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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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626 Ratings
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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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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By JUN2013 notched on side of bottle

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that retains at a tiny cap for a while

S: A decent amount of Belgian yeast that imparts clove, banana-like penolic notes, and a strong bubble gum presence. Also get some fruity and piney hops

T: Follows the nose. Strong Belgian presence with that strong bubble gum note that comes through from the aroma. Also get some spices and earthy, fruity hops. Finishes moderately bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: A solid Belgian IPA with plenty of Belgian and American character. A little too much bubble gum for my taste, but its not bad when combined with the hops. Certainly not the highlight of the pack, but a nice part of it

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jadjunk
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

"A Spirited Reinvention of the Belgian Tradition: The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks aren't meant to be broken. Yet, to the monk's dismay, the distinctive character of Belgian yeast with its spicy clove and fruit notes can be reimagined when combined with the brazen hop character of an IPA. These hops impart a citrusy, piney, and earthy flavor that's balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew." Grumpy Monk is brewed in the Belgian IPA style. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid-September 2012. This was available as a part of last summer's IPA hop collection.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing frothy head of a golden cream white tone. Retention is pretty nice and lacing is substantial. Body color is a golden amber-orange with relaxed carbonation and high clarity. Nice head quality and pleasing lacing makes for an attractive-looing beer. 4.5

(Smell) Belgian pale bread malts with notes of light fruit and a spiced background. Citrusy hop notes have faded a notch but are still pleasing. Slightly musty overall aroma and balance is slightly bitter but the alcohol is quite detectable through the aroma and the yeast profile prevails as well developing a bready malt profile. A bit phenolic in places. 3.25

(Taste) Even worse off. A very limited malt profile sweetness is mostly to blame for this. Bitterness is still on high, although without a malt base to match, it comes across as intensely bitter and the beer falls sharply out of balance. The finish is strikingly dry. Hints of lemongrass and coriander are on the wane. Notes of green apple tartness and chemicals are also prevalent, results of possible yeast contamination. A painfully abrasive and dry flavor profile. I am unsure of whether this is a good batch or not, but this beer was not at all easy to drink. It needs a significantly increased malt body to balance out the bitterness. 2.25

(Mouthfeel) A distinctly dry finish. Carbonation is mostly crisp and textures are oily and resiny with a touch of biscuit. Body is light for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is medium. Again, the malt body is too shallow to compare, so the crispness of the carbonation doesn't help pacify the bitterness or the dryness of this brew. The true fix is in the flavors of the beer, so I can't be too harsh on the carbonation, but the alcohol presence is notably evident in spots. 2.75

(Overall) There were far too many imperfections in this beer to truly enjoy it. There were intense phenolic and tart sour flavors and little malt body to balance the hoppy bitterness. If I hadn't had such high hopes for this beer, I would have drain-poured this one, but I will attempt to enjoy the rest that i had. Recommend trying this beer only as fresh as possible, so that perhaps the malt profile will have somewhat more substance. Right now, it's a borderline undrinkable mess. 2.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure whether to think of this as a spicy tart high-IBU IPA or an overly piney Belgian but it's about 10 degrees off of north for me.

Beautiful in a Sam Adams glass, slightly cloudy orange, modest off white head with plenty of rimming and pooling.

Nose seems modest, with citrus hops, malts amd typical Belgian spices. Clove seems dominant at times.

Slightly watery, to my surprise. Plentiful hops bite with citrus and pine. Nice malts. I'm not finding much of the Belgian flavor, though.

Bitter on the tongue, not much complexity there.

Overall, interesting but I'd rather have either a nice Belgian or IPA and skip the dysogeny of this beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gorgeous, golden apricot color with a thick, creamy, sticky, smooth white head. Great retention leaving a wonderful lacing. Very attractive pour.

S - Loads of spicy clove and some coriander. Touches of sweet bready malt and some bubblegum aroma. Not much for hops, hints of citrus. Some Belgian yeasty aroma.

T - Starts slightly sweet with some bready malt flavors. This gives way to a strong clove spice flavor. Some coriander as well. Hints of pine hop flavor which gets stronger toward the finish. Touches of citrus hops and a bit of bubblegum on the finish. Finishes with a dry sweetness.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly dry with a slightly spritzy feel.

D - Medium drinkability. Nice flavors but the body/mouthfeel along with the strong spice flavors detract from some of the drinkability. Not exactly refreshing but it's not bad.

Notes: Ok beer. Not a great Belgian IPA and a little spice heavy for me. Average beer but overall pretty forgettable.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

No matter how much people rag on Sam Adams for their occasionally redundant variety-pack choices, I love that there's almost always at least one I've never had in every one of them. This example pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, bright grass, coriander, lemon peel, light caramel, and a tiny pinch of black pepper. The clove is in-your-face, but it still hols back a little. The taste, on the other hand, leads with a blast of raw clove, followed by banana peel, vinyl, sweet caramel, harshly bitter greens, citrus rind (the waxy outer layer), and a drop or two of liquid smoke. It's the clove and vinyl that hit me most of all, the Bebop and Rocksteady of heinous flavors causing mischief and whatnot across my tongue. Honestly, it was so abrasive at times that it hurt a little to drink. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer just somehow turned out poorly. Speaking with my friends and coworkers, I was not alone in this assessment. There was just too much spicy vinyl for things to ever be well-received on my end. Quite the disappointment.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and carapils malt scent; light with a touch of caramel sweetness. The hop aroma is mild as best, providing a bit of piney/citrus notes. The Belgian yeast character is present, but not too bold. It's more of a complimentary character. The taste is decent as well. Again, there is a solid pale and Carapils malt base, along with a solid hop character; piney with a hint of citrus. The yeast esters are there, yet only a complimentary component. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty brew, but not a top shelf Belgian inspired IPA.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy gold color with a beige head and medium lacing.

Smell: Citrus, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Sweet tasting with grains and hops.

Overall: Not the best Pale Ale I have ever had but glad I tried it. I personally dont't see anything special about it that might stick out.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams pefect pint. It has a nice amber color body with a nice 3 finger white foamy head that hangs around for a while but leaving a nice sticky foam on the side of the glass. The smell is not overpowering of anything, but light on the malts and i don't get any hops.
The taste is nice piney of hops up front, but not a "hit you in your face" taste like a regular IPA has. A little maltness on the back of the tongue then is covered up by slight bitter taste.
The mouth feel is really good, kinda perfect for me. Overall this is a good IPA and in my opion if you like IPA's i would try this one it is different.

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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: nice hazy golden color with fine lacing that was an earthy toned offwhite

S: biscuits, dried grass, and a dark grapefruit zest. It smells pretty big and almost slightly alcoholic.

T: dried apricot, honey, and a slight graham cracker tone that gets put aside by a nice bitter grapefruit, directly tied to the smell

M: Clean and on the thinner side of smooth, not tannic and somewhat juicy on the finish

O: This is a reasonable effort. It doesn't blow me away but for the Sam Adam's IPA line-up, I think it stands out in a pretty mediocre crowd.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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