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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 21
Gots: 41 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep gold, with a touch of the brown. Nice cap of rolling white head that fluffs up and looks... Belgian.

Smells like wild yeasty goodness, a slight touch of banana and wheaty musk, and plenty of hops. Hops smell like the noble variety, but that could be interference from the biscuity malt. Reminds me of something like a pilsner with farmhouse yeast... interesting stuff.

Well... shit. That's a buzzkill. Tastes like dank hops soaked in stale hop residue, wth some sort of pine-tree farts solidified and dropped in the dry-hop. There's an unpleasant touch of the wild yeast and wheat qualities but... unpleasant isn't why I drink beer. I had high hopes for this. And am sad that this is the only one of these limited Sam IPAs I couldn't really get into.

Feel is thick but not overpowering, with decent carbonation. A little watery on the end unfortunately.

I wanted to enjoy this beer, and I enjoy everything about it but the taste. Too bad that's a huge part of the drinking experience...

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

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3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.