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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2012
I liked this beer more than my score indicates, I just didnít really feel it was to style. Nice amber-ish pour with solid white head. Aroma was very malty and sweet, the beer screams belgian. Flavor is fruity and malty, there is a slight bitterness towards the end, but the beer is still dominated by its belgian characteristics. If I was simply drinking a belgian ale I think this beer would be spot on. I just donít get enough from the hops to feel that this is a belgian IPA. A little more balance or bitterness would go a long way for this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1650) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Golden pour with a white head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, lemon, some pineapple. Flavor is mild. Sweet malts with some fruit. Light hop finish. A very mild IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of noble hops, dry pilsner malt, spicy. Tastes grassy with some citrussy hints and a peppery finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlruthven (587) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle, pours clear orange, with fluffy white head. Nice retention. Big biscuity malt notes, typical Belgian effervescence on the nose. Hops are subdued. Grassy hops come through more in the taste, with a bit of earthiness and spice. A bit underwhelming. Good potential session, though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4409) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle part of mix pack, poured a copper orange color, aromas of light fruit, pine resin, some pepper, and a touch of flora hops. Flavor is mostly pine with a slightly ground peppper aftertaste, solid beer that didnít have regular IPA bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Smells more like a hefeweizen than anything but upon smelling more I can get a little of citrus hops smell. Poured a clear gold color with a white head. Taste is really interesting. Tastes like a hefeweizen at first (banana/clove) but then has a little bit of hop bitterness. Feels very bubbly and slightly acidic in your mouth. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1960) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
I can venture to say that this may be my favorite Sam Adams to date. Sweet thick beer with a nice amount of hop flavor as well as a nice belgian strand of yeast. Pours cloudy yelllow with a nice froathy head. I would buy a case of this if available.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thicksuds (448) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Decent beer, I can taste the belgian yeast, hence the name, some nice hops in there as well, a bit of a bitter/dry finish that is barely noticeable. Not a bad beer, very drinkable, just not enough to jump out as one of the great ones for me. If it was on tap at a bar I would go for it but probably wonít seek it out to buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2851) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Poured a light, murky yellow on tap with good head but little lacing. Aroma was of the belgian yeast and wheat. Taste was pretty much straight belgian: citrusy, fruity, funky, but with a little bitter hop finish. Not bad, but not disappointed I won?t be able to find it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1650) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2012
12 oz bottle, part of the "Hopology" 12 pack. Pours a clear red orange with a good sized white head. Aroma is candied fruits, hops and light yeast. Flavor is sweet, yet enough Belgian notes to be interesting. Full palate and quite carbonated. An easy drinker, but a little sweet to be sessionable.


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