Hoppy Monk Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale has an orange hue to it, darkened by some amber brown. A finger or so of head quickly disappeared.

S: The aroma is dry and yeasty, like fresh Orval. Not much of the Golding hops that were advertised.

T: The flavor shows off more fo the hop profile, evidenced by a bitterness that follows the fruity Belgian flavors. This ale is not a Belgian IPA, preferring instead to follow the pale ale line. Dry yeast adds a fruity flavor to an otherwise uneventful ale. As the yeast fades away, some earthy herbal hops take its place.

M: The yeast wants to be funky, and it may well be after a few months. But fresh it can't make that happen. A decent ale but nothing to get riled up about.

D: The ale is fairly small but there are better offerings on the SGBC menu.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a nice white head. The nose brings some yeast, earthy characteristics, light citrus, spice, and pepper. The taste is light with some grain as well as a bit of earth and nice spicing. Mouthfeel is light and fairly crisp; quite nice. Drinks very well and is a nice American version of the style.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy off-white head that receded to a thin ring that left virtually no lacing.

S-Spicy, Belgian yeast with a hop kick of earth and grass. Sweet malt comes thru afterwards.

T-Spicy Belgian yeast melds well with a peppery hop bit offset by a bit of citrus. A bit of fruitiness of apples, apricot and pears in the background.

M-Medium-light, slighty syrupy body with a decent sharpness from the spicy hops/yeast combo/

D-A worthy Belgian-inspired pale ale but not one of my favorites at SGB. While a good summer drinker there is something about this brew that would not make it a top choice for me.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the beer menu at the pub:

Hoppy monk - 6.3 per cent - using a special yeast strain of Belgian origin, we sought to enulate one of the few hoppy Belgian Trappist ales. This delicious orange hued ale has a complez flavor derived from the yeast and 'Isle of Que' vine dried hops.

A: hazy dull orange, minimal (but very silky smooth) bone-white head. Sparse lacing of the glass.

S: faint bannana ester with some grassy-earthen hops.

T: up front belgian sweetness is followed by a very wheaty middle. Twang of sweetness ends with a palate-drying bitterness, mixed with a dash of abv and a whiff of licorice.. Quite pronounced and long-lasting aftertaste.

M: slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Medium body. Low levels of carbonation.

D: nice combo of flavors with q great-tqsting and expansive finish.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub over the Memorial Day weekend. The beer poured a cloudy golden color with a medium thickness creamy and fluffy white head. The nose is citrusy and earthy. The taste has a nice belgian sweetness on the front end balanced well with a citrus and hop bitterness. Although this beer is well balanced and had a solid mouthfeel, there is also a pleasing bitterness that lasts a bit in the mouth. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden light amber color with a pinky of tight foamy off-white head. OK retention leaves some spotty lacing but not much. Smells of yeasty bread, citrus, spices, and grass. Tastes of light grapefruit and lemon briefly up front followed by clove and peppercorn, bread, and yeast. Fruity notes of apricot and apple follow, then a nice dryness of grass to finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Sweet and spicy with a nice dry bitter finish. Refreshing and balanced, a good summertime brew with some hop kick to it, a nice hold-over when the IPA is gone.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. Nice layer of thin retention that laces very well. The aroma is citrus and a deep yeasty sweetness up front that is well balanced by a light grassy hop profile in the backend.

The taste is silky sweet malts and citrus with a twang of yeasty funk that keeps things interesting. Well balanced by a light, tingling hop profile in the finish that makes everything meld together with a dry and bitter feel on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an overall smooth feel and poppy carbonation.

An all around solid Belgian Pale Ale from the SGB with a lively taste and feel, this is perfect for summertime sipping.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Appears a slightly cloudy yellow color with about a finger of white head. Smells of grass, citrus and yeast followed by a touch of hops. Tastes of both sweet and bitter citrus along with a pleasant bite from the hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. As for the drinkability, I liked it enough to bring a growler home with me.

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Photo of billzee
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Hazy orange color with a 1" creamy off-white head. Sweet yeast wnd citrus notes. Sweet malt and citrus flavor with a really interesting yeast finish. Everything works so well together with this beer. Moderate carbonation and very smooth overall. This was my favorite beer at SGB.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 6/28/08.

A - Hazy body reminiscent of apple cider with fluffy off-white head that fully receded and left virtually no lacing. Sparse amount of carbonation present.

S - Spicy, yeasty aroma with hints of pepper and clove. Hop profile is a blend of earthy and grassy notes as well as citrus fruit. There's also a bit of sweet caramel and toffee in the mix.

T - Definite Belgian yeast flavor with a spicy, peppery hop bite, some grass and a splash of citrus. There's also some dark fruit in the back reminiscent of dried apricots and black cherries.

M - Light syrupy texture with a mild effervescence that imparts a warm, tingly feeling on the palate. Not very bitter at first, but the bitterness grows at the liquid warms.

D - This Belgian-inspired pale ale is well-balanced and encorporates lots of subtle flavors, giving it a nice complex character that blends several beer styles into a single brew.

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Hoppy Monk Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 10 ratings