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Thursday, June 21 2012

Monkeynaut IPA
(Straight to Ale)

Monkeynaut is brand new to cans and is the first aluminum clad offering from Alabama's Straight to Ale. The brewery's hometown of Huntstville is known as "The Rocket City" due to its association with U.S. Space Missions. In the late 1950s, the Jupiter rocket program took shape and became the space vehicle that would take several space monkeys into the heavens, including "Miss Baker" who can be seen on the Monkeynaut IPA can.

From the Straight to Ale site:

"Albert. Able. Gordo. Miss Baker. Bonny. Goliath. Between 1948 and 1961 these primate pioneers and others bravely went where no man had ever gone before, paving the way for manned U.S. spaceflight. This hoppy little monkey of a beer is a tribute to those Simian heroes of yesteryear. It has a citrusy, floral hop aroma, a strong malt body and a crisp finish."

Here we go...

Pour – dark amber to cherry in appearance with loads of sticky white lacing stuck inside the walls of the glass. Carbonation looks spot on and we're ready to get down to business. 

Aroma – loads of citrusy hop aromas along with a faint aroma of black pepper, sweet oranges, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Quite aromatic and inviting.

Taste – one tasty sip and we're on to something quite delicious. Monkeynaut has some solid, bitter hoppy notes that combine some citrus and pine with tropical fruits and packs a righteous amount of malt backbone needed to keep everything well balanced. When it comes to well put together IPAs this is certainly one to add to the list.

Overall - very enjoyable brew. This is the type of beer you'd be happy to introduce to a friend and/or have as your go to backyard BBQ beer. Very appealing in the heat of the summer. Put some of these in the cooler and get them nice and cold and let that hoppiness satisfy your thirst. Well done Straight to Ale! Cheers!

Note - the monkey featured on the Monkeynaut IPA can was a squirrel monkey known as "Miss Baker". She was born in Peru and in 1959, at the age of 2, she went to space aboard a Jupiter rocket. She would be the first American "animal" to go to space and return alive. She would live to the ripe old age of 27 before passing away in Straight to Ale's hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. She is buried at the entrance of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. 

Straight to Ale also brews a "Gorillanaut Imperial IPA" that weighs in at 9% and is the "bigger, badder brother" to their flagship Monkeynaut IPA.

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Monkeynaut IPA
Style: American IPA
Brewery: Straight to Ale
Huntsville, Alabama  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 7.2%
IBUs: 70
Date: June 21st, 2012

Posted by Russ

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