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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 645
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | 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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack – BB Jun. 2013
*Notes from 04/12/13 – Standard pint glass

A: Clear caramel amber coloured body topped with a thick and rocky khaki cloud. Supreme hang time on the head and just gobs of lace spackled upon the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Orange peel, coriander spice, and banana. I get light clove spice and a touch of bubblegum. Definitely Belgian yeast characteristics. Slightly sweet aroma overall with some caramel malt present.

T: Belgian character is firm with signature coriander, banana, bubblegum, and citrus peel. Although just mellow enough not overrun the entire brew. Sweet with a caramel malt base and a bit of graham cracker likeness. Nice upper moderate bitterness providing a light hoppy punch. Lesser notes of pine and herbals with a lemony twist. Has more of a spice kick at the finish with a dash of alcohol detected. Okay beer and somewhat juicy but there are many better Belgian IPA options available these days.

M: Moderate feel with some light filling malts and smooth feel. Carbonation aids to a nice crisp crunchy bite on the finish. Ends up a touch on the wetter side with not much residual effects going on.

D: Drinkable with some decent balance but nothing too impressive on today’s market. Has an asserting Belgian character at first which is a bit sharp for my tastes. However I did find the caramel malts and decent juicy hop action tend to offset that.
Would not mind having this again but not something I will be shopping around for. (1,533 characters)

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 ....so 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. (416 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangish red, almost perfect clarity. a two finger foamy head that hangs around forever. a pretty good looking beer

Smell: very belgian. yeast, graininess, fruits and maybe some wheat. I was looking for some hoppiness to go balance out this belgian-style

Taste: starts off quite like a tripel, wheat, yeast, hint of cloves, with some fruits. very subtle hops, mostly citrus but a little bit of pine. very complex but could use more to let me know its an ipa

Mouthfeel: good medium thickness, finishes try, bitterness comes in a little late.

Overall: a good and tasty beer, but i wanted more of a balance between the belgian and ipa qualities. the hops are no where near assertive and come off as a part of the fruitiness. other than that its a tasty belgian (773 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,703 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company : Grumpy Monk
2013 bottle lists 6.5% abv

LOOK: Clean copper orange colored brew. Topped with a head of tightly beaded little bubbles. The glass is left covered in lace stickage.

SMELL: Phenolic notes of Belgian yeast, giving off a strong banana, clove, bubblegum aroma. A touch of floral hop as well.

TASTE: A potent mix of the banana clove note and earthy hops. Herb citrus and pine mend with bubblegum and candy sweetness. Like chewing bubblegum mixed with weed. The malt body is slightly toasted, caramel and even somewhat wheaty. Cotton candy flavor grows on you. Cotton candy flavored bubblegum, banana and grassy flavors. Straightforward and nice about it.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium-high level of carbonation. Small hop bite. Semi dry in the finish with sticky bubblegum and mild bitterness.

OVERALL: This one has been on my radar for a while, and it surely didn't disappoint. My tenacity in finding one was rewarded by a cotton candy/hop bomb. I'd recommend this to any fan of Belgian or wheat ales, as well as hop lovers. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Clear golden body with minimal head that settles to a bubbly wake.

S: Faint yeast, grains, pecan bread, toasted toffee malt and peaches.

T/M: Apples, peaches, powdery yeast, honey cereal grain, lemon zest, buttered beer bread and oaky alcohol. Medium crisp body with a creamy carbonation with a dry chalky finish. Finished with dry cracked nuts.

O: A decent beer but not a champion. I liked the sweet and chalky but didn't deliver the satisfaction I expected. The alcohol was almost astringent and messed with the flavor profile. (538 characters)

Photo of iSip
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk: Wonderful aroma of banana and clove that let's you know a Belgian style ale is coming. Reasonable head with great lacing. But the good news ends there. Deep copper color, too red for a Belgian style. The flavor has a hint of a Belgian ale, but is mostly a malt forward American microbrew. As for the IPA part, it's not there. Just a bitter finish is all you get. The Belgian IPA is an odd beast, but there are many great ones out there (New Begium's Belgo for one). You would think Sam Adams could pull out a good one, but the Grumpy Monk is a flop. Now I know why the monk is Grumpy. (610 characters)

Photo of 2Cents
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in an average beer glass at about 38F.

A: Straw color with a small, lasting head and lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Aroma of astringent hops and spicy yeast esters.

T: Malty sweetness quickly turns into a bitter astringent hop taste that is followed by a spicy Belgian yeast flavor.

M: Medium thin mouth feel with a decent carbonation bite

O: I'm not a huge Belgian I.P.A fan, but this is well balanced and quite drinkable. (456 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it’s a clear copper color with a lot of bubbles racing up to a massive 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of microscopic bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy rings clinging to the side. The head was thick like the top of a ice cream float and I was able to run my finger through it.

Smells of yeast, piney hops, lemon zest, herbs, spices like coriander and pepper, sour apple, biscuit, grass, light clove and mild alcohol; a mostly sweet and fruity nose with different notes after each sniff. The aroma is much more Belgian beer than IPA, and decent but not overly exciting.

Tastes of wet wheat bread, biscuit, yeast, caramel, lemon, orange peel, coriander, piney hops, herbs, spices like pepper, cinnamon and allspice, sour apple, grass or hay, clove and mild alcohol; the aftertaste is like funky cardboard with a slight hop bitterness that turns bready – a liquid yeast infection, LOL! This was more malt and yeast than hops, and the hop presence is so weak this almost could be not classified an IPA. The flavor was average to good, but it lacks any major hop push into IPA territory.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy, with average to almost fizzy carbonation, a medium body and a bready finish that has a slight bitter nip. Seriously, the bready finish almost feels like I just ate a Ritz cracker.

Overall it was good, pretty complex and easy enough to drink. I was hoping for some more hops to kick it up a notch since it is listed as an IPA, but it covers the 6.5% ABV well enough to be a good addition to the Sam Adams variety pack. I wouldn’t buy a 6 pack of this, but it was enjoyable. (1,657 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a hand glass.

A: Golden amber hue. Pretty heavy amount of fine effervescence continually racing to surface. Pours about a 1 and a half finger, frothy, white head. Settles pretty slowly and craters unevenly, leaving behind a thick coat of residue. Eventually, evolves into a thick foamy blanket. Plenty of dry, sticky lacing remains as you plow through.

S: Sourdough bread, clove, some lemon citrus, and a touch of honey.

T: Sourdough bread-y, with some Italian spice, and a little acetone.

M: Heady, thick, and pungent. Acidic, with a coppery aftertaste that lingers o the palette.

D: Not much resistance, but more of a slow play.

Atmosphere is good. Great body, thick head, lots of lacing. Nose is bready with some sweet and spice notes. Flavor is hearty blend of similar components apparent in the nose, but offset with an acetone-like bite. Overall, this is a good quaff. (913 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first review didn't post after a already bad day, grumpy I am! I saved this beer for a crapy day, oh ya

It poured amber, nice white head that maintained and lace really nice. Ring like all glass long.

Aroma of yeasty malts, tropical fruits, spice and pine.

Taste is complex, yeasty malts, tropical fruits like banana. Hints of earthy pine notes.

Mouth is soft, not much real hop overload here of a iPa.

Overall a good brew after a long bad day. (453 characters)

Photo of Spiegle
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pour it into my Sam Adams pint glass. Has a copper like color with a white 2 finger head.

S: Getting some citrus, hops and Belgian yeast.

T: caramel flavors, not very hoppy for an IPA, has an orange like after taste.

M: Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied.

O: Could use some more hops for an IPA beer. Just an average beer to me. Kind of expected more from Sam Adams. (380 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer is a bright, caramel-copper coloring with a steady flow of carbonation bubbles and a thin, filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Aromas of Belgian yeast hit the nose first, with a good balance of spice and funk. Further sniffing around finds a semisweet caramel backbone hiding behind the clove and all-spice. Flavors are a bit more heavily spiced, with clove, pepper, orange zest, and tamarind fleshing out as you drink. You still get a touch of that yeasty funk, but as an accent, blending with some light citrus sweetness and a touch of resiny, slightly bitter hops. Very light and effervescent body, leading to a quick, bready and spiced aftertaste. Clean, quick finish, leaving only a subtle spice behind. Interesting brew, and definitely leans more towards the Belgian, almost Saison, than IPA IMHO, but tasty nonetheless. (880 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear copper-orange color under an attractive, lumpy head. Tons of intricate lace on the glass. The smell is citrusy and floral. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and melon too, all strung together with a candy sweetness. A bit more melon and pine from the hops in the flavor join the more flowery, orange-y characteristics. The finish is interesting and unexpected...the honey malt really comes through. Spicy phenolics blend with the bitterness; otherwise, the hops pretty much cover the Belgian characteristics. Medium bodied and crisp. I found this to be quite enjoyable... (584 characters)

Photo of Osirus
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the 12oz bottle at room temperature.

Appearance. Great head retention. Off white head, tight bubbles with lots of retention and belgian lace. Light amber, dark yellow color. It look great in a glass. Belgian lace sticks throughout the entire drink!

Smell. Banana smell, spice, citrus aroma, like a hoppy heffe. Smells great.

Taste. Spicy, light caramel, citrusy aftertaste that sticks for a long time.

Mouthfeel. Nice, full mouth fee;. Fizzy, full carbonation.

Overall. Underrated beer. Complexity in smell, taste, and a phenomenal aftertaste. Wonderful! (573 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-amber with a creamy stable head

S-fake Belgian sugars and pale Belgian malts. Smells like a micro brewpub's attempt at a Belgian.

T-comes in with an okay flavor of slightly bitter and slightly raw pale Belgian grains and sugars. It's a simple but decent flavor. After-taste is grainy and a bit aged. It works.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-I would say this is an okay attempt at a Belgian pale ale, though I wouldn't apply the term IPA to this. I've noticed Samuel Adams doesn't attempt Belgians too often, but I'd say this is a fair start. Go out and try this. (588 characters)

Photo of Flatlands
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer as it has a fantastic name. It's a decent brew and I lean more toward the high good rating. If you are a fan of this style, this is a good brew that I would recommend as an everyday brew. It is not to the standards of Pirate Ale but it is also not at that price point.

It really looked great in my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Great color and decent lacing. Smell is piney but could use more hops in smell and taste. This is a B-IPA that improves as it warms. It's much more balanced a bit warner. I would also prefer some more carbonation for the mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tracked this down and if they offered it in a 6 pack, I'd buy it from time to time. I'd love to have a poster of this label. Kudus to Sammy for keeping their stuff interesting and putting out different brews. (806 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk in their Hopology pack last week for $14.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had a Belgian IPA and it's sounding pretty good tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it has a picture of a grumpy burly monk starting at an empty glass, it goes nicely with the name. It poured a fairly clear and nice looking golden yellow color that took on a slight amber hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice and sticky lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with higher amount of sweetness and is followed by a lot of Belgian yeast that imparts a nice aroma with some spices, mainly cloves sticking out, and some nice banana and bubblegum like aromas. The hops barely show up and are pretty overpowered by the yeast and only impart a light earthy and slightly citrus like hop flavors. This beer had a nice aroma, but i wish that the hops showed up more then they did.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has some slight honey and toffee flavors to it and it followed by some slightly bready malts and loads of Belgian yeast that impart a heavy spiced clove flavors followed by some nice banana and bubblegum flavors. On the finish the hops barely show up and impart a light earthy and slightly citrus hop flavor with a lighter amount of bitterness and a Belgian yeast like aftertaste with cloves sticking out the most. The beer tasted ok, but the Belgian yeast was a little too dominating and I wish the hops added more flavors and bitterness to this beer.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, but I didn't think it was a great example of a Belgian IPA, the Belgian yeast was just too dominating and it didn't let enough hoppy flavors and bitterness come through for this beer to live up to it's name. This beer had good drinkability, it wasn't too filling and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, If I was in the mood for Belgian beers I can see drinking a couple of these, but two would probably be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both good and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was how weak the hop profile was, this beer needs more hop flavors and aromas and more bitterness to live up to its name. I might buy a single of this if it's released on it's own, but I wouldn't buy a six pack and I would recommend it to anyone who like beers with Belgian yeast. All in all I liked this beer, but I was let down that it wasn't as hoppy as I thought it should be, if your going to call your beer a Belgian IPA then there should be a good amount of hops in it. With some work and more hops this could be a good beer but as it stands now it's not the best Belgian IPA, better luck next time guys. (3,371 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours the color of a gold brick, with a one-finger off-white head. Small patches of lacing.

S - Whoa...a lot more "Belgian" than I would have expected from an SA product. The yeasts really stand out. Nice blend of banana, clove, spicy hops, and a hint of toffee sweetness. Nice.

T - Starts off with a toffee malt underbody, some citrus fruitiness, but...then a really bad oxidized mineral taste kicks in and obliterates every other taste characteristic. Finishes with sort of a tangy/moldy bleu cheese flavor along with some residual fruitiness and a hint of barnyard. All flavors harsh and jarring rather than smooth. The oxidation really ruined this for me.

M - Pretty light bodied, with standard Sam Adams prickly carbonation. Finishes dry.

O - What could be a good beer here is buried by strange oxidation. Nowhere near the finer examples of the style. Not a fan. (918 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into St Bernardus chalice.
Best by June 3013

A - Pours a clear orange copper with a creamy eggshell head. Below average head retention.

S - Yeasty, spicy medicinal phenolics, citrus hops, cloves, banana, bubblegum, sweet malt.

T - Spicy yeast, peppery bitterness, bubblegum, pine and herbal hops coat the tongue. Tangy oranges, hints of lemon, earthy wood, the malt has a light candy-like sweetness to it. Finishes herbal and spicy with clove on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation,

This one doesn't hold back on the spices. Good Belgian yeast strain provides lots of character. Nice mix of hops as well. A nice addition to the lineup. (678 characters)

Photo of ktblue22
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm surprised this beer has gotten such a low rating - I wonder if it because it is Sam Adams its held to different standards? I think that this beer is top notch - its an IPA that is extremely palatable as well as complex

The mouthfeel is beautifully smooth with citrus and earthy hops combined with the Belgian yeast that gives it a good spicyness. It's rounded out with a heavy hand of hops for an IPA (perhaps more traditional European IPA than what we in the states view as IPA). I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a beer with a lot of flavor and complexity. (615 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by June 2013:

Pours orange-ish amber with a thin, off-white, lasting head. Thin sheets of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel candy, hint of bubblegum and spicy peppermint with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is of caramel, a touch of honey, lemon/lime, and a hint of bubblegum. Bitter mixes with sweet and sour. It has a refreshing, long finish.

The carbonation "works", though it doesn't quite have the "Belgian" effervescence. It has a solid, medium body.

It seems to go in different directions at first, but comes together nicely as it progresses. It's an interesting, enjoyable brew! (597 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden amber with a 1/2 inch of creamy white head.

S: Hop notes, fruity, spicy, caramel.

T: Smooth and creamy with citric notes, yeast, bread, biscuits, banana peals.

O: Well crafted fusion of belgium and an IPA, but it falls flat of me wanting to buy a sixer. I tried this in the SA hopology mixed pack. (317 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured honey copper clear color with two fingers of white frothy head. Good amount of lacing on the sides. Pretty good retention as well.

Smelled wet Cascade hops up front, giving way to spicy Belgian spices. Some light lime and pine, but also light cloves, banana and unknown spices. Got a bit of honey caramel or toffee as well.

Tasted a bit raw compared to the smell. Couldn’t really put my finger on it. Got light pine and light lime, and a lot less Belgian spices (cloves, bananas, spices) than the smell. A little bit of floral notes, but not overpowering. Bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Was hoping for a bit more. Not the greatest Belgian IPA. (963 characters)

Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.