I was recently traveling in Virginia and wanted to try something local so I picked up a 22oz bottle of Switch Monkey from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery. This beer is Belgium Style Pale Ale and looked interesting. It comes in at 5.5% ABV and at 38 IBU’s. I poured this beer into (unfortunately) a plastic glass in my hotel room. It poured a hazy amber color and actually had a fair amount of head that stuck around for a while. I could smell some fruity notes coming off of it and a bit of, shall I say, earthiness? So, time to taste the monkey… well, there is that earthiness right up front followed by a bit of sweetness and a bit of maltiness. I guess I was expecting a bit more of a bite but it wasn’t really there, which is OK but it seemed sort of… watered down I guess with not a lot of carbonation, which does make this a smooth ale though. My first impression of this beer was… ugh, not so good. But of course I had to finish this $3.99 bottle of beer so I did. As my palate adjusted to it, it seemed to get better and at the end I didn’t think it was all bad. Certainly not what I expected from this style of beer and nothing I would go too far out of my way for but this belgian style pale ale is probably worth a try and I am guessing is much better fresh on tap. So, Switch Monkey gets 2 steins from me.

Beer: Switch Monkey
Brewer: Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
Location: Roanoke, VA
Reviewer: Greg
Rating: 2 Steins