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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Grumpy Monk is a Belgian IPA. The long held brewing traditions of Belgian monks arenít meant to be broken. Yet, to the monkís 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 thatís balanced by a roasted malt sweetness for a complex and playful brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildbeercat (354) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2013
12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a pint glass. Served cool. Aroma: LOTS of spice. Really, really strong spice aroma. Backed up by a little, slight malt, and hops are buried under all that. Appearance: Transparent rust with a somewhat creamy off-white head. Taste: Spices and lemon. Then some nice yeast and malt. Hops are at the very end, and can get lost in the other flavors in this one, which arenít bad at all. Palate: Nice body. Flavors sit for a liiiiiiiittle bit, but not too long. Neat finish. Overall: For a beer thatís sold as a "Belgian IPA", I was hoping for a stronger hop character. The hops are there, but theyíre not the main flavor, and can get lost behind the others. Itís a good beer though, and I would definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of citrus, bubblegum, grapefruit, and a hint of pepper. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head that leaves a sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with with moderate citrus and bubblegum. There is some faint banana in the background. The finish has moderate grapefruit and spicy hops. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, if Belgian IPAs are your thing, this is really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a large foamy white lacing head. Aroma of spicy and peppery Belgian yeast character along with a nice citrusy, floral and piney nose. Flavor of grapefruit, pine needles and other mixed citrus paired nicely with spicy Belgian yeast notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badhack (474) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
First thing I noticed was the Belgian yeast character. It is quite hoppy for a Belgian ale, but nothing like a west coast IPA. The spice was evident as was some malt/bread crust and citrus hops. A small amount of fruit. An interesting beer but nothing to write your parents about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2013
Light copper color, white ring. Aroma of flower blossoms, perfume, malt. Smells dry underneath all of the hop aromas. Flavor is very dry, zero sweetness. All of the flavor is hops. Bitter tree bark, earth, pine wood, citrus rinds. Very harsh on the bitter glands of the palate. Finishes with a touch of clove flavor and a spicy tingle. I like it. (3660)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2746) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2013
Medium copper pour, off-white colored head, good lacing. Bubble gum aroma with a hint of molasses. Flavor is bold with some prominent sweet caramel notes, a strong fruit presence reminiscent of apricots. Finish has some sweet dates and molasses. Thickish mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilnatp (647) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2013
Tap. Aroma of spice, fruit, cityís and pine. Taste is slightly bitter. Different than other Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4268) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Draught. Pours a clear darker amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is a little bit hoppy and ends up being floral and light. Taste has a subtle bit of sweetness in there, but is pleasantly bitter from the hops. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle from sonnycheeba. Pours clear copper with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is grassy, herbal, spicy, and minty hops with light citrus notes, honey and pale malt with peach and apricot fruity esters, and an earthy Belgian yeast nose. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with supporting dry malt, medium fermentation fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation with light alcohol warmth, and no creaminess or astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours clear copper with a tan head. The aroma has cotton candy, spicy hops, earthy/fruity Belgian yeast, mushy malt and candy sweetness. It has a medium / full body with lots of frothy fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with medicinal and medicine traits, earthy spicy hops, cracker malt, earthy Belgian yeast and is much drier than the aroma. The finish has a touch of fruit and dry hoppiness. Good Belgian pale.

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