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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 04-15-2012)
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1.25/5  rDev -65.3%

06-01-2012 14:44:58 | More by baconman91
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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

05-21-2013 02:40:22 | More by cfitterer
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New York

2/5  rDev -44.4%

05-31-2012 23:05:36 | More by dgeebs07
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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New Jersey

2.26/5  rDev -37.2%

Beer is a golden orange in color, and pours a moderate sized head. Moderate lacing. Smells like booze, honey/ sweet malts, bread, banana, and slight indescript hops.

Tastes of oversweet banana, booze, sweet bread, and a small amount of orange/lemon hops. So much of a banana/bread tendency that it did not meet my expectations of a Belgium IPA. Moutfeel is light-moderate with moderate carbonation.

05-16-2013 23:18:56 | More by JG-90
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2.45/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

07-27-2012 05:24:39 | More by Beaver13
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-30-2012 21:15:50 | More by JonSnowdon
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-27-2012 01:49:41 | More by ejimhof
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Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

07-20-2014 07:23:53 | More by Howlader
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.63/5  rDev -26.9%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

No matter how much people rag on Sam Adams for their occasionally redundant variety-pack choices, I love that there's almost always at least one I've never had in every one of them. This example pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, bright grass, coriander, lemon peel, light caramel, and a tiny pinch of black pepper. The clove is in-your-face, but it still hols back a little. The taste, on the other hand, leads with a blast of raw clove, followed by banana peel, vinyl, sweet caramel, harshly bitter greens, citrus rind (the waxy outer layer), and a drop or two of liquid smoke. It's the clove and vinyl that hit me most of all, the Bebop and Rocksteady of heinous flavors causing mischief and whatnot across my tongue. Honestly, it was so abrasive at times that it hurt a little to drink. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer just somehow turned out poorly. Speaking with my friends and coworkers, I was not alone in this assessment. There was just too much spicy vinyl for things to ever be well-received on my end. Quite the disappointment.

10-22-2012 20:55:08 | More by TMoney2591
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2.66/5  rDev -26.1%

"A Spirited Reinvention of the Belgian Tradition: The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks aren't meant to be broken. Yet, to the monk's dismay, the distinctive character of Belgian yeast with its spicy clove and fruit notes can be reimagined when combined with the brazen hop character of an IPA. These hops impart a citrusy, piney, and earthy flavor that's balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew." Grumpy Monk is brewed in the Belgian IPA style. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid-September 2012. This was available as a part of last summer's IPA hop collection.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing frothy head of a golden cream white tone. Retention is pretty nice and lacing is substantial. Body color is a golden amber-orange with relaxed carbonation and high clarity. Nice head quality and pleasing lacing makes for an attractive-looing beer. 4.5

(Smell) Belgian pale bread malts with notes of light fruit and a spiced background. Citrusy hop notes have faded a notch but are still pleasing. Slightly musty overall aroma and balance is slightly bitter but the alcohol is quite detectable through the aroma and the yeast profile prevails as well developing a bready malt profile. A bit phenolic in places. 3.25

(Taste) Even worse off. A very limited malt profile sweetness is mostly to blame for this. Bitterness is still on high, although without a malt base to match, it comes across as intensely bitter and the beer falls sharply out of balance. The finish is strikingly dry. Hints of lemongrass and coriander are on the wane. Notes of green apple tartness and chemicals are also prevalent, results of possible yeast contamination. A painfully abrasive and dry flavor profile. I am unsure of whether this is a good batch or not, but this beer was not at all easy to drink. It needs a significantly increased malt body to balance out the bitterness. 2.25

(Mouthfeel) A distinctly dry finish. Carbonation is mostly crisp and textures are oily and resiny with a touch of biscuit. Body is light for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is medium. Again, the malt body is too shallow to compare, so the crispness of the carbonation doesn't help pacify the bitterness or the dryness of this brew. The true fix is in the flavors of the beer, so I can't be too harsh on the carbonation, but the alcohol presence is notably evident in spots. 2.75

(Overall) There were far too many imperfections in this beer to truly enjoy it. There were intense phenolic and tart sour flavors and little malt body to balance the hoppy bitterness. If I hadn't had such high hopes for this beer, I would have drain-poured this one, but I will attempt to enjoy the rest that i had. Recommend trying this beer only as fresh as possible, so that perhaps the malt profile will have somewhat more substance. Right now, it's a borderline undrinkable mess. 2.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA

01-13-2013 02:13:35 | More by Jadjunk
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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with mainly nail polish remover flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is pretty undrinkable with the nail polish remover aspects going on here.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glasss in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowd to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light floral hops, clean malts, lemon peel, and straw. A mild strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean bland malts, vague floral hopping, and crisp barley. Hops - some pine character. Not horribly complex or subtle. Indeed, somewhat simple. Boring and kind of bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness up front. Kind of thick, but not quite on the mark. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get this again. A boring and bland IPA.


07-07-2012 01:26:30 | More by kojevergas
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Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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