Grumpy Monk | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

BA SCORE
83
good
716 Ratings
Grumpy MonkGrumpy Monk
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
Ratings:
716
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
78
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 716 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap yesterday up at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell for the first time. I had no idea that this beer was retired until I looked it up here and nearly as hard to fathom was how this was classified as a Belgian IPA. The IPA portion wasn't here as the fruit and yeast were much more pronounced than in other beers of this style that I had and this felt misleadingly strong as the alcohol was much less prevalent then I my taste buds would have let me to believe.

The appearance of this beer was the best aspect of this, as it poured smooth with a small head and with an appealing raisin hue. Lots of yeast and candied plum in the taste along with the alcohol; the latter being on the edge of solvent when it came to the strength of it. As this warmed up, faint traces of grapefruit and pine kicked in but never did I think that a hop explosion would kick in. Maybe it was the roasted, sticky caramel malt that suppressed them but at least it gave this beer a good base and body at the same time.

Sure, you could enjoy a few in a session but this was one of there few beers I had lately where there was too much going on and not enough focus and clarity. Not a drain pour and not a waste, this was all over the place while not remaining stylistically true to form. Maybe I've been spoiled with all of the Ommegang offerings that have impressed me over the years but I'll give Sam Adams credit for going out on a limb with this one. Just a shame that it's retired and won't even quite get to the level where it can be more appreciated.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rossracing
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jobin_24
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jworkman
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Themonstahdad
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of misternebbie
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of HSW40
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of kplooki
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Laulau
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of joebo3001
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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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Photo of Filler83
4.16/5  rDev +14%

Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 716 ratings.
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