Monk's India Pale Ale
The Spencer Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,702
Ranked #19,220
3.96 | pDev: 6.57%
The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Monk's India Pale AleMonk's India Pale Ale
Notes: An American IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops.
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If you're tired of the juicy craze, this beer is for you. Its a new take on the classic WC IPA. My main critique is that is extremely simple, it doesn't set itself apart from the IPA masses. it's still a decent beer. Give it a try.

Apr 16, 2021
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Espresso_machine from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great surprise, these guys typically do Belgium style real Trappist beer. A solid solid IPA. None of the juicy business, it’s grapefruit, amber color, a smooth bitterness. Not as dry as californian style (thank god). A great beer to enjoy casually.

Jan 31, 2021
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Monk's IPA has a medium, creamy white head, and an opaque, translucent yellow-orange appearance, with lazy bubble streams and moderate lacing. The aroma is of some fruit and hop resin, with white bread crust. The taste is similar with mild bitterness and a dose of sweetness. Monk's IPA has a high-medium body and a fairly-dry finish.


Dec 01, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was hoping this was a Belgian ipa, but alas it is an American one. Dark amber cloudy body with two fingers of white foam. Various zesty citrus, melon rind, pineapple with provocative earthy and grassy bitter hops in both smell and taste. Smell has more balance and gave the hops more room to shine in the fullness of their bitters. Feel is crisp, hop forward, medium bodied. All around good ipa

Aug 15, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer.
Nose and taste a a mixture of grapefruit, pine, ripe berries. Finishes with a nice clean bitterness supported by a lightly bready malt character

Jun 29, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 5/19/20. Opened 6/26/20.
1 finger white head, ok retention.
Falls to a cap and thicker ring. Impressive and intricate lace pattern.
Golden/amber with a slight haze to start.
Mild but pleasant and balanced nose of citrus, melon, and biscuity dough.
Melon, citrus, sweet orange, apricot, pine on a light malt base.
Light body, medium carbonation. Lingering moderate hop bitterness in a dry finish.
This is a delicate/elegant IPA, nothing is standout or overpowering, it's a pleasant drink.
Good to Very Good.

Jun 27, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi hazy golden orange color with a fluffy head, nice lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of hops though on the mild side. Taste is definitely more old school IPA, this is definitely not of the hazy school. Can says 30 IBU's, brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops It's really quite delicious and satisfying - I could easily knock a few of these back. Well done by the Spencer Trappist monks, kudos!

Nov 07, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, tropical fruits, hints of citrus. Taste is of orange peels, tropical fruits, light malts and bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Aug 14, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned March 6th 2019.

Golden orange bodied, with a simple amber color. Fairly clear with a little bit of opacity. Real nice creamy solid three finger head, with a fluffly top, off white and kind of vanilla yellow looking.

Aroma is old school and a bit malt focused. Mellow sensing hop, hits slightly citrus but there's a bit more gooey tropical tones. The tropical tones seem to bring out more of the malt base sweetness, a somewhat sticky goey caramel note with a light bitterness.

Palate sticks with the basics. Slightly biscuity flavor, but the hop prevail. Nothing earth shattering but a very simple fruity hop quality, light orange with a nice mix of caramel sugars, hinting a little brown sugar and a treacle. Nice herbal bitterness on the finish, almost clean lager like and feel, but with a somewhat dry pine finish that lingers giving to mint sage and other green herbs. Flirts with tea like flavors as well.

Interesting IPA a bit more classic in flavor, not going to do much for the haze bro crowd but this is very nicely put together IPA.

Apr 13, 2019
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MaxBrews from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this a hazy IPA? Yes it's hazy in appearance; darker than most hazy IPAs (copper colored) and depending on the can opague to a nice haze but still letting light through. However this may not be completely the hazy juicy IPA you've grown to love, but I respect that.

It doesn't knock you out with tropical fruit flavors or aroma, but features a melange of pithy citrus fruit, pine and herbs. I'd say it weighs heavier on the piney herbal side.

Taste wise, my favorite thing is that this beer isn't sweet; far too many new England IPAs are cloyingly sweet. This is just right and perhaps slightly more bitter than the 30 advertised ibus would suggest. The hops pucker your lips in the way old school west coast IPAs do.

This is a well made IPA that Bridges the gap between the classic old school American IPAs and hazy IPAs using modern hop varietals.

Apr 07, 2019
Monk's India Pale Ale from The Spencer Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 26 ratings