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Monk In The Trunk - Inlet Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 189
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 34.04%
Wants: 2
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 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 SFLpunk
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this one!

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Shoulder stamped "Monk-138 BA" or "Monk - 138 8A" (can't tell if the second to last character is a B or 8).

Appearance: Pours an amber gold with tall creamy head that falls down rather quickly with some spotting.

Nose: Big Belgian yeast nose and some spicyness. Something a little acrid or off-putting. Maybe a weird interaction between yeast and malts/hops? I've smelled this before but am not certain what it means. Smells like there might be some rye in there and some faint whispers of heavily toasted oak chips.

Palate: Crisp and fruity. Some caramel and dark candi sugar chill out underneath the fruity Belgian yeast. That weird over-toasted oak chip flavor is there and something odd I just don't care for.

Notes: Worth my trying once, but don't think I'd return for another one.

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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 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 scottyshades
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer!!! I could not be more surprised that this beer came from Florida, let alone right near me

Mellow Mushroom has this on tap for $4.25 in Delray Beach
A: Pours a unique brown/copper color that leaves a decent head with minimal lace

S: Unique smell, notes that are common in Belgians are apparent...Malty nose, hops are not apparent, caramel, toffee

T: Malty...I could swear that I am drinking some kind of Belgian hybrid...caramel, toasted malts, toffee, and a fruity flavor that came out of nowhere

MF: Very smooth going down, medium/light in body, clean aftertaste

D: High...I could drink these all nite...especially during happy hour at Mellow Mushroom

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Photo of dstc
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a white head that completely disappears. No real lace to speak of.

Pleasant, sweet herbal nose with slight citrus hints.

Nice sweet taste. Rather mild. Herbal and typical of a Belgian style.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Not bad for a Belgian style from Florida.

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Photo of aubuc1
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear amber with a nice thick white head.

Smell is a crackery and yeasty.

Taste is slightly tart and bready. Pretty poor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is very average.

A big let down. I guess the east coast can't keep up with the west coast of florida.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a nice and frothy white head that leaves good lacing. Aromas of caramel and toasted bread, along with hay and a nuttiness, fruity esters, and belgian yeast. The flavor is spicy with notes of rye and white pepper, along with some biscuit and caramel, fruity esters, toffee, pear and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is sharp and drinkability is limited. This one is pretty rough around the edges, with an intense spiciness.

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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 happygnome
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a golden amber color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears fairly quickly leaving a good trace of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top

S: sweet bready aroma with a berry aroma

T: yeasty and bready flavor. Sweet dark berries and hint of hops to nicely balance

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew

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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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3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tasting glass.
A: A rich copper body that has a nice clarity to pours a off white, almost tan head. Formation is good, as well as the retention, that sinks into a soft layer. Carbonation is present.

S: Classic amber aroma, with a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Notes of a bready, orange note. Maybe a bit too hoppy for style, but sure does smell good.

T/M: This is a nicely balanced beer, hop presence is shown, but does not overpower the rich malty character. Smooth mouthfeel, that does justice to the style. Flavors of bready malts and as the nose suggested citrus hop profiles. Lowering in ABV, but still holds a nice warming effect.

O: A good shot at the style and was throughly enjoyed, while not as rich in caramel malts presence, the balance between hops and malts were very well done.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a coppery orange with a small foam.

Smell - Very faint aroma with a touch of malt.

Taste - Light taste. Maybe a bit of a fruit in there. Nice overall. Just a little bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Again light with about a medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Perfect beer if you want to have a couple on a hot night.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwale73 for this brew
Pours a brilliant copper color with a loud fizzing head that falls quickly to almost nothing. The nose reveals not a lot...some sweet malt, mild hops. Taste is simple - sweet malt, slight bitter hops, mild caramel. The beer is medium in body and a bit fizzy in the carbonation department. Overall it's OK - the carbonation hurts it in my opinion.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on draft at the Mellow Mushroom, Delray Beach, Fl. Poured into a pint glass pours an amber orange with a minimal head that leaves no lace on the glass. Smell is of bread and sweet toffee. Ok the flavor was very well represented on this one, It had a nice fruity gum taste to it and went down very smooth, sweet butter bread and a bit of hop character, no overwhelming hop bitterness nicely balanced. I was expecting this to be a bit flat but overall I actually enjoyed this,it had a nice belgian flavor to it that I havn't had in a long time, overall a pretty nice showing.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 3.14.09 at the Yard House in Palm Beach Florida.

not much head with the beer, golden copper color. ok looking. not much of a smell either, some hops in there, but nothing exciting at all. the taste was nice - good decent beer. glad i was able to try something new.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Food Shack in Jupiter Florida.
According to the brewer this is an organic Belgian Amber Ale.
Tasty beer. I know the brewer personally, so I will not give a formal review. I just wanted to add this beer to the database. Only available in kegs in South Florida. Available year-round.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled - Poured into pint glass

Style - Hits the notes for the beer style

Nose - Subdued a bit but malt and hops are there

Mouth - Again about what the style calls for but perhaps a little more than average
Finish - Initially mostly malt but the finish brings on more of the hops and definite dryness.

A decent brew for a session and a good stater brew to introduce friends to the style

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery globe on August 12th 2011.

Pours a dark honey color with a solid 2 fingers of head that dissipates to nothing. Nice color but it need more body and lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity. A little yeast and spice.

Taste is much of the same as the smell but not as wanted. I want more sweet and less belgian froth. Good beer though.

Mouthfeel is very light and rolls through out the pallet without a problem.

Overall a great beer with few flaws but huge flaws. I need more from the taste.

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Photo of drink1121
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Palm Beach Gardens Yard House

A- Copper colored with slight head

Sm- Fruity and slightly spicey

T -Slightly nutty and malty. Tastes of fresh hops, like a good craft.

M - Slight carbonation, with little thickness

D - I could only have one cause of the nutty flavor. A little too much for my liking.

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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 ElGeordie
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried a pint of this local brew in Rooney's in Abacoa, Jupiter. To be honest I wasn't too impressed.The beer had a slightly watery funky flavour to it. Visually it looked good; clear and with a thin head. There was no offputting smell but from the first mouthful something didn't click and I switched back to Bass.

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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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Photo of ScottyC
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown. Would have like to have seen more reddish color. Head dissipates after about 2 minutes.

Smell: Malty scent with earthy tones. Barely floral. A hint of fruit (banana?). Not very strong aroma.

Taste: Mild. Slightly sweet. Malty. Grains have that taste like rice/sorghum (see also: New Grist from Lakefront Brewery). The main drawback of the taste is an "earthy" flavor that hits the roof of your mouth. . Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Really pretty good, despite that slight funk in the aftertaste.

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