Cheeky Monkey Imperial Monk

Style
Red IPA
ABV
8.3%

Cheeky Monkey’s first limited release beer for 2017 shows the Margaret River brewery building momentum for bigger beers. Last year, the limited release Southern Wailer series included the Silverback, a 10 percent ABV imperial stout revived after laying dormant for three years, a West Coast IPA that evolved into a core range beer and a hop forward, multi-collaborator XPA to name a few.

The Imperial Monk is an amplified version of their core range session red ale, Travelling Monk, where the flavours coalesce rather than dominate – more a strong, silent type than a mouthy brat – and a beer that head brewer Ross Terlick says the brewing team has long dreamt of brewing.

In doing so, the brewers combined six specialty malts to create a deep reddish brown beer with a light tan head. An initial savoury note gives way to a rich, torched toffee sweetness, tight bitterness and light roast finish. Despite being nearly two and half times more boozy than its mid-strength relative, Imperial Monk is well balanced and its release is well timed for summer’s slide into autumn.

Guy Southern

Published February 28, 2017

Name
Cheeky Monkey
Address

4259 Caves Road
Margaret River
WA 6285

Phone
Brewery: (08) 9755 9555; Rest: (08) 9755 5555
Open Hours

Caves Road venue:
Sun to Thurs: 11am to 5pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 6pm
Vasse Tap House:
Thurs & Fri: 4pm to 7pm
Saturday: 2pm to 7pm
Sunday: 2pm to 6pm

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