14A - American IPA

Straight to Ale - Monkeynaut

Brewery: Straight to Ale
Beer: Monkeynaut
Style: American IPA
BJCP Style: 14A

Aroma: A very up front pine and citrus up aroma. Smells like a bag of fresh hops. Some pine hop aroma, but the citrus hop aroma is more prominent. Slight hint of tropical fruits. Little to no malt aroma. Clean fermentation aroma. No diacetyl.

Score: 12/12

Appearance: Deep orange in color. Thick head with a mix of tiny and large bubbles. Slight haze. Some lacing on the glass.

Score: 3/3

Flavor: Sweet malt profile. Hints of citrus and pine like hop flavor. Some earthiness comes through in the finish. Moderate bitterness. The sweetness comes through up front. The bitterness comes through midway through the taste and finish. Malt profile has hints of carmel. Balance leans a little towards the sweet. Some astringency in the finish. Clean fermentation profile. The finish is a little sweet. However, the sweetness hangs around after the finish, but so does a good bit of the bitterness. The sweetness is a little cloying. No diacetyl.

Score: 13/20

Mouthfeel: Medium-Medium/Heavy body. Medium carbonation. Some astringency is felt on the back of the tongue and lingers for some time.

Score: 3/5

Overall Impression: This is a pretty tasty brew. However, I find that the malt profile to be a little too sweet for style. The sweetness is the first taste component that I noticed. The hopes come after the malt carmel/sweetness. Hop bitterness and flavors are appropriate for and are exceptional. I would consider trying the following on future batches: reducing the amount of carmel malts, reducing mash temperature, or choosing a better attenuating yeast. The finish is supposed to be medium-dry to dry, which I do not get out of this beer. The beer is also slightly astringent. Try using a smoother hop or using first wort hopping. Overall, a very tasty brew!

Score: 7/10

Total Score: 38/50

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