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RATINGS: 271   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.


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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Da314man (16) - LONGMONT, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Straight out of the HopOlolgy box this brew was the first to grace my lips. Outstanding in flavor. The pairing of IPA with a Belgian is nothing new. Coul be a little stronger.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very nice beer. Iím a sucker for a well-made Belgo-American beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, medium orange with beautiful carbonation and an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly lasted and nearly fully lasted leaving excellent lacing. The aroma could have been stronger and contained moderate caramel; light to moderate pine, resin and citrus hops; and light to moderate earthy, spicy and funky yeast. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel, citrus hops, pine hops, burnt caramel, spicy yeast, slight funk, slight roasted malts, mango and peach. The light to medium body was slightly creamy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4469) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Clear dark golden with a foamy head that leaves good lace and lasts a little while. Great aroma of peppery belgian yeast, doughy biscuit, sweet golden cereal grains, a light light touch of bubblegum and a nice pleasant peppery herbal hop tone. Taste is as delightfully belgian as anything coming out of Belgium. Thereís some big golden malt sweetness with a backing dose of pepperiness and some doughy biscuit, as well as a balancing and lingering herbal hop bitterness, which finishes back on a bready, doughy, peppery, dusty, sweet, golden cereal grainy maltiness. How come this Belgo-IPA has the most complex malt profile out of any malt-centric styles Iíve had recently?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3421) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Comes out of the tap a lovely clear amber with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale wheat head. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy, and does have hints of malt and cloves. Flavor, however, is decidedly hoppy and resiny, with woody, fruity and malty notes and hints of pine and clove. Full, robust texture has plenty of fizz and sass. How could anybody be grumpy after one of these?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoesefat (291) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (174) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Nice white head, lacing immediately apparent. Aroma, strong banana, hint of hops. Tastes of banana and hops with some pine on the back end. Definite hop presence but not overwhelming. Very nice beer. Better than the 86 rating! Love it

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (523) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2462) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear dark orange with about a finger of white head. Aroma is mostly clove with a little pulpy citrus and pine. Taste is medium bitter. Clove, spicy Belgian yeast and some pine. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, great. I would gladly drink this again. Another homerun by BBC

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
finn1918 (198) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2013
Pours a clear muddy orange with a 2 finger white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, banana, and grapefruit/pine hops, albeit all very weak. Taste is complex and fruity, and only very slightly bitter from the hops. Nice refreshing mouthfeel. This is nothing to blow you away, but is a nice take on the IPA style.


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