poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date
and there was a thick layer of sediment stuck to the bottom of the
Appearance: Dark copper color that’s quite hazy but still translucent.
Forms a large, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains rather
Smell: Strong herbal tea and pine park aroma.
Taste: It seems like it’s been a while since I had a good old fashioned
"East Coast style" India Pale Ale, though I’m not sure Port City
Monumental IPA truly is to that style. Though it’s brewed with
Centennial and Amarillo hops, it’s not a citrus or floral bomb in any
way. It’s much more akin to green tea or pine needles but without any
trace of resin or other sticky/sappy character. There’s plenty of malt
here, created for a surprisingly bready taste with a hint of caramel or
toffee, though I wouldn’t call it a sweet beer per se.
I believe I was drinking a rather old bottle which might account for the
flavors present here. And though plenty bitter, it was more of a
refined bitterness that lurks in the background instead of an overt hop
character that’s in your face. The 57 IBUs ride shotgun until just
before the beer finishes where there’s a smooth hop bite. I detect some
citrus flavor in the aftertaste, but it fades quickly. Overall, a decent
palate and a beer I’d reckon is much better fresh but still pretty
drinkable in the bottle.
Drinkability: This is the type of beer I’d recommend for less
experienced drinkers as the balance of the palate, and the low intensity
makes it quite comfortable in the mouth. The body isn’t too heavy and
the texture is soft rather than crisp with only a slightly dry
aftertaste. At 6.3% ABV it seems a little inefficient, but that’s okay
because a single serving should suffice.