Monk's India Pale Ale
The Spencer Brewery

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The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - American
3.92 | pDev: 7.4%
Apr 01, 2022
Mar 31, 2019
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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Ratings by JayQue:
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JayQue from Virginia

Two surprises here: A Trappist brewery in the United States and a Trappist brewery brewing an IPA!!!!!! This is a pretty standard American IPA. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, this beer features a dark yellow hazy head with a medium sized frothy white head. Head retention is average/not great, but the bands of lacing remain for a good while on the sides of the glass. Aroma and taste are balanced between malt and hops. The initial aroma and flavor are bready malt and a little citrus (grapefruit/orange flavor. As you drink it, the grassy and piney hops start to take over. Still not a hop bomb but a nicely balanced brew. Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, crisp and moderately bitter in the finish. Not a memorable IPA, but solid enough.

Apr 01, 2022
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours golden with a slight cloudiness. Head is thick but dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice lacing. Nose is a pineapple hint. Taste is also pineapple with a slight bitterness and dry finish.

Jan 03, 2022
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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Steeped in tradition, honored by time, in deep respect of culture and precedence, Trappist brewers aren't easily swayed by new trends or recklessness. But when America's beer doesn't have much of a history, domestic Trappist brewers blaze their own trail. Uncharacteristically, a Trappist brewed American-styled IPA comes out of The Spencer Brewery to show that there is a world of coolness in the monk's regime.

With a standard hoppy haze and a medium amber-gold hue, Monk's India Pale Ale builds a creamy withstanding froth that meets all that's expected from an American IPA. Floral aromas soon abound, decorated with impressions of citrus, spruce and herb with a peppery grass back note. Gentle in its sweeter introductions, hints of graham cracker come about with the beer's malt backbone of honey, light caramel, toast and nuttiness.

In true IPA fashion, the malts immediately begin to fade and the hop aromas turn to a sharp and citrusy flavor. Pink grapefruit, fresh oranges, light mango, pineapple and berry make a quick transition from racy citrus to the exotic zing of tropical fruits, all seemingly in their dried and dehydrated forms. Alas, the late palate of bitterness outlasts any fruit for a smooth but elevated hop bite of fresh grass clippings, pine, citrus peels and chive.

Medium bodied but trending dry, the beer's malty dry backbone is a perfect support for the abundance of hop flavor and its associated bitterness for a decidedly bitter finish and a long linger of grasses, botanical gin-like spice and peppery pine needle. Its a nearly ideal taste and texture of the IPA of craft brewing's Midwestern roots and one that's effortless to drink.

Jan 03, 2022
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by heysuz from Indiana

Brew: The Spencer Brewery - Monk's India Pale Ale

Intro: 16 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Golden orange/yellow, Moderate head maybe 2 inches. Moderate lacing as I drank

Smell: Typical hops with citrus notes.
Taste: Followed the smell. Pretty much underwhelmed as far as IPA’s go.

Mouthfeel: dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Nothing very memorable. Typical low grade IPA.

Conclusion: Picked it up because it was an abbey ale. Think they should stick to what they do best, and this was not it.

Nov 07, 2021
4.19 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2021
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3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

It was a non-aggressive pour, but the pint can was at room temperature. It can be understood why there's so much stark white head in a clear glass liter mug, but nothing to support the uneven ebbing. That's usually the warning sign of a barley malt deficiency. The more this mess continues, as an attempt to empty the pint can, the more worrisome about the quality. Add that it's a normal amber color and it's more translucent than opaque. In short, nothing great is expected here. The aroma is a little more hoppy than starchy, but that has been misleading before. Hops with a thin and tasteless body don't do it. OK, the pour is now complete, so on to the taste. There's a little more malt character than expected, but that's a low bar. This is far too dry, too thin and too one dimensional it be a good IPA. What has happened to the traditional IPA? Originally a near perfect balance between sweet and earthy barley malt and a bittering hoppiness. This brings none of it, save some hops to bitter the finish.

Aug 16, 2021
4.02 by Billolick from New York on Aug 04, 2021
3.54 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Aug 03, 2021
3.51 by desint from Belgium on Aug 03, 2021
4.25 by Ned57 from Massachusetts on May 05, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by frankdatank1337 from California

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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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Espresso_machine from Massachusetts

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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4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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
4.04 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Oct 25, 2020
4.15 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 17, 2020
4.24 by FabFourCJV from Massachusetts on Sep 02, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
3.75 by bundy462 from Texas on Jul 06, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ilikebeer03 from Texas

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
3.88 by Boone757 from Virginia on Jun 28, 2020
4.03 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Jun 28, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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
3.84 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Jun 05, 2020
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 01, 2020
4.19 by wc94wc from California on May 01, 2020
3.61 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 20, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LarryV from Massachusetts

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
3.75 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Aug 18, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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
4 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jun 27, 2019
3.54 by Jhfinn from New York on Jun 24, 2019
4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on May 10, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

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
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 07, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MaxBrews from Massachusetts

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
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