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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Pours out a medium amber color with an off-white head. Strong yeasty aroma, but nothing overpowering. Kind of a spicy taste, maybe some hints of caramel. Decent for a Belgian, but not hop-forward at all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (989) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle. Best by June 2013 so it must be fresh!! (end sarcasm) Aroma is belgian clove, spices and banana. No real hop presence. Taste is much more belgian than anything else. Banana, clove, slight old hops. Malty to a small degree but overall, more of a belgian pale at this point.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (671) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On tap. Poured an amber color with creamy white head. Yeast and malt aromas. Yeast, malt and some hop flavors. Medium body with slightly bitter yeasty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
nice zip on the tongue more yeasty then hoppy, flavorful yet managed. Nice but missing the hop from the IPA.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Scottmc21 (5) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2013 does not count
One of the best. Beers that I have ever tasted in my entire life. Canít wait to sample more!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottled, amber color with white foam, aroma is malty caramel and pine. Flavor of red licorice, caramel, cherries

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonmac (257) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
An attempt by Sam Adams to be crafty and not exactly a success. Main issue is a lingering unpleasant aftertaste like someone left a hop on the floor and then deposited it at the end of the beer. Overall some decent bitterness but falls short of Belgian IPA expectations.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (318) - - MAY 17, 2013
Nice aroma and appearance. Good lacing. A bit soapy, low flavor in middle and ends a bit flat. Good, but doesnít stack up vs the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1389) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a pale gold/amber with a thin white head. Aroma is bread and spice. Taste is sweet caramel malt and mild hop bitterness. Quite good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottles from half a dozen places. Pours clear medium copper with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange marmalade, somewhat sweet, with peppery dusty yeasty floral esters. Tastes funky, yeast, sweet, with notes of florals, hops, mango, orange marm, and a sweet somewhat cloying finish with some tannins and a finish that reminds me of Boston Ale, whch you donít see much anymore. This one makes me grumpy, because it is formulaic, you can taste the preservatives, and I need Jim Koch to really kick it up a notch.


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