Grumpy Monk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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 kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glasss in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowd to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light floral hops, clean malts, lemon peel, and straw. A mild strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean bland malts, vague floral hopping, and crisp barley. Hops - some pine character. Not horribly complex or subtle. Indeed, somewhat simple. Boring and kind of bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness up front. Kind of thick, but not quite on the mark. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get this again. A boring and bland IPA.


Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity and sweet malt notes with light citrusy hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix that is more dominant in terms of fruity and sweet Belgian malt notes then expected with some light hoppy citrus notes that can be easily distinguish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but I think I would have preferred a bit less of a sweet malt base with a more dominant hops approach.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Belgian IPA

Presentation: Custom 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams rebranding series, with a soft yellow background and an illustration of a the grumpy monk looking at an empty beer jar. Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows best before notched date of Sep. Notes 5.7%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, rich frothy head, good retention and surface memory with nice lacing.

S - Hoppy and yeasty nose, spicy touch with resin and soft citric touches...

T - Spicy, rather bitter, with a fruity touch that is caramel sweetness after the long bitter interim with touches of citric and pine.

M - Medium/light with medium/light small textured carbonation held by the long hefty bitterness leaving a sweet finish…

O - Nice flow of a BIPA, could do with more complexity but it is rather pleasing...

Notes: Nothing to walk out of one's way but rather well balanced for the style.

Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a one inch ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is citrusy, with substantial belgian yeast character and esters of banana. There's a fairly sweet maltiness and a bit of alcohol evident.

Flavor is supported by a somewhat neutral bready malt. Muted grapefruit underlies the profile, with lots of belgian yeast fruitiness. There's a bit of funk leading into a fairly dry and slightly bitter finish. Floral hops and clove emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, a very interesting brew from SA. Bitter hops cut the flavor a bit short and leave a slightly unpleasant earthy taste, reminiscent of cardboard rather than good hop bitterness.

Photo of bootsandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by Sept 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, pine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and very yeast forward aromas with good balance. Taste of grapefruit, pine, clove, banana, herbal, floral, pepper, bubblegum, bread, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, bubblegum, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hoppy flavors with the peppery yeast esters. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 5.7% with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA. Great balance of yeast esters and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. I have no complaints here, well done.

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of OStrungT
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden orange color, with a thick, pillowey cream colored head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive curtain of lace. Carbonation bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

This beer has a spicy aroma up front. I get some cloves, coriander, and banana. I smell a slight piney aroma as well, but it is overshadowed by the spice. A ever so slight earthy yeast aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly spicy with coriander, and orange peel up front. I do get more hop flavor than I did aroma though. Citrus and pine mostly. It has a very sweet flavor as well. Almost too sweet.

This beer is very crisp and sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertates with a hint of coriander.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer because I think it is a bit too sweet. I would have one bottle, but any more than that would become too cloying for me.

Overall: Decent beer. Not much else to say. I think it could have used a more pronounced hop flavor.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, fresh from the brewery courtesy of my buddy who works there; thanks JM!

A: Clear medium amber body under an inch of fine, frothy off-white head. Great retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Bready, yeasty, and mildly hoppy. Bubblegum, clove, and citrus. Not as hoppy as I'd expect for the style, but pleasant all the same.

T: Sweet and fruity up front, with apple and strawberry ahead of spicy clove and ginger yeastiness and an herbal, hoppy finish. Quite enjoyable.

M: Frothy, light-boded and a little sticky. Weird, but not bad.

O: Others at the party were saying this one was just too weird for them, but I kind of enjoyed its bizarre mixture of flavors. Decidedly more Belgian than IPA, but quite tasty.


Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of RichD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This single was given to me by a good friend of mine, as he believed in the power of sharing lol. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a copper red with a slight hint of orange. Left a nice, frothy white 2 inch head that laces throughout the finish. Very nicely done I must say.

Smell: Notable spice. Has a distinct aroma of cloves. Some citrus flavor. Actually quite good, a little heavy on the malts too.

Taste: Almost like a floral hop flavor that hits first thats put together nicely. Has a well balanced hint of spice and some citrus, but nothing too overpowering, like I said its well balanced. Goes down a little bit dry and bitter, but I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a medium body.

Overall: This beer was enjoyable. Something very distinct about this beer was its floral and yeast presentation. Sweet and bitter that went together well. I did notice and like the slight, subtle hint of citrus.

Photo of JRBecks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass (the best beer glass there is).

Appearance: This beer pours a dark gold with light bubbles throughout the body. White head is real thick rising to maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light yeast with a little bit of hops, not too heavy but just enough to satisfy the nostrils.

Taste: I don't drink too many Belgian IPAs but maybe I should this beer is slightly complex with an incredible build to back it up. Strong in flavor with it's yeast and floral properties, I can't complain I truly have added it to my book.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, Sharp texture.

Overall: You know what I think this beer is better than advertised. Your palates wouldn't contest that is a promise. Salud!

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden orange color. Transparent. Color absolutely glows. Head is large but it dies downtoa thin hat of patchy fluff. Lots of lacing.

S-Nose is underwhelming. Lacks a very distinct Belgian quality. There is some light Belgian spice, but it's very soft. Same hop aroma I found in the Dark Depths beer found in the same variety 12 pack. Hops are sugar covered citrus. Reminds me of the orange sugar wedge candies I ate when I was a kid.

T-Much more Belgian in the flavor. The flavor is a big upgrade over the nose. Quite yeasty and estery. Hops are cleaner and pair more appropriately with the Belgian qualities. American hoppiness with Belgian yeast and spice. It has two very separate sidesto it's overall flavor, but they work well with one another.

M-Medium body. I would expect the ABV to be higher judging by how the beer feels. Light carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry.

O/D-I did not think I would like this too much but I was pleasantly surprised. A nice Belgian IPA. Another solid part of a mixed 12 pack. A respectable take on a style that I am not in love with.

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of the new mixed IPA 12 pack. Pours a nice golden color, nice head to it, good carbonation. Faint, very faint, clove aroma. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Very complex beer and tons of flavors. Banana and clove upfront, with some good spiciness, citrusy finish and nice taste on the palette. One of the more interesting Belgian IPA's I've tried and I'm glad Sam Adams really experimented with this one. Good beer and worth seeking out.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured out golden amber in color, with a clear and very effervescent body, and a three finger thick head. The smell was difficult to discern at first, due to the large head. Once it died away, I could detect grapefruit, pine, banana, and melon balls. The taste was similar to what I smelled, but with some added spicy influences like coriander seeds and white pepper. While complex, this beer felt a little timid as well. The hops and phenols were quite strong in the finish. This is one beer that will be helped tremendously by an Imperial version, as the current release feels watery. A good throw in into the IPA 12 pack.

Photo of blackcompg
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - Poured one finger of off-white eggshell head, color of the ale is a completely transparent light amber. Noticed that my glass had fantastic lacing at the end of the session - raising this to a 4.

Smell - Definitely get that slight musky spicy scent of the belgian yeast, some slight medicinal smells,touch of toffee and citrus.

Taste - Meadowy hops, green grass, light minerals, medicinal-band aid flavors, belgian yeast flavors and some some white pepper. Seems a bit too light overal in boldness and flavor, and the belgian yeast-slight spiciness seems to be more of an afterthought.

Mouthfeel - It is quite smooth, lighter mouthfeel, carb is medium and clean - very easy to drink.

Overall - In the Sam Adams IPA Hopology Variety Pack, this is by far my least favorite. It's not bad, better than any macro for sure, but just seems a bit weak and light, especially for this style.

Photo of gutbuster
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Brewfocker
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real nice crystal bronze red body color, and some slow rising carbonation. Real nice white and fluffy head, settling into a cap that hits a good meringue. Some lacing. This body color is really gorgeous.

This smells like an English IPA. Toffee like malts, and very tea hop like aromas. Kind of unexpected and not what I look for or perceive for this style.

In the palate some good spice clove comes out, with a good drying finish. Nice hop bitter, with English tea aromatics and a hint of sugars. Hop angle lingers nicely on the finish with some nice dryness.

Overall this is a pretty decent brew, but it reminds me too much of an English IPA and hardly feels Belgian at all.

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

Another of the Hop-ology twelve pack...and a gooder too!

Orangish golden color with a thick head and good lacing. Nice looking brew in my Sam Adams pint glass.

Expected Belgian yeast smell. Sweet sugar and floral notes. Cloves and spices, some bannana, bubblegum, but not as pronounced as it could be.

Definitely more Belgian than IPA...but a nice hybrid. Woulda liked more of a belgian bite, but refreshing nonetheless.

Uber carbonated...a bit of spicyness on the tongue. Pretty smooth finish.

Probably my second fav of the hop-ology 12 pack. A nice non-offensive belgian ipa for those wanting to try the style

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