Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
General - This beer was from a bottle with a best buy date of June 2013. I poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This was from the IPA Hopology pack.
Appearance - This beer had a slightly off-white head, not very thick and doesn't hold that long. Color is around a 12-14 on the BJCP scale, deep amber to copper. Beer is clear with no sediment or haze. Surprisingly the head quickly diminished, after the first few sips it was all but gone.
Smell - Great floral and citrus aroma. There is a sweetness with this also that has a touch of caramel scent, it's great.
Taste - Great citrus hit up front from the hops with a solid backbone of malty goodness. The citrus is like grapefruit with more malt. Really good, solid taste to this although just like the with the last beer that I reviewed from this IPA Hopology pack, it's not as hopped as I would expect or prefer. The taste is very smooth with a touch bitterness near the back of the tongue. Slight alcohol taste but it's what I would expect from a Belgium yeast.
Mouthfeel - Smooth medium feel to this beer, not thick but certainly more than a typical IPA. It's a good mixture between a traditional american IPA brewed with a Belgium yeast. Really refreshing!
Overall - This was a pretty good beer, I really enjoyed the combination of the hops with the solid malt flavors that came from the Belgium Yeast and IPA Hops. As far as fitting in with BJCP criteria for 16B - Belgium IPA it is a good example. The one thing that I didn't notice in this that is typical of this style is a light to moderate spiciness, I didn't notice any spice. this beer did meet the intent of the style however with being very balanced between all flavors.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2013 01:44:29 | More by BeerEngineer
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