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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Clear golden body with minimal head that settles to a bubbly wake.

S: Faint yeast, grains, pecan bread, toasted toffee malt and peaches.

T/M: Apples, peaches, powdery yeast, honey cereal grain, lemon zest, buttered beer bread and oaky alcohol. Medium crisp body with a creamy carbonation with a dry chalky finish. Finished with dry cracked nuts.

O: A decent beer but not a champion. I liked the sweet and chalky but didn't deliver the satisfaction I expected. The alcohol was almost astringent and messed with the flavor profile.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of iSip
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk: Wonderful aroma of banana and clove that let's you know a Belgian style ale is coming. Reasonable head with great lacing. But the good news ends there. Deep copper color, too red for a Belgian style. The flavor has a hint of a Belgian ale, but is mostly a malt forward American microbrew. As for the IPA part, it's not there. Just a bitter finish is all you get. The Belgian IPA is an odd beast, but there are many great ones out there (New Begium's Belgo for one). You would think Sam Adams could pull out a good one, but the Grumpy Monk is a flop. Now I know why the monk is Grumpy.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in an average beer glass at about 38F.

A: Straw color with a small, lasting head and lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Aroma of astringent hops and spicy yeast esters.

T: Malty sweetness quickly turns into a bitter astringent hop taste that is followed by a spicy Belgian yeast flavor.

M: Medium thin mouth feel with a decent carbonation bite

O: I'm not a huge Belgian I.P.A fan, but this is well balanced and quite drinkable.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it’s a clear copper color with a lot of bubbles racing up to a massive 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of microscopic bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy rings clinging to the side. The head was thick like the top of a ice cream float and I was able to run my finger through it.

Smells of yeast, piney hops, lemon zest, herbs, spices like coriander and pepper, sour apple, biscuit, grass, light clove and mild alcohol; a mostly sweet and fruity nose with different notes after each sniff. The aroma is much more Belgian beer than IPA, and decent but not overly exciting.

Tastes of wet wheat bread, biscuit, yeast, caramel, lemon, orange peel, coriander, piney hops, herbs, spices like pepper, cinnamon and allspice, sour apple, grass or hay, clove and mild alcohol; the aftertaste is like funky cardboard with a slight hop bitterness that turns bready – a liquid yeast infection, LOL! This was more malt and yeast than hops, and the hop presence is so weak this almost could be not classified an IPA. The flavor was average to good, but it lacks any major hop push into IPA territory.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy, with average to almost fizzy carbonation, a medium body and a bready finish that has a slight bitter nip. Seriously, the bready finish almost feels like I just ate a Ritz cracker.

Overall it was good, pretty complex and easy enough to drink. I was hoping for some more hops to kick it up a notch since it is listed as an IPA, but it covers the 6.5% ABV well enough to be a good addition to the Sam Adams variety pack. I wouldn’t buy a 6 pack of this, but it was enjoyable.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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