Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery Reviews


Homer321
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey 2.6
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
Monkey Paw Lab Monkey - Simcoe 3.5
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
Monkey Paw Mandrill IPA 3.5
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
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey 1.9
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
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey 1.3
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
Monkey Paw / Marin Funky Sea Monkey 1.3
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
Monkey Paw Low & Slow Rauchbier 3.5
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
Monkey Paw / Karl Strauss Deux Amis 2.6
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
Monkey Paw / Karl Strauss Deux Amis 3.4
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Acidic and fruity, with oaky tannic notes, vinegar, and dry finish. Pretty good.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

corby112
Monkey Paw Oatmeal Pale Ale 2.8
Pouts a very dark, hazy golden orange color with deep apricot edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Excellent retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Somewhat bland aroma with very faint smoke, floral hops and fresh cut grass countered by pale malt and light fruit sweetness. Biscuit, bread and cracker along with subtle cider-like sweetness. Fuller body than expected with a spicy hop bite that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Slight dry bitterness with grass, pine needle and subtle resins countered by faint citrus sweetness. A touch of tart grapefruit followed by bread, biscuit and light fruit esters. Some cider, pear and banana with subtle boozy sweetness in the finish. Light and easy to drink but not very interesting.
Sunday, November 29, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw / Twisted Manzanita Danger Chimp 3.2
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bready malt, dates and cherries with earthy hops. Flavor is bready malt, dates and cherries, medium earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Friday, November 20, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw / Karl Strauss Deux Amis 3.8
Tap at the brewery. Pours cloudy orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is peach and passion fruit, cracker and wheat malt, and lactic acid. Flavor is fresh fruits, passion fruit and peach, earthy wheat malt, Brettanomyces, lactic acid and a dry finish. Light body and carbonation.
Friday, November 20, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave 3.7
Tap at the brewery. Pours brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and toast malt with leaves and earthy hops, light smoke and dates. Flavor is chocolate malt, toast and smoke notes, dates, light earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Sunday, November 15, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw Mandrill IPA 3.3
Tap at the brewery. Pours hazy orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and tangerine hops, cracker malt and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy grapefruit and tangerine hops and bitterness, cracker malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Sunday, November 15, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw Low & Slow Rauchbier 3.1
Tap at the brewery. Pours clean brown with a medium, creamy beige head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is sweet smoked wood, toast malt and earthy hops. Flavor is phenolic smoke, sweet wood, toast malt, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Sunday, November 15, 2015

blipp
Monkey Paw Mandrill IPA 3.7
Draft. Pours orange with an off white head. Fruity citric hops, moderate bitterness, lighter grassy notes, and low sweetness. Pretty good.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Marheb
Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA With Coconut & Himalayan Pink Salt 4
(En fût au O’Brien’s): Une richesse de guimauve, chocolat, sel parfumé, noix de coco dans une soupe moelleuse et caressante. L’amertume est très fruitée et se prolonge dans la noix de coco. Un satisfaisant breuvage.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Marheb
Monkey Paw Same Day XPA 3.2
(En fût à Stone Liberty Station): Des houblons terreux, un corps enflé par la caramélisation, très peu d’aromatique et une longue finale amère neutre et minérale. Un peu ennuyant.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

joeneugs
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison - Mango 3.6
On tap at the Ales for ALS festival at Faction. It pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fresh and tart with lemon, tangerine and grapefruit. Tart and citrusy. The flavor is mild but pleasantly tart with more lemon, tangerine and slight hints of mango tropicals. Bready malt backbone. A little floral with some worty grains in the finish. Kind of like a big Berliner. The graininess throws it off a bit though.
Friday, September 04, 2015

asheft
Monkey Paw Gibbon Back 3.5
On tap at Raglan, Ocean Beach. Stone fruit aroma with some sweet light caramel. Hazy bronze under a persistent white collar. Salty hops flavour-warm apricot and high resinous bitterness in front of a weak caramel backbone. Medium body, medium carbonation, almost crisp.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

DedicatedToFun
Monkey Paw Gibbon Back 3.4
Tap, orange pour, white head, nose and taste are lemons, grapefruit, pretty hoppy
Monday, August 24, 2015

DedicatedToFun
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison 3.5
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are tart lemon, sour oranges, good
Monday, August 24, 2015

laiti
Monkey Paw Gibbon Back 3.5
Draught @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego. Aroma is somewhat mild with some sweet pineapple juice tones. Flavour has gluey tones, some pineapples and grapefruit. Not that great but at least drinkability is ok.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

lusikka
Monkey Paw Gibbon Back 3.8
Draught @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego, CA. Pours a hazy golden colour with a small thick head. Aroma of fresh mango, lemon juice and graininess. Flavour of heavy sweet caramel malts, mango, herbal notes and resin. Full bodied. Alcohol warms. Nice and smooth.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

olio
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison - Mango 3.5
Tap @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego.
Pours hazy golden color with a small head. Lemony and herbal aroma, faint mango. Yeasty, sour lemon flavor, funky, spicy. Weird but decent.
3334

Saturday, August 22, 2015

lusikka
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison - Mango 3.6
Draught @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego, CA. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of husky graininess, mango and citrus. Flavour of tart citrus, very fresh mango, mild yeastiness, grains and citrusy bitterness. Light bodied. Very refreshing.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

olio
Monkey Paw Gibbon Back 3.4
Tap @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Soapy and herbal aroma, fruity with some hops. Quite sweet fruity flavor, alcohol comes through, caramel and resin. Too boozy and sweet.
4414

Saturday, August 22, 2015

blipp
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison 2.7
Draft. Pours hazed gold with a white head. Fruity lemony base, some mild tartness, a grainy base, and odd fruity sweetness. Not awful, but seems a bit off. Not something I would want more than a glass of.
Friday, August 14, 2015

bergstaden
Monkey Paw / Drakes Stumble South 3.2
Hazy pale golden with a white head - Citrus and some spicy yeast in the aroma - Good malt body with citrus flavours and some spicy notes - The citrus goes inot the finish with some bitterness and hints of dryness - This was nice
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Marheb
Monkey Paw The Big Smoke 4.1
(En fût au Quad Alehouse): Cayenne, Paprika fumé, chocolat blanc épicé, croustillant et non-jamboné. Belle surprise et fignolage impeccable des composantes.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA 3.7
On tap @ Monkey Paw. Dark reddish brownish perhaps mahogany pour with off-white foam. Piney, herbal, citrusy hops. Lots of roast, a touch of cocoa, and some licorice. Perhaps a touch of sweet burnt sugars on the tongue. Big time hop bitterness and a strong citric character. I enjoyed it.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw Patas Pale Ale 2.5
On tap @ Monkey Paw. Clear amber colored beer with white foam. Smells like tea and toasted grains. Slight butterscotch, lots of bread, and maybe some grass. Definitely some bitterness, but also kind of sweet and definitely malt forward. Husky, grainy flavor. A lot of tea, some bread, and plenty of toast. Mediocre at best.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw Lab Monkey - Cascade 3.4
On tap @ Monkey Paw. Nice yellow color with some white foam. A good bit of bread and biscuit on the nose. There’s some nice orange and a lot of floral notes, too. Slightly peachy. A bit on the sweet and malty side at first, but there’s a solid bitterness to this as well. Big time grass, orange rind, and flowers. A hint of pine on the finish. Okay. 4/6/6/4/14
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw Prima Donna 3.7
On tap @ Monkey Paw. Clear straw colored beer with white foam. Floral and big time citrus hops. A lot of orange in particular. Some bread, cracker, and biscuit. Soft fruits and pine. Good hop flavors of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Pretty citric all around. There’s some biscuit and slightly doughy hops. Not bad overall. Easy drinking for sure.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison - Dry Hopped 3.7
On tap @ Monkey Paw. Hazed straw colored pour with a white head. Nice citrusy, grapefruit and lemon nose. Pretty tangy all the way through with some green apple and grapes. Light grass, cracker, and perhaps just a touch of malt flavor and sweetness. A little more depth to this than the regular version, but both are enjoyable.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison 3.5
On tap @ Monkey Paw. Hazed straw colored pour with a white head. Smells pretty much like a Berliner Weisse. A lot of lemon, some green apple, a touch of yogurt, and grass. A little on the tangy and lemony side, though there is some sweet biscuit and and cracker malts. Light lemongrass and a lot of citrus zest. Not bad.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

bb
Monkey Paw The Big Smoke 3.5
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Big smoke and bacon aroma. Smoke and malt flavor. Medium bodied. Smokey malt and light earth lingers with light backing hops.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

bb
Monkey Paw Lab Monkey - Cascade 3.6
Draft. Pale straw beer with a whitish head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and light pine linger with light earthiness.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

bb
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison - Dry Hopped 3.6
Draft. Pale straw beer with an off-white head. Tart and light grapefruit aroma. Ruby grapefruit and tart flavor. Medium bodied. Ruby grapefruit and tartness lingers with light yest.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

bb
Monkey Paw Yeast Farmer Sour Saison 3.5
Draft. Pale straw beer with an off-white head. Tart aroma. Tart and yeast flavor with light summer fruit. Medium bodied. Tartness and yeast lingers with light malt.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

brokensail
Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA With Coconut & Himalayan Pink Salt 3.5
On tap @ Beachwood Brewing. Black in color with a small khaki head. Big roasted malt and cocoa on the nose. Don’t really get a whole lot of coconut. Sort of grassy and floral. Big bitterness of roast and dark chocolate on the tongue. Don’t really get a lot of salt or coconut. Maybe a little chocolate covered coconut. Not bad.
Friday, July 03, 2015

joeneugs
Monkey Paw Patas Pale Ale 3.2
On tap at the brewery. It pours a nice deep golden color with an off white head. The aroma has caramel, bread and some citrus. The flavor is heavy with citrus, florals and caramel. Heavy body with some alcohol notes. Weird for a lower gravity beer. Just ok in the end.
Sunday, June 21, 2015

joeneugs
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown 3.5
On tap at the brewery. It pours a brown color with a khaki head. The aroma has some red fruit, cherries, light syrup and toast. The flavor is nice and mild syrupy cherries with strong toasted malt and lightly roasted malt in the finish. Medium acidity. Enjoyable.
Sunday, June 21, 2015

joeneugs
Monkey Paw The Big Smoke 3.4
On tap at the brewery. It pours a deep orange color with an off white head. The aroma is heavy with wood smoke, salt and savory meat. The flavor is the same. Huge smoked ham, smoked wood and a little brown sugar. Rather thin body. Some slight phenols in the finish. The flavors are pretty good, but it needs more body to support them.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

joeneugs
Monkey Paw Lup’d Up Single Saison 3.6
On tap at the brewery. It pours a super pale, lightly hazed yellow color with a white head. The aroma has salt and pepper with bright fresh grapefruit. Citrus peel. The flavor has some light rhubarb notes and big grapefruit. Lightly peppery with a very light body. Medium bitterness. Pretty tasty.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Capa
Monkey Paw Sweet Georgia Brown 4
Bold brown. Malty, chocolate, light roasted, dough. Full and chewy. Really nice brown.
Sunday, June 14, 2015

kathouse
Monkey Paw I-5 Black IPA 3.6
Deep brown body and light tan head. Leaves good lacing. Toasted malt flavor but no real hop kick of bitterness. Well balanced with citrus and pine hop and a light bitter aftertaste. A little chocolate too.
Thursday, June 11, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw The Big Smoke 3.9
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear dark orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is sweet smoked wood, light fruity notes of apple and cherry, and light earthy hops. Flavor is sweet meaty and woody smoke, light candied fruits, light earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kevin
Monkey Paw The Big Smoke 4
Tap. Clear Reddish brown with a darker white head. Smoke nose, with a bit of fruit. A damn fine smoke beer. Fruity and smoky, rich malt back bone leaves me wanting more.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

BeerandBlues2
Monkey Paw / Three Weavers Up the Hill Backwards 3.7
Tap at Monkey Paw. Pours hazy orange with a large, creamy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is fresh tangerine hops, light toast and nutty malt. Flavor is fresh hops, crisp malt, light bitterness, a clean lager character and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Thursday, May 21, 2015