Port City Monumental IPA

Posted: October 11, 2015 in American IPA, Port City Brewing, Reviews

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.


ABV: 6.3%

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


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