This is the third beer I’ve had from Port City. They don’t get distributed to New Jersey (yet), so I’ve only had them while I was in Virginia or brought a bottle back. Val brought this one home, so let’s see how it was.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Monumental IPA is a rich, clear copper in color. Our flagship India Pale Ale exhibits floral aromas and flavors of citrus with piney-resin all in combination with malty, toasty caramel background notes. Our unique twist with this IPA is that it demonstrates the delicious, yet elusive perfect balance between a hoppy bitterness and malt flavors. We believe that Monumental IPA is a great example of a complex and perfectly balanced East Coast style of IPA.”
Random: This bottle managed to get stuck to the shelf in my beer fridge. It took a lot of force to get up and I was afraid the bottle would break.
This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, warm orange with moderate carbonation. There was also a lot of visible detritus. The nose had some pine that quickly transitioned into sweet, caramel malt with honey. The taste was much more sweet than I expected. It had a lot of honey and caramel malt up front. It transitioned into slight bitterness with grass and grapefruit. This beer was much more towards the malt side than bitterness. It had a medium body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with a lot of sweetness. I was not a big fan of this beer, even though it was only $2 for the single bottle ($.17 per ounce). With so many IPAs out there, I won’t be revisiting this one.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0