth, soil and lemon. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really fucken weird. Holy shit. Awful.
Friday, January 29, 2016

hayduke
3.5
Monkey Paw Low & Slow Rauchbier
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was dark amber with and off-white head. Nose is distinctly smoke, and barbeque touches. Medium body. Flavor is roasted malts and a lot of smoke. Good smoked beer.
Thursday, January 07, 2016

riversideAK
2.6
Monkey Paw / Karl Strauss Deux Amis
Smells like nail polish remover cherries plastic sweat and old wood. Muddy red brown pour thin head. Kind of acetone vinegar cherry toast wood alcohol lingering chemical. Dry tangy rough.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

blipp
3.4
Monkey Paw / Karl Strauss Deux Amis
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Acidic and fruity, with oaky tannic notes, vinegar, and dry finish. Pretty good.
Saturday, December 19, 2015