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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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619 Ratings
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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of secondtooth
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

secondtooth, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

juicebox, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of RockyRaku
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

RockyRaku, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Cramerican, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of godlessape
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this one out of a snifter. The bourbon colored body starts off a little hazy but then clears up into a polished brass finish. The head starts off dense and high but sinks.

The aroma is intense in it's complexity with Juicy Fruit, pear, potting soil, and tobacco notes up front, then followed up with rich caramel malt.

The taste doesn't drift too far from the nose with all the sweetness involved. I do pick up some cloves, Belgian yeast, rock candy and of course a decent amout of hop bitterness that works out perfectly at the end.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

Overall I think this is a great example of this style.

godlessape, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Hardcore, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of MilkManX
4/5  rDev +10.8%

MilkManX, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Nolen12
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Nolen12, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of DerekCarruth
4/5  rDev +10.8%

DerekCarruth, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of carndog
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

carndog, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

safe for the style. this pours a bright honey color, crystal clear, with a short but dense off white head that leaves some decent lace rings. the nose is well hoppy, not sure what varietals, but its zesty and pungent, like whole cones that are pretty fresh. the yeast though doesn't add much, certainly not that Belgian spunk I was hoping for. same with the taste, they got the hops just right, but the yeast is either not enough, or a lackluster strain. it doesn't deliver that spicy boost or familiar effervescence on the carbonation front. I need a Belgian ipa to show more yeast than this, and for the feel to be way brighter. under another name, it wouldn't be a bad brew, but sam knows better I have to imagine. lighter medium body would again be aided by better carbonation. some decent banana fruit in the finish, and maybe an herbal element, but my attention has already wandered...

StonedTrippin, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Nugganooch, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DavidHume, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

FlatRabbitRed, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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

SportsandJorts, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3%

BeerLover99, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.8%

wrightst, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of BeerEngineer
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

BeerEngineer, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of brewtus
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

brewtus, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of ifixufly
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

ifixufly, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of cletusdog
3.25/5  rDev -10%

cletusdog, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

sansho, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of MikeIN
3.5/5  rDev -3%

MikeIN, Apr 05, 2013
Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.