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Monk In The Trunk - Inlet Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 189
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Inlet Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bluegrassbrew on 09-02-2007

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 189
Photo of Uglylilpup
1.65/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I must have gotten ahold of a bad batch. This poured absolutely flat and syrupy. It had no nose whatsoever--very weird. No head. There was a slight root beer taste, but I wasn't interested enough to finish it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness and light grassy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of dark fruit (prune) and Belgian yeast spiciness. Finally, there is a light flavor of grassy hops in the finish which gives a light amount of bitterness that does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of an American Amber Ale and a Belgian Dark Ale... Nice complexity in the flavors but a touch too sweet for my palate. Definitely worth trying but not sure that I would get it again.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Crystal clear copper in color with a foamy white two-finger head that recedes to a thin cap. Aroma is of fruity yeast, caramel malt, bread, and grass. The taste is sweet with caramel, bread, apple, and biscuit. Only a slight bitter grass note comes through in the swallow. Medium-light body, thin texture, above average active carbonation, sweet finish.

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Photo of barfootbandit
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer from the bottle at a bar. It was decent but nothing special. Good malty-spicy flavor balanced by a slight bitterness and by no means a bad beer. However I wished there was a higher ABV as well as overall flavor either from the malt or hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inlet Brewing "Monk In The Trunk"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "MOFL-290BE"
$1.67 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was so intrigued by this brewery because they only make two beers, only to learn that it's contract brewed by Thomas Creek in NC, which makes more sense; and if they've got a client like Trader Joe's they're pretty much set.

The second thing I found interesting was that it was an organic amber ale. Organic is great, especially when it only costs $1.67 per bottle, but who buys "amber" ales anymore? Alas, it's a Belgian-style "amber" ale!

Its clear deep copper colored body is topped by a short head of off-white foam that unfortunately drops rather quickly and leaves only minimal lacing behind. The aroma expresses a combination of fruits including apricot and fig along with some clove. All of those components return in the flavor along with more fruit (plum/prune, black cherry), a touch more spiciness, some grassy hops, and a caramelish, gently sweet malt. It's moderately bitter but balanced with the spiciness from the yeast lending a hand. It finishes drying with a drop of residual malt and swirling notes of leaves, grass, clove and 'spice'.

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Photo of silverking
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber with 1 inch of rocky tan head. Spotty lacing, great head retention. There is a small amount of fine bubbles rising up to the top of the glass.

S- woah, banana and clove, not what I was expecting. There is some grain as well, but that yeast character is pretty pungent.

T- spicy, banana bread, yeast. To be honest, it almost tastes like a hefeweizen. Interesting...

M- light, refreshing, watery finish.

O- it only looks like an amber ale...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, light, orange-amber coloring with steady carbonation action throughout and a thin, low profile, filmy white head. Aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, and a very light hint of toasted character. Flavors are bitter roast and cloying sweet forward, with a sugary caramel lead. Jumbled palate, and the carbonation only adds to the mess. Sharp and light in mouth, with a tangy, sugary sweet aftertaste. The finish is light and fairly clean, but also a bit limp. Lackluster beer, but drinkable if devoid of other options.

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Photo of Roguer
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very little head (<1 finger), and looks not-so lively, yet there is plenty of carbonation visible in the lighter than expected amber brew. Fairly clear bordering on transparent. Almost a sickly color.

Strong whiff of caramel malts and some Belgian-style yeast; overall mild scent.

Very sweet! Belgian candi dominates; the caramel malt is more of a background flavor. There's a slight bright but unidentified hoppiness.

Very light mouthfeel; a little bit of sting; very nice cloying (but not oily) residue. Thin enough to drink quickly, if that's your thing; no aftertaste.

This beer was super underwhelming...until the first taste. It's certainly a malt-forward beer, but it's well-balanced for the style, sweet, and extremely drinkable. I'm not going out of my way to get it, but I definitely wouldn't hesitate to order it at a pub.

No bottle date.

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Photo of FroggieMercury
4.54/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely with very little head. Amber coloring looked gorgeous with the newly-emerged sun shining through the windows and through the glass. It was a hot, stormy day here in SWFL today and this was the beer I reached for to unwind after it all calmed down. A great afternoon / early evening beer. I've had it both poured into a glass as well as straight from the bottle several times over the past few weeks and have never been disappointed. Paired it with sausage and pepper pizza and some (very hot) hot wings - went very well with both!

The bottle states those who enjoy the beer love it for "its most intriguing quality, true drinkability." I heartily agree with this statement. It is a light beer in taste without being TOO light. Smell is not overpowering - slight hop emerging from malty goodness.

Very highly recommended (especially to those of you whom enjoy organic beer). However a note to Florida Beer Aficionados: most seem to miss this on the bottle but it is actually brewed for Inlet Brewing Company in Jupiter by Thomas Creek in South Carolina. I was a little sad to see that pop up on the side of the bottle (didn't notice it as first - it was given to our office as a "welcome to Florida, here are our local goodies" gift so the giver didn't apparently notice as well).

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at about 45F, poured clear orange-amber with a creamy head of moderate size and retention. A good bit of lacing is left on the glass. Contract brewed by Thomas Creek in SC,

S: Smells rather like a lager with more malt and light Belgian yeast.

Tastes more like a Belgian amber than it smells. Also tastes a bit like a nut brown ale. The Belgian yeast is subtly evident.

M - Light body; medium carbonation.

O: decent but uninteresting amber. With the "Monk ..." name and the fine label, I was hoping for a little bit more Belgian style in this beer, but it did become more appealing and nuanced with addtional tasting. .

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger off white head with decent lacing and little retention on a clear amber body. Aroma is simple with caramel and toasted malts with hint of citrus hops. Flavor is very sweet with candy sugar and caramel on a toasted malt base. Oily, medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is too sweet for me. It's also very simple. Drinkable yes but wouldn't go for another.

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Photo of KajII
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

It poured a clear medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that offered up great retention, finally reducing to a long lasting thin cap and had excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was extremely mild of a light grain malt, mild herbal hops and a light earthy yeast with notes of caramel, a bit of spice and a light fruity ester.

The taste was very different from the aroma. It was bold, very malty and a tad sweet with a big note of caramel that lasted throughout, with the finish having a mild fruitiness and a small bite of spiciness towards the end. The flavor hung around for a decent amount of time proceeding the swallow, with a nice sweet malty taste that was left to linger on the taste buds for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a creamy yet mildly dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall I was rather taken by surprise with this very impressive organic Amber Ale. It possessed a ton of flavor and an awesome drinkability. This is most likely is the best organic beer I have tasted to date...


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Photo of BMMillsy
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Satchel's in Gainesville. Pours a hazy golden reddish with fluffy white head. The aroma is a sweet honey and bit of spice, maybe a little. The flavor is very similar to a mediocre tripel, with honey sweetness, some definite dry finish, and plenty of carbonation. Rather light on the palate and overall not bad. No need to seek it out, but worth drinking with some pizza.

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Photo of Jeffree1155
4.63/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great amber ale- pours almost a burnt orange color. Light to moderate head.
Nice floral and citrus smell. Very light spices.
Very drinkable taste.
Pleasant light hoppy after taste.
Very nice drinkable and refreshing beer.
Apparently its organic as well.

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Photo of rhultstrand
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

A - Looks like a nut brown ale. Not much of a head, but was poured, by the waitress, from the bottle into a glass.

S - Not much to it. Smells like a pilsner with more malt.

T - Tastes like it smells. Definitely does not taste like a red ale, but I've been spoiled by Cigar City's red (Tocobaga) for quite some time. Tastes like a pilsner with more malt and a strong nutty flavor.

M - Very, very light for a 5.5%. A very drinkable beer - not what I was expecting - in fact, I was hoping for something much heavier.

O - Worth a try, but I won't be having another.

Intersting note: Outsource brewed. Made by Inlet Brewing in Jupiter, FL, but brewed in NC...

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Photo of IcemanFL
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific brew. A friend turned me on to it down here in South Florida, I'm so glad that he did. It has great flavor, color, and texture. And it's great to see it being sold in more nearby locations to my house - including my local 7-Eleven. Awesome! It will always be offered in my home when guests come over!

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this an extra in a recent trade with Unclejazz. Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear light amber with a finger of white head.

Lots of bready malts up front with a faint grassy hop aroma in the background. A little bit of an old fruit aroma in the background. Yeasty malt on the pallet with a little bit of a bitter grassy hop finish. Not to bad but doesn't seem to pull one way or another.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one isn't bad. I'm not crazy about it but I'll enjoy it this time.

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled biscuity with some grasses.

T - It tasted of sweet malt with some biscuity notes. Mild spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is an okay amber ale. Nothing to rush out and find. Easy drinking.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this everywhere in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. I thought that it was a popular beer in the state. Now my vacation is done, and I am reviewing it on BA. I just saw that it is one town north of Palm Beach Gardens, and this is the only beer that they make. They have really good market penetration.

I got this beer on tap at the Yardhouse into a pint glass. It was very light brown with very minimal foam. The foam may have been due to a generous bartender pour... I didn't see him pour it.

The smell has a nice belgian presence over the typical smell on a amber/brown beer. You get some good malt with some sour. This beer was very drinkable, but it was very simple.

This makes for a good alternative to a typical lawn mowing beer based on the drinkability. They disguise a 5.5%, and it felt like a session.

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Photo of PeeWee8
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear translucent amber color. Good amount of head poured from bottle. Good amount of lacing.

S: smells yeasty. Not very strong though.

T: Citrusy. Slight hop, bit of a sweet aftertaste

M: crisp, hoppy, full feel. Covers tongue sharply

O: overall solid amber. Good flavor, fits nicely on the water or on the beach. Had it multiple times now and always enjoy it.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The unknown local beer from Heatwave33. Here goes nothin!

Very light amber color, almost like Yuengling. Semi-frothy bright white head floats atop. Not bad carbonation.

Smell is slightly acrid. Hints of dry grains, caramel malts. Astringent smelling. uh oh.

Spicy corn, hints of rye, and other adjunct grains. Caramel malt is somewhere in the background, actually offsetting the spicy rye flavors. Not real sure if there is rye, but it feels like it. The initial spiciness subsides, leaving a nice caramel smoothness that i like. maybe a touch of diacetyl.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Nice clear copper color with a good 1 finger and a 1/2 of head that settled to a nice layer with good lacing.

S: Very Amber smelling... I'm getting a nice aroma of sweet malt, little spices, hint of yeast and a blast of caramel.

T: Taste is a look like the smell very sweet malt with caramel and spices. Aftertaste is very malty and yeasty. Pretty much right on with the Ambers I've had.

M: Good mix of light and medium body... Carbonation is pretty light and I like that... I think that brings it up to a little more medium bodied

D: Overall, a very solid Amber... Worth looking for if you like the style.

My first Inlet Brewing Co. beer.... Not a bad start.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnished gold. Head is bright-white. Drops pretty quickly. Negligible lacing. Head thins to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Standard fare here.

Smell: Caramel malts and a big biscuity kick. Apple skins and cereal grains. Minerality hides in the back. Did someone roll a red apple in some biscuit dough? Slightly grassy. Oddly sweet as well. It hits on par for the style, but lacks depth. The entire aroma is up front and disappears in seconds.

Taste: Malts and more malts. Sweet caramel malts and a doughy hit of biscuit. Grassy aftertaste. Flavor disappears almost as fast as the aroma did. Faintly spicy, but loaded up with apples and biscuits. Apple skin in particular. Faint hints of toasted malts, but it's barely there and desperately needed. Not a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. A touch creamy with a moderate carbonation. Body pushes the high side of medium. Easily the best aspect of this beer.

Overall: Decent, but lacking depth and structure. It's all up front and then done.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GallowsThief kindly sent this to me perhaps having seen my beer fest persona of Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder or perhaps because he felt generous. Either way, I'm down with it and it is time to drink some beer!

From the bottle: "This unique copper-colored ale derives its fruity, slightly spicy aroma from authentic Belgian Abbey Yeast. The subtle nutty and malty sweet flavors sing in harmony with the freshest organic hops available. Monk In The Trunk devotees are known to chant about its most intriguing quality, true drinkability. The inspiration to create this fine organic beer was provided by the tale of a legendary Belgian Monk who spanned the globe in search of only the best ingredients from this fertile Earth. Drawn to our shores by the great beacon which is the Jupiter Lighthouse, he discovered the missing component to fulfill his quest to brew the perfect beer. In the spirit of the Monk, the Inlet Brewing crew suggest you keep it real ... drink organic (and responsibly).

I got just over two fingers of dense, tawny head off of my pour that looked like the top of an ice cream float. Color was a coppery reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary malty sweetness to it that is usually not my bag, but I soldiered on. Mouthfeel was medium with a nutty, slightly sweet taste in the mouth. I was relieved that it was not as sweet as the nose led me to expect, but it was not all that tasty, either. It lacked any kind of Oomph that might have separated it from other beers of the style. Finish was pleasant but otherwise not noteworthy. It was a pretty middle-of-the-road beer and I appreciate the gesture, but it would not be worth seeking out.

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Photo of ale1
1/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

prior to purchasing we noticed this from the Inlet Brewery of Jupiter ,Fla . which actually not quite true it is actually brewed/bottled in North Carolina. ....read on I thought we were were going to rewarded with another Belgian style ale this resembles a poor Amstel light at it's best
poured into a Pint glass, medium carbonation,then settles quickly.lacings well..not much really
Amber color more like orange , hops noted but minimal and appears to be almost artificially carbonated .
Very poor and was dissappointed in smell ,taste,finish and an extremely high price for a six pack. They have some learning to do if they want to stay in business and call this a Belgian ale. see my review of Palm ales corp brewer crap

ale for dead parrots and budweiser fans,it's from a trunk alright,someone's swimtrunks
rubber bizkit swill from dead parrot's water bottle
this stuff is good for weed control and small rodents

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Monk In The Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.