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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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