Grumpy Monk | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jzeilinger on 04-15-2012

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4.82/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Package states 6.5 ABV.

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4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the IPA Hopology 12-pack at Triangle Wine Store in Morrisville, NC near the RTP. I was the most excited about this beer of the 6 offerings and it did not disappoint. I've had some Belgian IPA's that lose one character or the other, but this was distinctly Belgian as well as distinctly an IPA. The Belgian sugars and yeast cut into the hops which were intense but sutble enough.

It poured nice and golden, nice head. Smelled like an IPA mixed with Belgian yeast. The taste was what won me over, as I think it it always the most important aspect of a beer.

Overall, another fine offering from Sam. So nice to see a company that has become a macrobrewery stay so true to their roots and focus on variety rather than just buying more factories to pump out Boston Lager (which is of course a great beer itself).

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4.67/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi hazy deep gold color. White soapy head. Smell is yeasty. Orange. Lemony. Slight funk. Taste is the same as the smell. Feel is medium. Frothy. High carbonation

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4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Enjoy before Sept notched on label. 5.7% ABV,

A - Vibrant pumpkin orange in color, Grumpy Monk is crystal clear, topped with an egg-shell head that's got some stellar retention to it. Delicate Belgian-like lace gently adheres to the glass.

S - Belgian yeast overthrows the whole beer, populating it with pungent spice in the aroma; strong white pepper, earthy clay, coriander spice, and lemongrass. Perfumy floral hops add grapefruit, lemon, and peach to the menagerie of aromatic flowers here. Malts are mum until a hefty swirls brings out balancing caramel sweetness and light clover honey. Incredibly distinctive and complex, Grumpy Monk's aroma is great, but almost overpowering.

T - As enigma much like the aroma, the flavor keeps evolving, hard to pinpoint. Still very yeast-driven, Grumpy Monk incorporates it's spicy aroma characteristics into the flavor, harmoniously blending with the hop presence, sought after in this beer. Pine needles fall into the sea of citrus and floral notes brought on by the hops. Lemon rind and fresh-squeezed grapefruit drape the beer's simple and incurious pilsner malt base.

M - Bright carbonation tickles the tongue and aids in livening up the estery spice profile. Medium-light feeling in body, Grumpy Monk is bone dry in the finish with a lingering bitterness that keeps balance without going overboard. Still somehow very smooth on the palate, Grumpy Monk is a splendid drinking beer.

O - A potpourri of unique yeast esters and floral hop characteristics, Grumpy Monk reminds of the smack-in-the-face aroma you receive when entering a Michael's store. One of the boldest Belgian yeast-implemented beers I've had from America, I find this powerhouse of esters more forthcoming and interesting than the hops that it "should" be showcasing (included in the Hop-Ology mix pack). That doesn't, however, downplay the unique and bright hop presence this beer offers. Complex and definitely overpowering to a point, I still think this is a damn fine beer from Boston Beer Co.!

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4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm surprised this beer has gotten such a low rating - I wonder if it because it is Sam Adams its held to different standards? I think that this beer is top notch - its an IPA that is extremely palatable as well as complex

The mouthfeel is beautifully smooth with citrus and earthy hops combined with the Belgian yeast that gives it a good spicyness. It's rounded out with a heavy hand of hops for an IPA (perhaps more traditional European IPA than what we in the states view as IPA). I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a beer with a lot of flavor and complexity.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

It was quite a sweet Belgian IPA. It didn't have much of a hoppy flavor throughout, but you could taste a little bit of bitters. Overall I liked it and will drink it whenever I'm looking to drink a sweeter beer

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4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the 12oz bottle at room temperature.

Appearance. Great head retention. Off white head, tight bubbles with lots of retention and belgian lace. Light amber, dark yellow color. It look great in a glass. Belgian lace sticks throughout the entire drink!

Smell. Banana smell, spice, citrus aroma, like a hoppy heffe. Smells great.

Taste. Spicy, light caramel, citrusy aftertaste that sticks for a long time.

Mouthfeel. Nice, full mouth fee;. Fizzy, full carbonation.

Overall. Underrated beer. Complexity in smell, taste, and a phenomenal aftertaste. Wonderful!

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Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 719 ratings
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