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Beer – #571 – Fat Monk – American IRA

American IRA, or Red Ale. Now colour me stupid but I thought I’d drunk beer from the Fat Monk before now. Seems I haven’t. For no reason really.

Dry hopped Red Ale 

Unusual beer, usual music, odd numbers and the odd party.

This is a 500ml bottle of a beer that is 6% ABV,  2.4 standard drink units, 180 calories a serve give or take or 240 ish for the bottle.

Brewed by Fat Monk Brewing this is the in sttyle: Amber Ale or perhaps India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are based in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Fat chap has Fat Monk beer

Fat chap has Fat Monk beer

Using a American Ale yeast, this is an off-dry style beer with pale and lots of darker malts.

A big fight between malts and hops, creates a big balanced beer.

Centennial (citrus and/or floral character) and Amarillo (spicy orange and other citrus characters.) hops.

What could possibly go wrong? Well apart from a best by date of January 2015 not a lot. I brought this within the last two weeks too, I should check more.

Seems carbonated ok, musty bready yeast notes, not hoppy and something else in there quite nice but I can’t put my nose on it.

A rather lovely pour of a bright chestnut coloured beer with a lovely off white almost orange tinged head.

Aroma still a bit complicated, perhaps it is spicy, I can’t tell, I’m not so good at this.

FAT MONK American IRATaste is malted sweetness that seems ‘fat’ to the taste and a bitterness that is second and a muted finish. Left though with a tang on the tip of the tongue. Interesting.

Don’t think then with all my best will that I’d say IPA for this, despite being suckered in an using the IPA glass. I’m also going to suggest that this because of the unusual way the flavours are delivered that this is past the best it could be for flavours.

Not that it is awful or undrinkable. Not that it’s particularly good drinking either.

I think that this needs polishing, the brewery isn’t large or particular significant in size terms, they do brew in small batches, and they brew a fair few beers, so they have a market that evades me, it’s not a beer you see around that much.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 a of its things from the thing- that’s above average though.  Sometimes things just don’t work for you and this might be one of those times for me. If I was going past their way I’d pop in and try something fresh up just to prove myself wrong, and I’m always up for that.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? A beer of two parts, I think I could drink a few of these if it was slightly better, but I’m not enjoying it as I have it now.
  2. Would I have another?  not like this no.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It is when all is said a bit of an everyman beer, so no. 

Musicness – well Alamo Race Track took my fancy, their album ‘Hawkes’ is which you can find here,

Alamo Race Track is a rock band from Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is a track “Young Spruce and Wires”


A style without definition, amber ales range from bland, vaguelly caramelly beers to products with a fairly healthy malt and hop balance. Often the differentiation between a quality amber and an American Pale is that the amber might have more dark malt character, or a less assertive hop rate


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine


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