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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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of lionnusmb
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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...

Photo of attometer00
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ridglens
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rgille2
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Osirus
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of tzolandz
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of totgolfer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Flatlands
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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