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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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626 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 20
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 04-15-2012)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.