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Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
82
good

610 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 04-15-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BanditoJunkie, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
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.

FreshHawk, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of tsm2011
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tsm2011, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
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.

Cavanaghty, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
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.

chefhatt, Oct 04, 2012
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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.

waldoiverson, Oct 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jlenik, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of En29356
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

En29356, Sep 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep amber coloring that pours to three fingers worth of head and dissipates to a very nice pillow of foam.

S: Nice malty complexness on the nose. Nice fruity citrus scents, coupled with the typical Belgian yeast aromas and a very very mild piney hop note, reminds me of the time i brewed by first home batch and opened the hop pellet bag. Has a nice spice note mixed in as well but thats very subtle.

T: Lots of piney hops right off the bat, but nothing that overpowers like an IPA. Flavor is bold and noticeable but it isn't a tongue splitter. Nice peppery and spice notes hold the palette throughout as well.

M: Light carbonation works well with the flavor tones and leaves a creamyness on the palette afterwards. Aftertaste has a slight dryness as well.

O: Not a bad brew but reminds me more of IPA then Belgian Ale. Piney resin hops flavors stick around thru out but don't destroy your taste buds like a stronger IPA or Imperial IPA. Would love to try this one tap.

ChrisPratz, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jwillyb, Sep 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear, deep amber color with visible carbonation and a decent bone-colored head that doesn't last very long.

S&T: The aroma is not particularly promising. It's malty and fruity but does not seem to have the hop load of an IPA. ... but then, does a Belgian "Belgian IPA"? The flavor is richer and better. There is a significant hop component in the taste (and a touch of Belgian 'funk'), but still not at the level expected for an IPA. Not quite as much yeast as expected in a Belgian style ale either. Ignoring these, I must admit this is a well-crafted beer.

M: smooth; medium-full body; nice bit of dryness towards the finish; excellent level of carbonation.

O: a fine semi-Belgian style beer, albeit less hoppy than one might expect given the IPA labelling. More of a Belgian PA.

chinchill, Sep 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

JonSnowdon, Aug 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

TequilaTom, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and a little spice come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can see why the monk is grumpy - there are only two of these in the sampler.

I picked up the sampler thinking most of these were new to me but as it turns out, three were and three were not. This is the newest of the bunch and it's a nice Belgian IPA. It's not overly hoppy like a lot of Americanized ones, but it also isn't especially yeasty, and I think this is a drawback.

The appearance and aroma are very good - lacey, interesting smell. The taste and aftertaste are a little tame, but well balanced. I don't need to drink this again, but there is no reason to avoid it either.

schoolboy, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Mojoman8561, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

MarkyMOD, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Wally1912, Aug 16, 2012
Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.