The Monkster Mash
The Spencer Brewery

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The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Pumpkin Beer
3.76 | pDev: 5.85%
Sep 24, 2022
Aug 23, 2019
Very Good
The Monkster MashThe Monkster Mash
Notes: Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices.
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a hazy medium-golden orange, with a modest amount of sediment and haze noted. The head is small, snow-white, and finely beaded. The lacing is thick, and coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet. Clouds of small bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Rich aroma of pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, pumpkin rind and brown sugar. The aroma suggests pumpkin pie, with even a hint of crust from the malt.

Taste: Pumpkin spice and yeast notes present upon tasting. As the taste progresses, the spices ascend, and dominate the midpoint of the taste. Late in the taste, there is a mild wave of brown sugar, and some leafy herbal hops and pepper notes to bring the taste to a gracious close.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Really quite nice. I am a serious fan of pumpkin beers, mild, or over-the-top. This once strikes a gracious balance between the many "dessert" pumpkin beers, and the over-the-top barrel-aged alcohol bombs. Well done, brothers.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a La Fin Du Monde tulip.
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours murky, orange gold in color with one inch head. Taste is cinnamon, clove and dark honey. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet. Above average straight take on a pumpkin ale. Would get again but I prefer others.
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Khaack from New York

Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- heavy clove on the nose, not sure if that's from the clove addition or the yeast, I'm guessing both. Light undertones of cinnamon, maybe some allspice

T- yeasty clove notes lead the way, followed by some phenolic notes that that drinks just like a Belgian ale. Mid-palate brings out some cinnamon, as well as a hint of nutmeg. The finish gives some toasted malt, along with more peppery yeast

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- drinks like a pumpkin spiced Belgian ale, pretty good
Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by john_science

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The best pumpkin beer I've ever had.

I am of the opinion that most pumpkin beers aren't that great. They a frequently WAY too sweet. Or people dump tons of spices into them. Or they are just a seasonal that people don't put a lot of care into.

But this beer is the perfect sweet spot between wanting a pumpkin beer, but also wanting a REAL beer. Good stuff.
Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 4 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 3.57 by kjkinsey from Texas

Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Sep 30, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is balanced between nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove;

T: balanced for a moment, then nutmeg dominates with clove in the background through the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; unremarkable;
Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into an Elysian pumpkin snifter. Pours an appropriate medium orange with a thin white head that dissipate to patches with light lacing. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, pumpkin and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is lightly caramel malt with a touch of biscuit, pumpkin, cinnamon and clove. Finishes with pumpkin and slightly astringent spice bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A good, pumpkiny ale that emphasizes the squash rather than spices. The malt is a bit subdued and lightly sweet. Spices are present, but subtle at first. The finish is a bit bitter with spice, probably the clove and could use a touch of sweetness to balance it. However, this is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had and an impressive first offering of this seasonal brew. These guys are off to a good start and I look forward to seeing some of their other stuff make it to the West Coast.
Sep 18, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by BarrelAgedG from California

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look – Sunset orange in color like an IPA and two fingers of white head

Aroma – Pumpkin flavor is quite nice and is at the forefront of the aroma. Maybe a mild cinnamon presence, but nothing worth writing home about. I get more floral and potpourri notes here.

Taste – Wow is that pumpkin big. Pumpkin overpowers the spices, but it is a great pumpkin flavor. It’s sweet without being cloying. While mild, those nutmeg and cinnamon flavors are present and accounted for. Though, if you want something that is all pumpkin all the time, this is it.

Mouthfeel – Body is full with little carbonation. It finishes clean, but not watered down.

Overall – It lacks the pumpkin spices, but if you want a pumpkin beer that is swimming in jack-o-lanterns, then this is the one for you.
Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 3.49 by Sellen from Connecticut

Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I didn't think Spencer would make a pumpkin beer, but why the heck not
Pours a smaller fizzy head with med retention, a bit of lacing, mostly clear med orange color

Nose brings a bit of gourd and fruity notes, as well as fair amount of pie spices but not overpowering, light cracker and sweet toasted malt, not bad

Taste brings more of the same, actually starting with sweet malt, a bit of caramel and toasty malt, with a little cracker and syrupy malt notes, then more spices, pie spices again very typical, a bit of a fruity gourd character again, not quite vegetal thankfully, touch of bitterness as well, light herbal/earthy hop flavors, drier finish with a bit more earthy spicy hop bitterness and pie spices lingering

Mouth is med bod, med to a bit lighter fizzy carb

Overall not bad, better than I expected, decent pumpkin gourd characters, decent spices that don't overpower, I still get fair amount of malt as well
Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by rangerred from Tennessee

Oct 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 3.41 by Ralphs66 from New York

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Lainee from Illinois

Sep 21, 2020
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a robust orange color with almost no head. Crystal clear.

The smell is pretty subdued. There is faint pumpkin pie spice, but a definite smell of pumpkin meat as well. A bit if breach malt perks through.

The taste follows with mild pie spice, pumpkin, and breast malt. I prefer this approach to the style where it does not taste like biting into a slice of pie. It keeps the beer simple and clean.

Smooth on the tongue, minimally carbonated, and a clean finish that is fairly crisp.

Overall, I like this interpretation of the style. It is unpretentious as you would expect. If you are looking for in your face pumpkin pie, look elsewhere.
Sep 20, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by Rainintheface from Florida

Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by LarryV from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
6 days after the canning date of 8/14/2020. Pours a rich amber color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to no foam at all. Nose is caramel, pumpkin spices. Taste follows suit - nice malt backbone, slightly sweet but not cloying. Carbonation is light and the mouthfeel is medium. Slight bitterness follows the pumpkin spices and lingers for a moment. Overall a pretty decent take on a pumpkin ale and enjoyable for what it is. The monks don't try to be show boaters, they just produce good, honest beers with no pretense. Bottom line, I enjoy this beer and it's pretty easy drinking. Everything seems to be well balanced. Cheers to the monks!
Aug 21, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by BabaBeer from California

Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by lowlyone from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Lures Bar & Grille. This is a solid pumpkin/spice beer that is a little bit on the sweet side and doesn't go too heavy on the spices. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying. Overall it's solid but doesn't stand out.
Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Canned on 6/27/19

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a few fingers of soapy off-white foam, good retention yields a sticky collar clambering up the glass, as well as an intermittent spread of moderate lacing.

Aromas open cleanly with pumpkin spice, rounding to a more robust pumpkin bread tone over time; hints of clove and nutmeg linger in the background, adding to an overall clean sweetness.

Taste largely mirrors the aroma, with pumpkin spice hitting upfront and suggestions of nutmeg and cinnamon offering support along an otherwise fading mid-palate; bits of spice and clove reappear on the swallow.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body with smooth leveling carbonation; thins over the mid-palate while simultaneously popping brightly, and contrastly becoming slightly watery into an otherwise crisp finish.

The feel is a real bright spot to this one, giving deeper character to an otherwise straightforward pumpkin ale; inoffensive overall, for better or worse.
Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From the can, it pours a pumpkinny amber with a nice small white head that diminishes to a half inch. In the nose, it is pumpkin spice and a bit of malt. In the mouth, it is the same with a whack of cinnamon in the finish. Interesting.
Sep 03, 2019
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
From the 16 oz. can which was canned 06/27/19. Sampled on September 1, 2019.

The appearance is orange-copper with moderate clarity and a medium, fading tan head.

Big array of aromas including clove, sage, rosemary, and cinnamon with more of a low profile pumpkin note.

The mouthfeel is thin but smooth.

The bitterness from the taste seems to be derived from the bitter spices that are used like sage, rosemary, and clove. Mildly sweet and mildly dry to end it.
Sep 01, 2019
The Monkster Mash from The Spencer Brewery
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