Cheeky Monkey Lefties ECIPA & Tropical Impact Pale

Style
East Coast IPA & Tropical Pale
ABV
7.5% &
Bitterness
42 IBU

Cheeky Monkey’s Surf Break series was a well-received and frequent feature for WA's craft drinkers throughout 2020 and, just two months into 2021, we’re seeing the first of the year's releases with an East Coast IPA brewed in honour of famous Gracetown surf break, Lefties (or Lefthanders).

Lefties pours with a moderate haze, muting an otherwise vibrant orange hue. A dense but short-lived head dissipates with aromas of orange, mango and lemonade, leaving behind a fine effervescent carbonation. A pillowy and creamy mouthfeel comfortably carries a moderate and piney bitterness, with flavours of pithy orange, candied citrus and pine present in abundance.

The bright hop profile in Lefties comes courtesy of fresh, Oregon grown Strata hops, offering up an abundance of tropical fruit character thanks to heavy-handedness in both kettle and fermenter. Old school Simcoe adds piney and grassy characters while some gentle overripe stone fruit esters also add fruity complexity to this bold East Coaster, all while cleverly hiding its 7.5 percent ABV.

Lefties is a brewing feat; with its high alcohol, excessive hops, haze, thick mouthfeel and residual sweetness it should be big, brash and a little scary, but it isn’t. It’s balanced, measured and cleverly drinkable despite its bold character. A credit to the Cheeky Monkey brewers.

Released alongside the IPA is Tropical Impact, a can that isn’t just filled with fresh and fruity ale, but also wrapped up in striking new artwork. It's a new creative take for the South West brewers who seem to be the face of evolution in WA craft brewing.

This vibrant pale ale also features Strata hops, exuding bold flavours of passionfruit and pineapple in a striking, slightly hazy burnt orange appearance. Tropical Impact was designed for effortless refreshment and the humble 4.4 percent ABV and 27 IBU work well with a smooth, well-integrated and modest bitterness. A lasting mouthful of bright, fruity hop character and a touch of residual malt sweetness inspirits each sip.

The beer is classically Cheeky Monkey inside the can: brewed without fault, demonstrating a perfect utilisation of hops, nailing the intended style. The can art, however, suggests that a slightly more "adult" marketing direction for the exuberant brewers may be on the horizon.

Jono Outred

Published March 4, 2021

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

Obsidian 2024
Gypsy Hub

More from Cheeky Monkey

Cheeky Monkey Mousetraps Hazy IIPA
Hazy IIPA
9.0%
Cheeky Monkey The Farm Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA
7.5%
Cheeky Monkey Export Stout
Export Stout
5.6%
Cheeky Monkey Mango and Coconut Pastry Sour
Fruited Pastry Sour
7.0%
Cheeky Monkey's January 2023 Quartet
NZ IPA, West Coast IPA, Pastry Sour & Oat Cream IPA
7.0% & 7.5% & 7.0% & 9.0%
Cheeky Monkey Raspberry & Blackberry Panna Cotta Pastry Sour
Berry Pastry Sour
7.0%
Cheeky Monkey Mid-Strength Hazy IPA
Mid-Strength Hazy IPA
3.5%
Cheeky Monkey Feijoa & Hibiscus Sour
Fruit Sour
4.3%
Cheeky Monkey Black Hole Sun, Redgate & Hyperbole #2
Triple IPA, Imperial Hazy IPA & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
11.0% & 8.0% & 12.0%
Cheeky Monkey Session Stout & Castle Rock IIPA
Session Stout & IIPA
4.7% & 10.0%
Cheeky Monkey Space Oddity IIPA
Imperial IPA
9.5%
Cheeky Monkey Mango & Raspberry Pastry Sour
Pastry Sour
7.0%
Cheeky Monkey Silverback 2022
Imperial Stout
12.0%
Cheeky Monkey Imperial Monk, Huzza Wouie & Cupcake Beer
Imperial RIPA, Hazy Mid IPA & Cupcake Beer
7.0% & 3.3% & 5.8%
Cheeky Monkey Triple Blueberry & Boysenberry Bombe Alaska Blast
Imperial Pastry Fruit Sour
9.0%
Cheeky Monkey Hyperbole #1
Tequila Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
12.0%
Cheeky Monkey Gas Bay IIPA
Hazy IIPA
10.0%
Cheeky Monkey Oat Cream IPA & Pastry Sour
Oat Cream IPA & Mango Passionfruit and Cinnamon Portuguese Custard Tart Pastry Sour
7.8% & 7.0%
Cheeky Monkey Silverback 2021
Imperial Stout
12.0%
Cheeky Monkey Rabbit Hill East Coast DIPA
Double IPA
8.1%