Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 22
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jzeilinger on 04-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by FlatRabbitRed:
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, reviewing IPA'S can be difficult, because you may not know how fresh they are without a date on the bottle be leery of bad reviews.

I am a Belgian fan and an IPA fan...I think this one should be called a IPA first Belgian style!

I must have got a fresh batch, mine was very hoppy with a fruity banana clove flavor, awesome copper color .... overall nice beer that you would expect from Sam Adams.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale amber having good clarity and an off-white head. The head is long lasting and made of compact bubbles that leave a light bit of Belgian lace on the glass.

S: Moderately-strong Belgian yeast aromas of oranges, peaches and clove with moderate hops aromas that are mostly earthy and pine with a light note of citrus. I want the hops to be stronger and dry hopped myself.

T: The flavor is fairly balance between the hops, malt and the yeast character with a moderate hops bitterness and earth hops flavor with a lower amount of citrus and pine hop flavors. The yeast brings mostly a peppery though slightly clove spiciness to the beer along with some fruitiness that is again orange and peach with maybe a bit of banana. There is a moderate malt sweetness that is almost stronger than the bitterness with a light caramel flavor. The balance is moderately bitter. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and hops bitterness.

M: Notably creamy with a medium to medium-full bodied with a moderate-strong level of carbonation.

O: There isn't as much hops as I'd like for an IPA but it is balanced and malty whereas I like them a with an assertive amount of hops and somewhat unbalance so I can't knock it on points because it's still well with in style.

Photo of RockyRaku
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thick 3 finger deep head with tiny creamy bubbles with lots of lacing. Citric and sweet aroma flowery..sweet pipe tobacco as well. Lots of flavor with a light piney and sweetness to the flavor. I seem to pick up a smooth slight vanilla taste. The mouth fell is crisp and slightly prickly. Light/medium finish with a flavor that last a a decent while but fades smoothly. Very nice beer.

Photo of Beaver13
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some soap (rosemary) with some sweet bready malt and a little piney hop.

The flavor is sweet sugary soapy malts with a big harsh bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an odd sweet soapy spicy IPA.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed amber, lush looking head leaves a beautiful trail of lacing down the glass

SMELL: Spicy alcohol, Pear, guava, passion fruit, cake batter, hop resin, gummy, spicy

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter, ripe exotic fruit, peppery, estery, phenolic, citric rind, warming, spicy semi-sweet finish

A controlled mess here but that is what the style can be, deeply complex and a bit wild. A fun brew to try.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from the IPA a licious box offering, freshness dating along the side of the label.

Pours lighter amber, approaching clear, under a long lasting and frothy medium tan head, that leaves super thick and sticking sheeting and fine bubble lace. Nice looking beer.

Nose is flled with oranges and some clove infused yeast notes.

More oranges and more cloves provide a nice spice note, but the whole party is then trampled on by a heavy handed and overpowering hop bitterness thats a wee bit off putting. Could use more spice and more floral characteristics and a bit less hop...just my humble opinion...

Ehh, just a bit less then a middle of the road take on the popular style.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: Belgian spices and light hops--dead on for the style

Taste: grassiness followed by a bit of caramel and Belgian spices...Citrus hops bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter/dry end, very high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A very solid Belgian IPA. I like the smoothness of this one. Not overly bitter and has a bit of trademark Sam. I would certainly look for this one if I wanted an easy drinking beer in this style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has some nice orange citrus notes, as well as a lot of flowers and a strong dose of Belgian yeast. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of biscuit malt and Belgian yeast, as well as some floral and orange citrus notes. There is also a hint of pine and a little bit of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy gold color with a beige head and medium lacing.

Smell: Citrus, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Sweet tasting with grains and hops.

Overall: Not the best Pale Ale I have ever had but glad I tried it. I personally dont't see anything special about it that might stick out.

Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Clear orange with a frothy white head, leaving some great lacing behind. A little surprised it is filtered.

Smell: Clove, spice, fleshy fruit and citrus.

Taste: This is a very spicy and clove driven Belgian brew. A little earthy and rustic, borderline wild. There is some tropical and fleshy fruits going on as well, with the hops adding citrus and very slight pine. Just somewhat bitter.

Feel: Fairly light bodied with high carbonation. Very dry throughout. Definitely feels more Belgian than IPA, which really works here.

Overall: A very good example of the style, and under 6% alcohol as well. Happily impressed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served from the hopology pack that has 2 of each Sam Adams IPAs in it. A pretty good deal if you ask me for around 16 to 19 bucks. Appears a glowing amber golden color with a fine white head leaving behind thin speckled lacing that coats the glass evenly. Aroma has pineapple citrus and pine notes with a kick of Belgian yeast peppered in. A big bite of grapefruit and pineapple citrus qualities with tropical fruit and peppery spice to balance it out, the yeast flavors explode on the palate leaving dry character that may outweigh the Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit viscous and not fermented out as much as I would like, alcohol is pretty low for a Belgian IPA but it works. Carbonation level is sturdy no cloying or overdone. Overall a decent hoppy beer I'm excited to try the rest of the Hopology 12 pack.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear, deep amber color with visible carbonation and a decent bone-colored head that doesn't last very long.

S&T: The aroma is not particularly promising. It's malty and fruity but does not seem to have the hop load of an IPA. ... but then, does a Belgian "Belgian IPA"? The flavor is richer and better. There is a significant hop component in the taste (and a touch of Belgian 'funk'), but still not at the level expected for an IPA. Not quite as much yeast as expected in a Belgian style ale either. Ignoring these, I must admit this is a well-crafted beer.

M: smooth; medium-full body; nice bit of dryness towards the finish; excellent level of carbonation.

O: a fine semi-Belgian style beer, albeit less hoppy than one might expect given the IPA labelling. More of a Belgian PA.

Photo of OStrungT
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden orange color, with a thick, pillowey cream colored head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive curtain of lace. Carbonation bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

This beer has a spicy aroma up front. I get some cloves, coriander, and banana. I smell a slight piney aroma as well, but it is overshadowed by the spice. A ever so slight earthy yeast aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly spicy with coriander, and orange peel up front. I do get more hop flavor than I did aroma though. Citrus and pine mostly. It has a very sweet flavor as well. Almost too sweet.

This beer is very crisp and sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertates with a hint of coriander.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer because I think it is a bit too sweet. I would have one bottle, but any more than that would become too cloying for me.

Overall: Decent beer. Not much else to say. I think it could have used a more pronounced hop flavor.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange beer with a firm cap of off white bubbles. Not a bad start.

The nose is everything you would expect from the style. Hoppy with a musty breath of Belgian yeast and roasted grains.

A nice simple flavor that represents everything about this style in the minimalist way. The hops are there but subtle as are the muted grains. Even the yeast flavor is mild and simple. All of this doesn't make a bad beer but a simple easy to drink average beer. Tasty but nothing exciting.

The mouthfeel rounds out this one with crisp carbonation and a smooth finish that leaves you a little dry. A solid average beer and one that I could see drinking again and again.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a one finger white head on top, nice retention with great lacing all around.

S: A blend of yeasty and some pine notes. There is some citrus and a little bit of banana and cloves.

T: A lot more going on here than the other beers in the mix pack. Some grassy hops, a little bit of pine along with spice, cloves, banana, and a little bit of banana.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly yeasty.

O: Actually pretty good. Not something I would drink all the time, but the best beer from the IPA pack. A little heavy on the Belgian side and not as hoppy as I would like. Reverse this a bit and I think this one would be in business.

Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Grumpy Monk is a golden amber color with perfect clarity. The headed is thick and rocky as it slowly settles.

Aroma is floral and fruity with a nice Belgian yeast.

Flavor is strong and bitter with spicy European hops. The malt body doesn't seem big enough to stand up to the bitterness. Even for an IPA it seems out of balance.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a fair Belgian IPA but not one I would seek out again.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark copper gold with a large, soft, foamy, dense white head; a lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - apples, sugar, spices

T - light apple sweetness, a hint of caramel and sugar, light Belgian yeast with some spicy notes, lightly bitter almost noble hop-like hop character

M - crisp, medium bodied but a bit thin at times, a bit over carbonated

This is a decent beer in the sense that it's balanced and drinkable, but there is nothing that stands out. It's overly Belgian nor is very hoppy. It won't win over any die hard fans of Belgians or IPAs, but it's a solid offering that's worth trying.

Photo of secondtooth
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber, with a thick head of off-white bubbles. Thick and beautiful lace. A on presentation!

Nose is spices, and Belgian yeast, and fruit. Good and faithful representation.

Taste is heavy on the spice, perfectly in line with the Belgian abbey tradition, but with a heavily hopped finish.

Overall, a well-done and enjoyable collision of styles. I'll enjoy this one again.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow with a hazy appearance. Great lacing and good foam.

Smell: Very grapes and yeast with a hint of sour orange and banana.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Head is sour grapes (no pun intended). Some bitter pine in the finish. Excellent saison/IPA flavors overall. Mouthfeel sizzles with active carbonation and yeast, but thins out in the end.

Overall: Extremely enjoyable Belgian IPA.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is not my favorite style, but I think Sammy A did one heck of a job on this Monk. The beer poured a clear deep orange with think head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent carries Belgium spice and malt with faint citrus like hops. The taste is very well balanced with just enough Belgium influence to make you aware that it is Belgian and enough hops to make it an ipa. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great BIPA in my opinion.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a corsendonk chalice- pours a clear orange copper color with two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Clove is the scent most easily identified. A little lemon and a little pepper. Not too exciting.

Taste is a little fuller thankfully- still lots of clove, some nice caramel malt sweetness, signature "Belgian" yeast earthiness, a tiny bit of citrus hops towards the end but not much. Tastes more like an amber ale.

Mouthfeel is fine- more like an IPA than any of the other categories; medium body, light to moderate carbonation and some resin-y characteristics. Certainly not one of my favorite Sam releases.

Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle opens with a soft pop after being given a chance to warm up a bit. Carbonation does manage to cause a slow and subtle eruption of foam prior to pouring into a large wine glass. Offers a thin off white cap that drops some random lace and manages to reconstitute itself with a bit of a spin. Deep golden/light amber on the pour with just a hint of haze.

Aroma is dominated by Belgian yeast notes initially, with a firm malt backbone everpresent. Offers some earthy notes coupled with overripe fruit and a bit of pepper/coriander, along with a touch of alcohol.

Taste is lightly sweet and offers a spicy carbonated delivery. Touch of lemon and with a slight coarse and bready character. Firm carbonation yields a spritzy feel and the finish has a pleasant and unexpectedly balanced malty bitterness. Bit rich overall for an 'IPA' yet keeps it interesting as for a Belgian version thereof.

Photo of maleman
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Nice amber color with a creamy, one-finger head that was slow to recede. Thin, oily lacing clings to the side. The nose is grain and dominant clove. Initially, there is some phenol, but clove and biscuit soon rush in and take away any trace of alcohol. The finish is nice and tasted in the back of the mouth, carbonation is above average. Somewhat on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Overall, a tasty brew that is a cross between a Belgian and an IPA...leaning a bit more toward Belgian as there is little flora detectable. Will partake again! RB!

Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Tap House, Huntington WV

A- Served in tulip, pours clear amber color with a two-finger creamy white head that reduces to leave thick lacing down the glass

S- Slightly phenolic Belgian yeast aromas with some subtle grassy and herbal hops

T- Herbal and grassy hop flavors follow the aromas, mid-palate kicks in with some classic Belgian yeast flavors and transitions into a dry finish with some fruity esters lingering

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a well balanced beer, nothing extreme, which is true to Sam Adams style. Not the best Belgian IPA I've had, but certainly worth a try

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity and sweet malt notes with light citrusy hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix that is more dominant in terms of fruity and sweet Belgian malt notes then expected with some light hoppy citrus notes that can be easily distinguish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but I think I would have preferred a bit less of a sweet malt base with a more dominant hops approach.

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Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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