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Monk In The Trunk | Inlet Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Inlet Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
inletbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bluegrassbrew on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
35.87%
 
 
Wants:
3
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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Food Shack in Jupiter Florida.
According to the brewer this is an organic Belgian Amber Ale.
Tasty beer. I know the brewer personally, so I will not give a formal review. I just wanted to add this beer to the database. Only available in kegs in South Florida. Available year-round.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: Pale amber gold, crystal clear with a bit of white head on top, although it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Fruity, biscuity, lots of berries and syrup in this brew.

T: Definitely a nice belgian yeast flavor in there. Bready, biscuity, and full of dark berries. Good touch of malt to balance out the touch of bitterness form the hops.

M: Medium body, and typical belgian style carbonation. The finish is dry.

D: Very nice. Not sure if I could do a whole night of them. But very tasty, and definitely original.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st love the name and the label..had this in FL..it poured a clear amber color with a very fresh ring..this is a belgian inspired amber it has bananas and clove some coriander and fruit rind.taste is belgian all the way in an amber ale fresh bananas,fruit,followed by slight clove.and coriander,some malts in the background..mouthfeel is fresh and carbonated with a great belgian profile...i liked this amber

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Photo of dstc
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a white head that completely disappears. No real lace to speak of.

Pleasant, sweet herbal nose with slight citrus hints.

Nice sweet taste. Rather mild. Herbal and typical of a Belgian style.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Not bad for a Belgian style from Florida.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer!!! I could not be more surprised that this beer came from Florida, let alone right near me

Mellow Mushroom has this on tap for $4.25 in Delray Beach
A: Pours a unique brown/copper color that leaves a decent head with minimal lace

S: Unique smell, notes that are common in Belgians are apparent...Malty nose, hops are not apparent, caramel, toffee

T: Malty...I could swear that I am drinking some kind of Belgian hybrid...caramel, toasted malts, toffee, and a fruity flavor that came out of nowhere

MF: Very smooth going down, medium/light in body, clean aftertaste

D: High...I could drink these all nite...especially during happy hour at Mellow Mushroom

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inlet Brewing "Monk In The Trunk"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "MOFL-290BE"
$1.67 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

I was so intrigued by this brewery because they only make two beers, only to learn that it's contract brewed by Thomas Creek in NC, which makes more sense; and if they've got a client like Trader Joe's they're pretty much set.

The second thing I found interesting was that it was an organic amber ale. Organic is great, especially when it only costs $1.67 per bottle, but who buys "amber" ales anymore? Alas, it's a Belgian-style "amber" ale!

Its clear deep copper colored body is topped by a short head of off-white foam that unfortunately drops rather quickly and leaves only minimal lacing behind. The aroma expresses a combination of fruits including apricot and fig along with some clove. All of those components return in the flavor along with more fruit (plum/prune, black cherry), a touch more spiciness, some grassy hops, and a caramelish, gently sweet malt. It's moderately bitter but balanced with the spiciness from the yeast lending a hand. It finishes drying with a drop of residual malt and swirling notes of leaves, grass, clove and 'spice'.

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Photo of IcemanFL
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific brew. A friend turned me on to it down here in South Florida, I'm so glad that he did. It has great flavor, color, and texture. And it's great to see it being sold in more nearby locations to my house - including my local 7-Eleven. Awesome! It will always be offered in my home when guests come over!

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Photo of FroggieMercury
4.54/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely with very little head. Amber coloring looked gorgeous with the newly-emerged sun shining through the windows and through the glass. It was a hot, stormy day here in SWFL today and this was the beer I reached for to unwind after it all calmed down. A great afternoon / early evening beer. I've had it both poured into a glass as well as straight from the bottle several times over the past few weeks and have never been disappointed. Paired it with sausage and pepper pizza and some (very hot) hot wings - went very well with both!

The bottle states those who enjoy the beer love it for "its most intriguing quality, true drinkability." I heartily agree with this statement. It is a light beer in taste without being TOO light. Smell is not overpowering - slight hop emerging from malty goodness.

Very highly recommended (especially to those of you whom enjoy organic beer). However a note to Florida Beer Aficionados: most seem to miss this on the bottle but it is actually brewed for Inlet Brewing Company in Jupiter by Thomas Creek in South Carolina. I was a little sad to see that pop up on the side of the bottle (didn't notice it as first - it was given to our office as a "welcome to Florida, here are our local goodies" gift so the giver didn't apparently notice as well).

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Photo of Jeffree1155
4.63/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great amber ale- pours almost a burnt orange color. Light to moderate head.
Nice floral and citrus smell. Very light spices.
Very drinkable taste.
Pleasant light hoppy after taste.
Very nice drinkable and refreshing beer.
Apparently its organic as well.

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Monk In The Trunk from Inlet Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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