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Bitter Monk - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 323
Gots: 95 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian style double IPA with Brettanomyces. this ale is aged in french oak chardonnay barrels. Brewed with Apollo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Dry hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Triple fermented- First in the tank with a Belgian yeast, second in french oak chardonnay barrels with brett, and finally in the bottle with a third yeast for natural carbonation.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: sprucetip on 08-26-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and caged bottle poured into a HOTD tulip. Bottle is dated batch #1 July 2011

Appearance- Nice light orange color with a beautiful white head. Lacing is all over the place. 4.5/5

Smell- A funky orange aroma is the first thing I smell. Bits of grassy hops as well. 3/5

Taste- Belgian yeast with lots of citrus hop flavor. Lots going on here. Alcohol hits you pretty fast. Big bitterness that evens in the end. There is a small sourness that the brett imparts. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very even mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. I can see why everyone is loving this. I don't know if the Belgian IPA style is really my thing. Maybe it is the brett that is turning me off slightly. 3.5/5

MADhombrewer, Oct 06, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Apr 02, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. $14. 750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. No date (lowers my over-all score).

Pours a hazy golden color with thick bleach-white head. Very foamy, presumably from the brett. Nose is dominated by brett, woody, a little fruity, a touch earthy, but somewhat honeyed. Palate is low in carbonation, and prickly with alcohol, bitterness and drying funk. Lemon rind, woody texture, pale honey sweetness, and funk.

Notes: As with most Funkified IPAs, the brett takes over the beer and overrides the hoppy characteristics.

SFLpunk, Oct 21, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Belgian IPA, this definitely touches what I like for the style. There are numerous detractors though. First off, it seems a bit boozy. There just seems to be interference on the delivery of flavor. And it's kind of soapy. Eh. I've had a really intense day and I don't feel like getting into this. I've had better Belgian IPAs; recently even. This beer is "okay", but not really working for me much beyond that.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, lighter side of golden...almost straw colored. Huge white white head, quickly forming. Sticky lacing, lots of rings.

S: Lemony funk, brett - plopped right down on some citric hop flare. More funk than anything else...yeasty, peppery.

T: All of the traits described on the bottle except the DIPA part make the biggest initial showing. Brett is prominent, along with a suggestion of lemony citric qualities than I cannot attribute to hops. Big part of a wild ale up front. A strong bitterness emerges mid sip which begins to hint toward the base beer under all the funky stuff. Citric hop qualities are muted. This is sort of a Belgian IPA gone crazy, or something.

M: Medium body, high amount of carbonation. Very lively on the tongue.

O: Good. Kind of all over the place, though interesting. I personally dont think brett sits well within an IPA. You might disagree.

zoolzoo, Oct 16, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased on my current trip to Oregon. Poured into a clear plastic hotel cup. Classy.

A - Pours a very hazy orange, medium white head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of bubbles/carbonation visible.
S - The brett funkyness really comes through in the nose, with a fruity citrus character for good measure. There is something else I can't put my finger on... bubblegum perhaps?
T - Not as potent as the armoa leads this up to be. Citrus hops leads the way with an earthy barnyard quality in the finish. No oak, no chardonnay, nothing really "belgian" either. Strong bitterness.
M - Strange. I was expecting a much bigger body on this, but it's very light and thin. Watery almost. Good carbonation though.
O - Good, but not great. I was expecting more of the brett and belgian aspects to stand in the forefront, but the IPA and bitterness is what leads from the beginning. No real detection of the oak or chardonnay. However, I would certainly like to toss one in the cellar for a while just to see how it changes over time. Plus, I did seem to enjoy it more as I worked through the bottle...

mrandypandy, May 10, 2012
Bitter Monk from Anchorage Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.