Grumpy Monk | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Grumpy MonkGrumpy Monk
BA SCORE
47.8%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 718 ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jzeilinger on 04-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,149
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
718
Liked:
343
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
12.74%
Alströms:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
80
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 718 |  Reviews: 161
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3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with mainly nail polish remover flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is pretty undrinkable with the nail polish remover aspects going on here.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

safe for the style. this pours a bright honey color, crystal clear, with a short but dense off white head that leaves some decent lace rings. the nose is well hoppy, not sure what varietals, but its zesty and pungent, like whole cones that are pretty fresh. the yeast though doesn't add much, certainly not that Belgian spunk I was hoping for. same with the taste, they got the hops just right, but the yeast is either not enough, or a lackluster strain. it doesn't deliver that spicy boost or familiar effervescence on the carbonation front. I need a Belgian ipa to show more yeast than this, and for the feel to be way brighter. under another name, it wouldn't be a bad brew, but sam knows better I have to imagine. lighter medium body would again be aided by better carbonation. some decent banana fruit in the finish, and maybe an herbal element, but my attention has already wandered...

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of the new mixed IPA 12 pack. Pours a nice golden color, nice head to it, good carbonation. Faint, very faint, clove aroma. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Very complex beer and tons of flavors. Banana and clove upfront, with some good spiciness, citrusy finish and nice taste on the palette. One of the more interesting Belgian IPA's I've tried and I'm glad Sam Adams really experimented with this one. Good beer and worth seeking out.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glasss in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowd to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light floral hops, clean malts, lemon peel, and straw. A mild strength aroma.

T: Straw, clean bland malts, vague floral hopping, and crisp barley. Hops - some pine character. Not horribly complex or subtle. Indeed, somewhat simple. Boring and kind of bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness up front. Kind of thick, but not quite on the mark. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get this again. A boring and bland IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity and sweet malt notes with light citrusy hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix that is more dominant in terms of fruity and sweet Belgian malt notes then expected with some light hoppy citrus notes that can be easily distinguish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but I think I would have preferred a bit less of a sweet malt base with a more dominant hops approach.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by Sept 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge pepper, clove, banana, bubblegum, pine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and very yeast forward aromas with good balance. Taste of grapefruit, pine, clove, banana, herbal, floral, pepper, bubblegum, bread, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, bubblegum, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hoppy flavors with the peppery yeast esters. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 5.7% with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA. Great balance of yeast esters and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. I have no complaints here, well done.

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3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear, deep amber color with visible carbonation and a decent bone-colored head that doesn't last very long.

S&T: The aroma is not particularly promising. It's malty and fruity but does not seem to have the hop load of an IPA. ... but then, does a Belgian "Belgian IPA"? The flavor is richer and better. There is a significant hop component in the taste (and a touch of Belgian 'funk'), but still not at the level expected for an IPA. Not quite as much yeast as expected in a Belgian style ale either. Ignoring these, I must admit this is a well-crafted beer.

M: smooth; medium-full body; nice bit of dryness towards the finish; excellent level of carbonation.

O: a fine semi-Belgian style beer, albeit less hoppy than one might expect given the IPA labelling. More of a Belgian PA.

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3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly with touch of lacing, crystal clear golden honey pilsner color.

Nose has nice floral hops, very light citrus and grassy mild hops, with a light sweetness and nice Belgian yeast and golden malts, quite floral.

Taste starts with more floral hops, light grassy noble hops, hint of spicy and citrus hops, light fruity. Then malts, light sweetness with golden Belgian malts, smooth. A definite Belgian yeast that adds hint of fruity esters and floral spices, the yeast def comes through. Finish is drier with light lingering spicy and floral hops, lingering light malts and belgian yeast.

Mouth is med slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good balance of the floral grassy noble hops and malty sweetness with Belgian yeast, the flavors of each done through well without overpowering each other.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and a little spice come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brown/dark amber color. Crystal clear. Good starting that settles to rim bubbles. Excellent lace which is a combination of blankets and ring with spider webs connecting the two.

Beyond the expected sweeter, toasty malts and the modest hop, I detect ammonia

Short-lived, richly roasted sweet malt start. The bite of straight hop bitterness kicks in quickly. The finish, though, is very complex with fresh cut flowers and dried bitter herbs. The aftertaste lingers for a very long time. Richer than average body with a matching carbonation.

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