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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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Ratings: 719 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into St Bernardus chalice.
Best by June 3013

A - Pours a clear orange copper with a creamy eggshell head. Below average head retention.

S - Yeasty, spicy medicinal phenolics, citrus hops, cloves, banana, bubblegum, sweet malt.

T - Spicy yeast, peppery bitterness, bubblegum, pine and herbal hops coat the tongue. Tangy oranges, hints of lemon, earthy wood, the malt has a light candy-like sweetness to it. Finishes herbal and spicy with clove on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation,

This one doesn't hold back on the spices. Good Belgian yeast strain provides lots of character. Nice mix of hops as well. A nice addition to the lineup.

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Photo of ktblue22
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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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by June 2013:

Pours orange-ish amber with a thin, off-white, lasting head. Thin sheets of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel candy, hint of bubblegum and spicy peppermint with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is of caramel, a touch of honey, lemon/lime, and a hint of bubblegum. Bitter mixes with sweet and sour. It has a refreshing, long finish.

The carbonation "works", though it doesn't quite have the "Belgian" effervescence. It has a solid, medium body.

It seems to go in different directions at first, but comes together nicely as it progresses. It's an interesting, enjoyable brew!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden amber with a 1/2 inch of creamy white head.

S: Hop notes, fruity, spicy, caramel.

T: Smooth and creamy with citric notes, yeast, bread, biscuits, banana peals.

O: Well crafted fusion of belgium and an IPA, but it falls flat of me wanting to buy a sixer. I tried this in the SA hopology mixed pack.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $18.99 for the Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Best by June 2013 on the bottle

Poured honey copper clear color with two fingers of white frothy head. Good amount of lacing on the sides. Pretty good retention as well.

Smelled wet Cascade hops up front, giving way to spicy Belgian spices. Some light lime and pine, but also light cloves, banana and unknown spices. Got a bit of honey caramel or toffee as well.

Tasted a bit raw compared to the smell. Couldn’t really put my finger on it. Got light pine and light lime, and a lot less Belgian spices (cloves, bananas, spices) than the smell. A little bit of floral notes, but not overpowering. Bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

Was hoping for a bit more. Not the greatest Belgian IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Deep amber with a couple of fingers worth of white foam. Herbal hops dual it out with Belgian yeast character - some banana and pear, black pepper, coriander, clove, thyme, bay leaf, bit of citrus rind. Malt gives some biscuit flavor and a kiss of honey sweetness. Plenty going on, a little bit more in the way of hops would take it from just a hoppy Belgian ale to a true Belgian-style IPA. Still it's a nice addition to a variety pack.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By JUN2013 notched on side of bottle

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that retains at a tiny cap for a while

S: A decent amount of Belgian yeast that imparts clove, banana-like penolic notes, and a strong bubble gum presence. Also get some fruity and piney hops

T: Follows the nose. Strong Belgian presence with that strong bubble gum note that comes through from the aroma. Also get some spices and earthy, fruity hops. Finishes moderately bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: A solid Belgian IPA with plenty of Belgian and American character. A little too much bubble gum for my taste, but its not bad when combined with the hops. Certainly not the highlight of the pack, but a nice part of it

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Jadjunk
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

"A Spirited Reinvention of the Belgian Tradition: The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks aren't meant to be broken. Yet, to the monk's dismay, the distinctive character of Belgian yeast with its spicy clove and fruit notes can be reimagined when combined with the brazen hop character of an IPA. These hops impart a citrusy, piney, and earthy flavor that's balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew." Grumpy Monk is brewed in the Belgian IPA style. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid-September 2012. This was available as a part of last summer's IPA hop collection.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing frothy head of a golden cream white tone. Retention is pretty nice and lacing is substantial. Body color is a golden amber-orange with relaxed carbonation and high clarity. Nice head quality and pleasing lacing makes for an attractive-looing beer. 4.5

(Smell) Belgian pale bread malts with notes of light fruit and a spiced background. Citrusy hop notes have faded a notch but are still pleasing. Slightly musty overall aroma and balance is slightly bitter but the alcohol is quite detectable through the aroma and the yeast profile prevails as well developing a bready malt profile. A bit phenolic in places. 3.25

(Taste) Even worse off. A very limited malt profile sweetness is mostly to blame for this. Bitterness is still on high, although without a malt base to match, it comes across as intensely bitter and the beer falls sharply out of balance. The finish is strikingly dry. Hints of lemongrass and coriander are on the wane. Notes of green apple tartness and chemicals are also prevalent, results of possible yeast contamination. A painfully abrasive and dry flavor profile. I am unsure of whether this is a good batch or not, but this beer was not at all easy to drink. It needs a significantly increased malt body to balance out the bitterness. 2.25

(Mouthfeel) A distinctly dry finish. Carbonation is mostly crisp and textures are oily and resiny with a touch of biscuit. Body is light for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is medium. Again, the malt body is too shallow to compare, so the crispness of the carbonation doesn't help pacify the bitterness or the dryness of this brew. The true fix is in the flavors of the beer, so I can't be too harsh on the carbonation, but the alcohol presence is notably evident in spots. 2.75

(Overall) There were far too many imperfections in this beer to truly enjoy it. There were intense phenolic and tart sour flavors and little malt body to balance the hoppy bitterness. If I hadn't had such high hopes for this beer, I would have drain-poured this one, but I will attempt to enjoy the rest that i had. Recommend trying this beer only as fresh as possible, so that perhaps the malt profile will have somewhat more substance. Right now, it's a borderline undrinkable mess. 2.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA

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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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