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Grumpy Monk | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Grumpy MonkGrumpy Monk

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

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

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 3$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some light banana mixed with apricot and yeasty notes. It finishes with a slightly dry and very bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Maybe just a touch out of balance, but still an above average beer. Well worth trying once, but maybe not worth a repeat purchase. Good dose of hops.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark copper gold with a large, soft, foamy, dense white head; a lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - apples, sugar, spices

T - light apple sweetness, a hint of caramel and sugar, light Belgian yeast with some spicy notes, lightly bitter almost noble hop-like hop character

M - crisp, medium bodied but a bit thin at times, a bit over carbonated

This is a decent beer in the sense that it's balanced and drinkable, but there is nothing that stands out. It's overly Belgian nor is very hoppy. It won't win over any die hard fans of Belgians or IPAs, but it's a solid offering that's worth trying.

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Photo of maleman
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Nice amber color with a creamy, one-finger head that was slow to recede. Thin, oily lacing clings to the side. The nose is grain and dominant clove. Initially, there is some phenol, but clove and biscuit soon rush in and take away any trace of alcohol. The finish is nice and tasted in the back of the mouth, carbonation is above average. Somewhat on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Overall, a tasty brew that is a cross between a Belgian and an IPA...leaning a bit more toward Belgian as there is little flora detectable. Will partake again! RB!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a rocky white head. Strong Belgian influence on this one with lots of clove and spice notes. A bit yeasty with some floral and fruity hops, particularly citrus peel. Some banana, too. The flavor is more bitter than expected, but still fairly bready. Citrus peel, pine, and floral notes give a nice hoppy character. Spice and yeast are evident, as is some malt sweetness.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some soap (rosemary) with some sweet bready malt and a little piney hop.

The flavor is sweet sugary soapy malts with a big harsh bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an odd sweet soapy spicy IPA.

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Photo of nukem5
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case of hop ology mixed sample case with 4 different beers in it all hoppy...yummy

A: Pours a great orange color with a nice solid cap of tan foam, tons of lacing down glass. Just what I expected or hoped I should say.

S: Not much there a light malt and some light citrus.

T: Sweet honey and candy sugars malts clove banana and some earthy piney hops kicking it up...Taste is very nice and clean.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation.

O: Overall a great beer maybe the best of the mixed case, would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of mooseo
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a clear amber copper with a small white head.

S - Banana, orange, caramel malt, Belgian yeast, earthy hop aroma.

T - Sweet up front with notes of orange, caramel, and herbal spices. Earthy, mildly bitter hops slowly take over into the finish. Slight pine and citrus flavors blend in well.

M - Smooth and slick, medium body, average carbonation. Semi-dry.

O - Decent example of a Belgian IPA. Good flavor, balance and drinkabilty.

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Photo of artdob
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich darkish orange color, with a modest white head.

Nose offers fruity orange flavored aromas with a light hoppiness.

Picking up orange flavors in the taste, giving way to an almost neutral seltzer like quality. Mild carbonation. Orange overtones linger into the finish with a very subtle hop bitterness balancing out the experience.

Me thinks that the monk's mood may begin to change somewhat out of grumpy territory following this one, but not quite the stuff for catwheels and fireworks.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours an orange/golden color with a think wispy head, what head there is fades fast, no cap and minimal lacing.

Smell is surprisingly subdued, not picking up much hops at all, very light citrus element, decent malt backing but not too interesting for a Belgian style IPA.

Taste has a bit more flavor that the aroma was lacking in, hop presence is still lacking but the malt has a nice caramel flavor, assertive carbonation fills the mouth, nice body with a slight stickiness to it.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Wow -- I'm pretty happy that I chose to save this beer as my last in the Hop-ology pack. Poured from the bottle, it looked exactly how I had pictured it... it's a clear, light amber, sunset yellow color.

The mouth feel and taste are fantastic. This beer is about 170 calories (Relatively low 5.7% ABV) yet is really smooth on the tongue, especially if you let it sit a moment.

And, the taste... one of the better beers I've had. My first sip was really bready. A few later, I got some citrus. Near the bottom of my glass, I picked up a bit of bitter, earthy hops. There's a little bit of everything in this beer, and it's DAMN good. I don't remember liking Belgian-type beers in the few that I've sampled, but this is VERY tasty. I would certainly buy it again ... this was a great way to finish off my Hop-ology pack.

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Photo of trianglebeerguy
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
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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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #185
Served On: 07/09/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.7%
Date/ Code: -

This 12oz bottle was from the 2012 Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology mixed 12 pack I picked up at Brewskees of New Oxford, PA.

Look: Surprisingly clear beer with an orange 'Jell-O' color and high carbonation. The head was a patchy white coating with a floating glob of foam in the center. Some head lacing started to appear.

Smell: Strong peppery notes seemed to dominate the nose. An herbal hop slowly became noticeable along with some semi-sweet biscuit.

Taste: First off was the Belgian yeast spice. The middle was a rather crisp lemon peal and grassy notes. The finish was a bitterness with an immediate dryness that lead into the aftertaste. Aftertaste had more citrus notes with the Belgian funk reappearing.

This was an interesting take on the Belgian IPA theme. It seemed to favored the Belgian component, but was defiantly well crafted.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had a lot of experience with this style. Pours a copper gold with a nice white head. Decent retention,and some laceing. Aroma is of grassy hops,and some toasty malts.Body is fairly thick with some carbonation. Taste is a good blend of fruity hops, with some bready malt as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of fields336
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SAPP glass, 12 oz best before sept.

A: nice two finger off white cream colored head, clear amber to caramel color, nice carbonation, nice sticky lacing.

S:some white grape, strawberry, slight banana, toasty malt, clove, different as hell but nice.

T: banana, clove, toast, there is almost a slight smokey taste to it. sweet caramel malt, raisin, grape skin, and a slight bitterness, little too sweet for a BIPA

M: nice carbonation, i have no problems with this beer, medium bodied, residual sugar is present from caramel malts

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Daniellobo
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Belgian IPA

Presentation: Custom 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams rebranding series, with a soft yellow background and an illustration of a the grumpy monk looking at an empty beer jar. Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows best before notched date of Sep. Notes 5.7%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear medium amber pour, rich frothy head, good retention and surface memory with nice lacing.

S - Hoppy and yeasty nose, spicy touch with resin and soft citric touches...

T - Spicy, rather bitter, with a fruity touch that is caramel sweetness after the long bitter interim with touches of citric and pine.

M - Medium/light with medium/light small textured carbonation held by the long hefty bitterness leaving a sweet finish…

O - Nice flow of a BIPA, could do with more complexity but it is rather pleasing...

Notes: Nothing to walk out of one's way but rather well balanced for the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a one inch ivory head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is citrusy, with substantial belgian yeast character and esters of banana. There's a fairly sweet maltiness and a bit of alcohol evident.

Flavor is supported by a somewhat neutral bready malt. Muted grapefruit underlies the profile, with lots of belgian yeast fruitiness. There's a bit of funk leading into a fairly dry and slightly bitter finish. Floral hops and clove emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, a very interesting brew from SA. Bitter hops cut the flavor a bit short and leave a slightly unpleasant earthy taste, reminiscent of cardboard rather than good hop bitterness.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of OStrungT
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden orange color, with a thick, pillowey cream colored head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive curtain of lace. Carbonation bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

This beer has a spicy aroma up front. I get some cloves, coriander, and banana. I smell a slight piney aroma as well, but it is overshadowed by the spice. A ever so slight earthy yeast aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly spicy with coriander, and orange peel up front. I do get more hop flavor than I did aroma though. Citrus and pine mostly. It has a very sweet flavor as well. Almost too sweet.

This beer is very crisp and sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertates with a hint of coriander.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer because I think it is a bit too sweet. I would have one bottle, but any more than that would become too cloying for me.

Overall: Decent beer. Not much else to say. I think it could have used a more pronounced hop flavor.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, fresh from the brewery courtesy of my buddy who works there; thanks JM!

A: Clear medium amber body under an inch of fine, frothy off-white head. Great retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Bready, yeasty, and mildly hoppy. Bubblegum, clove, and citrus. Not as hoppy as I'd expect for the style, but pleasant all the same.

T: Sweet and fruity up front, with apple and strawberry ahead of spicy clove and ginger yeastiness and an herbal, hoppy finish. Quite enjoyable.

M: Frothy, light-boded and a little sticky. Weird, but not bad.

O: Others at the party were saying this one was just too weird for them, but I kind of enjoyed its bizarre mixture of flavors. Decidedly more Belgian than IPA, but quite tasty.


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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This single was given to me by a good friend of mine, as he believed in the power of sharing lol. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a copper red with a slight hint of orange. Left a nice, frothy white 2 inch head that laces throughout the finish. Very nicely done I must say.

Smell: Notable spice. Has a distinct aroma of cloves. Some citrus flavor. Actually quite good, a little heavy on the malts too.

Taste: Almost like a floral hop flavor that hits first thats put together nicely. Has a well balanced hint of spice and some citrus, but nothing too overpowering, like I said its well balanced. Goes down a little bit dry and bitter, but I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a medium body.

Overall: This beer was enjoyable. Something very distinct about this beer was its floral and yeast presentation. Sweet and bitter that went together well. I did notice and like the slight, subtle hint of citrus.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass (the best beer glass there is).

Appearance: This beer pours a dark gold with light bubbles throughout the body. White head is real thick rising to maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light yeast with a little bit of hops, not too heavy but just enough to satisfy the nostrils.

Taste: I don't drink too many Belgian IPAs but maybe I should this beer is slightly complex with an incredible build to back it up. Strong in flavor with it's yeast and floral properties, I can't complain I truly have added it to my book.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, Sharp texture.

Overall: You know what I think this beer is better than advertised. Your palates wouldn't contest that is a promise. Salud!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden orange color. Transparent. Color absolutely glows. Head is large but it dies downtoa thin hat of patchy fluff. Lots of lacing.

S-Nose is underwhelming. Lacks a very distinct Belgian quality. There is some light Belgian spice, but it's very soft. Same hop aroma I found in the Dark Depths beer found in the same variety 12 pack. Hops are sugar covered citrus. Reminds me of the orange sugar wedge candies I ate when I was a kid.

T-Much more Belgian in the flavor. The flavor is a big upgrade over the nose. Quite yeasty and estery. Hops are cleaner and pair more appropriately with the Belgian qualities. American hoppiness with Belgian yeast and spice. It has two very separate sidesto it's overall flavor, but they work well with one another.

M-Medium body. I would expect the ABV to be higher judging by how the beer feels. Light carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry.

O/D-I did not think I would like this too much but I was pleasantly surprised. A nice Belgian IPA. Another solid part of a mixed 12 pack. A respectable take on a style that I am not in love with.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Grumpy Monk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 714 ratings.
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