Belgian IPA | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
9.4% ABV, 60 IBU.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Nurt20
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me just say that it appears this beer is out of retirement, because I picked up a bottle on 6/4/12 at the Grumpy Troll on a little day trip with the family. The bottle reads Belgian India Pale Ale, and it clocks in at 9.4 % ABV. I served this chilled and poured it into my new Ménage A Frog pint glass. A Father's Day gift from my seven year old son. Nice....

A) Hazy golden brew with a rusty tint. A good 2 fingers of head reached the peak of the pint. Nice retention, and plenty of lacing.

S) Yeast + Spices.... Then there is some canned fruit cocktail juice, and a little whiff of booze. Really rather sweet.

T) Quite close to the nose, but the backend punches you with a good shot of booze. Then it gets grassy. This brew gets better with some warmth in my opinion.

M) Medium body, and pretty well carbonated. Initially I found the carbonation a bit much, but it grew on me. This one is sticky. The alcohol clings to your mouth. Grassy dry finish.

O) Not bad... Not bad at all... Although it isn't exceptional, I'd glady drink another bottle if I had one. If you go to the Grumpy Troll, give this one a try.

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Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/orange color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coriander, orange peel, strong belgian yeast characteristics, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average to low carbonation level. Tastes of slight hop up front, some earthy malt, hints of orange peel, and some dry spice (pine or ginger). Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" bright white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly skim, with lasting lacing. Aroma is spices and bubble gum. Taste follows the nose almost exactly, I swear this flavor reminds me of Topps baseball card bubblegum. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is easy for the style. Interesting and good offering.

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

Orange blossom honey with no yeasty haze... until the final pour. Belgian IPA's alabaster colored cap is far from Belgianesque. It's barely one finger in size, despite an increasingly vigorous pour, and doesn't have the greatest texture. Positives include persistence and a decent amount of glass coverage. Note: the head never does disappear and a surprising amount of lace sticks like glue in the end.

The nose is hampered by being underpowered. Less than specific specifics include British malts, European and American hops, Belgian abbey ale yeast and candi sugar. Sounds about right. Herbal-grassy hops and estery yeast become more aromatic with warming. Thank goodness.

Belgian IPA tastes better than it smells. Much better. This beer was apparently inspired by Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. Although a well-crafted version, this Grumpy Troll brew doesn't measure up to that exceptional example of the style. Nor is it as delicious as De Ranke XX Bitter, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor or Urthel Hop-It. There's no shame in that, since those are some of the finest ales that I've ever imbibed.

The malt tastes *almost* 100% pale. There's a hint of white bread toast, but it's otherwise nothing but sugar cookies. The hops are both sweetgrassy (probably Saaz) and something more fruit juicy (hard to say). A lack of citrusiness makes me think that American C-hops weren't used.

The mid-range clove and white pepper spiciness of the yeast is a wonderful counterpoint to sweet and bitter. Alcohol is noted, but what little is appreciated adds much more than it detracts. All in all, this is a well-brewed BIPA that fares pretty well against some seriously stiff competition.

The mouthfeel is more big American ale than Belgian ale. There's nothing wrong with that and I wouldn't have expected anything else. The candi sugar adds fullness and a slightly sticky finish, while the bubbles do yeoman's work with respect to creamy expansiveness. Very nice.

Of those that I've had so far, Belgian IPA is The Grumpy Troll's best beer. Who cares if it doesn't seriously compete with the world's best? Here's hoping (fingers crossed) that I'm able to find a few bombers during my next road trip to Madison. Good job guys.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, from the brewpub a month or so ago

bottle says 9.4% abv

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip after a disastrous day of nfl playoff action, fairly clear straw-copper body with a fluffy white cap and strong retention

smell: nice nose - corriander, white pepper and other belgian spice, crisp yeast, clove, citrus hops buried beneath

taste: this is a nice, very easy drinking, belgian IPA...lots of belgian spice - loads of corriander, clove, white pepper, candy-like sugars (sprees/sweet tarts), really nice citrus hopping, orange peel...complimented a sweet and spicy curry dish very well

mouthfeel: light and refreshing, fresh and alive

drinkability: damn near amazing at 9.4%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really quite astounding both in concept and production. First of all, I have to go out on a limb and call it a postmodern beer. Think about it. This is an example of an American brewer attempting to replicate a Belgian Brewer’s attempt to replicate an American replication of a British beer. Try to get your head around that.

Secondly, the Grumpy Troll pulls it off. Comparisons between this beer and Houblon Chouffe are quite realistic. I prefer the Troll’s take on the style as I find it drier, cleaner, and better balanced. Where Houblon’s hops overwhelm its wonderful yeast character at times, the Troll Belgian IPA presents more balance.

Aroma is spicy with aggressive citrus hops, pepper, and clove and banana/tropical yeastiness.

Flavor is a wonderful smorgasbord of fruit: oranges, bananas, limes, papaya, etc…

Mouthfeel is dry, bubbly, and spicy. The spiciness really comes out in the finish as the beer warms. Biting. The 9% abv is very well covered. IBUs at 50 offer a lot of bitterness but this beer never feels unbalanced.

Drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of kdog630
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by the bartender. Poured with a decent head and fine lacing. Color fit the trippel style, but the hop aroma was very prominent. Barkeep said they brew it as a trippel and then dry hop. I should have asked what hops they used, but was too busy enjoying the beer. Plenty of malt flavor and carbonation to really fill the mouth. Followed with a hint of bitterness. The menu said only 50 ibu, so that seemed about right. The big thing is the aroma as you bring it to your mouth.

Probably better for 10:00 at night than 11:30 in the morning, but a drinkable beer. At 9%+ ABV, you're not going to want more than one per sitting.

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

This beer is branded as a "Belgian IPA," which automatically prompts comparisons to the Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel, and I found this offering from Grumpy Troll to be substantially better. This beer is a great collision of hops and spice; both are present in a pleasing but not over-whelming quantities, and the best parts of both styles are emergent in the flavor of this beer.

Thanks to SurlySober for picking up this growler from Mount Horeb and splitting it with me. Color is a slightly hazy but still very bright dark golden color with decent head, even after two days in the growler. Aroma is predominantly sweet and citrus-y hoppiness, nicely balanced with some tripel-y citrus notes and cloviness. Flavor is a bit peppery and fruity, with nice merging of the fruitiness of the two styles; the tripel has some nice full-fruitiness to it, which is augmented by the sweet citrusiness of the hops. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but not overpowering or unexpected. I found this beer to be rather drinkable for a 9% ABV, which surreptitiously snuck into the beer without me noticing. Very good and highly recommended.

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Belgian IPA from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 13 ratings