RateBeer
overall
84
63
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Grumpy Monk is a Belgian IPA. 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Overall, I’ve decided taht I’d much rather have a regular IPA than a Belgian-style, as the bubbly spiciness seems to almost take away from the great hoppiness I want in an IPA, but this one is pretty decent. It has a strong hop finish, as opposed to a Belgian-spice finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
On tap at J. Gilligan's. light orange pour with a big white head. Aroma is crisp citrus and mushy banana. Taste is bananas and pine with an almost fruity finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Poured from the ipa pack. Aroma was pleasant, noble hops and Belgium type aroma comes through. Flavor is nicely balanced with malt and bitterness. Very impressive beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Doughy aroma. Looks clear copper, good creamy head. Not too bitter or sour, a good mixture of flavors to make up this IPA! Light body, lively carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Kinda wheaty, kinda yeasty, kinda hoppy. Interesting experiment but doesn’t do that much for me.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
The aroma is hoppy, lemony and hints at a strong, sweet floral content. It promises much. The brew is a golden brown that is close to amber. The head is an off-white, sudsy element that settles down after a few minutes, but never disappears. The taste is an unmistakable Belgian wheat with hop mixture that is surprising at first. I simply did not expect it to be right on, but it is. There is a carbonation burn to it, but it is minor. What sticks with you is the aftertaste of the Belgian wheat, which is to be expected. Overall, the palate is treated well. This is a very nicely done Belgian IPA. Good job, gents!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrownALEx (262) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Burnt orange pour that ends with a nice white head. Smells of yeast, banana and bread. Taste is all of the above along with an earthy hoppiness. Palate is medium bodied that starts slightly sweet and ends with nice bitterness. This beer has rather nice lacing. Overall not a bad beer but I could see myself forgetting about it soon.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Draft @ Holy Grail, Epping, NH on 9 March 2013. Standard pint shows a golden color with an orange hue. Think head that had some retention. After it warms I pick out light yeast and a light Fruit. The initial flavor starts with light sweet fruit. Must be the yeast. Secondary, mildly bitter with citrus hops and some mild pepper. Medium in body, oily / slick texture with average carbonation. Overall, not a bad choice on draft but I certainly wouldn’t look for it in a bottle. This brew happened to be my 100th rating in the Standard IPA style!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Clear copper with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Strong yeasty spicy aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is strong clove with banana, bread, and yeast. Faint citrus in the background. Thin body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharmCityCrab (148) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Wheat bananay hefeweizen taste combined with a light to medium hopped IPA. Enough of both styles in the taste to make it a reasonable example of either with a slight twist. I?ve always liked the way a banana-taste centric hefe reacts with a significant amount of hops on the tongue- to the point where I even had positive feelings toward the old Michelob Hop Hound seasonal (Which didn?t have nearly enough hops). Very smooth and refreshing, would work well as a summer seasonal (Though they?d probably need a new name and labeling aesthetic). Note to Saranac: if you clone this, don?t include actual banana, the banana-*like* taste cones from the wheat. I feel the need to mention this because I once had a Caramel Porter from them that had actual caramel and toffee in it, as though they weren?t aware that the caramel in caramel porter typically refers to a type of barley malt- needless to say, that beer was horrific. The beer this review is about is excellent, though. :)


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 8 9 10  11  12 13 14 » 27


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50